Child Sponsorship Programs: Comparing 11 Organizations

I hope that after reading this article you will be able to make an informed decision of who, what and how you want to show your support to children in need.

Child Sponsorship Programs: Comparing 11 Organizations

Child sponsorship: a charity/ministry model you have no doubt encountered if you've spent any amount of time at Christian events, listening to Christian radio, or even attending Sunday morning church services. Cue the video of children in an impoverished country kicking a soccer ball with smiling faces, "All thanks to your great sacrifice of a cup of coffee every week to sponsor a child like INSERT CHILD NAME HERE." That description is very much full of cynicism, I'm aware. I don't have any issue with the concept in general. It's just that using the suffering of children as a marketing tool, albeit to help those same children, just feels icky. For me, whenever I see heavy marketing for a charity I get suspicious where the money is actually going. At the end of the day though, the only real issue with that type of marketing is that it's the only thing that will work. The only way to get people - to get Christians - to actually help those in need. Even if it is just spending money so you don't actually have to go help someone...

Alright, that's enough cynicism and criticism for one day. Clearly there is more on my heart surrounding this topic, but that's for another time. Let's get to the whole point of this article. A few months ago at my church, a guest speaker came and spoke of his life and experiences as a survivor of the Cambodian genocide . He escaped Cambodia to live in America. Later in life, however, God called him back to his home country to serve. He is involved with an organization that uses child sponsorship to help the children of Cambodia who are growing up in a broken country with a troubled past. Here's a link if you're interested in Dareth Ly's story .

Neither my wife nor I said anything that day, but that message planted a seed in both of our hearts. That seed was planted deeper and grew quicker in my wife. Impoverished children do of course tug, but my heartstrings twang more towards homelessness and special needs than towards children. I did give some thought to sponsoring a child at some point but knew I needed to thoroughly research any organization to dispel my skepticism. So, the thought went to the back of my mind for a few months. It stayed forefront in my wife's mind though. After a touching message she asked, knowing me very well, if I would research child sponsorship programs and find one that we could support. I gladly agreed.

Researching child sponsorship programs became a much bigger task than I originally thought. There are way more organizations, approaches, and aspects to the whole thing than I anticipated. Overwhelmed, I took a bit of a break from researching and ran some errands. During that break the thought occurred to me that I hadn't found many good articles that compared and contrasted the different options and choices a person has once they've decided to sponsor a child. So, here we are. My research process is not too far off from writing a full article anyways, so I've decided to share my research and our decision for anyone potentially interested in sponsoring a child. I will go over a bit of child sponsorship in general, including the pros and cons, and look at the key elements where organizations will differentiate themselves. Then, using those elements, I will compare and contrast a few specific organizations/charities with child sponsorship programs. Once I am done writing all that up, I will have my wife - and editor - go over this article and we will both decide which organization to use. I will provide a conclusion about what organization we chose and why, along with some information about the child we're sponsoring.
I hope that after reading this article you too will be able to make an informed decision of who, what, and how you want to show your support to children in need. Without further ado...

What Exactly is Child Sponsorship Anyways?

Child sponsorship is a form of fundraising where a charity pairs a donor with a child. Typically donations are made on a fixed monthly basis. Child sponsorship programs vary in purpose and execution. Some pair a donor with a specific child and a portion of the donor's donation goes directly to that one child. Other organizations take a community based approach and while a donor is paired with a specific child, funds are pooled to help the child's community as a whole. Some charities focus on feeding starving children while others may emphasize education. Child sponsor programs exist for children all around the world, but the focus is primarily on impoverished areas. Many sponsorship programs provide donors a way to connect with their sponsored child through pictures and letters.

A paper titled Does Child Sponsorship Pay off in Adulthood? An International Study of Impacts on Income and Wealth describes the effectiveness of child sponsorship as such:

Estimations indicate that international child sponsorship increased monthly income by $13–17 over an untreated baseline of $75, principally from inducing higher future labor market participation. We find evidence for positive impacts on dwelling quality in adulthood and modest evidence of impacts on ownership of consumer durables in adulthood, limited to increased ownership of mobile phones. Finally, our results also show modest effects of child sponsorship on childbearing in adulthood.

