(Closed) Has anyone ever sponsored a child?

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’ve done some short term programs locally, but I don’t know if that’s what you are going for. I work for a non profit though and any time you give you should know what the overhead percent is, if it is higher than 30% I would keep looking. Also, ask for an annual report that tells you how much they brought it and how many people, in the case, children they helped and what they define help as.

(30% is super high- 15% is excellent for my area.)

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I sponsor a child from World Vision. It’s a monthly payment, and it’s great. It rates very highly among charities. They’re also very accountable; everything is transparent. 88.3% of funds goes to program expenses. This is an extremely efficient use of your money.

Charity Navigator is a great website if you’re looking for great charities. The world vision review of it is below:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4768

This site is great cuz it gives you lists depending on what you’re looking for. Looking for highly rated charities with lowest paid CEOs? They have a list. 10 celebrity related charities? They have a list for that too.

My vote’s for World Vision 🙂 I’ve been sponsoring a child for a couple years now, and I have never regretted it.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

oh, only 11.5% goes to administrative and fundraising expenses. very low overhead

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have sponsored at least 8 different children over the past 20+ years through Children International. I started with one, and a few years later I added a second. As each one “graduates” from the program, they automatically assign me another. I get pictures and letters regularly, and I am encouraged to write to them and even visit if I wish.  (I haven’t done that; most of the kids have been in the Phillipines.) I keep their most recent photos on my fridge.

CI has always seemed to be an honorable group working hard to improve conditions for the children and their communities. But whichever organization you choose, good for you! It doesn’t take much of a sacrifice on our end to make a big difference in their lives.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I sponsor a child in Nepal through Plan International — I chose Plan because they’re independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

http://plan-international.org/

(80% of your donation goes to Plan initiatives in your sponsored child’s town, 20% goes to overhead.)

It’s been a good experience so far — I get regular updates with pictures and we’ve exchanged a few letters (me) and drawings (her).  I keep her picture on my fridge and seeing her helps me keep things in perspective.

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MissMollySue: it mentions on charitynav that 71.9% goes to Plan initiatives BUT i honestly think most of these orgs are really great. You can’t really go too wrong with any of them 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My family sponsors three through Compassion. http://www.compassion.com/

I LOVE it. The overhead is low, and it is fantastic to get to know children half a world away and know that you are impacting their lives in a positive way. I pay about $35 a month per kid. (My parents sponsor two, and Fiance and I one). We send letters a few times a year and get letters back at least two or three times a year from kids. It’s very rewarding.

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