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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Children International is a leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. From toddler to young adulthood, we surround kids with a caring team, a safe place and a clear path out of poverty through programs focused on health, education, empowerment and employment. Our supporters are inspired as they see children radically change their lives and create a ripple effect that impacts their families and communities for generations to come.

Results: We currently serve more than 200,000 children in 10 countries, including the United States.

Geographic areas served: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Philippines, United States and Zambia

Programs: Our programs are focused on four key areas – health, education, empowerment and employment.

Community Stories

240 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor of multiple children since 2015 - I currently sponsor five - and I've had nothing but good experiences so far with Children International. Their "Care Team" is always ready to help with questions and if you want to do more for the children you sponsor they will help you make it happen. I love that it's a secular organization, they do not proselytize and their focus is on education. Especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, I'm very impressed with their collective efforts to provide all the children and their families with whatever assistance they can to help them get through these tough times.

1 Taylor C.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Sponsoring with Children International has been one of the best things I've ever done! It makes me feel as though I really am helping, even though I'm doing it from home by simply sending monthly contributions to my sponsored children. The letters and photos I receive from my children through Children International gives me the confidence that Children International is a company that is truly committed to helping these children, and not using the money for other purposes. I love that Children International connects the sponsor and the children in a personal way. I believe that keeps sponsors donating, as we have a real bond with our children, and we aren't just a name on a piece of paper to each other. I'm learning more about their family, their hobbies, their dreams, from their own words in their letters to me. It's inspiring.

Lisandra A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been sponsoring with children international for 9 years and I’ve had nothing but great experiences with it. My child is now a teenager and is growing up so fast.
Recently I found out his mother passed away and I missed this information. She frequently wrote to me as well so this cake as quite a shock. I called Ci to try and get some information and Antonio helped me find out as much as possible. He took an emotional interest in my case and made extra effort to try and get me the information as quickly as possible. I really appreciate the care and attention they give to me as the sponsor and I can imagine the same care and consideration goes to my child as well. Someday I hope to go and visit him and see for myself what it looks like from his side of things. I’m so thankful I found CI all those years ago!

1 Bret F.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported needy children in Honduras through Children International for over a decade. It has been a highly rewarding experience knowing that my assistance is making a positive difference in the lives of my sponsored children. The services provided by Children International are essential to the health, safety and development of these children, and can only be provided by an organization with boots on the ground in the countries where these children reside. While my regular contributions technically help all the children under Children International's care, sponsors are able to provide special gifts for the individual children they sponsor. That provides a special opportunity to assist children and their families in unique ways. The bonds formed with my sponsored children through written correspondence, photographs and regular status updates make this form of sponsorship uniquely fulfilling. Children International staff with whom I have interacted are highly motivated and strongly dedicated to the agency's mission of helping children around the world.

Stallar L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Luis became part of my life 15 years ago. In that time we have exchanged pictures, letters of hope, and were fortunate enough to meet each other in 2013. As I have grown in my adult life, Luis has grown with me. Helping his family meet their basic needs has given me a new purpose. When I visited his home in Ecuador, I saw a happy, loving family living in a single room, with beds pushed together. Their closeness meant everything to them, but their home was scarred with broken stairs, unfinished walls, and piles of building supplies. While I knew their conditions, seeing it first-hand creates a sense of responsibility to do better. During my time in Ecuador I was able to tour the center Luis and his siblings spend time at, and his mother volunteers with. The center was clean, the staff was friendly, and I was educated on how they support the kids and the community. I now have 2 more children through Children International and receive regular letters. When I send additional money it goes straight to the kid's needs and I receive pictures of their items and how it supported their family. That level of transparency is why Children International is one of the best programs to support children abroad.

