How Is My Money Used Each Month?

Thirty-eight dollars a month. That’s how much it costs to sponsor a child through Compassion, which is more than the price of sponsorship at other organizations. The difference sometimes leads to questions like these.

“When I first starting sponsoring it [the sponsorship rate] was $22 a month; that was 1989, or 1990 I forget, I’m getting old. During college I stopped sponsoring for a few years and then it was I think $26 or $28 a month . . . Other organizations have stayed about $22-24 a month . . . what extra services does Compassion offer for the extra money . . . what does Compassion provide that other organizations do not supply at $22-24 month?” — Dwight (A response to a change in rate that occured prior to 2010.)”

“I am getting a bit concerned with the cost to sponsor a child. Where is the money going that isn’t going to the children? I would hate to think it is for a glossier overedited over advertising or staff bloat to make sponsors feel better.” — Nancy White

Although these two questions may seem to be asking the same thing, they’re actually not. Dwight is asking, “What does the child I sponsor get each month for $38?” (i.e., how are our programs run and what do we deliver?). Nancy is asking, “Where is the money going that isn’t going to the children?”. They’re both important questions.

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What Makes Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program Unique?

I’m not an expert on how other sponsorship programs are run, but what I do know is that some organizations don’t have Christ at the center of what they do. And some allow children to have multiple sponsors.

So two things that Compassion delivers is the Gospel and a one-to-one relationship with your child.

Some child sponsorship programs just focus on one or two areas of a child’s development, rather than being all-encompassing, and other organizations administer their programs on behalf of the community a child lives in, rather than focusing directly on a specific child. Compassion delivers holistic child development that is child focused.

Additionally, some organizations receive government funding. We do not. We’re 100 percent sponsor and donor supported.

And finally, some programs are more localized and less global than our program is. We’re a global holistic child development ministry and we use a one-on-one sponsorship model that encourages you and your child to share your faith with each other. We’re Christ centered, child focused, and church based.

Some programs may have similarities to ours, but none are exactly the same. That’s what we deliver.

Where Is the Money Going that Isn’t Going to the Children?

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.

In fiscal year 2015, 81.8 percent of your donations paid for project 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 18.2 percent was used for administration and fundraising.

How Is My Money Used to Help the Child I Sponsor?

The money categorized as project grants is delivered directly to our church-run child development centers to cover the costs for providing the services and opportunities that make up our program.

  • regular Christian training
  • supplemental nutrition support
  • educational opportunities (e.g., funding school attendance and/or regular participation in alternative educational activities, as well as opportunities to learn life and job skills. )
  • health care 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)
  • social and 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)

Program services include activities undertaken by our staff to select, train, equip and oversee the church partners implementing our program, as well as programmatic research and evaluation. They also cover the costs of staff who direct and maintain the daily activities at the child development center.


More personally, this is where the money comes from for letter translation, postage, taking photos of your child, and updating you on your child’s well-being.

You can consider program services as the funding source for maintaining our program’s integrity and all the things that connect you and your child.

That about sums it up. I hope this explanation is useful to you.

If you want to speak with someone about our financial accountability stewardship or the independent research that proves our child sponsorship program really works, call us at (800) 336-7676.

This was originally published on June 27, 2010 and has been updated with the most accurate information as of April, 2016.

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  1. Claudia Hart June 7, 2016

    Twice I have sent envelopes containing a letter, stickers, coloring pages, etc. but have never received an acknowledgement from my child that he received them. I followed all the proper procedures regarding size, wrote my child’s name and number, along with my sponsor number, on each item, etc. I would like to send other little packages but I am hesitant to do so if he is not receiving them.

