Why is there a monetary cap for personal gifts and family gifts a year?

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Why is there a monetary cap for personal gifts and family gifts a year? What if I'm blessed to send more? I give my own son 100.00 for birthday why can't I give that to my sponsor child ?
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Kelly B.

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Denise Bailey

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You can give up to $100 for a birthday gift each year and you can also give up to a $100 child gift at another time in the year.  Up to $1000.00 per year can be given as a family gift each year.
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Kelly, in the past there were smaller limits set on giving than I have listed above.  Your sponsor child will be very happy to receive such a generous gift from you!   Have you set up your online account available on the Compassion website?  This is where you can make payments, send financial gifts and write letters and there is a place for additional giving and the amounts are on there.  Someone that works for Compassion I am sure will answer you tomorrow but I thought you might want to know sooner. 
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Kelly B.

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Hi Denise, thank you for answering my question in part. I still would like to know why the cap lol I can see them having a minimum but don't understand why they would only allow a certain amount a year. I have not set up my online account yet but as soon as I figure out how I will lol!
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Kelly, were you able to setup your online account?
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Kelly B.

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Hi Susan, 
               All I was able to do when I clicked on the link to My Account, was change my password. There was nothing else that I saw(or understood :-) ) for me to fill out!
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Kelly, I'm sending you an email with instructions on setting up your account and what you will be able to do once you have successfully made it into your account online. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions. :)
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Hi Kelly! I appreciate your heart to bless your child with what you have been blessed with. To clarify, you are welcome to give $100 as a birthday gift to your sponsored child if you would like. You just can't give more than $100 at any one time specifically to your child. Our reasoning with the gift limits is that in many areas where we work, the average family may only make $5-$50 total in an entire month. A gift of more than the family makes in a year can be very overwhelming for the family, and could even put them at risk within their poor community due to jealousy. 
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Hi Susan,
               Thank you for getting back to me so fast in answering my question. That is very understandable, I agree. My sponsorship was at a  Casting Crowns Concert ( Awesome concerts) and was right around his birthday but I had not received my packet yet. Another question I have is, can I send his birthday and Christmas monetary gift in one($200.00) since it takes so long for each to get to my sponsor child separately?
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Kelly, just so you know Christmas gifts are pooled together for all children. So if you want to sent a large christmas gift just for your child I would send it as a child or family gift and designate it for Christmas.
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Hi KristenH,
                  Thank you for answering my question.
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Also, if you want to send 200 you can send 100 birthday AND 100 child gift...  or 100 as a family gift, or the full amount as a family gift so that parents/siblings can get something too if they'd like.  It's probably best to wait a bit and send those gifts seperately throughout the year if your child lives in an area with a super low income.  You can check on your account online to see what the average wage is in your child's area to help decide how large a gift you want to give.  I'm sure your child will be thrilled to receive whatever you send! 
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Kelly B.

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Hi Teresa Dawn, 
                           Thank you for the information and suggestions :-)
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yw :)

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