Why choose Children International?


The sponsorship experience changes lives. Though all child sponsorship charities can work to benefit children, there are many distinctions between them.

We hope you will find this comparison tool beneficial in choosing the best child sponsorship charity for you. There are key similarities and differences to consider, such as:

  • The approach: Some sponsorship charities focus on individual child development and direct support, while others have a broader community development approach.
  • The funding: Some nonprofit organizations rely on supplemental grants and government funding versus others that rely completely on donor support.
  • The doctrine and mission: Some charities include a faith-based model and others are secular.

Thank you for considering child sponsorship to bring real and lasting changes to the life of a needy child and his or her family.

A few ways Children International is unique:

Community centers: Children International carries out many of its transformative programs through dedicated centers rooted in the hearts of the communities we serve. These safe havens serve both younger and older children, where they spend time with caring mentors while receiving the support needed to break the cycle of poverty for good. Local staff also take essential programming and activities into neighborhoods that are farther out from our community centers.

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Medical and dental care: Other charities provide medical care but Children International is the only organization to offer dental care. Poor oral health can lead to lifelong health problems, discrimination in the workplace and low self-esteem. Our dental clinics help kids face the future with a confident smile and positive outlook. And we help ensure that children and families can access health care services whenever they need them.

Focus on specific outcomes: We work to measure specific results that are directly related to our goal of graduating healthy, educated, empowered and employed adults. These outcomes are interconnected and essential to achieving the big goal: helping break the cycle of generational poverty.

Use the chart below to compare some of the major child sponsorship organizations.

*Sponsorship price and % updated February 2024 based on information found on the English US websites or, if unavailable, on Charity Navigator.

Children International charity ratings

Some of the most trusted names in the industry have taken notice of how efficiently we use your donations. Charity watchdog groups like Charity Navigator, GuideStar (now Candid), Charity Watch, Great Nonprofits and the Better Business Bureau all give Children International top ratings.

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Charity Navigator

Children International has received 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, with the highest score of 100 in the area of accountability and transparency.

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CharityWatch named Children International as a top-rated charity with an “A-” grade. This rating is based solely on financial efficiency measurements.

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Great Nonprofits

Great Nonprofits has recognized Children International as a Top-Rated Charity, based entirely on feedback from volunteers, donors and people served by nonprofits.


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Children International has earned GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered.

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Children International meets the Better Business Bureau standards for charity accountability on all 20 of the categories measured.

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