    1. Lynne June 7, 2016

      Claudia I have the exact same issue. I only hear from my child maybe 3 times a year
      I would like some acknowledgment too. Also, when I send money for a birthday or Christmas gwhat he got

      1. Emily Vanhoutan
        Emily Vanhoutan June 8, 2016

        Hi Lynne! I see that your sweet boy Raul, in Bolivia wrote to you six times last year. Please let me know if you didn’t get all of these letters as our records show they successfully mailed to you. If you didn’t receive all of them, I can see if our country office has a copy of any of these letters. You’re a wonderful letter writer and it looks like your boy is too and loves to hear from you so we certainly want to ensure you’re receiving all of your letters. Also, children are not required to send thank you letters for Christmas but they are for any other type of gift. If you send a gift and it’s been six months and you still haven’t received a thank you letter, please email us at and we can send an inquiry to our country office to check on the gift, ensure your child got it, and request a thank you letter be written for you. You certainly have the right to know how your kind gift was used to bless Raul. I see that you sent him a gift in July of last year. He wrote you a letter in January of this year that I’m hoping acknowledged that gift for you. But if he didn’t, please send us a copy of that letter and we’ll get a thank you letter for you! Your other gift was sent just this March, so you’ll receive a thank you letter regarding this gift around September or maybe even earlier :).

    2. Sarah
      Sarah June 7, 2016

      Hi Claudia! Thank you so much for sending such fun little packages to Walter! I am so sorry to hear that he hasn’t acknowledged them :(. From the information I see on your account, it looks like we just processed a letter from you in early December and one in the middle of January. Are these the letters you are talking about? Walter is receiving each one of your letters. In fact, we just processed a new letter from Walter on May 13! Have you received that one yet? Walter may not realize that you would like a written acknowledgement that he received your letters. I would encourage you to ask him in your next letter if he enjoyed your letters and received the stickers and coloring pages. I am sure your letters brought big smiles to his face! Keep up the wonderful job writing to him, Claudia, because you are making a difference in this little eight year old’s life!

  2. Doreen German June 6, 2016

    I love how efficient Compassion organization is. I don’t know of any other ministry that uses only 20% for costs. Can you imagine a church only using 2o% of their income for costs? And yet you guys are doing it, year after year, decade after decade! God has blessed this ministry! Thank you!

  3. Amber McGraw May 4, 2016

    My husband and I are sponsoring a little girl who’s name has all of a sudden changed. I’m a bit concerned. It started out as Adeline and is now Angelique? All the papers and booklets I have say Adeline, today I called to make a payment and they say her name is Angelique? I would love to send pics as proof….

    1. Susan Sayler May 4, 2016

      Hi Amber! I am so sorry for the confusion and can understand your concern for your child. Our records state that your child’s name was originally entered as Adeline into our system when she was registered. On April 29, staff realized that her name was misspelled and they corrected the spelling in our system. Child name misspelling regrettably does happen either because of a miskey error or because the parents are illiterate and do not know how to spell the child’s name so the spelling may vary on different documents. Compassion tries to go off of official person records if possible so a name change may happen when the child receives a birth certificate or some other legal document with a different spelling. I am mailing you a new child packet and will email you your child’s photo to show that she is the same child just her name was misspelled on her original paperwork.

  4. SeaJay March 28, 2016

    You mailed me the same thing twice, on the same day, two first class envelopes with colorful paper printouts.


    I already get all I need from email. No postage. No Ink. No dead trees.

    Please be sure to pay attention to us people that request email only.

    1. Emily Vanhoutan
      Emily Vanhoutan March 29, 2016

      Hi SeaJay! I’m so sorry that you received a duplicate mailing as this was certainly not our intention and possibly done by error. Regrettably, I was unable to locate your account by email to update your preferences but we certainly want to respect your wishes to no longer receive mailings from us. Please email us at with your sponsor number or child ID number and we’ll update your account for you.

  5. Amy J February 2, 2016

    If I am unable to send any more money for the child that I am sponsoring, what happens with that child?

    1. Sarah
      Sarah February 3, 2016

      Amy, if you are struggling to make donations for your child, we can place the child back up for sponsorship. Your child will still be able to attend all activities while he or she waits for a new sponsor. However, we also may be able to help you out if your hard financial situation is temporary. You can always email us at for more information on the options you have. We certainly want you to stay connected to your sweet child if you are able to.

