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Our Favorite Charity:
Children International

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Upon opening ReviewsNest we decided to donate part of our proceeds to charity. After doing extensive research in this field, we picked Children International as our favorite charity. Besides donating ourselves to this organization, we also sprinkled our site with ads asking for your help. Here are the reasons why:

Who are Children International, what do they do, and how do I know they are not a scam?

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to bettering the lives of impoverished children, their families and communities. They achieve this goal primarily through child sponsorship, which unites children in need with individual sponsors (like us, and hopefully - like you) who wish to address the children's immediate and basic needs. Sponsorship gives poor children the tools and opportunities necessary for success by providing benefits and supporting programs for each child - primarily in the areas of education and health. The sponsorship program currently benefits more than 300,000 impoverished children and their families in 11 countries throughout the world, including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Zambia.

Although many so-called "charities" are in fact scams devised to take your money while giving little (if any) to actual charity, Children International is far from being a scam. They were founded in 1936, and take pride in the fact that almost all of their revenues actually reach the children (the small percentage that doesn't goes to money-raising, advertising etc.). As such, Children International has been highly rated by the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP). AIP's ratings are based on percentage of revenues going to programs and the cost of raising money, as well as an organization's willingness to disclose financial information. In addition, Children International is a member of the Better Business Bureau, and have been named by Consumers Digest as a leading U.S. humanitarian relief charity.

What is Child Sponsorship, and how can I help?

Sponsorship is a very personal way to improve a needy child's life. It gives you a chance to share a unique relationship with one special child.
Through regular contributions, sponsors like us (and hopefully - like you) help provide impoverished children with basic necessities, such as medical and dental care, educational assistance, durable clothing and shoes, improved living conditions and much more.

As a sponsor, you'll be making a real difference in a needy child's life...and helping make the world a better place.

Because such a high percentage of Children International's revenues actually goes to help children, the monthly cost for you to sponsor a child is only $18 per month. This is much much less than with most other child sponsorship organizations (most other organizations charge you between $32 and $45 per sponsorship). In other words, compared with other charities You pay Less, and the Child gets More. This is the main reason we chose Children International as our favorite charity. (And if you want to donate over $36 per month, with Children International that amount will help two children, not just one child + the organization's bank accounts)

To Sponsor a Child, Click Here.

How will my sponsorship help the child?

Through sponsorship, your child receives direct and vital benefits to help him or her grow up healthy and educated. You'll help provide important assistance, such as:

  • Medical and dental care. Curative medical assistance is also available to sponsored children's family members in emergency situations - a critical factor in maintaining good health, as well as providing the children with a healthier environment at home.

  • A better chance for an education by helping remove barriers that can keep a child from attending school. This is accomplished by providing necessary items such as school fees, books, supplies and uniforms.

  • Emergency food and vitamins.

  • Durable clothing.

  • Improved living conditions, vocational training, nutrition education and other vital assistance that affects your child, as well as his or her whole family.

  • Structured activities to encourage moral and spiritual values.

  • And much more!

In other words: your sponsorship can make the difference between a life of poverty, illness and misery for the child, and a better life in which he or she can grow up as self-sustaining individuals.

To Sponsor a Child, Click Here.

What do I get from Sponsoring a Child?

Mostly Satisfaction. Loads of satisfaction, knowing you're making a real difference in somebody's life. Besides that, you get the following:

  • At least two letters from your child each year. In addition, you may write to your child as often as you wish, and if you do - you will receive replies to your letters.

  • A new color photograph of your child once a year.

  • An annual communication from your child's Project Director to keep you informed about exactly what's happening in your child's project.

  • The opportunity to send birthday, Christmas and Easter greetings to your child on these and other special occasions.

  • Children International's newsletter, "Sponsorship News," so you can follow the changes Children International sponsors make possible around the world.

  • Tax deduction - your donations to Children International are deductible for income tax purposes.

  • If you want to do so, you can also visit the child and interact with him or her face to face.

But again - most of all, you get Satisfaction.

To Sponsor a Child, Click Here.

Are my sponsorship donations tax-deductible?

Yes. Your donations to Children International are deductible for federal income tax purposes.

This ends our review.
We really hope that (like us) you will decide to Sponsor a Child. We encourage you to do so!
Following is a (non-paid) ad for Children International:

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You can change the world for a little child.

Right now, boys and girls all over the world are living in desperate poverty. They face each day without access to proper nutrition, medical care, and decent clothing.

By uniting sponsors with needy children, Children International is able to provide them with benefits and services to help them grow up healthy.

We have selected a child for you who is in need of a sponsor. Please click the link below to meet this little girl or boy and begin to make a lasting difference by helping ease their pain of poverty.

Meet Your Child Here

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We are proud of our financial accountability and integrity.
Children International has been included in the American Institute of Philanthropy's list of top-rated charities, and Consumers Digest magazine has named Children International a leading U.S. humanitarian relief charity. In fiscal year 2003, 80 percent of income was used for programs and services to benefit children and families.


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