So, it seems that data shows that child sponsorship is working. But what do critics have to say? Most criticism of child sponsorship comes as criticism of individual child sponsorship. Some of these criticisms, found on the Humanium site, include things like: fragile bonds, cultural issues in communication, dependency, and envy/jealousy among peers. Another critic writing for the Give Well blog criticizes child sponsorship programs that function by supporting the community instead of an individual by calling it a "Donor Illusion," stating that charities are misleading their donors "by implying that donations can be attributed more tangibly, reliably and specifically than they really are." Criticisms have also been made regarding the amount of donations that actually go to sponsor the child or community. This, however, is more a criticism of specific organizations than the method of child sponsorship as a whole.

So, the take away, for me, is that child sponsorship is genuinely doing good things, a community based approach might be the better way to do things, and that one must make sure the specific organization is using their resources well.

Got it. So child sponsorship is something worth supporting, but how do you pick the right organization?

7 Key Elements to Help You Decide

From the research I have done, and the help of a CBS article , I have found 7 key elements to look at when considering a child sponsorship organization. In order of what I think reads the best:

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: As stated previously, most critics of child sponsorship find fault not with sponsorship as a whole but with individual child sponsorship. However, individual sponsorship could add a level of personal connection with a child.
  • Beliefs and Philosophy: Every organization has a different "why" and "how" to what they do. If it's important, look for one that shares your same beliefs.
  • Communication Programs: Nearly every organization has a program that allows donors to communicate with their sponsored child. Some include programs that allow the donor to send gifts as well. Communication adds the ability to personally impact someone's life through more than just monetary means.
  • Religious vs. Secular: Are you looking for a faith based organization that leads children in said faith? Or would you prefer religion be left out of supplying for a child's needs?
  • Location: Where in the world are you looking to meet needs? In your own country or in a foreign country?
  • Finances: Most organizations do a similarly good job of resource management. However, some allocate differently and are funded differently.
  • Cost: Exactly how much it costs to sponsor a child might be the deciding factor between two otherwise identical organizations.

Everyone will weigh the importance of each of these elements differently. Maybe there's an element that doesn't matter much to you. Hopefully I have at least covered all of the elements of interest. Next, I will use these elements to compare 11 organizations so that you can hopefully find the charity that is right for you.

How do the Organizations Compare?

(Use this list to jump to a specific organization.)


  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Funds are pooled for the communities. "ChildFund brings additional funds from other sources, multiplying the value of your gift. These resources, combined with the help of ChildFund staff, partners and the local community, ensure that the entire community can move forward without leaving any children behind."

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: ChildFund's vision is "a world in which children realize their rights and achieve their potential." They set out to achieve this goal by working with the local communities and governments "to help create the safe environments children need to thrive."

  • Communication Programs: Yup. "Build a relationship with your sponsored child, as you exchange letters and photos and receive regular updates. And you can even arrange to visit!"

  • Religious vs. Secular: ChildFund is for all intents and purposes, secular. Though they previously were called Christian Children's Fund, they have since dropped the "Christian" from their name. I could not find any mention of a religious affiliation on their site. reports, "ChildFund does not have a statement of faith. 'Non-sectarian' is the phrase ChildFund uses to describe their religious standing."

  • Location: All over. Primarily impoverished countries or communities. Includes the USA.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 97.2% from contributions, gifts, and grants. 2.8% from government grants.
    • Expenses: 79.2% goes to help kids and communities. 12.1% is used for fundraising. And 8.7% goes to administrative costs.
  • Cost: $36 monthly.

  • Notes: ChildFund International is a part of a larger network called ChildFund Alliance . Another member of the ChildFund Alliance , ChildFund Australia has a more direct community sponsorship program where you can choose a community to sponsor instead of a child in that community. However, the money will go to help the community regardless. ChildFund also has other ways to donate such as emergency relief and a gift catalog with things like goats, bikes, and clean water.

