Childfund’s ‘Small’ Handling Fee
So, if ChildFund takes a fundamentalist Christian stance, but doesn’t have an evangelizing agenda, what do they support? Many donors have also noticed inconsistencies between ChildFund’s goals and their collection methods. Previously, ChildFund had charged donors a small handling fee if they wanted to give a cash gift to their sponsored child. However, ChildFund’s new policy is to assess a fee of 20% on every gift donation—regardless of size.
ChildFund claims these fees are to ensure that the money is safely and efficiently delivered, but a 20% fee seems excessive. If a donor sends a gift of $1,000, that’s $200 that goes right into ChildFund’s pocket. That’s considerably larger than a $2.50 handling fee.
The multiple name changes, religious flip-flopping and hefty fees depict ChildFund as a confused, mismanaged organization. This is corroborated by its financial information. As its excess income has increased decently for the last several years, its actual capacity has been decreasing. What is anyone supposed to make of that?
Although ChildFund has a good-natured vision, it simply isn’t a clear one. The organization has previously held high ratings with charity watchdog groups, and it might again. However, ChildFund must refine its ideologies and practices to prove to donors what it’s actually committed to.