  6. Jana March 5, 2014

    I have a question I am a first time sponsor. And you had a booth at one of the Christian concerts that I went to and I decided to Sponsor a child and I paid cash instead of check or debit/credit card. Can I send cash with the letter that I will send every month instead of paying through debit/credit card because I do not have any Debit or Credit cards or checks just cash

    1. Susan Sayler March 5, 2014

      Hi Jana! Thank you so much for helping to change the story for a child in need! We’re blessed to partner with you! While you can send cash, we strongly discourage sending cash in the mail. Because cash cannot be tracked, it is unsafe to send in the mail. I recommend going to a bank or post office to get a money order instead of cash so that it is a little more secure.

      1. Jana March 5, 2014

        Ok thanks

  7. Kenneth Brockman February 23, 2014

    Thank you for being there to help these children. I have listened to Wes many , many times on the radio and checked into your practices and accountability to make sure money is being used wisely. I feel 100 % secure that you are making the most out of Gods blessings. We recently starting sponsoring Johana from Mexico and cant wait to build a relationship with her. We already feel so blessed and are encouraging and challenging our friends and family to step up to the plate. We can all easily miss a big meal or two a week right !!! May God continue to bless you at Compassion and us sponsors as well so we may join in on this battle for the little ones . Ken Brockman

  8. cora January 16, 2014

    I am also a new sponsor, & it amazes me that compassion can do so much with such a small monthly donation! I am very excited to do this, & I am looking forward to the 1st letter I receive from our little girl in Columbia!

  9. Jason January 15, 2014

    The more I inquire, the more I’m forced to consider that the rot is deeper. It has much to do with your personnel than policy. I wish Christian organizations step up and offer more than mere lip-service. I’m terribly appalled. People need to know the real story…

    1. Susan Sayler January 16, 2014

      Jason, I’m so sorry that you are feeling duped by us and saddened that you think our organization is so deeply corrupted. Again, we relish the opportunity to improve our programs but we need to know specifics of what is going wrong so that we can change. Please email us at with the specifics of this situation so that we can properly investigate and correct this issue.

  10. Jason January 5, 2014

    From the information received from my personal contacts, I feel the information on CI’s website is not an accurate picture of what is done with the donor’s money. How else is sending just about 55% of $38 sent as sponsorship money to a child in India justifiable? Your ratings at Charitynavigator is impressive but the reports from the ground are not so. The work undoubtedly is appreciable – the question here is about honesty.

    1. Susan Sayler January 6, 2014

      Hi Jason! Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! We take financial integrity very seriously. We have committed to putting at least 80% of whatever is donated towards programs that benefit the children. Often it is higher than the 80% but it will never be less. If you have specific information otherwise, please please email us at and we will check into it to make sure that this area is up to our standards.

  11. Cheryl August 4, 2013

    I would like to know why I never get a picture of my child or a picture of what he bought with his money. I only get his letters, which is good, but I would like to see how he has grown in the last 3 years and what the stuff looks like that he bought with the gift money.

    1. Susan Sayler August 5, 2013

      Hi Cheryl! I’m so glad you contacted us about this! Compassion processes full updates, including updated photos, for all of our children every two years. It looks like we just processed an update on one of your children and we will be sending this to you in the mail. When you send a monetary gift to your children, you will receive a thank you letter for this gift within six months of when the gift is given. We will also enclose a photo of your child with their gift when you send more than $60. If it has been longer than six months, and you have not received acknowledgment that your gifts were received by your children, please email us at We’d be happy to send an inquiry to our field office just to make sure these gifts were received and see what was purchased for your children.

      1. Kim January 4, 2016

        When you send money for their birthday, do they get that gift or does it go into an account which in return goes toward a gift that every sponsored child gets when it’s their birthday? More specifically, does your child get exactly the amount you send, or a gift that is given to every sponsored child?

