Do you have any tips on starting a non profit or is there someone you could connect me to that would have tips?

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I was wondering if you could give me tips on starting our non profit organization, we are having trouble figuring out how we will be able to find and connect to the children in order to give them money or resources, are there certain places in the third world countries that would connect us to those in need, such as community centers, and how would you get in contact with those places, I dont know what you could do but anything would help.
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Hi Amy! I'm so excited that God's pressing on your heart to reach out to children in need and that you're using your gifts and skills to pour into the lives of others. I pray he blesses your efforts and provides all of the resources and tools you need! Which, he will! He's a great father and loves taking care of his children, through his children! :)

To address your main question of how to find and connect with children in need, Compassion is unique in how we seek out the children that are registered in our program. Our office here in the US actually does not make decisions on which children are registered in our program and which centers we partner with. We leave this up to our country offices. The Country Director works with his Area Director to find and identify the neediest children and families in their communities and the number of children and projects we work with each year.

So to expand, Compassion works exclusively through the local church because we believe that the indigenous people where we work, know their communities and the needs of their people, and can clearly and effectively communicate to these children in the best way that fits their culture and that they'll understand. We first work hard to build relationships with those in the countries we work in, that share our heart and vision to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. Compassion is there to assist financially and to help train the indigenous workers that the churches we partner with, staff our projects with. We also act as an advocate for the projects as well as to help hold them accountable to Compassion's standards. We also decided on an age range of children that we would register into our program. We register children ages 9 and under, and the maximum completion age for our countries is from 18-22 years old. 

Compassion is strategic in the way we minister to children but most of all, Compassion seeks first the Kingdom; we pray and stay open to allow the Lord to move us in the directions we need to go. God is the one who orchestrates and holds together each part of our ministry.

I would suggest that you stay in prayer about this and I trust God will direct each of your steps! Maybe start by deciding where you want to begin your work. There is so much need around the world but we can't be everywhere at once. So hone in and focus on one area that the Lord puts on your heart and maybe select a country where you or someone else knows an individual that you can connect and discuss your dream with. If you have connections or know people in that area already, go and visit a church in a community you find has a need that you want to address. Build relationships with these leaders and who knows what doors that might open up for you! 

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