Compassion International, Inc.

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Summary

Compassion International ("CI") is an evangelical Christian child development ministry dedicated to addressing the needs of children around the world. More than a relief program, CI focuses on the real life needs of children spiritually, physically, economically and socially. CI's programs provide tangible benefits such as education, health monitoring and food when necessary, as well as developmental opportunities that can include formal schooling, skills training, health education, presenting of the Gospel, and motivation to acquire meaningful social skills. CI was founded in 1952 by Everett Swanson with the inspiration by Jesus' words in Matthew 15:32, "I have compassion on the multitude. I will not send them away hungry,". CI is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
12290 Voyager Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80921-0921

Website: www.compassion.com

Phone: (800) 336-7676

Email: ciinfo@us.ci.org


Organization details

EIN: 362423707

CEO/President: Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Chairman: Judy Golz

Board size: 11

Founder: Rev. Everett Swanson

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


Purpose

Compassion International ("CI") is an evangelical Christian child development ministry dedicated to addressing the needs of children around the world. More than a relief program, CI focuses on the real life needs of children spiritually, physically, economically and socially. CI's programs provide tangible benefits such as education, health monitoring and food when necessary, as well as developmental opportunities that can include formal schooling, skills training, health education, presenting of the Gospel, and motivation to acquire meaningful social skills. CI was founded in 1952 by Everett Swanson with the inspiration by Jesus' words in Matthew 15:32, "I have compassion on the multitude. I will not send them away hungry,".

Compassion International is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA).


Mission statement

Compassion International uses the following to express its mission:

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.


Statement of faith

Compassion International uses the following to express its statement of faith:

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating561 of 81749 of 69
Fund acquisition rating649 of 81756 of 69
Resource allocation rating577 of 81751 of 69
Asset utilization rating264 of 81725 of 69

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%11%10%10%11%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%11%10%10%11%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%99%99%100%100%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%11%10%10%11%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%1%1%0%0%1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
86%81%82%82%81%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%100%97%97%100%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
84%81%80%79%81%81%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%0%3%3%0%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
5%1%10%12%0%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
6%7%8%8%8%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.862.592.562.622.762.61
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.371.301.371.481.631.62
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.933.373.523.894.494.23
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.462.702.952.712.292.21
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.370.340.370.440.45
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.072.242.261.951.511.56
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%30%26%26%28%29%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%1%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
42%27%29%28%26%27%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$194,856,000$161,846,000$124,413,000$92,279,000$95,061,822
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$23,062,000$24,462,000$21,041,000$17,985,000$17,661,804
Short-term investments$71,954,000$71,308,000$68,766,000$67,809,000$66,407,194
Other current assets$6,478,000$7,739,000$7,123,000$4,132,000$7,011,974
Total current assets$296,350,000$265,355,000$221,343,000$182,205,000$186,142,794
Long-term investments$13,285,000$14,180,000$12,903,000$11,623,000$10,468,802
Fixed assets$72,239,000$79,672,000$90,002,000$98,211,000$100,720,785
Other long-term assets$4,583,000$4,921,000$4,388,000$4,392,000$4,358,007
Total long-term assets$90,107,000$98,773,000$107,293,000$114,226,000$115,547,594
Total assets$386,457,000$364,128,000$328,636,000$296,431,000$301,690,388
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$101,439,000$88,076,000$76,056,000$75,878,000$80,893,098
Other current liabilities$8,234,000$1,806,000$5,482,000$3,786,000$3,198,737
Total current liabilities$109,673,000$89,882,000$81,538,000$79,664,000$84,091,835
Debt$1,965,000$1,600,000$1,284,000$798,000$368,565
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,093,000$3,940,000$3,782,000$2,444,000$4,169,363
Total long-term liabilities$6,058,000$5,540,000$5,066,000$3,242,000$4,537,928
Total liabilities$115,731,000$95,422,000$86,604,000$82,906,000$88,629,763
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Unrestricted$244,316,000$242,527,000$114,857,000$92,345,000$100,955,301
Temporarily restricted$26,410,000$26,179,000$115,510,000$110,695,000$102,334,709
Permanently restricted$0$0$11,665,000$10,485,000$9,770,615
Net assets$270,726,000$268,706,000$242,032,000$213,525,000$213,060,625
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$992,891,000$947,919,000$886,636,000$818,560,000$798,073,180
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,309,000$11,679,000$3,873,000($893,000)$5,328,741
Other revenue$0$43,000$62,000$84,000($158,508)
Total other revenue$8,309,000$11,722,000$3,935,000($809,000)$5,170,233
Total revenue$1,001,200,000$959,641,000$890,571,000$817,751,000$803,243,413
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$813,929,000$764,548,000$703,543,000$659,761,000$648,799,131
Management and general$73,485,000$75,613,000$68,476,000$67,996,000$62,351,065
Fundraising$111,766,000$92,806,000$90,045,000$89,530,000$76,104,825
Total expenses$999,180,000$932,967,000$862,064,000$817,287,000$787,255,021
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$2,020,000$26,674,000$28,507,000$464,000$15,988,392
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,020,000$26,674,000$28,507,000$464,000$15,988,392

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Santiago H MelladoPresident & CEO$476,818
Ken CalwellSenior VP/CMO$404,566
Ed AndersonFormer SVP/CFO$375,701
Cassandra Shepard until 42018Senior VP$369,371
Paul AckermanSenior VP/CFO$321,469
Mark HanlonSenior VP$314,625
Mark YeadonSenior VP$302,461
Stephen Oakley until 12312018SVP/General Counsel/ Corp Secretary$293,555
Thomas BeckSenior VP$282,742
James R DavisVice President - USA$281,824
Ronald OrrickVP IT$274,796
Mark FuglebergVP GME Leadership Office$263,032
Michael L JohnsonDirector Marketing USA$250,225
Raphael Louis-Edouard LassegueRegional VP$247,590
Silas BalrajRegional VP$245,188
Sidney MwavuRegional VP$243,610
James Hansen - interimSenior VP/ Corp Secretary$237,299

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019


Response from ministry

Response to Wall Watchers Three-Star Rating
posted on 2/17/2004

Compassion International is grateful to be included in Wall Watchers' ministry rating and to see both our organization's heart for ministry and programmatic distinctives so accurately articulated.

While our ministry has been rated by a number of ratings agencies, we recognize that methodologies can vary greatly. We also recognize that, as a result of those variances, an organization cannot in every case receive the highest ratings. Although Compassion rates "average" in Wall Watchers' analysis, our financial priorities have been affirmed by the findings of leading rating agencies.

Since 1995, Compassion has consistently received an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/18/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Compassion International (CI) grew from the desire of one man to help children in need. Rev. Everett Swanson was moved by the plight of Korean orphans as he preached there in the early 1950s. He went on to establish a program through which caring people could sponsor needy Korean children for a few dollars a month. In turn, those children would be provided benefits including food and clothing as needed, education, shelter, health care, and Christian training.

Swanson's program was the basis for what became CI. CI's work has since expanded to 22 countries, including the United States, providing life-changing benefits for needy children with or without families.


Program accomplishments


Needs

Compassion International, Inc. uses the following to express its ministry needs:

CI would like people to invest in the personal growth of a specific child, to exchange letters and photos, and develop a caring relationship with a child. Every child is assisted through a local church or Christian fellowship. One of CI's primary objectives is to help children learn about Jesus. If someone is interested in sharing their love with a child who really needs it, contact CI.