        1. Sarah
          Sarah January 5, 2016

          Hi Kim! Your monetary birthday gifts do go directly to your child, not into a fund. Compassion staff work with the child and his or her family to decide what to purchase with your gift. Generally, the staff try to make sure the child can receive a “need” and a “want” with the funds you have sent, which can be completely different for every child. I’ve seen my own children receive new pairs of shoes, dolls, clothes, art sets, and more with their birthday gifts. Compassion does utilize 10% of your individual child-gift donation for administrative and delivery costs of the gift.

      2. Sheila Hodges November 27, 2015

        I would love an updated picture of my child, it has been more than two years.
        Thank you
        Sheila Hodges

        1. Emily Vanhoutan
          Emily Vanhoutan November 30, 2015

          Hi Sheila! Our records indicate that Keliani’s photo was last updated in July of 2014. I bet you’re getting excited to see how much she’s grown! Although it hasn’t quite been two years yet, that two year mark is definitely coming up! You can expect to receive a new photo of her sometime around July of 2016! 🙂 Thanks for speaking into and investing in her life!

      3. Sue Vincent November 16, 2013

        I send extra to the family rather than the child. Will I still get updated photos? Also I have not recieved any confirmation of any gifts I have sent though it has only been about four months since starting.

        1. Susan Sayler November 18, 2013

          Hi Sue! If you send more than $60, regardless of whether the gift is a child gift or a family gift, you will receive a photo along with your letter thanking you for that gift. It usually takes about six months for the gift to be sent and the thank you letter to return back. It sounds like you’re still in that time frame. Thanks so much for blessing your child in such a tangible way!

  12. carol halliday July 17, 2013

    I have just returned from a visit with my sponsored child in Kenya and I cannot express in words what this life changing opportunity has meant to me and my family. I was so impressed with the teachers who accompanied my child and saw and heard first hand how our support is helping Kauria and her family. i love our little daughter and it was very difficult to leave her but we trust that God is taking care of her through the support of Compassion and that she now lives a life of hope and love. The money is important but just as important is the letter writing and assuring these children that they are loved. One day was not enough to spend with our daughter but it deepened our love for her and renewed our faith that Compassion does make a difference in the lives of these children and their families. Grateful for the opportunity we had to meet her, sad to leave her, but all glory to God for his love in caring for Kauria.

  13. Leanne July 8, 2013

    I sponsor a 5 year old (Miguel) in Peru and a 12 year old (Nia) in Indonesia. I get regular letters from Nia but only responses from Miguel. I enjoyed getting the photos of the gifts that were purchased for my children for birthdays and Christmas. I have not seen what was purchased for the family for the gifts I have sent them. Money is so often our focus and of course, I do not want my money abused but sometimes we have to take it on “faith” that an organization is truthful and responsible with the money we send. I am trusting the Lord that whatever I can do to assist these children in overcoming poverty, becoming healthy, happy children will be done. I write to them to let them know I keep them in my prayers and that I hope they are doing well. I have been sponsoring Miguel for almost 2 years now and Nia for just 1 year. If circumstances permit, I will try to sponsor another child. (I always choose from the list showing who has been on the list the longest). Pray that I will be able to do so.

  14. John Conning July 7, 2013

    So basically we have been paying you to read Bible stories to children and take photos. We honestly thought that some of the money would go to help their families directly.

  15. Stacey January 3, 2013

    Thank you for posting this! I just committed to sponsoring 2 children (one boy and girl) and it helps to know where the funds are going because I want to make sure the child gets as much of it as possible! Praise Jesus!
    “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isa. 61

  16. kirti October 9, 2012

    Some where else in your web site, I saw that 100% of the money donated for “Sponsor a Child” program is spent on the child. And that admin expenses are raised through other means. So does this contradict your statement about 7$ out of the 38$ is used for administration?

