How is my sponsorship donation used?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

At Compassion Canada, a minimum of 80 percent of funds raised are used for ministry activities, including all field level expenses, which directly benefit your sponsored child. Less than 20 percent is used for fundraising initiatives and administration in Canada. Compassion assisted children and their families receive no cash. Benefits are always in the form of goods and services, carefully designed, delivered and purchased according to the children’s individual needs. Click here to view our latest financial statement.

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You can change your automatic withdrawal information through the Update Your Information form on our website or by calling our office. Thank you for supporting Compassion.

Click here to change your payment details online.

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How long can I sponsor this child?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

To graduate from Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, sponsored children need to have at least completed primary school, a vocational training course and possibly secondary education as well. The expected age at which children may complete the program varies from country to country depending on the education system, but will be between 18 years and 22 years. A child may leave the program earlier if their family moves from the area, or if the home situation improves, or if the family chooses to withdraw their child from the program. Every teenager with Compassion has a plan for their future, including their likely date for finishing the program. You are welcome to write to your older sponsored child asking about what is contained in their copy of ‘My Plan for Tomorrow’.

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Yes, we can make this happen for you. We would need the contact information for the friend or family member so that we can give them the picture and profile of the child they are starting to sponsor. If the friend or family member was willing, we could still have the letters from the sponsored child come to you and you could continue to write to this child. Please contact our office by phone or by email so that we can make this change for you.

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Children and families receive no cash. Benefits are only ever in the form of goods and services, carefully designed, delivered or purchased according to their needs.

Note: Child and family gifts (donations) are allocated exclusively to the child / family you are supporting. Project staff will involve the family in purchasing gifts that are appropriate and meet specific needs.

If you are interested in learning more about how Compassion Canada handles finances, click here.

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Yes, we can remove your spouse’s name from the sponsorship. We will require written or verbal permission from your spouse to do so. Unfortunately you will not be able to keep your same sponsor number. We are required to change the sponsor number because we are asked to keep a record of all donations by name by the Canada Revenue Agency. Therefore, we will have to set up a new sponsorship to reflect the change in the name of sponsorship. Please contact our office by phone or by email so that we can make this change for you.

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The church projects in each country decide as they have a greater understanding and knowledge of the needs of their community. Children are registered for sponsorship between the ages of three and nine. The eligibility of each child is determined on an individual basis which includes an assessment of  the family income, living conditions and overall family situation. These children are the poorest of the poor in a community which has been assessed as needy by Compassion staff. Generally, one child per family is sponsored.

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In areas where there are thousands of families needing help and only a few hundred places in the Compassion project, the local staff may limit sponsorship to one child per family. However, in some areas, up to three children per family may attend the project. You are welcome to contact Compassion Canada to ask if your sponsored child’s siblings are already registered with Compassion, and if so, whether they are still awaiting sponsorship.

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How does Compassion work?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Each child is linked with just one sponsor. Each sponsor contributes $41 a month to ensure that their sponsored child receives healthcare, education, food, clothing, vocational training, social, emotional and spiritual care. These benefits are provided through activities run through the church-based child development centre.

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Yes, we can change this sponsorship to your name. We will require written or verbal permission from the members of your youth group to do so. Unfortunately you will not be able to keep your same sponsor number. We are required to change the sponsor number because we are asked to keep a record of all donations by name by the Canada Revenue Agency. Therefore, we will have to set up a new sponsorship to reflect the change in the name of sponsorship. Please contact our office by phone or by email so that we can make this change for you.

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Compassion’s child development ministry is not based on material handouts. We facilitate individual child development by providing learning opportunities that a child may not encounter in another situation. Learning is central to Compassion’s mission-we provide life skills that foster each child’s success. Learning opportunities also are provided for parents, which enables them to improve their parenting skills and provide for their families. Therefore we do not allow extra money to be given every month, but there are several opportunities over the year for you to bless your sponsored child and family with a special monetary gift.

To give a child, family or project gift – click here!

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At Compassion, the difference is Jesus. Our Christ-centred, child-focused and church-based program addresses more than the physical, social and economic needs of the children in our care, it addresses their spiritual needs. We believe that the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – is the only way to truly break the cycle of poverty and transform children, families, communities and nations.

 

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How do I begin sponsoring a child?

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A sponsorship has begun once you have selected a child and we have received your first donation. Your monthly support of $41 CAD provides the opportunity for your sponsored child to participate in a church-based program that offers life-changing opportunities.

To sponsor a child click here

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Yes, you can send in a cheque or money order for however many months you would like to pay at once. You can call our office and we can put through a credit card donation for whatever amount you prefer. You can also setup an automatic withdrawal (banking or credit card) recurring quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Please contact our office for more information or to setup any of these options.

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Yes, donations can be made by pre-authorized withdrawal from your Visa or MasterCard. You can also call our office to charge your credit card with a lump sum for your sponsorship.

Click here to setup a monthly pre-authorized withdrawal from your credit card.

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Because we value the relationship between a sponsor and child, we have a few different options available that may allow you to continue your relationship with your sponsored child.

Please email us at info@compassion.ca or call us at 1-800-563-5437 to let us know that you need to cancel. We would love the opportunity to discuss these possible options with you.

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