Donor

Rating: 5

Where to start. I think most important is twice I was given the opportunity to visit kids I sponsor, For the safety and well being of the sponsored child the process of setting up a visit is very detailed. A background check is required. I saw first hand the services children are provided in both Manila and Lusaka. Actually visiting with my children was one of the most humbling and exhilarating experiences I have ever had. I get consistent updates, along with photos, on my children. When I have questions about sponsorship I get a phone call and/or email response very quickly.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor of multiple children since 2015 - I currently sponsor five - and I've had nothing but good experiences so far with Children International. Their "Care Team" is always ready to help with questions and if you want to do more for the children you sponsor they will help you make it happen. I love that it's a secular organization, they do not proselytize and their focus is on education. Especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, I'm very impressed with their collective efforts to provide all the children and their families with whatever assistance they can to help them get through these tough times.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm in my fifth year of sponsorship with Children International and it has been a life-changing experience. As a sponsor, I receive two letters a year from each of my sponsored children (more if I write them, which I do several times a year) and I have the opportunity to send them donations called "Extra Gifts" to allow their families to purchase things they otherwise couldn't afford and to help support the children's education. Their customer service team is simply the best and always ready to answer questions or to help resolve any issues or concerns!

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Donor

Rating: 5

WE HAVE BEEN SPONCERS WITH CHILDRENS INTERNATIONAL FOR MANY YEARS......
TO SEE THE SMILING FACES OF THE CHILDREN,,, AND THE GRATEFULLNESS,, OF THE PARENTS,,,,HAS FULL FILLED OUR LIVES HERE A THOUSAND TIMES....
MATHEW 25,,VERSE 36,,, COMES TO MIND,,,,HOW EASY TO FILL THE MOST PRECIOUS CUP
OF MERCY.....,,,WHILE FILLING THEIR CUP,,,,,, MINE ALWAYS REMAINS FULL......
GOD'S BLESSINGS BE ALWAYS UPON CHILDRENS INTERNATIONAL,,,,AND THOES WHO STAND IN THE GAP........
SINCERELY
ROB AND NORMA CAETTA

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring two kids for the past 5 years and it has been a wonderful experience. Due to the regular letters, updates and pictues of the sponsored children, and the possibility to even visit them, it's pretty fascinating to see how exactly the donations are used and how the kids benefit from them. I was able to visit one of my children in Colombia, and was pretty impressed about all the programs they offer there to sustainably improve the lives of those who really need it. The staff on location as well as online has been outstanding as well and always found a way to help me out if I had an issue or question. I more than recommend CI.

Sam W.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Super nice people, someone (Jan) even checked in with me today to see how I was doing during COVID!

Julieta P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Children apoya de una manera increíble a los niños que son parte de su comunidad. Y me permite ser parte de esta ayuda, pero además pemitió que un niño (ahora un adulto) me dé una recarga de vida cada mes que nos escribíamos. Lo visité dos veces en todos estos años, lo cual incluso creo que fue poco, pero mi economía solo me eprmitió ir dos veces. Él ahora es un joven buscando estudiar gastronomía, y ya hace creaciones maravillosas. El resultado de un joven tan maravilloso es resultado, de sus padres, de Children, de mi apoyo y por supuesto de él mismo. He conocido uno de sus centros en México, y me maravilla cómo logra hacer tanto, con tan poco dinero, porque así son las cosas: lo que los padrinos aportamos, es poco para todo lo que se le brinda al niño y sus padres en estos centros.
El mi última visita hace dos meses, conocí a varios de los empleados/voluntarios, y además de agradecerle a todos, la enfermera que atendió por años a Jorge (mi apadrinado), lo conoce a la perfección y fue la primera en hablarle de una beca para que pueda hacer sus estudios profesionales. La traductora es también una chica con magia en su corazón, que la irradia en su hablar, y por supuesto Monica, es quien coordina todos los padrinos y hace un trabajo enorme. Todos en Children, han aportado un granito de arena para un gran castillo que se está formando y les estoy agradecida or haber cuidado de Jorge. Con quien hemos decidido seguir en contacto y ser (mi esposo y yo) sus padrinos para toda la vida.

