Sponsorship Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sponsorship?

Sponsorship is a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community in which Save the Children is helping to create real and lasting change. It provides more than the satisfaction that comes with aid for improving the health and well-being of children; money is not given directly to the child but rather all funds received are pooled together to benefit the whole community. There are 3 types of sponsorship:

  • Individual Child Sponsorship (ICS) - where there is a one to one relationship between child and sponsor. The sponsor is able to communicate with the child via email or air mail. The sponsor can also visit the child and the school community.
  • Life Line Sponsorship (LL) where there are many sponsors to one child. The child acts as a representative for the school community, and as such there is no one to one association and there is no communication with the sponsors.
  • Program Sponsorship (CC) where there is no child association at all, but rather the sponsor just wishes to contribute to our programs in the community.

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    Will I sponsor an actual child?
    Yes. You have the opportunity to choose and sponsor a specific child (by region, country, gender and/or age) and to communicate with them if you choose. This allows you to connect with your sponsored child and to establish a friendship that will carry a special meaning for you both.

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    How much is sponsorship?
    Sponsorship starts at $28 a month – less than a dollar a day. You will help change the lives of children in need around the world. If you can sponsor for $30 or more, or sponsor multiple children you can help us achieve even more. We have many child sponsors who have sponsored for over 15 years.

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    How will my sponsorship donation be used?
    We strive to create lasting change for your sponsored child and their community through programs that focus on early childhood development, health and nutrition, as well as primary education. Our experience has taught us that the most effective way to help children is by combining your sponsorship with those of other sponsors and donors - rather than just giving it directly to your sponsored child. This ensures that children in sponsorship communities, who may never have the opportunity to have a sponsor of their own, will still benefit from your support and our programs.

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    Why should I sponsor with Save the Children?
    We’ve been successfully providing programs for children for almost 80 years We are the world’s leading independent organization for children and are known as one of the most efficient and effective international humanitarian organizations in the world. We are consistently recognized for our programmatic responsibility and fiscal accountability and have the top ratings from independent rating services like Charity Navigator, The American Institute of Philanthropy and the Better Business Bureau. Our child sponsorship programs are accredited by InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.

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    Are my contributions tax deductible?
    Yes. Please contact your tax advisor with any questions.

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    How long will my sponsorship last?
    Sponsorship is a voluntary, ongoing contribution. You decide how long you are able to help. Many sponsors have supported our work for over 15 years.

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    Can I give a gift sponsorship?
    Yes. You are able to share the gift of sponsorship. You will be able to enter the gift recipient’s information on the enrollment form. Your gift recipient will receive a card and welcome package introducing them to Save the Children’s family of sponsors.

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    I am interested in adopting a child who has been affected by the emergency.
    We do not specialize in adoption so would suggest that you visit the State Department website at http://travel.state.gov and click “children and family” on the top of the page. For your own protection, please be sure to thoroughly research any organization with which you plan to get involved.

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    Sending Gift to Your Sponsored Child – Policy
    Sponsors are asked to follow the following guidelines: Gift packages should be kept small. It is acceptable to send inexpensive gifts that fit flat in an envelope no larger than 8” x 11” and can be shared with other children Sponsors should consider small, inexpensive items such as:

  • Postcards or stationery
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books
  • Small picture books
  • Photos
  • Maps or posters
  • Hair ribbons, barrettes or combs

    Children appreciate these types of items, they are not usually subject to customs duties (for international sponsorships), they arrive regularly, and most importantly, they can be shared with the child's family and friends.

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    Child Visit Policy
    The Agency policy on visits requires the following:

      1. Sufficient advance notice (minimum 60 days before proposed arrival date);
      2. Submission of required forms (more than or equal to 60 days before proposed arrival date):
        Application for Sponsor Visit
        Assumption of Risks and Release of Liability and Acknowledgement of Obligations
        Authorization to Obtain Background Reports
      3. Completion of background checks for all visitors (inclusive of all traveling companions)
      4. Signed consent from the parent/legal guardian, if a child is involved.

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    Who can I contact if I have any questions?
    You may email us at twebster@savechildren.org, or call us at 1.800.728.3843. As an existing sponsor, you can also manage your account through our website.

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