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

Email: [email protected] [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362423707

CEO/President: Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

Chairman: Dr. Judy Briscoe Golz

Board size: 10

Founder: Rev. Everett Swanson

Ruling year: 2014

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


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

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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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating624 of 111049 of 88
Fund acquisition rating842 of 111167 of 88
Resource allocation rating757 of 111160 of 88
Asset utilization rating179 of 111022 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$24,077,009$20,732,022$17,607,297$17,590,069$17,857,657
Short-term investments$89,423,440$84,874,107$82,443,594$79,542,948$98,331,628
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$275,345,653$230,018,370$192,330,311$192,194,839$196,448,809
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$90,696
Fixed assets$79,556,390$89,983,700$98,211,357$100,720,785$89,142,194
Other long-term assets$9,109,864$8,614,598$5,889,488$8,774,764$1,790,567
Total long-term assets$88,666,254$98,598,298$104,100,845$109,495,549$91,023,457
Total assets$364,011,907$328,616,668$296,431,156$301,690,388$287,472,266
Payables and accrued expenses$91,529,597$78,913,723$77,039,497$83,525,338$88,726,164
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$91,529,597$78,913,723$77,039,497$83,525,338$88,726,164
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,501,272$7,328,458$5,524,537$4,788,262$1,347,872
Total long-term liabilities$3,889,768$7,691,595$5,866,515$5,104,425$1,673,869
Total liabilities$95,419,365$86,605,318$82,906,012$88,629,763$90,400,033
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$242,412,669$114,836,417$92,345,575$100,955,301$91,265,524
With donor restrictions$26,179,873$127,174,933$121,179,569$112,105,324$105,806,709
Net assets$268,592,542$242,011,350$213,525,144$213,060,625$197,072,233
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$947,571,184$886,588,666$819,523,349$798,345,212$765,156,592
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,315,448$2,760,637$3,220,985$1,427,928$3,106,872
Other revenue$1,336,763$950,427$689,778$396,792$46,274
Total other revenue$5,652,211$3,711,064$3,910,763$1,824,720$3,153,146
Total revenue$953,223,395$890,299,730$823,434,112$800,169,932$768,309,738
Program services$764,417,139$703,381,064$659,634,962$648,769,731$635,139,116
Management and general$75,522,480$68,412,162$67,917,901$62,269,907$57,323,669
Total expenses$932,620,034$861,733,317$816,927,314$787,035,423$776,377,075
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$20,603,361$28,566,413$6,506,798$13,134,509($8,067,337)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$20,603,361$28,566,413$6,506,798$13,134,509($8,067,337)


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 4/25/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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.

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