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Planned Giving

Helping Children Through the Living Sponsorship Program

Your Support Goes On Forever

The Living Sponsorship Program enables a donor to provide for their sponsored child throughout the rest of their lifetime and beyond. By participating in the program — through a one time gift in your life, a one time gift through your will or living trust, or a payment plan — you ensure that your sponsored child is cared for the rest of their Compassion Career, including monthly sponsorship costs, birthday, and Christmas gifts. When your sponsored child graduates from the Compassion program, the endowment goes on to sponsor another child, and then another. This gift enables you to leave a legacy and help release children from poverty in Jesus' name.

Bless a Child With Your Gift

ChildrenWhen you give towards the Living Sponsorship Program, your investment is placed in an endowment fund to provide for your child. Your child will receive all of the benefits of Compassion’s programs throughout his or her sponsorship.

If you are unable to correspond with your sponsored child, we will designate a caring person to write encouraging letters to your child.

As with all Compassion programs, we commit to managing your sponsorship efficiently and effectively. Participants will receive a tax deduction for their contribution in the year funds are received. Compassion will closely and efficiently manage your endowment. *

It Changes Them. It Changes You.

ChildrenIf you have been a Compassion sponsor, you have seen the difference you make in the life of a child. Your sponsorship helps provide for a child’s basic needs, educate the child, and equip him to be a fulfilled adult.

At Compassion, we believe sponsorship is a relationship that grows over time, letter by letter and prayer after prayer.

After being a Compassion sponsor for a short time, many realize the value their sponsored child brings to their life and the value they bring to the life of a child in poverty. Some desire to make sponsorship a lifelong commitment, sponsoring child after child, and leaving a lasting legacy. Because of this, we created the Living Sponsorship Program. It blesses you, and a child in need.

Learn More

To set up a Living Sponsorship, contact the Gift Planning Department at (855) 315-5019 or

*Living Sponsorship Program funds are wisely invested in a common fund. The principal and all investment earnings are restricted for the sponsorship of children for as long as Compassion International is in existence. A portion of the earnings from your donation will be used to keep the endowment principal at a level adequate to fund any increase in sponsorship rates.

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Gift Planning

Every child who participates in a Compassion program is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God.



A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Compassion International a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Compassion International [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Compassion or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Compassion as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Compassion as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Compassion where you agree to make a gift to Compassion and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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