  • Links: ChildFund | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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Children's Cup

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Their website is not super clear in this respect. From what I gather, Children's Cup uses a community based approach by supporting the local churches in said communities. The churches support all of the children while Children's Cup supports the churches, and finally the donors support Children's Cup.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "Our four-part strategy in giving hope is simple, yet effective. We provide physical, spiritual, educational, and economic support. Most of all, we give children an opportunity to learn about Christ."

  • Communication Programs: Children's Cup gives donors the opportunity to send letters to the child they sponsor as well as the opportunity to join mission trips to visit the local community their child is in.

  • Religious vs. Secular: Children's Cup is a Christian organization. "All decisions and interactions reflect the love, grace, and wisdom of Jesus Christ as in God’s Word." Their "Statement of Faith" can be found here .

  • Location: Children's Cup operates in communities within Belize, Dominican Republic, eSwatini, Honduras, Mexico, and South Africa.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 100% from contributions, gifts, and grants.
    • Expenses: 84.9% goes to their program. 6% is used for fundraising. And 9% goes to administrative costs.
  • Cost: $39 monthly.

  • Notes: Children's Cup is the organization that spoke at my church and originally sparked this article.

  • Links: Children's Cup | Charity Navigator

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Children Incorporated

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Children Incorporated uses an individual child sponsorship approach. "Our policy is to consider the needs of each sponsored child on an individual basis. In contrast to other child sponsorship organizations, our volunteer coordinators personally shop for the children enrolled in their respective schools, orphanages, homes, and community centers on a regular basis, as they are familiar with each individual child’s circumstances and needs."

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "We believe that all children deserve access to basic needs and an education, so that they may be healthy and have the opportunity to become contributing members of their communities."

  • Communication Programs: Children Incorporated has a program for sending letters as well as visiting your sponsored child. Children Incorporated also (uniquely, I believe) allows packages and gifts to be sent to U.S. children. As with most organizations, this is not possible for international children due to customs laws.

  • Religious vs. Secular: "Children Incorporated is an independent charity. We have no religious or political agenda."

  • Location: Children Incorporated supports children in 23 countries all around the world, including the United States.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 100% from contributions, gifts, and grants.
    • Expenses: 85.5% for their program. 8.5% goes to fundraising. And 6% is for administrative costs.
  • Cost: $30 monthly.

  • Notes: Children Incorporated also has a number of funds and special projects where you can give a one time donation to specific needs.

  • Links: Children Incorporated | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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Children International

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Children International takes a community approach by building community centers. Funds go towards supporting these community centers and programs which the kids are enrolled in.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "Our programs focus on four key outcomes: for CI kids to graduate [from the program] healthy, educated, empowered and employed. Why these four? Because they're all interconnected and essential to achieving the big goal: helping break the cycle of poverty."

  • Communication Programs: Children International does have a communication program. Letters and pictures can be sent and received through the mail or through an online portal. There are also opportunities to visit the child you sponsor.

  • Religious vs. Secular: Children International is non-religious and non-political.

  • Location: "We work in 10 countries around the world. Political climate, exchange rates and government support are key factors that influence where we focus our efforts. We choose to work in areas of dense poverty, where we know we can deliver the greatest impact with the most effective resources." The 10 countries are: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Philippines, United States, and Zambia.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 100% from contributions, gifts, and grants.
    • Expenses: 89.7% goes towards the program. 5.5% is used for fundraising. And 4.8% goes to administrative costs.
  • Cost: $36 monthly.

  • Notes: The community center approach is a neat idea. For more information about them, click here .

  • Links: Children International | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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Compassion International

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Compassion International uses an individual child approach. They say, "Community development is important work that addresses the external circumstances of poverty and is an important complement to our work. However, our primary focus is individual child development—an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the God-given value and potential of each individual child. Many of these children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities."

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: Compassion International uses "a 'three-cord' approach to ministry." These three cords are "Christ-centered, church-based and child-focused." They say that "taken individually each cord is not unique. However, when taken together, why we serve, how we serve and who we serve creates a distinct approach to ministry."

  • Communication Programs: Communication with a sponsored child occurs through letters. Sponsors also have the opportunity to visit the children they sponsor.

