Make the minimum amount for a gift photo dependent on the community

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I guess this is both a question and an idea wrapped in one, but as I'm sending out monetary gifts I've been wondering how the amount of $60 was decided on as the cutoff of when sponsors should receive a photo of the gifts. I'm mainly curious because frankly that's a big draw for me and if I have the money to give $60 or more, I'm totally going to do it and it seems like that may be a common draw for people to give just a little more. Where my issue comes in is with the kids who live in massively impoverished areas. I had to think long and hard about what I was giving them because for me, I want to give $60+ for the photo. However, that's more than half a years family wages for at least one of my children and that makes me not do it. Then that selfish picture-wanting part of me (which I'm sure so many of us have) feels disappointed, though, because it's like the onlyw ay to get the picture is to be possibly inappropriately spendy for the family. Has it ever been considered to make the gift photo amount dependent more on the community income rather than the amount of the gift itself?
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Hi Lindsay! While I am not sure off the top of my head why we chose this limit and whether we would consider making different requirements for specific contexts, I am checking with our program department for more information on this subject. I'll let you know what I find out. 
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I am looking at the same issue. Although, $60 is a lot for me to spend currently, and too much to send to a 7 year old for Christmas or Birthday (even one in the US). But, I would love to be able to pay for updated pictures of my child. I would gladly pay for those!
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I have thought the same thing Lindsay! I had a lady decide to NOT sponsor a kiddo at an event/concert a couple weeks ago because of this!

She was asking more questions after intermission and wanted to know if she'd get pictures of the kiddos present and i told her that would only happen if she sent over $60 & literally the next thing out of her mouth was, "Isn't that a little insance because the parents probably don't earn that much in a year working?" 

Man she had a point ... I tried to explain that it's probably more because of the cost of the camera/picture taking/photo hosting back to the website for your account and printing/postage back to you and she said I'd cover those costs to see what they'd buy just out of curiosity. 

Great question Lindsay! 
Thanks for looking into it Susan!
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Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I have an email out to our program development and I have been checking up with them periodically to see if they have an answer for me. Thank you for your patience as I hope to have an answer for you all soon. :)
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Good day all!  I have sponsored a child for nearly five years and am reading these guidelines for child and family gifts for the first time today.  I did not know about the $60 family gift photo, nor that the maximum gift amounts had increased.  Where can I find the complete guidelines defined?  I looked and do not find them on the Compassion homepage.
Thank you.
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Hi Bette! I'm so sorry to catch you off guard with these gift guidelines! There is some more Gift Giving FAQ on our website. 
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Any update Susan?
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Official Response
Hello everyone! I just received a response from our our program department this morning! They shared with me that the minimum amount decision was the result of attempting to balance a desire to provide more reporting for our donors on how their gifts were used with the workload and cost that it takes to provide the photo. It is simply not cost effective if we were to provide photos for gifts under $60 at this time. It is unlikely that we would move to varying minimum photo standards for different communities for this reason. 

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