Friday, April 13, 2007

Got Questions?

Earlier this week, someone asked me (in front of a large group of people), “So…how much of what people give your organization actually goes to the children?”

It really felt good to be able to answer with confidence....

People who care enough to give also care enough to be concerned with how the money they give is spent. We feel this is one of the reasons so many of our sponsors have been with us for years – particularly those who have actually visited their sponsored children and seen their sponsorship dollars at work.

One of the things we really, really believe in is transparency. That’s why we welcome it when people check out the way we use sponsorship money. We believe we’re doing a good job of using what you give; however, we also want to know if there are ways we can improve.

That’s why we’re proud to share with you that we’ve been evaluated by a number of consumer protection groups – and that we’ve passed with flying colors! The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), Consumers Digest, BBBOnLine …all of these organizations agree that with 80% of our income being spent on programs that directly benefit sponsored children, giving through Children International is a wise way to channel your charitable contributions.

From time to time, you’ve probably had questions. Jennifer and I would love to answer any questions you may have on how Children International operates…or anything else you’d like to know about how we help children. Let us hear from you!


Anonymous said...

a question! I have a child in the Philippines whose home was swept away by the typhoon. I have sent a random amount for a special gift and I know it was used wisely for what the family needs most. Question is, how do I know what their needs are, how much would it cost to address (x,y,z in priority); ie, instead of sending several small gifts, perhaps one larger one may address their need better after the typhoon. Part of me is tempted to write/ask their field coordinator but thought to try this blog first.

Kelly said...

First of all, thanks for what you are doing for your sponsored family. I know they deeply appreciate it.

Please drop us a line at with the details of what you would like to do. Jennifer and I will make sure you get in touch with the right people so you can obtain the information you're looking for.

Thanks again!