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a great experience. Besides helping, Children International has always been there when I have any question. I trust this organization and I feel it's well managed and I trust Children INternational 100%

Donor

Rating: 5

He tenido la experiencia de dos apadrinados: un chico de Colombia y otro de México. Ambas han sido de lo mejor porque verlos crecer a través de las fotografías y de saber que están aprendiendo a empoderarse, me hace sentir más humano y más solidario. En verdad, es una experiencia extraordinaria.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Soy madrina de 2 niños guatemaltecos. He podido ver su crecimiento a través de fotos y cartas. Aunque no los conozco personalmente, ambos tienen un lugar especial en el corazón de nuestra familia en Puerto Rico y es nuestra meta viajar para poder abrazarlos. Es una gran bendición saber que aporto a su bienestar.

Volunteer

Rating: 1


Absolutely the WORST experience in trying to support a child in Dominican Republic! We are teaching our 6 year old grandson the value of money & how to tithe/support a child in need, and we received a picture/letter from the child right away. Then we sent an $80 box of Christmas gifts at the end of November so it would have plenty of time to get there...but it never did. BTW: do NOT buy the extra insurance from a shipper - even the post office, b/c they will tell you that as soon as it leaves the states, NO MORE INSURANCE. Worse, every time I called Children's International to ask about the package, they told me to wait another month, so now IN MARCH, they finally conceded that they can put in a request to find out more, but it would be 3 more months until we "may" get an answer!! Then I asked why we received only one picture/letter from the child when we have sent several, and they told me we will only receive 2 per year!! CANCEL! I did research before selecting this group, but I wish I would have seen a review like this so I could have kept looking. We will find one that we trust...because we do NOT trust this organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel good contributing to such a well run organization with 100% volunteer management serving many students in our community.

3 Max L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been informed that at least 88% of my donation reaches my child. I think that is phenomenal when considering other charities. Operating expenses are expensive and I see this as a good sign.
I am supporting two children and receive letters periodically,so I know 5hey are real.
Get on board and save a life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It’s too big and “corporate” nowadays. There’s so much convulsion about finding information about your sponsored child’s family, school and what not. The staff are hit and miss. Sometimes they actually pretend to care and other times you can just tell that your an inconvenience to them. I suggest doing a lot of research into executive salaries. At one point they were paying a former president’s salary for doing nothing. What kind of person would be okay with taking over half a million dollars from a children’s fund while doing nothing? What kind of board of directors would allow this? Imagine the lives that could be changed by paying field staff with that money. It would be interesting to see what else this company does with the money not used to aid the children...

