Compassion International was named in the top 1 percent of American charities by Charity Navigator, based on an annual assessment of fiscal management, accountability and transparency practices. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that the child sponsorship organization earned a four-star ranking for the 15th consecutive year and secured the no. 3 spot on a list of top charities with the most consecutive four-star ratings. Compassion has 1.8 million children in its care, says CEO Santiago Mellado, and it partners with more than 7000 churches in 26 countries.
The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) held its 13th annual International Child Care Conference in Orlando May 5-6, 2016, bringing together more than 2000 researchers, foster parents and non-profit leaders from around the world. Workshops focused on everything from how to adopt and care for a child to how to prevent child sex trafficking, according to WMFE. This year’s conference honed in specifically on the government’s changing role in how it is to care for children without permanent families.
Grand Rapids charity Wedgwood Christian Services has named Alison Lisiak to the role of advancement officer, in which she will be responsible for “maintaining and deepening philanthropic support for the organization by informing current donors of Wedgwood’s services. Lisiak has served as the advancement specialist for more than five years. Grand Rapids Business Journal reports that Wedgwood helps hurting families and children with issues like physical and sexual abuse, sex trafficking of minors, teen pregnancy, school expulsion, autism treatment, and more.
The Nashville area’s 2016 Big Payback event, a 24-hour online giving campaign organized by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, took place May 3 and benefitted 770 participating nonprofits in the area, the Tennessean reports. The response was so large that the campaign had to end early due to an overloaded system, but still raised well over $1 million for the local charities, receiving $57,000 more than the previous year’s event, according to the event site.