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Nonprofit Overview

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 250,000 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

195 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

If you look at www.charitynavigator.org it lists how much the head of the organization, Mr Cook is taking out every year. He makes over $400,000 a year and the organization is rated only 3 stars. I will continue to sponsor the child I have there until she is grown up, but then I will sponsor instead at Sarnelli orphanage in Thailand where a priest takes a megar salary. You also receive letters and pictures from the child.

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor through Children International for the last six months and I could not be more delighted with this non-profit.

They do so much good for impoverished children and their communities, and all of this is reflected through letters, pictures, and reports. Their representatives answer any questions quickly and efficiently; and there is even an excellent forum that allows one to connect with other sponsors to share stories and photos.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Children International! I am currently a graduate student studying engineering and I still prefer to donate money when I do not have too much of my own. It is very rewarding and when I began sponsoring about 1.5 years ago, I chose several different organizations and Children International far exceeds any of the other organizations that I have encountered.
My relationship with my children that I sponsor is really developing and I truly feel like I know them in only one year. I plan to visit them once I finish school and the sponsorship blog site www.LiftOne.org is extraordinary. I spend a lot of time on this site reading letters from other sponsors and watching videos from their visits and pictures they have sent.
Children International is so incredible, that it is addicting. My sponsorship family grows and grows especially with the ease of group sponsorships where you have 12 sponsors so you each pay for one month a year. Without the assistance of all the sponsors on LiftOne, it would be too difficult to find 11 other sponsors for your group.
I cannot explain how amazing Children International is and also their staff every time I call or email is incredibly helpful.
I have not bee completely satisfied with the customer service of the other organizations either.

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 4

I started to sponser a little Girl in india in october 2008 and i still sponser her. i feel good about doing what i do to help some one that needs help.
i have read some bad reviews of the company and i dont know if its true but it seems like a good charity. people need to understand that not all charitys are bad and not all people are out to get us.
i believe its a real charity and everyone is allowed to have their own opinion. so far i have not had any bad things come from the company of children international. i had felt a little unsure when i read some other peoples reviews but just cause some one says some thing to you dont make it true. if you dont trust a company dont send money to them. i like doing my part and i like being able to think of the child as ''my child'' so to speak. i gotten letters and pictures thruout the 3 years since i started and until some proof comes out im gonna stay doing what i do. it makes you feel good if you have a heart to help those in need.

1 lindseyrieder

Donor

Rating: 5

I started sponsoring a child through CI in 2004. After visiting her in India in 2005, I was so impressed that I added another child, and my parents began sponsoring their child. I am now sponsoring four children and just visited them again, as well as a child sponsored by a group of friends, and my parents' sponsored child. It is amazing to see all that CI does for the children and the communities that they live in. My oldest is now 17 and a smart, hard-working high school student with her eyes set on college next.



There various programs and campaigns make a big difference for the children and their families, provioding them with school needs, medical and dental check-ups and care, extra food for kids in need, youth group programs, and places to study and play, and much more-- such as the option to help families with income-generating projects or home improvements.



Many people are suspicious of sponsorship organizations, but in the past 7 years, I have had nothing but excellent experiences and countless evidence that they are an effective, legitimate organization. I am extremely pleased and thrilled to be a part of it.



I have donated extra funds for tutors, family needs and so forth and have always found the organization to be consistent and transparent. I greatly enjoy the exchange of letters with my sponsored children and over time have built a good relationship with them.



Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring a girl in the Dominican Republic for about 5 years. Recently my husband and I traveled there to visit and we met her. Every aspect of the visit met or exceeded my expectations. The field office people there showed me around their office in Santo Domingo and a translater was with us and the child and her mother. We had a wonderful day getting to know each other in person and we got to see what a difference we had made in her life. She may not understand it yet, but she has made a difference in my life too; the joy I got from seeing her excitement and hearing about her school and her dreams for her future is immeasurable. I would recommend this org. to anyone - truly wonderful people doing inspiring work and changing lives - one child at a time.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

After doing some research on Children International, I dicovered that their CEO makes over 450k a yr. This does not include company perks such as company car, company credit card, private jet, and other so called "ADministrative cost". Now include their other executive officers and board members who are likely making over 350k, we have a problem on our hands. Non-profit means money does not go into the company, but to the cause. In this company it goes into these fat cats pockets.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My beautiful 23 year old daughter, a recent college graduate was recently hired by Children International marketing department. They required her to stand on the City Streets of Denver all day long and pander for sponsors. She was physically and verbally assulted by a number of homeless men and others. When she tried to report this to her supervisor she was told he did not have time to talk to her as he was busy hiring others. I have seen young people used to get money in the streets in 3rd world countries. Shame on Children International for doing this to my daughter!

Review from Guidestar

5

Donor

Rating: 1

It appears that the organization uses most of the children's birthday contributions for purposes other than birthday purposes. If you were to do the simple calculation of converting american currency to that of the currency of the country in which your sponsor child lives, then compare that difference to the approximate price of the reported gifts, as I did, you would realize that the numbers do not add up nearly to the amount of your contribution. A big part of your contribution would be missing.

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored a child through Children's Internation for about 10 years. My wife also sponsors a child. I have not seen anything that would make me suspicious about this organization and I truely feel my support of this little girl in the Phillapines, and her family, has been beneficial to them. The positive is that for my minimal annual support ( $264/year ) and an additional $175 a year on special days ( which is optional ) Carmela seems to get a lot a valuable benefits. They give the child the materials, clothing and medical treatment they need to attend school as well as Christian based emotional support. In addition to individual support Carmela gets the benefit of CI's local support center. I get annual updates on Carmela's progress, a letter and a picture of Carmela and the gifts she and her familiy receive from my once a year donation at Christmas. She is now 15, still in school and seems appreciative. Negative is the letters I recieve from Carmela are very generic and could be written by anyone. CI's site says you can bond with child through the letters but I don't see how. The one letter a year I get says she likes her teachers, playing with friends and helping her mother with chores and thanks me very much for her support. I thought it would be more. Realistically she is a poor young girl who doesn't speak or write english who I am trying to give a chance to. She does not need to write great letters and Children International shouldn't have to go to great expense to write them for her. Overall I feel comfortable that Carmela is recieving a significant benefit from my support. I'm glad I've done it and will support another child when Carmela turns 17.