  • Religious vs. Secular: Compassion International is a Christian organization.

  • Location: "We partner with churches and denominations in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America to help them provide children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be."

  • Finances:

    • Income: 98.4% from contributions, gifts, and grants. 1.5% from fundraising events.
    • Expenses: 81.6% spent on their program. 10.4% spent for fundraising. And 7.7% spent on administrative costs.
  • Cost: $38 monthly.

  • Links: Compassion International | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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Food For The Hungry

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: "Your monthly gift will help FH assist your child’s entire community to provide food, a better education, clean water, and medical treatment to its children — including your sponsored child."

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "We believe that poverty is complex and everchanging. We believe that ending poverty requires more than just providing raw resources. Our approach is holistic, meaning that we seek to end ALL forms of human poverty by addressing a person’s entire life. Our solutions for programmatic development address the physical, spiritual and relational needs of vulnerable people. ... We enter communities with the intention of graduating them in approximately 10-12 years. Our goal is to walk alongside communities so that they’re able to thrive once we leave."

  • Communication Programs: Food for the Hungry allows its donors to write letters to their sponsored child either through the mail or online.

  • Religious vs. Secular: Food for the Hungry is a Christian organization that seeks to spread the Gospel as a part of their community aid.

  • Location: Food for the Hungry supports communities in multiple countries within Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 58.7% from contributions, gifts, and grants. And 40.7% comes from government grants.
    • Expenses: 80.3% goes to their program. 14.7% is used for fundraising. And 5.1% goes to administrative costs.
  • Cost: $38 monthly.

  • Notes: Food for the Hungry has a unique plan to "graduate" communities out of their program. To learn more about their approach click here .

  • Links: Food For The Hungry | Charity Navigator

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Kids Alive International

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: I could not find any clear information one way or the other. I believe they take an individual child approach, however, children likely have more than one sponsor.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: Kids Alive International has a unique heart for orphans. "We believe in families, so we work to strengthen them; but when a child’s own home is no longer a safe option, we care for them in loving, family-style homes." "All of the children in our care were orphaned, abandoned, or abused, living on the streets, and victims of poverty, disease, or war. Kids Alive rescues these children – one at a time – and enrolls them into one of our Children’s Homes, a Care Center, or School program that is best suited to the care they need."

  • Communication Programs: Kids Alive offers a letter program and the option of visiting your sponsored child.

  • Religious vs. Secular: "With change happening all around us, Kids Alive stands firm on the clear teachings of God’s Word. Those solid, biblical values have guided our ministry to help children for over 100 years and this will never change."

  • Location: Kids Alive International works in twelve countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 100% from contributions, gifts, and grants.
    • Expenses: 85.2% is used for the program. 7% goes to fundraising costs. And 7.8% is used for administrative expenses.
  • Cost: "The cost to sponsor a child is $39 a month, $117 per quarter, $234 semi-annually, or $468 a year."

  • Links: Kids Alive International | Charity Navigator

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Save the Children

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Save the Children uses a community based sponsorship approach.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "All across the globe, children are dying from preventable causes, missing out on education due to poverty or gender, suffering from violence, exploitation and neglect, and are vulnerable in times of crisis. In every corner of the world, children need a strong voice to stand up for them, work on their behalf and make their lives better."

  • Communication Programs: "[S]ponsors have the opportunity to communicate with their sponsored child via email or postal mail, and may even visit their child and his or her community."

  • Religious vs. Secular: "Save the Children is a global child-focused, independent and secular, development organization. We have no membership or affiliation to any political party or religion."

  • Location: Save the Children has programs in 120 countries around the world, including the United States.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 56% from contributions, gifts, and grants. 43.3% from government grants. The remaining 0.7% is comprised of federated campaigns and fundraising events.
    • Expenses: 86.7% is put towards their program. 8% goes to fundraising. And 5.3% is used on administrative expenses.
  • Cost: $36 monthly.

  • Notes: Save the Children is bigger than just child sponsorship. They also provide emergency relief, support for refugee children and families, and run many other programs around the world.