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Donor

Rating: 1

They do some good things but overall your money can go further with a smaller, local charity. I get that fundraising goals need to be met but instead of sending flyers to my house asking me for more money, just spend that money on the kids. This organization used to spend like 90% of its proceeds to the kiddos but now it’s dipping. The only reason I support this place is because I think I owe it to my sponsored child. The staff give you this idea that you’ve basically adopted the kid and when you ask about cancelling the sponsor deal you are guilted into staying. It’s a good form of emotional blackmail for sure. They keep these kids dependent on us, why not use them for their marketing tactics? That seems to be the line of thinking with all of their mailings. Just stop marketing and spend that money on the kids. If I hear about that girl and her swimming journey one more time, I’m gonna lose it. It’s great that she’s supporting a good cause but my donation shouldn’t be used to promote her ambitions. One more thing, when a kid becomes pregnant do a better job of informing the sponsor. I shouldn’t hear about it after the child’s child is 3 months old. Please refocus your (the donor’s) money on the kids - not on marketing swimmers or British royalty.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I wish I could say I love this charity because their cause is a noble one. However, after dealing with continued marketing pleas for more money it’s clear what they are about. Somehow they can set up all these “wonderful” pie in-the-sky programs but they can’t tell me what my child is doing in school. They only send you pictures a few times a year and won’t let you request more. I’ve donated thousands of dollars to this place and can’t get an extra picture for my office? Really? I wonder how many of these “community schools” that they always ask money for even exist. It would be nice if donor money wasn’t spent on employee salaries or severance. Do yourself a favor instead of adopting a kid here, sponsor one at a local hospital or orphanage. That way you can visit with your kid without being accused of being a bad person. The level of paranoia around child contact is astounding. Newsflash - not everyone has bad intentions. We just want to know that our kids are doing well and receiving the money we send. This may sound crazy to CI managers but sponsors are entitled to that!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If you want to donate to a charity that will spend your money outsourcing everything, CI is for. They love to market themselves and be on the news. Not even 90% of donation money goes to the cause. No wonder they haven’t fixed poverty yet. They spend time and resources on marketing to make their executives feel good about themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored four different children in the Philippines in the past decade or so. Two are now adults, and I'm currently sponsoring two more. I love this nonprofit because it's clear that the money donated goes largely to help these children in many ways. In addition, I truly admire this nonprofit for addressing child poverty in different parts of the world, not just one or two. Children International is definitely a nonprofit worth investing in.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a charity that I am very proud to support every month. I get stories about, and directly from, the child that I am helping. It has been very rewarding to get occasional notes and pictures from the child that I have been supporting. I am proud of the growth she has made over the years, and glad that I was able to assist her in doing so.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I had an incredible experience with Children International. From the time I was originally recruited on the streets of NY, through the end. CI did everything to make me feel connected with the child I sponsored, Isai. I cannot recommend this program any higher.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with CI since 2006. I sponsored my first child Mylan when she was 11. I sponsored her until she was 18 and was no longer in the program. During those 7 years I watched her grow into a beautiful young lady. My donations allowed her to go to school all the way through grade 12. She attended many programs offered to her through CI. These programs helped her with social and business skills. By the time she left the program she had the tools she needed to go out and make a difference in her life and for her family. Mylan’s father is a farmer. In 2012 their town was hit by a hurricane. Mylan’s home survived but the farm was destroyed. The family lost their main source of income and were basically counting on the monthly donation to survive. Mylan and her brothers spent their summer break helping restore the farm. It took several years for the farm to get back to where it was. During those rough years my sponsorship ended. CI knows how to stretch a dollar and they turned my small donation into enough food and supplies to keep the family going. I knew how much the family counted on those donations so I contacted CI and asked if I could sponsor Mylan’s brother Manny. Manny wasn’t part of the sponsorship program. CI enrolled him in the program so I was able to continue supporting the family. I began sponsoring Manny in 2014 when he was 11. Manny is thriving in school. Languages, science and math are his favorite subjects. He loves being involved with CI. He goes to the center and participates in many of the programs they offer. He said he really enjoys meeting kids from different towns. CI is giving him opportunities his family wouldn’t have been able to. Besides programs that will help him improve his life, they offer him the opportunity to get involved in sports. He enjoys playing basketball and soccer. Manny has 2 years left in the program. He is the youngest of his family so CI’s help for the family will end. I’m not worried at all on how the family will get by. Mylan and Manny have the tools they need, thanks to CI, to improve the quality of life for the family and be productive citizens of the world.

In 2016 I was able to sponsor a second child. Dianna was 13 at the time and she is one amazing young lady. In 2018 her father passed away. He was the main breadwinner for the family 6. Dianna deeply grieved the loss of her father. I lost my father the same year so we were able to share what we were going through. Dianna’s mom got a job in the fast food industry. She works hard to provide for Dianna and her three younger brothers. To relieve the pressure her mom was under Dianna took over the household duties. She does the housework and runs errands. I sent a special donation to help the family. I received a photo of Dianna and all the things she used the money for. Besides getting food supplies for her family, Dianna bought a washing machine so she could help her mom by doing the laundry. I know her mom is proud of her. So am I. Dianna has started helping her aunt sell her products so she can earn extra money to help her family. She has taken on a lot of responsibilities to help her mom. She doesn’t let that interfere with her education. She received several awards in her junior year of high school. She also passed the examines for accounting and business management. She is able to complete her senior year at her dream school. She was elected to be an officer of her community. Over the summer she attended training classes on how to be a good leader. There is no stopping her. She is determined to create a good life for her and her family. My sponsorship with her will end in 2 years. I’m excited to see what she will accomplish in that time. CI is the reason Dianna will achieve her goals. CI is the reason her family is able to get through the tough times.