    1. Alida Catcheside October 9, 2012

      Hi Kirti,
      The 100% which goes to the child is if you send any extra gifts for their birthday or their family.
      The % taken from the regular monthly sponsorship covers the admin. Hope this helps.

    2. Jacquie Parella October 9, 2012

      Hi Kirti – That is not accurate information and we don’t state that on our website. Here’s what we do say: Thanks for asking for clarification!

  17. L August 3, 2012

    I would like to know what Compassion believes about salvation. How must a person be saved?

    1. Shaina Moats August 6, 2012

      Hey there! You can read through our statement of faith here:

  18. Leanne June 20, 2012

    I just sponsored my first child (3 year old Miguel of Peru) and am so excited to be a part of his life. I researched numerous sponsorship programs and prayed really hard to decide which to go with. Compassion, obviously, won! 1) best documentation of the services 2) best documentation of how the money would be used. One of the things that I did take into consideration was that even though some of the other charities were less costly, I wanted quality. I wanted a charity that is primarily Christ centered and I believe I chose the right one.
    When I checked out the additional giving, I was very surprised that we can give for the child as well as the family.
    I am excited to learn more about my Miguel, his country and his culture. I know I won’t learn much about it from him (he is only 3) but look forward to being a part of his life for many more years.

    Thank You Compassion!

  19. OLIVIER January 19, 2012

    WHAT EXCELLENT ORGANIZATION IS COMPASSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG UP.

  20. Luis December 5, 2011

    I have been sponsoring 4 children for 3 years now, I have always taken comfort in the fact that most of the funds go to the children, however I was recently in Colorado Spring and saw the Copassion Building, how was such an expensive and new building constructed? What percentage of the 38.00 goes to building for the employees in Colorado Springs???

  21. *Sarah* July 14, 2011

    If you send a birthday gift, Christmas gift, etc., how much of the money sent will be given to your child? Let’s say you give $20-40 for a birthday present to your child. How much of the $20-40 will be given to my child?

    1. Chris Giovagnoni July 14, 2011

      100% of the gift benefits the child.

  22. *Sarah* July 14, 2011

    I sponsor a child in Nicaragua. Her name is Suheyli and she has about 5 other siblings. I love learning that out of the $456 I pay a year at least $372 goes to Suheyli. But I’m starting to wonder if at least a small portion, even a large portion, goes to the other members of her family. Most likely the money benefits the rest of the family as well, but I can’t help worrying. Being only 13 I tend to worry about everything at once. It’s hard to come up with almost $500 a year when I’m not old enough to get a job, but I’m blessed that God has helped me this far. So can the money I send help Suheyli as well as her family?

    1. Brett G July 14, 2011

      Be assured that Suheyli’s family will benefit indirectly by things she shares and by participating in our partner church activities. You can bless this rest of the family and any of her sibling by sending extra stickers and other paper items with your letter to her. You may also bless the entire family by sending a family gift.

      I know coming up with the regular monthly sponsorship is hard enough, but you may give $25-$1,000 a year and designate it as a family gift. The project director will consult with the family about what their greatest need is and help them to purchase the items.

      Compassion does not take out processing fees from any gifts, so your child and family will receive 100% of what you send.

  23. sandra mahoney July 12, 2011

    I have sent a couple of letters to my child When do I hear back. I was told I would receive a letter back. I have already sent 500.00 for the whole year. Please let me know.

    1. Becky July 12, 2011

      Congrats on becoming a sponsor!! I’ve loved the experience of blessing and being blessed by my sponsored child.

      I do not work for Compassion, but I can tell you that at a minimum your child will write to you 3x/year and if they are in a country with reciprocal letter writing then they will write one letter in response to each letter you write. I recommend calling Compassion at (800) 336-7676 or using their live chat feature if you are concerned that a letter should have arrived and it has not and with any questions for Compassion. The blog comments are moderated, but it is not the most effective way to receive a reply from the person in the right area with the expertise you need. First letters typically take 2-4 months depending on the remoteness of the child’s project. In regards to your financial payment being over the amount, again I would speak to Compassion. Please know that you can also send Christmas gifts as well as birthday and family gifts to your child if you feel led. To learn more about letter writing and gift giving you can click on the ‘for new sponsors’ and ‘about letter writing’ tabs at the top of the blog and read some of the blogs on those topics.

