How much of my money actually goes to my child?

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Amanda Roberts

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Amanda Roberts

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Compassion is committed to giving at least 80% of your support to program expenses which directly impact your child. The money you give each month is not given directly to the child or their family, instead to the local church partner. This is a guaranteed way to ensure your child receives the physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual benefits associated with our mission at Compassion.
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Dorothy Odhiambo

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Hi amanda,
warm greetings l like the spirit in you of mothering a child and give support may God help you and enable the people on Earth to have that kind of Golden heart of donating her 80% to needy children.
J.A.Nyamwala 
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Arnie

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I had the opportunity to visit our sponsored child earlier this year and I cannot express just how impressed I was with both the Compassion staff and the church partner staff. The church partner facilities, programs, and level of care provided are second to none. I have yet to meet a Compassion employee who treats their job as a job. To them it is a passion, a way of life. Their dedication to the people and programs they serve is amazing. God Bless them all!
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Compassion is committed to seeing that 80 percent or more of our expenditures are used for program activities, including cash grants to projects, field training, program evaluation, communication between sponsor and child and other critical activities. We are also committed to carefully managing our administrative and fund-raising costs in order to provide the most effective and meaningful programs possible.
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Habtamu

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Does the local church really receive 80% of the support?
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Shaina Moats

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I've taken an excerpt from a blog article written last year to answer your question. You can view the entire article here.

As for how we spend your money, no more than 20 percent pays for administration and fundraising. That’s our commitment to you. And for the past several years, we’ve been significantly below that 20 percent, usually two to four percentage points below.

In fiscal year 2009, approximately $31 of your $38 monthly payment paid for development center grants, program services and child advocacy (i.e., educating the Body of Christ about the biblical mandate to care for children and the poor), while a nickel shy of $7 was used for administration ($3.23) and fundraising ($3.72).

Because of how we manage your money we have received eight consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator. Only 1 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator have been recognized in this way.

So, what does the $31 buy your sponsored child?

The money categorized as development center grants is delivered directly to our church partners to cover the costs of implementing our sponsorship program. The basic elements of these activities include:

  • regular Christian training

  • learning opportunities (e.g., funding school attendance and/or regular participation in extracurricular educational activities)

  • health treatment and training (e.g., regular physical exams, dental care, vaccinations, referral for advance medical care, instruction in physical and dental hygiene, exercise, nutrition and preventive health care)

  • socio-emotional development (e.g., learning basic social skills, teamwork, art, drama, dance, etc.)

  • materials and supplies including hygiene supplies (e.g., soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste), center supplies (e.g., paper, writing utensils, games, toys), fees or costs associated with field trips, camps, drama, art and dance activities, and snacks, food and supplemental nutrition each child may need

  • individualized care and attention (e.g., school progress reports, center attendance records, health records, home visits by social workers and adult supervision while at the development center)


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    Michelle Vaz Can

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    I am still curious because the question does not seem to be fully answered, how much of my actual donation goes directly to the child I am sponsoring?
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    Jennifer

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    I'm just another sponsor, but here is another thread you might find helpful.  

    https://support.compassion.com/compassion/topics/how-do-we-know-our-child-is-benefiting-from-our-spo...

    The program is directly beneficial to each child, and the number of children in the program is directly related to the number of sponsors they have.
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    Shannon Massey, Employee

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    Hi Michelle, 

    I know each of these threads have a lot of information, but maybe just not exactly what you are looking for. I think what you are asking is what amount of the $38 monthly fee goes directly to your child. Is this correct? If so, please know that Compassion is committed to making sure that at least 80% of these funds go directly to helping your child directly, with the remaining being used for administration fees. Although the child is not given these funds personally, we do transfer them to the child's project where they provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, and medical care, but we also provide for the children’s educational, emotional, and spiritual development. Please be assured that we are committed to carefully managing our costs in order to provide the most effective and meaningful programs possible.

    If this is not exactly what you wanted to know, can you please be a little more specific so that we can make sure to answer you to the best of our ability? Thank you so much! 
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    Jess Harkins

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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Where does my $38 go?.


    Hi,

    I have been giving and writing to Jhon in Bolivia for over a year now. I was wondering if you could please break down what my $38 dollars covers each month. Does it go directly to Jhon? If not, where does it go? Who is the tutor that is always writing? Does the $38 provide food or water for Jhon or his family? Does the money only go to the child or does some go to the family as well? Thank you very much for your time. Have a wonderful night. Be blessed.

    Sincerely,
    Jess Harkins
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    Daniel Samuel

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    hello Jess,
    They are not doing well here.
    Please take care for your kid and your money.
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    Daniel Samuel

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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Is the fund properly using for the mission?.


    Compassion having a good desire and mission, but the fund properly delivering to the children or not?
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    Good morning Daniel! I am not sure I am clear on what exactly you are asking but I merged your inquiry with this discussion as I believe it may address your concerns. I would encourage you to visit Charity Navigator also, as they rate non-profits including Compassion International, on their financial accountability and transparency - evaluating their business practices, spending habits, transparency in reporting expenditures, and ethical best practices for fund management. Please let me know if this does not answer your question or if you have any other specific questions about our organization and I will be happy to answer them! :)
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    Daniel Samuel

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    Hello,
    am very happy to see your reply, you are right with my question. I planned to sponsor a child last year, but I visited one of your child development center, after looking that I changed my thought.
    Then how can you say that the compassion is doing good JOB.
    I can prove what they are doing.
    Am I Right. Can you reply perfect answer for this. 
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    Emily

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    Hello Daniel, Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention. I am very sorry that you did not have a good experience when you visited one of our projects. Compassion takes financial integrity very seriously and we would like to file an investigation regarding this situation to ensure this project is following Compassion's policies. Please email us at socialmedia@us.ci.org with further details about this issue, what you experienced at the development center you visited, and the parties involved, and we will look into this further for you. 
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    brielle

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    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    does my sponsorship directly effect my child?.


    if I sponsor a child, does the money go to give him the things he needs or does it benefit all the kids in the program/ church?
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    Emily

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    Hi Brielle! That is a fantastic question and one that I certainly think you should ask before supporting a child! :) First off, I want to thank you for your heart for children and wanting to help release them from poverty in Jesus' name! I have merged your question with this conversation because Amanda and Shaina have answered this same inquiry for other sponsor's and provided specific information on our program and how much and in what ways your contributions are used to support your child at the project he or she attends. I certainly hope this helps you and please let me know if you have any other questions!

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