I am so glad to be a part of CI. Sponsoring my kids has changed my life. It opened my eyes to the poverty in the world. All three of my kids have amazed me with what they can archive in the conditions they live in. When my sponsorships end with Manny and Dianna my hope is to be able to sponsor Dianna’s littlest brother and one other child. After seeing all the good CI has done for the kids I have to be a part of it. They really do make a difference.

4 Angela Mackey H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored 5 children over 11 years of being a donor. Children International is a fantastic organization! They have excellent customer service! I am so happy that I have been able to bless so many children!

3 Diane L.8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored 2 children, from start to aging out of the program. I have found they use funds appropriately. When I did special donations, they sent a list and photos of items my child choose. This made me feel secure about doing extra donations. They never pressure you for more. Great Charity!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I really like the idea behind Children International, "Break the Cycle". It is not enough to just give food and other daily necessities to those who are not able to support themselves due to a lack of resources. I like the idea of helping the families and also giving them an education and training so that the next generation is better off than the current generation. The staff at CI is very helpful and are very concerned for their clients, the children that CI supports. The CI staff with whom we work always go a step further, making you feel more comfortable that your donations and efforts will be used efficiently. In the current climate, nonprofit organizations such as Children International are essential.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CI has been a great way for me to feel connected to my sponsored kids. Sometimes I feel closer to them than I do my niece and nephews! Every time I call the care team or my representative Alex the help I receive is always delivered with kindness and compassion. Sometimes information takes a little while to be relayed to me but I suppose that comes with the territory of dealing with a global organization. I don't have a lot to give, but what I do I feel completely confident giving it to this organization. Keep up doing the great things you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Children International is a an excellent and well run nonprofit organization. They work hard to keep me updated about my sponsored child and I really my money is put to good use with them. I recommend Children International to anyone looking to donate to a worthy cause.

2 Anne D.4

Donor

Rating: 5

We started to sponsor a beautiful child from Columbia, she was just 2-3 years old when we
she was assigned to us, her name is Damaris and it is now 15 years later and she just graduated the CI program.
I cannot begin to explain the fantastic journey that we were able to experience with her as she grew older. From to 2 to 17 what a blessing it was to know and help her along the way.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring a child for two years now. My family and I just had an amazing trip to the Dominican Republic to meet him. What a joy to get to hug him. That makes sponsorship even more special to make that connection. There is so much need around the world, I hope more people help by sponsoring.

4 Giovanni S.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's wonderful to help a child in need, and children International makes it possible

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Donor

Rating: 5

El proceso de apadrinamiento de un niño mediante la ONG Children International resulta muy sencillo a través de su página web. Tras unos minutos, el registro queda completado y comienza una experiencia que cambia la vida de cualquiera: es muy gratificante recibir frecuentemente información acerca del estado de salud del apadrinado, sobre la evolución de su educación y su formación y de otros aspectos relacionados con su vida diaria: programas sociales, vivienda, campañas de salud e higiene bucodental y un largo etéctera. Los niños se esmeran en enviar cartas y dibujos a su apadrinado, en las que se puede apreciar cómo su letra va cambiando y sus trazos se hacen cada vez más firmes. Children Internacional se pone rápidamente en contacto con usted ante eventuales problemas y ofrece otra serie de servicios, tales como programas de visita a los niños, información acerca del país del apadrinado... Children Internacional ha cambiado mi vida.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a joy to watch my Godchild grow over the years! :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've always felt confident with Children International and watching how they performed their charity, moved me for more than 10 years sponsoring our children. Please, when changing, always let the love in your heart move you. Thanks a lot!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot recommend sponsoring a child highly enough! Children International regularly sends updates handwritten by your sponsored child. My husband and I were able to watch our child grow from a little girl of 6 years to a healthy responsible young woman of 18! We are so happy for her and are glad we were able to be a small part of her young life.....