  • Links: Save the Children | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Donations go primarily towards a specific child or individual. The rest goes towards helping that specific child's family as a whole.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "We believe the smartest path out of poverty is a self-directed one. Our team listens to the children, elders and families we serve, helping them develop personalized plans based on their unique challenges, needs and skill sets. We partner with sponsored friends as they set and achieve their own goals."

  • Communication Programs: Communication with a "friend" is held through physical and electronic mail as well as the opportunity to visit during an "Awareness Trip."

  • Religious vs. Secular: Unbound is a Christian organization. They were formerly called "Christian Foundation for Children and Aging."

  • Location: Unbound works in various countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 100% from contributions, gifts, and grants.
    • Expenses: 92.6% is used for their program. 3.9% is spent on fundraising. And 3.5% is used for administrative costs.
  • Cost: $36 monthly with the option to increase your donation.

  • Notes: Unbound is unique in that they also provide sponsorship for young adults and the elderly in need.

  • Links: Unbound | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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World Hope International

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: It is unclear what approach World Hope International takes.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "The projects that we take on at World Hope are community led and sustainable. We believe that individuals and communities are transformed into ones with dignity and wholeness through a spiritual, social, economic, and physical change. Transformation is never a single-issue project; it’s as multi-dimensional as people are themselves, and it can begin with a single person, expand to their community, and go on to change a whole world."
    "We use market-based, community-driven, enterprise solutions to empower, protect, and build resiliency."

  • Communication Programs: Correspondence occurs though postal mail, email or an online form, and there is potential to visit your sponsored child.

  • Religious vs. Secular: World Hope International is a Christian organization.

  • Location: World Hope International has child sponsorship programs in Haiti, Liberia, Philippines, and Sierra Leone.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 96.4% from contributions, gifts, and grants. 3.6% from government grants.
    • Expenses: 91.5% of income goes to the program. 4% is used on fundraising. And 4.4% goes to administration.
  • Cost: $40 monthly or $44 monthly for a child with special needs.

  • Notes: Child sponsorship is just one of World Hope International's many programs . While this is great, due to the difficulty finding information on their site, I suspect that while child sponsorship is one of their focuses, it is not their main one.

  • Links: World Hope International | Charity Navigator

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World Vision

  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: World Vision uses a community development approach.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "We seek to facilitate an engagement between the poor and the affluent that opens both to transformation. We respect the poor as active participants, not passive recipients, in this relationship. They are people from whom others may learn and receive, as well as give. The need for transformation is common to all. Together we share a quest for justice, peace, reconciliation, and healing in a broken world."

  • Communication Programs: Communication occurs through postal mail as well as email.

  • Religious vs. Secular: "World Vision was founded on Christian and Biblical principles and follows Jesus’ example in helping the poor. Every day, children and families throughout the world see God’s love through the care provided by our field staff."

  • Location: World Vision does work in "nearly 100 countries" all around the world. Their child sponsorship programs are run throughout Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 70.2% from contributions, gifts, and grants. 29.3% from government grants. The remaining 0.5% is a combination of federated campaigns and fundraising events.
    • Expenses: 85.5% of expenses go towards their program. 8.8% goes to fundraising. And 5.7% goes to administrative costs.
  • Cost: $39 monthly.

  • Notes: World Vision also has a gift catalog for slightly more targeted giving through things like sponsoring wells, livestock, medicines, soccer balls, and more.

  • Links: World Vision | Charity Navigator | Charity Watch

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Bonus: Love Without Boundaries

Love Without Boundaries does things a little differently and doesn't quite fit into the same format that the rest of the organizations have. Instead of a flat rate sponsorship that covers a wide variety of needs, Love Without Boundaries places children in specific sponsorship programs based on their needs. Because of this, sponsorship cost can vary between children.
Love Without Boundaries has a heart specifically for orphans. They are not an adoption agency but help in the process of connecting parents to children in need as well as providing adoption grants when available. Many, if not all, of the children available for sponsorship are in some sort of adoption program.
Love Without Boundaries has six different areas of sponsorship.

