Place Sponsorship on Hold

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I respectfully request that my sponsorship be placed on a temporary hold like the ones you do when people are having financial difficulty. I'm not quite ready to give up on sponsoring Gadiel yet, but there are quite a few things that I am (and have been) highly concerned about and I want to have time to review them before I make my decision on whether to continue sponsorship. Sponsor #: 01836874
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Marci L. Ficht

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Susan, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Marci, I appreciate the request, but regrettably, we cannot place your sponsorship on hold indefinitely. As you mentioned, financial assistance was designed specifically for supporters going through a short term financial difficulty. I have stopped your automatic withdrawal so that you can take a break as needed. We are aware that you have been frustrated and concerned for several months now and are very sorry to hear that you are still feeling so unsettled. As always, you are more than welcome to email us at socialmedia@compassion.com with your concerns and we would be happy to assist you further that way. 
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Marci L. Ficht

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Please cancel my sponsorship of Gadiel. Thank you. 
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Marci, I have taken care of canceling your sponsorship this morning.
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Marci L. Ficht

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Thank you. I know there are other long term sponsors out there that have already cancelled sponsorships or are not sponsoring again after their children leave the program. At least we have options with other programs like Manna 4 Lempira that is $15 a month, tons of photographs, and you can send folders every two months and a backpack in the Fall chock full of fun things like school supplies, soccer balls, and kids clothes. Oh, and they write to you, too! 
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I like how Compassion allows me the opportunity to send financial gifts to my sponsored children. That way, the child can get what they most need and it benefits the local economy. I personally prefer that over sending physical gifts. It's much more cost efficient. While Compassion isn't perfect, they've greatly improved the lives of over a million children all over the world.
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Marci L. Ficht

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Yes. I loved sending financial gifts, too! I've sent financial gifts for the past 8 years. Usually $300 and $150 a year to my Gadiel (except for this year, of course) and also income and location appropriate gifts to my Kenya girls of $100 each. I also sent $500 to the CDI in Bolivia so they could get things they needed to benefit all the children, such as food, cooking supplies, and a loud speaker stereo system for assemblies and special events.

However, I haven't sent anything for about a year now. Why? Because right now my sister is still waiting to find out what happened to matching funds of $330 and $126 that she sent last September 2016 that was supposed to reach her child by March for her Quince party. In addition to that, she had a horrible experience with a graduation matching funds gift of $500 and three separate $38 "Welcome to my family" payments from March of 2016 that was instead put in a general account for all of Compassion....and the kids are JUST NOW letting her know they finally received the money. 

Regarding the gifts I'm sending to my two boys in Manna 4 Lempira, the items in the backpacks are things that are probably difficult to find on the local economy. And we aren't allowed to send money, anyway. BUT it doesn't matter....I am totally enjoying picking out gifts for the children that they definitely wouldn't be able to afford normally. 
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