Compassion International, Inc.

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: Mr. Jim Mellado

Chairman: Mr. Ronald A. Lehmann

Board size: 13

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.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating202 of 42340 of 60
Fund acquisition rating307 of 42347 of 60
Resource allocation rating228 of 42344 of 60
Asset utilization rating97 of 42326 of 60

Click here to read Compassion International, Inc.'s response to our ratings


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%10%11%10%11%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%10%11%9%11%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%100%100%99%100%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%10%11%10%11%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%0%0%1%0%1%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%82%81%82%82%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%97%100%98%101%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%79%81%81%83%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%3%0%2%-1%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%12%0%8%-5%4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%8%7%6%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.302.622.762.612.702.46
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.541.481.631.621.561.45
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.543.894.494.234.233.56
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.962.712.292.212.523.06
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.370.440.450.400.33
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.071.951.511.561.722.27
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%26%28%29%31%28%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%28%26%27%25%29%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$124,413,000$92,279,000$95,061,822$80,259,524$96,692,553
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$21,041,000$17,985,000$17,661,804$17,857,657$18,385,607
Short-term investments$68,766,000$67,809,000$66,407,194$85,670,184$84,736,180
Other current assets$7,123,000$4,132,000$7,011,974$0$0
Total current assets$221,343,000$182,205,000$186,142,794$183,787,365$199,814,340
Long-term investments$12,903,000$11,623,000$10,468,802$10,151,055$9,802,262
Fixed assets$90,002,000$98,211,000$100,720,785$89,142,194$74,530,952
Other long-term assets$4,388,000$4,392,000$4,358,007$4,391,652$4,848,875
Total long-term assets$107,293,000$114,226,000$115,547,594$103,684,901$89,182,089
Total assets$328,636,000$296,431,000$301,690,388$287,472,266$288,996,429
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$76,056,000$75,878,000$80,893,098$72,311,349$65,260,051
Other current liabilities$5,482,000$3,786,000$3,198,737$490,024$129,055
Total current liabilities$81,538,000$79,664,000$84,091,835$72,801,373$65,389,106
Debt$1,284,000$798,000$368,565$381,524$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,782,000$2,444,000$4,169,363$17,217,136$16,414,863
Total long-term liabilities$5,066,000$3,242,000$4,537,928$17,598,660$16,414,863
Total liabilities$86,604,000$82,906,000$88,629,763$90,400,033$81,803,969
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$114,857,000$92,345,000$100,955,301$91,265,524$89,150,040
Temporarily restricted$115,510,000$110,695,000$102,334,709$96,662,942$109,331,820
Permanently restricted$11,665,000$10,485,000$9,770,615$9,143,767$8,710,600
Net assets$242,032,000$213,525,000$213,060,625$197,072,233$207,192,460
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$886,636,000$818,560,000$798,073,180$765,017,565$712,836,567
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,873,000($893,000)$5,328,741$1,564,123$6,242,302
Other revenue$62,000$84,000($158,508)($198,194)$212,506
Total other revenue$3,935,000($809,000)$5,170,233$1,365,929$6,454,808
Total revenue$890,571,000$817,751,000$803,243,413$766,383,494$719,291,375
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$703,543,000$659,761,000$648,799,131$635,139,116$596,909,822
Management and general$68,476,000$67,996,000$62,351,065$57,437,751$45,862,112
Fundraising$90,045,000$89,530,000$76,104,825$83,926,854$67,746,851
Total expenses$862,064,000$817,287,000$787,255,021$776,503,721$710,518,785
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$28,507,000$464,000$15,988,392($10,120,227)$8,772,590
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$28,507,000$464,000$15,988,392($10,120,227)$8,772,590

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.


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.