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Donor

Rating: 5

Children International provided us a with great opportunity to impact the life of a child from Honduras and his family over the span of many years. Through letters we watched a small child grow into a fine young man at the same time we watched our own children grow up. While we were glad to help, we actually received tremendous blessings through the experience. I highly recommend Children International as a first class organization that makes a positive difference around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My name is Monika and I am sponsoring a little girl. This is very new for me and I feel the responsibility. I am still trying to figure out how this really works but I am really happy that I made this choice and with gods help I will continue to do so.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Soy César Araujo, de México, y participo con Children International desde hace al rededor de dos años. La experiencia ha sido maravillosa, saber que es posible afectar positivamente la vida de un niño y su familia es inigualable. Sin duda conocer aspectos de su vida y desarrollo es lo más gratificante al ver cómo lo que hago, que en principio pareciera poco, tiene un efecto tangible y prácticamente inmediato.
Gracias a CI por la oportunidad de ayudar, y felicitaciones por su gran labor!

7 Jedidiah B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was recently lucky enough to visit the Dominican Republic and see the impact CI is having firsthand. I was incredibly impressed with the care and skill of the staff, the wide range of programs offered to take care of the needs of underserved children across the board- including medical, dental, education and the arts. Meeting Solkely, my sponsored child was a really neat experience! After years of letter correspondence, just so moving to see the actual person! I have full faith CI is using my dollars to directly impact children in need, and plan to be involved with them for years to come!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor for 6 years now and have had a great experience with Children International. I receive letters and photo's from my child on a regular basis and I am able to write back. It has been a great experience seeing your child grow and getting updates on how they are doing with their life since you have been helping them. I recommend Children International to anyone that is looking to sponsor a child or wanting to make a donation.
Donna Arndt, from Pennsylvania

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored children with Children's International for over 20 years. I believe I have had 9 sponsored children with CI. I currently have five. Two have graduated and two moved away but I still keep in touch with them. I have also had children with other agencies. I have found that none of the other agencies with similar objectives fall short to CI in customer service, web site functionality, getting the majority of the funds directly to the benefit of the children, have great personnel and are both competent, diligent & thorough with their administrative services. I just returned from visiting 3 of my children in Barranquilla and the CI staff was fantastic. I have attached photos of my visit with my children. I also have CI as a beneficiary in my estate. That's how much good I believe the agency passes on to our children.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience to sponsor a child through children international.
Through out the years that I have sponsored (3 to 4 years) they provided quarterly updates without fail. I also did not feel any pressure to continue sponsoring which makes me feel more inclined to return in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is hard to tell you were to start. My first child was way back in 1991. We grew very close to each other. I had him till he was 18 years old. I really did not want to give him up, but I had to. I was then given a new child and am quite happy with him. I must tell you my first child Jaun and it now 10 years later and he has located me. What a wonderful surprise. He sent me the most wonderful letter any one could receive. With Children International he has grown into a fantastic person. The letters that he sends me are amazing He has achieved so much. I am very thankful for being able to help Juan. Sincerely, Nadine Gockel


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Donor

Rating: 5

Have sponsored a couple of CI kids for about 10 years. Their programs are great at not just meeting immediate needs of the children but really preparing them for a successful future in terms of skill building and personal development. This really changes the trajectory for these kids lives. We support several other charities but CI is our top nonprofit to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Children International always does a great job of communicating with donors and doing it in a caring, classy way. You get details about the children you are serving without feeling that you are invading the family's private life. This organization is top notch in every way. They are passionate about helping children and it shows. So glad to be able to serve through them!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor for Children International for the last 10 years. It is a wonderful feeling to know you are making a difference by giving just a little bit each month. Receiving the pictures and letters from your sponsored child and watching them grow is amazing.