  24. sandra mahoney June 8, 2011

    I have already sent my money for the year. 500.00 dollars. I know it is over the amount. but, I know you can use the rest to help either my child or another. Thank you, Sandra Mahoney

  25. R L GASKELL May 8, 2011

    I have not seen one word or example on the content of the religious training given. Is it denominational? Is tradition of man mixed in with it? Is the Bible plainly understood. Are they taught to observe the seventh day sabbath day of rest? If you start from a false premise you will surely miss the mark. Remember, the Bible says “the whole worid is deceived” (by Satan). And it is important to note that Salvation cannot be earned…it is a gift of God. As a writer of Biblical commentaries and articles I am concerned that doctrine that is not espoused in the Bible is quite often taught. The children while they are young deserve the TRUTH. Tell me, is the teaching denominational? I hope not, because denominationalism is very much akin to tribalism. Read Matthew 15 and 16 where Jesus was accused of breaking the law (as they saw it) by the Pharisees. See what Jesus had to say about it. You must NOT cause anyone to stumble over the truth. Can anyone enlighten me more on this subject before I make any decision on sponsorship?

    1. Chris Giovagnoni May 9, 2011

      [quote comment=”27910″]I have not seen one word or example on the content of the religious training given. Is it denominational? . . . Tell me, is the teaching denominational?[/quote]

      No, it isn’t. We work with numerous denominations and value churches working together. For example, in the Philippines we partner with 320 evangelical churches from 17 Christian denominations.

      We want different denominations to come together to help children in poverty.

      These four posts may interest you because they talk about our curriculum and how we teach the various aspects of our curriculum, including the spiritual aspect.

      And this post contains a video I took in Kenya last year. It’s a six-minute clip from one of the spiritual-focused classes.

      Hope that helps.

  26. Jennifer February 28, 2011

    9 other and I are first time sponsors for a little boy from hayti. I can’t believe that there are so many children out there. If more company got groups of people around to sponsor. That way is doesn’t cost 1 person so much and more would be able to afford it. I can believe how much the family live on in some of these countrys.

  27. Theresa September 4, 2010

    We have been told on foreign fields that the foreign local church or org. must match the $38 AND provide the infrastrucure – pay for the building and staff. Before we help do that for one in Asia, can you confirm if this is so?! Also is any direct sharing of the Gospel done onsite, as opposed to through the sponsor relationship?
    Thrilled about your ministry. Thanks.

    1. Shaina September 10, 2010

      Compassion works with churches that are established in the community with appropriate buildings/infrastructures. We partner with local churches because we believe it to be the best strategy- the church knows the people in their community and the people’s needs. They do not match $38.
      Our passion is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name- this means that every child will hear Bible teachings while in our program, and receive age appropriate scripture passages or a Bible on top of receiving encouragement from their sponsor’s letters.

  28. Nancy White August 17, 2010

    I wrote my question about how the money is spent after sending the $18/child I sponsor for Christmas gifts and got a letter telling me the money was spent on coats for a village in Mexico. I have been a sponsor for a while now and am blessed for it. I was quite aurprised that my Christmas money did not go where i thought it was going. I am glad the children of that village got coats though.

  29. Amy Wallace June 27, 2010

    Considering what Compassion does with our money, I have no complaints about it being higher than other organizations!

  30. Pat Fode June 22, 2010

    This was very helpful. Thank you for the explanation. I know this is an excellent organization, but it was nice to read the breakdown. I currently sponsor one child & wish I could afford more. I want to help as many of these children as I possibly can. There is such a need. I love receiving the letters from the child I sponsor. Thank you!