  • Education: Generally $25 monthly. "LWB's Education Program provides access to education to orphaned and impoverished children who otherwise would have little hope of a brighter future."
  • Foster Care: Generally $40 monthly. "We have dedicated staff in every location who work directly with foster families and visit each child monthly to assess overall health and development."
  • Healing Homes: Generally $50 monthly with the option of shared sponsorship at $25 monthly. "LWB's Healing Homes Program helps orphaned and abandoned children with a wide variety of medical issues."
  • Medical: A large amount that varies based on specific needs. One-time donations are pooled to fund a specific child's medical need. "LWB provides medical and surgical care for orphaned children, with the ultimate hope that it will allow them to be chosen for adoption."
  • Nutrition: Generally $20 monthly. Love Without Boundaries provides formula for babies, fortified cereal for young children, and daily hot lunches for children in need.
  • Child Trafficking Aid: Generally $40 monthly. "LWB has created a Safe Haven foster care program for children who have been trafficked or abused to ensure they have a secure and nurturing place to land. All children receive the medical and nutritional support they need, as well as specialized educational help so they can attend school, often for the first time in their lives."

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  • Individual Child vs. Community Sponsorship: Program Dependent.

  • Beliefs and Philosophy: "LWB provides life-changing medical care, runs well monitored foster homes, operates schools, and supplies quality nutrition to orphaned and impoverished children. Our programs work together to best meet the needs of children entrusted to our care and are only possible thanks to your support."

  • Communication Programs: Sponsors will receive updates, however there is no indication of a direct communication program.

  • Religious vs. Secular: No info found.

  • Location: Love Without Boundaries works within Cambodia, China, India, and Uganda.

  • Finances:

    • Income: 100% from contributions, gifts, and grants.
    • Expenses: 87.4% goes to the program. 4.7% is used to fundraise. 7.9% goes to administrative costs.
  • Cost: Program Dependent.

  • Links: Love Without Boundaries | Charity Navigator

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Summary Chart

Organization Cost Type Communication Religious Include U.S. % to Program
ChildFund International $36 Community Yes No Yes 79.2%
Children's Cup $39 Community Yes Yes No 84.9%
Children Incorporated $30 Individual Yes No Yes 85.5%
Children International $36 Community Yes No Yes 89.9%
Compassion International $38 Individual Yes Yes No 81.6%
Food for the Hungry $38 Community Yes Yes No 80.3%
Kids Alive International $39 Individual Yes Yes No 85.2%
Save the Children $36 Community Yes No Yes 86.7%
Unbound $36 Individual Yes Yes No 92.6%
World Hope International $40 Unknown Yes Yes No 91.5%
World Vision $39 Community Yes Yes No 85.5%
Love Without Boundaries Varies Varies No Unknown No 87.4%


So, which one is the best? Which one should you go with? Well, I can't tell you that. That decision is for you to make. My job is simply to compare some of the options in one place in order to make your decision a little easier. However, I can tell you what my wife and I decided to do.

My wife and I are now sponsoring a 19 year old young man from South Africa who is working hard on his schooling despite getting a late start at it. We are sponsoring him through Children's Cup. We chose Children's Cup because their beliefs and mission aligned the best with ours. We really like that they are a Christian organization that works through local churches to help the community around them. They are responsible with their funding, and being the only organization where I found a full "statement of faith" is a nice bonus.

Some of the other organizations we considered were Unbound, World Vision, and Children International. Unbound stood out to us for their focus on families as well as being one of the few organizations who have an elder sponsorship program. World Vision is one of the larger, more well-known organizations on my list. While popularity tends to make me a bit skeptical, in World Vision's case it is a plus. Their large reach of over 100 countries is a mission that is easy to support. Finally, Children International seems to be doing a lot of great things with their unique community centers.

Despite all of the great choices we ultimately went with Children's Cup because it is what we personally felt led to support. Who you support is up to you. I just hope I was able to make your decision a little bit easier. Let me know what you've decided on Facebook or Twitter !

Further Reading

Note: All financial numbers come from and are based primarily on 2017 reports.