Accompanying some gifts in our Gifts of Compassion gift guide, you’ll notice a note that indicates that your gift will go towards a fund, such as our Income Generation Fund or our Safety and Stability Fund, while other gifts have a progress bar on them. What does that mean? We’re here to tell you!
Two types of gifts
There are two types of gifts in our Gifts of Compassion gift guide:
1. Fund gifts
Fund gifts meet some of the most common needs of the children and families we serve around the world as identified by our local church partners. These are gifts like emergency food packs, livestock, vocational training, mosquito nets, clean water and more.
Because these gifts are so common, they could go to almost any one of our 8,000 local church partners around the world at any given time, depending on their needs. As a result, we don’t always have the exact specifics to share with you in the gift guide. Instead, we put your gifts towards a fund that resources our local church partners as they express specific needs related to the gifts presented in the gift guide.
For example, this year, when you buy an Emergency Food Pack, your gift goes to the Safety and Stability Fund, which equips our local church partners to provide stability and emergency response to families in need, particularly in the aftermath of crisis, through things like emergency packs as well as rent support, home reconstruction and child protection workshops. This ensures that your gift of an Emergency Food Pack is given to the right family at the right time.
The word “fund” might make it sound like your gifts are sitting in a bucket somewhere, but rest assured it’s actually quite the opposite: fund gifts meet some of the most urgent needs identified by our local church partners. This “fund” model equips our church partners to use your gifts in the most effective way possible. It also means that if we encounter the awesome problem of too much generosity, your gifts can be easily re-directed within the fund to the closest related need.
2. Specific gifts
Unlike fund gifts, specific gifts meet a—you guessed it—specific need identified by one or a small group of our local church partners. In this case, we know the specifics of exactly where your gift is going and how big the need is.
For example, one of our specific gifts this year is Literacy Support Workshops. One of our local church partners in Brazil recognized the need for literacy support amongst 50 students at their Compassion centre. In total, these workshops will cost $13,900 for 50 students, or about $275 per student. Through Gifts of Compassion, we’ll invite you to give the gift of literacy support to one student for $275 and once we have collectively supported all 50 students and the need is met in full, we won’t be raising funds for it anymore. Instead, we’ll add new gifts as our local church partners express the needs of their communities or we’ll invite you to give towards other related gifts.
That’s why you’ll notice these types of gifts have a progress bar on them. Together, we can track our progress towards meeting this specific need in full. This also means that not every gift in our gift guide will be available forever. So, if you see something you want to give towards, make sure to do it sooner than later!
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This year’s Gifts of Compassion funds
The Gifts of Compassion gift guide is broken down into six categories, each representing a fund. Here are this year’s Gifts of Compassion funds:
The Income Generation Fund provides families living in poverty with resources to earn an income: things like livestock, financial literacy training, small business support and more. Globally, one in two people saw their earnings drop during the COVID-19 pandemic, and people living in poverty took the hardest hits. Nearly two years since the onset of the pandemic, your gift is vital to helping families recover from the crisis and build resiliency for the future.
Education and Training
The Education and Training Fund provides kids and youth in poverty with access to learning resources and educational opportunities to equip them for futures free from poverty. This includes textbooks, computers, and learning materials and tuition for vocational training, college or university. Worldwide, one in five kids are not in school and approximately 1 billion kids fell behind due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your gifts to the Education and Training Fund make a transformative difference in the face of this staggering need.
Safety and Stability
The Safety and Stability Fund provides vital essentials such as housing support and emergency food packs to families in need, particularly in the aftermath of crises or environmental disasters. Through gifts like child protection workshops, the Safety and Stability Fund also ensures children living in poverty are known, loved and protected so that kids can just be kids, even in the face of poverty and crisis.
Moms and Babies
The Moms and Babies Fund provides tangible care and life-saving support to moms and babies living in poverty during the most critical time of life. This includes pre-natal care, health checkups for both mother and baby, critical medical care, food for malnourished moms and babies and the essentials for newborns. Most of the millions of children who die every year pass away in their first year of life from preventable causes. Your gifts to the Moms and Babies Fund will make a life-saving difference for mothers and babies in poverty.
Health and Wellness
The Health and Wellness Fund provides children and their families with the resources that meet their most critical health needs. The impact of COVID-19 on the communities in which these children live has made preventative health initiatives more important than ever. This fund covers things such as mental health support, mosquito nets, dental kits, food for malnourished children and hygiene kits which help prevent health crises for vulnerable children and their families.
Water and Sanitation
The Water and Sanitation Fund meets one of our most basic needs: clean water and adequate sanitation facilities. A lack of access to water and sanitation can be deadly. Your gifts to the Water and Sanitation Fund ensure that children around the world have clean water to drink, the ability to practise good hygiene, and protection from deadly diseases through things such as water filters, washrooms and handwashing stations.