  31. Sarah T June 22, 2010

    Thanks for this. I think it’s useful for advocates and sponsors – not only to know where their money’s going, but to be able to answer questions their non-sponsoring friends or family might have.

  32. Stephanie T. Green June 21, 2010

    I praise God that Compassion International is Christ-centered, Child-focused, Church-based and Committed to integrity! The 4 C’s. 🙂

  33. Sheri June 21, 2010

    Great post! Your explanation really broke down Compassion’s benefits to our children well. I’ll use this to help answer sponsor questions. Compassion is an amazing organization. Thanks!

  34. Mike Stephens June 21, 2010

    That is interesting and helpful to know, but I like sending $300 family gifts so I know they actually buy something somewhat useful and surprise them! I kind of see the $38 a month as sparklers and the $300 family gift as a stick of dynamite we can all use a stick of dynamite every once in a while 😉 To put it in fireworks terms b/c 4th of July is just around the corner!

    1. Jennifer July 16, 2010

      Hi Mike.
      I’m glad you brought this up. I am a new sponsor, and I also like to send family gifts. Do you know if the family is just given the money, or if it is doled out in increments, or is something the family needs put on a list and bought for them when the money comes? How did you learn about where the family gift goes? You made me smile because you are so right, we could all use a stick of dynamite every once in a while! 🙂

      1. carol halliday August 5, 2013

        Jennifer, We just returned from a visit with our child and her teachers. We were given pictures of her new home and of the goats she tends and those are two things our family gift helped buy. They meet with the family and discuss what their greatest needs are and then take them to do the shopping. Also, during the drought of 2010, our family gifts helped to buy them food. Without this, many people starved and died at the time. We were very pleased to learn all this. Makes our gifts we send today even more important.

      2. Mike Stephens August 2, 2010

        Oh Jennifer ahahahahahahahhaa,

        I don’t really know how it works I just get the picture of what the bought, but I figure they get all my cash I sent and they buy something wisely but it is a gift from me I am not that strict on what I hope they buy

        I Peter 5:7

      3. Andrea July 24, 2010

        In most cases money isn’t given directly to the family, instead a project representative will speak to the family, determine needs and sometimes take them on a shopping trip. This is done to ensure it’s used appropriately, many children have great families, but some have families where extra money might not be spent wisely.

  35. Amanda June 21, 2010

    Very informative! Thank you for sharing this with us. $38 is not very much considering everything the money is used for.

  36. Stephanie Green June 21, 2010

    After becoming a sponsor and then an advocate, I have a much better understanding of how the money is used and used with integrity. Although some may think that more money should be given directly to children and their families, it is so important to understand the groundwork that must be laid for the money to be put to the best, and most lasting, use. I, too, am impressed at what can be done with $38, especially when i see it spelled out as it is above. Thanks for being such good stewards of our funds!

  37. Michelle June 21, 2010

    “More personally, this is where the money comes from for letter translation, postage, taking photos of your child, and updating you on your child’s well-being.”

    That, alone, justifies the extra cost for me. The ability to connect with my sponsored child and send/receive letters is one of the foremost reasons I chose Compassion to sponsor through and I have not regretted it for an instant. I treasure the photos I have of Ludis….. The center went above and beyond to show me that the money I sent last year for a family gift was not only received, but used wisely and VERY MUCH appreciated. (pictures DO say a thousand words!!!!)

  38. Greg June 21, 2010

    I’m actually pretty amazed that all of this can be done on only $38 a month. I’m a new sponsor (I sponsor a girl in Colombia) and it brings me such joy to have the opportunity to do this.

    1. Dee April 11, 2013

      But at first they say we can send gifts then I am told no it has to b money .why ?

      1. Shaina Moats April 15, 2013

        You are welcome to send paper items like stickers, post cards, etc. to your child as a gift. However, you aren’t able to send packages to your child due to mailing restrictions. Here’s more information for you:

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