Compassion International, Inc.

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We are a child-advocacy ministry pairing compassionate people with children living in extreme poverty to release the children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.


The etymology of the word compassion stems from the Latin com meaning "with, together" and the Latin pati "to suffer." Compassion literally means to suffer with.

Compassion, suffering with another person, combines sympathy with an active response or a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to act and lessen someone else's suffering. This desire to act is what differentiates compassion from empathy, understanding or sharing the feelings of others.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Compassion International, Inc.
12290 Voyager Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80921


Phone: (800) 336-7676


Organization details

EIN: 362423707

CEO/President: Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Chairman: Judy Golz

Board size: 11

Founder: Rev. Everett Swanson

Ruling year: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


We take a long-term approach to child development by investing in and for the life of each child. Through our holistic child development model, we blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together to help children in poverty fully mature in every facet of life and transcend what is often a generational legacy of poverty. We deliver whole-life care, by way of our frontline church partners, that is personal, individualized, relational, and tailored to the child's age, gender, health, culture and family situation.

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

WE BELIEVE the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct...

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory...

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit...

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ...

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ...

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.


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Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating684 of 99953 of 82
Fund acquisition rating808 of 100168 of 82
Resource allocation rating719 of 100155 of 82
Asset utilization rating275 of 99925 of 82

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Balance sheet
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
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
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
Without donor restrictions$244,316,000$242,527,000$114,857,000$92,345,000$100,955,301
With donor restrictions$26,410,000$26,179,000$127,175,000$121,180,000$112,105,324
Net assets$270,726,000$268,706,000$242,032,000$213,525,000$213,060,625
Revenues and expenses
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
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
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


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 8/25/2021. To update the information below, please email:


More than 65 years ago, Rev. Everett Swanson flew to South Korea to minister to American troops fighting in the Korean War. During his time there, he grew increasingly troubled by the sight of hundreds of war orphans living on the streets, abandoned by society.

One morning he saw city workers scoop up what looked like piles of rags and toss them into the back of a truck. He walked up to the truck for a closer look - and was horrified to see that the "piles" were not rags, but the frozen bodies of orphans who had died overnight in the streets.

Appalled, Rev. Swanson began including this experience into his revival meetings, and Christians responded by donating funds to purchase rice and fuel for the orphans. Within 10 years, 108 orphanages and homes in South Korea were receiving support.

Program accomplishments

More than 1.9 million sponsored children, over 8,000 international church partners and 65+ years of serving children in Jesus' name.


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.