Thoughts on Compassion

July 21, 2010

Why did I choose to raise funds for Compassion International (CI) through my upcoming 50-mile run?

Global Reach – CI helps one million children in 26 countries.

Financial Responsibility – CI meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.  At least 80% of all funds raised are used for programs serving children.  You can also check out a report on CI at the Ministry Watch, a site which educates visitors on Christian ministries.

Giving Opportunities – The Global Food Crisis Fund is one of many endeavors to which you can provide support.  CI has established programs for disaster relief, malaria prevention, and more.  Another unique option is the Leadership Development Program, which identifies and supports Compassion-assisted youth with the potential to become strong leaders in their community.  If you prefer to direct your donation to one of CI’s other programs, that’s fine with me!

Visibility – I am impressed and moved by the blog on the CI site.  It’s full of stories from abroad, thoughts on CI’s programs, and perspectives from individuals serving in challenging communities.  Give it a read; it will open your mind, and it may open your heart as well.

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