Sponsorship is one small way we can make a difference in the world without putting in too much effort and Children International is a great non-profit to work with.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, great program. Enjoy the ability to see how my gift is used thru that one-to-one sponsorship connection.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that I am helping to provide a few necessities for 2 children with needs. I have so much in life and I want these children to have just a small portion of the same.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GRACIAS CHILDREN INTERNACIONAL, MI NOMBRE ES LILIANA SOY DE ECUADOR DE LA CIUDAD DE QUITO DONDE GRACIAS A SU MAGNIFICA OBRA PUEDE SER UNA PROFESIONAL. NUNCA PUDE CONOCER A MIS PADRINOS O PATROCINADORES COMO LOS LLAMABAMOS EN ESE TIEMPO PERO DE LO QUE SI ESTOY MUY AGRADECIDA ES DE TODA SU MARAVILLOSA AYUDA QUE ME DIERON. FUERON MI APOYO DESDE QUE TENIA 8 AÑOS HASTA CUANDO TUVE 21 AÑOS DE EDAD.
AHORA TENGO 35 AÑOS SOY UNA PROFESIONAL, TENGO UNA FAMILIA Y UN TRABAJO Y LE AGRADEZCO MUCHISIMO A DIOS POR LA GRAN AYUDA DE MIS PADRINOS.
AL ESCRIBIR ESTAS LINEAS RECUERDO CUANDO ESCRIBI LAS CARTITAS Y HACIA UN LINDO DIBUJO PARA QUE SE LOS ENVIEN CON TODO MI CARIÑO.
"LINDOS RECUERDOS" GRACIAS A USTEDES MI INFANCIA FUE DIFERENTE Y HERMOSA

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Donor

Rating: 5

My sponsorship with Children Inernational has been a truly amazing experience. I'm crying as I write this because I've been a sponsor for almost 3 years and have to cancel as I am in graduate school now and can no longer afford to sponsor. As soon as I graduate my program, I will immediately volunteer to sponsor again. My partner and I were approached by someone from CI on our first day visiting Denver, CO from another state. I listened to his pitch, and gave him a bit of a hard time as I'm a school teacher and initially felt that I was already doing enough for children. He was very professional and understanding, and eventually won me over. We signed up right then and there. CI makes it so easy and fun to stay connected with your child. I look forward to the photos and updates about her life, but most especially to the letters. We loved learning from our child about her life, her family, and her community. My partner and I would read her letters together, then sit down and talk about what we wanted to write back to her. I would highly recommend sponsorship to anyone who is considering it. It makes such a difference, in your life and theirs.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love how they connect you to the child you are sponsoring. I will come back as a donor again once i am settled in my new life. I recommend this agency for all the good it does.

6 Nick T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great experience helping someone suffering from poverty - get hand written letters from sponsored child & the ability to visit your child if one wants to.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

Children's International is a great organization for connecting Sponsors with children from all over the World ,who need love, support, and encouragement. This organization is filling a niche that is unique and cannot be met by the governments where it operates. I am happy to be the proud sponsor of two lovely children. My dream is for them to live their dreams.
Thank You Children International for helping my dream enable future dreams to become true.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

They care about their children but also about their Sponsors.

5 Dadi G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for many children for 20+ years through Children International. I think that speaks for itself. I have continued like this due to my trust in their operations, as verified with outside auditors and the communication I get personally.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsored a young boy with Children international for 9 years, he seemed always to be moving in a positive direction and it was easy to work with Children Int. they provided options for me to communicate via online with my sponsor kid and write letters and even visit if I had had the capability to

6

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have long been supporting children through your network. Back in Germany we supported 3 children for 5 years but then had personal issues to deal with and had to stop the support. We're very happy that our support helps children in need, especially since we were unable to have children of our own. We look forward to hearing from our sponsored child and how he's making progress. Children International is a wonderful organization and does great work. Thank you for all you do!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Children International for over 15 years, starting with 2 sisters (now graduated as the youngest turned 18 in January), and now with 3 children together with my husband. They have been an honorable organization, and I have felt that the donations went to the children and their needs. The need in the world is so great, and it is has been such a positive experience to try to help. This is a wonderful organization, helping so much in the world. There is excellent accountability, and I have always felt that the organization is up front on all issues.

