can I make a gift without it being a sponsorship?

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I feel like a terrible sponsor because I can't keep up with reading and writing letters back and forth. Can I just apply my monthly gift to pay overhead? I trust you all to put the money to good use and would feel better if my sponsored child had a sponsor that wasn't such a dud.
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Kristi Nelson

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Sierra, Employee

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Kristi, thank you so much for reaching out to us! We would be happy to help you. First of all, please know that you are NOT a dud at all. Your heart for your sponsored child is awesome, and any gift you can give is SUCH a blessing! I would be happy to make changes to your account that best accommodate your needs. Are you saying that you would like us to have someone else write your child while you pay the $38 monthly sponsorship? We do have a program wherein we assign children to what we call "correspondents" for sponsors who want to continue supporting their child, but may not be able to write. If you'd like us to do that for you, would you please provide us with your sponsor number? Sadly, I couldn't find an account associated with the email address you provided.

If your concern is more financial, and paying the $38 monthly donation per month is too much for you right now, we have a few options such as changing your monthly donation to a fund where you can give as little as $5 to $10 per month, or we could offer some temporary financial assistance as well, if needed. Please let us know how you would like to proceed! We look forward to hearing from you. :)
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Tiffany Viera

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I feel the same way! How can I get the information for the correspondent program ?
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Tiffany, I'm happy to help you. Would you like to become a correspondent or have a correspondent assigned to write to your child? Regrettably, I wasn't able to locate your account using your email address either. Will you please provide either your sponsor number, child's ID number, or the email address associated with your account? Thank you! 
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Kristi Nelson

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Hi Sierra - it really is more about the letters than the money. I would also just be interested in making my monthly gift completely unrestricted. I’ve enjoyed watching my sponsored child grow up, but do feel very bad about how I frequently I write back. I also work in fundraising and know how important it is for people to help keep the lights on, so to speak. So my first preference would be to unrestrict my giving. If that isn’t possible, I’m open to looking into the correspondent program. Is there a private way to send my contact/profile information?
Kristi
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Hi Kristi! Thank you for getting back to us. :) Yes, I would be happy to move this conversation to email! Please send us an email to socialmedia@compassion.com with your ideas on what/how you wanted to give each month, and we can let you know what options we have available.
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Jill Aughenbaugh

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If you need someone to write to the child I am more than happy to do so
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Sierra, Employee

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Hi Jill! Thanks so much for being willing to write to Kristi's child. In order to keep things fair, if she were to decide to allow someone else to write to her child, we would have to assign that child to whoever had been waiting the longest for a kiddo to write to. Again, I appreciate your willingness and heart to write so much!
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Richard Despres

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Kristi dont beat yourself up. As Sierra said you are not a dud. You care enough for your Sponsored child that you feel bad about lack of correspondence and want whats right for your child to help them grow spiritually and mentally. I know that feeling I got when I sponsored my first kids. I even sat down a few times with pen and paper but never could finish a letter. I was lucky to do one letter a year...this was before online letters came to be.... and the guilt can just eat you alive. In concept how hard or how much time can it take to write a letter. In my case it used to be a very long time. I do much better today but still not where I need to be. I want to thank you for your courage and honesty and most importantly putting your sponsored childs needs ahead of your own. Someday down the road our Lord may convict you to take on Sponsorship again.
If He does you will be equipped. May our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ bless you in all that you do for His Kingdom....

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