You believe you can make a difference. That’s why you’re here. And we know you want to make sure your generosity does as much good as possible. That’s something we take very seriously, because you make our work possible. To serve children and families, we have to serve you too.
We’re proud that 90% of our total expenses in 2016 went directly to the programs and activities that help sponsored children, and we’re proud of the high standards we met in achieving that number.
At CI, your money goes a long way to make a huge change in kids’ lives.
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We’re proud to be a BBB-Accredited charity and bear the Wise Giving Alliance Seal. It signals that we’ve met these lofty standards of accountability and ethical practices in all 20 categories measured.
CI meets the Better Business Bureau standards for charity accountability on all 20 of the categories measured, including governance, effectiveness, finances, fundraising and communication. Visit the BBB.
Great Nonprofits recognized CI as a Top-Rated Charity, an honor for the top 1% of charities. This recognition is based completely on feedback from people like you, using only reviews from donors. Check out the individual reviews here.
CharityWatch named Children International as a top-rated charity in 2017. Organizations are included on this list when they meet several pieces of criteria, such as putting 75% or more of their budget toward programs and spending less than $25 to raise $100. Learn more about our "A" rating.
Consumers Digest named CI one of the top humanitarian organizations in the United States for our efficiency in spending your donations. See how we compare.
Your sponsorship contributions go directly into the bank, where state and federal bank examinations make sure it’s safe. From there, they get transferred directly to the field agencies, where field staff makes sure they’re used to provide benefits and services.
By using independent audits of every agency, we make sure funds are aligned with the approved budget. And we go see for ourselves. CI headquarters staff do regular detailed reviews of facilities and operations, and we ask the kids directly about the services they’re getting.
It’s a different kind of honor, but it’s one we’re really proud of. TOMS is known for its One for One program, where a pair of shoes is given to a child in need for every pair purchased. We’ve worked with TOMS since 2013 to give new shoes to CI program participants in nine countries around the world.
“I have now seen firsthand how far that money goes and how meaningful it can be to the people who receive it.”
CI world-changer since 2007
“Kids just want to be kids no matter where in the world you are. CI makes a tremendous difference in their lives.”
CI world-changer since 2006
“I think CI opens the child’s eyes to the possibilities and their true potential.”
CI world-changer since 2005
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