3 Toria G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Children International is an A-rated non-profit. My experience with them was positive. I got a lot of snail mail from them, but it was always a pleasure to receive! I got handwritten letters, drawings, and photos of my sponsor child. I also had the opportunity to write back to her and Children International made it easy to either send a written letter and include photos or to simply compose it over email.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Children International. I started back in 2011 with my fist Sponsor Child. Each Child is unique. The Staff is great every where. Many of my Sponsor children have graduated out of the System, but I keep taking new once. It is very sad for me when they Graduate out of the System. It is so rewarding to be able to help each Child. I love getting their Letters. I sent my sponsor Children letters and pictures, so they get to know my family .We have visited my Children in Little Rock and the Philippines multiple times. We love helping them in any way we can. My favorite time is when we go out for lunch with them and then shopping for their School clothes and anything else they might need. I love spoiling them a little with things that they normally can not buy. I also love doing some fun things with them, like going to a zoo, seeing a waterfall, Playing in an arcade and doing Karaoke. The smiles and hugs are the best reward. My Best experience was watching 3 of my Sponsor Kids Graduate from High school in Little Rock. It was so awesome to watch each of them walk across that stage to except their Diplomas and take pictures with them after wards. That is something I will always remember. I have their Graduating Pictures on my wall . I also keep a picture of each of the Children that Graduated out of the System and all the once I still sponsor in my office ,where I can always look at them. I'm keeping each letter and all the pictures from each child, so I can go back and read them again. Thank you Children International for your kindness all your help.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We were with Children International as donors for almost 10 years until our child graduated. Our experience with this organisation has been positive. We had regular communication with our sponsored child, annual pictures, and the updated website was wonderful for writing letters and reviewing information about our child. My only slight criticism is that they do send a number of letters throughout the year asking for funds for other things with a hint of a manipulative begging tone which I didn't love, but that didn't affect our sponsorship so it wasn't really a big deal. All in all, I would recommend this organisation as they are easy to work with and are making a difference in this broken world.

5

Donor

Rating: 2

I sponsor 2 children through CI. One in South America, the other in Africa. I was recently going through the financial reports that are available online, especially the Tax Returns from 2016. I was shocked to find out that the former president /CEO of CI is still collecting compensation of over $770,000 dollars, just for being retired from CI. There is something very wrong with how a retired person from CI gets paid more than the President of the United States for doing nothing. I am a public school teacher, and when I retire I will not be compensated twice of what I currently earn. After finding these details from the Federal Tax Returns of Children International, once the 2 children that I have been sponsoring since they were very young, turn 18, and CI tries to entice me with 2 more children, I will simply let them know that I am changing to another charity that is more honestly transparent in how they spend the donors' earned money. The more I read about Children International, the more I am finding that this organization does not seem very transparent to their donors with regard to all the high paid "officers" from all the donations. I also give extra money for their birthdays, Easter, and December holiday. From what they "receive", what CI charges me, it does not truly add up. I end up giving more, than what the children receive.

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dhetler 09/13/2017

Salaries are carefully reviewed by CI’s Board of Directors. Our volunteer Directors annually review the organization’s salary structure, including the total compensation levels of the CEO and other staff. Former CEO James R. Cook served the organization for 27 years. His compensation for FY 2016 includes a partial year’s salary and a one-time lump sum payment representing a discounted buyout of the remainder of his employment agreement. Children International’s Compensation Committee retained impartial legal counsel and a compensation consultant to advise on the reasonableness of the discounted buyout. Children International is proud of our high level of donor accountability and careful use of donor funds. Please be assured that our Board of Directors, as well as our executives and staff, take every concern about salaries and other internal expenditures very seriously. Questions regarding salaries are answered promptly and transparently. Children International

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2 Joseph B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Children International consistently communicates with donors including letters from sponsored children, regular updates on impact of contributions, and general context and work being done within a country or region by Children International. Always responsive to voice or email queries. Very professional staff and home page for access to prior letters, donation history, and other useful content.