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Compassion International

Child Focused Compassion

Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry exposing children to the Gospel through efforts focused at improving their socioeconomic condition enabling them to become “responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.”

Compassion is best known for child sponsorships and encourages long term, monthly support to best meet the needs of the child.  Sponsorship funds go toward an individual child’s development rather than through community development that indirectly affects a child.   Programs that are funded by contributions include child survival, child sponsorship, and leadership development.

Compassion provides assistance to over 1 million children in 26 countries and has touched the lives of over 2 million children.  The countries Compassion operates within are located within four world regions: Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America and the Caribbean. The breadth of countries is limited because Compassion’s work is done in partnership with local churches.  Therefore, Compassion operates only in those parts of the world where there is tolerance of the church.

Compassion is somewhat unique in making it easy for sponsors to visit their sponsored child.  Sponsor tours allow sponsors to visit their sponsored child for a day to see the direct positive impact they have on their life and community.

  • Compassion is a charter member of ECFA
  • 81.7% of revenue goes toward program expenses which is near the average for similar ministries

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