Does 100% of my additional givings go to my child?

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If I want to give my child an gift of $25, does 100% of that go toward my child? Or does Compassion take a cut?
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Whitney Yang

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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Starting this past June, they take out 10% out of every gift for processing fees, etc.
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Mary Kinsley

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The 10% is used to pay for the process to get your gift to your child - the time it takes for an employee to shop for and deliver the gift, etc.  It would be a different matter if it just involved handing your check to your child, but there's more involved in buying and delivering a gift, etc., and this money needs to come from somewhere.  Since gifts are optional, it makes sense to do this, instead of raising everyone's monthly fees.
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Agreed Mary. The cost of transferring money needs to be covered somehow.
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Hi Whitney! These wonderful women are correct. Over the summer, we began using 10% of monetary gifts exclusively for the administrative costs that are involved with sending gifts to our children including wiring the money, tracking and delivery, transportation to purchase the gift, and the cost of developing and sending the photos of the purchased gift back to the sponsors when the gift was over $60. 
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Hi Sarah! This new policy is perfectly reasonable and I was actually surprised when I learned that Compassion was able to cover all of the additional costs associated with the gifts prior to this change. I do have a question related to this topic about the amounts that we are able to send to our sponsored kids. Have the gift limits been adjusted to accommodate for this change? For example, if a sponsor would like to send $100 as a birthday gift would it be acceptable to send a check for $111.11 so that the administrative costs would be covered and the net gift amount would still be $100?
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William Blair

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Works for me Adam. If we do it this way God will bless us for doing just that. Maybe we should just stop worrying about this 10% being taken out. The cost of doing business continues to go up. Compassion had no other options that would work as well as this. They have apologized enough for this change they had to make. Not that they needed to in the first place.
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Adam, the gift limits have not been formally adjusted and you won't see changes to the website giving options. However, you're certainly welcome to do as you mentioned in your example of sending a check with the additional amount and we'll honor this and apply it to your child's gift so that the full $100 goes towards their birthday.
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Thank you, ma'am.

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