If you’ve been researching child sponsorship organizations, you know that you have hundreds of options to choose from. So many charities are seeking your contribution – and often, it can be tough to choose between them.
However, there are some key factors you should consider when deciding what organization to sponsor a child through. Below, we’ll run you through the four most important differentiators that separate one child sponsorship program from another, and hopefully make your decision a little bit easier.
Most Importantly: How Much of Your Money Will Benefit the Child You Sponsor?
The number one thing you need to know about any child sponsorship organization is how they’ll spend your money. Websites like CharityNavigator.org track how fiscally responsible various charitable organizations are. Which, for child sponsorship organizations, is a measure of how many of your dollars actually impact your sponsored child’s life.
The majority of your money should go to assist the child you’ve sponsored – and the best organizations put nearly all of your money to work for your child. For example, at Mid India, 89% of our sponsors’ donations are used for the food, shelter, education, and other items we provide our children. If you notice that an organization’s administrative and fundraising costs are especially high, beware – your donation might not go as far there as it would elsewhere.
Then: Where Does the Child Sponsorship Organization Operate?
Depending on your own background and interests, you might want to sponsor a child in a particular region of the world. For example, you might feel that your dollars are most needed in your own country, or you might have ties to another nation whose children you think could benefit from your gift.
If you want to help children within a specific region, be sure to find a reputable organization that operates there. (And if you don’t have a specific region in mind, we’d encourage you to read up on why we’ve chosen to make a difference in India.)
And: Does the Organization Have Any Additional Affiliations or Interests?
Most child sponsorship organizations have a distinctive approach, influenced by their mission, mindset, and additional affiliations. At Mid India, for example, we make no pretense of pretending we are anything other than a Christian organization. And we go out of our way to share how our values are reflected in our practice and our mission.
Many other child sponsorship organizations are affiliated with a specific religion (or subset thereof). Some are affiliated with or receive funding from national governments. When you choose an organization to sponsor a child through, be sure to know where else the organization’s funding comes from, as well as what values the organization holds.
Finally: How Much Does the Child Sponsorship Cost?
Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to make sure your chosen organization allows you to sponsor a child at a level you can afford. Most organizations (including Mid India) require at least a roughly $30 to $40 monthly donation to provide a child with food, shelter, healthcare, and an education. Some programs require larger donations, so if you want to donate more of your money to child sponsorship, you have options to make sure as much money as you are willing to donate goes to support children in need.
To learn more about some of those options, be sure to visit our own Child Sponsorship page, where you can see the child sponsorship programs that Mid India Christian Mission has available. We hope you’ve found this post helpful and that, no matter what child sponsorship organization you choose, you feel great about your decision to provide a child with hope, dignity, and a future.