Fiscal responsibility When it comes to achievement, repeats are impressive. Three-peats are utterly amazing. Any ideas on what we call an eight-peat?

In the world of charities, this translates to “exceptional.” For eight consecutive years, we have been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating – four stars – for responsible financial management.

But who is Charity Navigator?

Evaluating more than 5,400 charities each year, Charity Navigator is the largest independent evaluator of charities in the nation. Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, describes our achievement:

“Only 1 percent of the charities we rate have received at least eight consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Compassion International consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Compassion International from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

This coveted designation is particularly important today as charitable giving is down across the nation. In these tough economic times, everyone is looking for ways to stretch the dollar, and that includes charitable dollars.

For Compassion, though, fiscal responsibility is only part of the charitable equation.

As you know, we work tirelessly to bring hope to one needy child, where once only hopelessness existed. We do this more than 1 million times each day, but in unique and personal ways.

This is our calling and our passion: to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. We do this while staying committed to our cornerstone practice of financial stewardship.

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  1. Amy Wallace
    Aug 7, 2009
    at 5:07 am

    Way to go Compassion!!!!

    Man, I am so thankful I went to that Newsboys concert 3 years ago and was introduced to Compassion.

  2. Aug 7, 2009
    at 6:22 am

    Thanks for sharing. This is so important for many of us, as we share our experience with Compassion with others. Whether it’s a potential sponsor sorting through the several organizations doing the “same” thing (child sponsorship), why should they choose Compassion–especially if it costs more than (some of) the others? This post is an answer. Compassion has been proven to get the money where it tells us it’s going to go.

    And I also love the bit about partnering with local churches–mainly for the mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name, but also because it seems to do something with accounting, so that the funds don’t get “stuck” in a government somehow.

    (Someone please correct that last statement if I’m wrong! I don’t want to be misinformed, to make sure I pass along correct information to other sponsors.)

  3. Sarah Charles
    Aug 7, 2009
    at 6:31 am

    This is one of the things I love about Compassion. Your money is going where they say it is going.

  4. Sheri Beck
    Aug 7, 2009
    at 6:38 am

    Praise God for His faithfulness to this ministry, and for all the hands that help make it happen!

  5. Becky
    Aug 7, 2009
    at 11:43 am

    In addition to Judith’s post about using the 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, Charity Navigator has another new report that is useful. Many people think that non-profit organizations should have their staff take a vow of poverty and essentially volunteer all their time rather than compensate the staff fairly. I personally feel that it is important to compensate staff appropriately for their experience and position. Charity Navigator released a report about CEO compensation, which apparently is their fifth annual report. For charities that have over 13.5 million in total expenses the average CEO pay $286,760, and for those with expenses over 100 million (like Compassion) the average CEO pay is $462,037. According to Charity Navigator, Wess Stafford, Compassion CEO, makes less than HALF of the average CEO of a non-profit with total expenses of over 100 million! One sentence from the report that I liked about how the report was not designed to malign large non-profits, ‘Rather, we want donors to understand and appreciate that the top nonprofit leaders, those who are sought after for their ability to manage multi-million dollar institutions and who are tasked with the mammoth goal of making the world a better place, command significant salaries’


  6. Aug 8, 2009
    at 7:38 am

    Way to go…can’t wait to hear about the 9th consecutive 4 star rating!

  7. geri
    Aug 10, 2009
    at 1:47 am

    I found Compassion International through the Charity Navigator. I was looking for a charity with good ratings and compassion came up. I gave to a try and now 7 years later and 8 kids, it is still my favourite child sponsorship organisation.

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