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Sponsor a Child

We have ICCM locations and partnerships in 33 countries around the world.

ICCM children receive the benefits of sponsorship in four ways, each suited to their situation. Our approach is designed to supplement locally available resources (parents, churches, governments), which vary in our 33 countries.

  1. Schools. More than half of our 20,000 children’s sponsorship is arranged directly through Free Methodist schools where the children attend. Your monthly support pays for tuition, books, uniforms and, in some cases, lunch.
  2. Holistic Child Development Centers. Where public schools exist and are adequate, ICCM provides weekend programs for sponsored children, offering tutoring, games, food, and activities designed to help the children develop in all four domains of their lives — physical, spiritual, cognitive and social.
  3. Hostels. Some children require residential care to access education. Orphans, children from regions without schools or where child trafficking is pervasive, and children whose parents are incapable of caring for them are welcomed into hostels.
  4. Pastors’ Kids. In some countries, ICCM sponsors children of pastors and cross-cultural national missionaries. This allows parents to devote themselves to their calling of taking the gospel to new places, without sacrificing their children’s education. In these places, pastors’ pay is either non-existent or too low to cover school-related expenses.

Impact of Sponsorship
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Online

Many sponsors find automatic payments convenient and cost-saving. Sign up at the Donor Portal or call us to begin a recurring electronic funds transfer (EFT) or credit card payment. EFT and credit card donations are acknowledged with an emailed receipt.

Checks

If you prefer to mail checks, consider mailing checks quarterly, semi-annually or annually to reduce your expenses. However, mail them monthly if you prefer.

  • Make your check payable to International Child Care Ministries.
  • Include your sponsor number in the memo line.

Please send checks to:

International Child Care Ministries
770 N. High School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46214

A reply envelope is enclosed with each receipt. The bottom 1/3 of your receipt is a remittance form to mail with your next check. The top portion is for your tax records.

 

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Donor Portal

There are three ways to donate to ICCM:

  1. Set up recurring payments arranged through our website or by calling our office at (800) 342-5531 ext. 502.
  2. Donate via credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your bank account. 
  3. Send a paper check (annually, quarterly, monthly). For annual checks, you may request a reminder which will come a month before your payment is due.

Cost of Processing to ICCM

  • We accept all major credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover).
  • Check” denotes personal checks or bill pay checks that are mailed to us from your online bank. The $0.83 includes our  bank processing fees and the receipt, envelope, and stamp to mail your receipt back.  We enclose Reflections as a “freebie” since we’re already mailing you the receipt — these cost an additional $0.12, a small cost we’re glad to absorb. EFT and credit card donations receive tax receipts in January.
  • EFT + Credit Card giving can be set up through the Donor Portal or by calling us.

Sponsors use all means to give. We are grateful for all your gifts! 


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Donate to ICCM
Donor Portal

Ideally, the middle of the month. The first week we’re wrapping up data from the prior month and sending wires around the world. If you mail your check the last week, it might not make it to the ICCM offices by the end of the month; USPS often takes a week.

Donor Portal
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Support Allocation

  • Benefits your child (80%)
  • Scholarship Fund (5%)
  • Administration (15%)

80% ($24) of your $30 is sent to the National Coordinator to be used to benefit the child.

5% ($1.50) goes into a scholarship fund to help unsponsored students complete high school.

15% ($4.50) is used for administration. All accounts are audited regularly.


Financial Integrity

Please make up that payment as soon as possible. When calculating your “paid-through date” the next payment you make is applied to the missed month(s).

 

Donor Portal

You will only be sent a remittance if you send your donation via check or bill pay. Your remittance form is your reminder. If your support is 2 months or more overdue, you will receive a reminder in the mail. If you send annual checks, you may request a reminder by either using this form to contact us or by calling our office at 800.342.5531 ext. 502.

Donor Portal
Contact Us

Yes. There are special needs or projects in places where extra funds are urgently needed for feeding children, medical care, or opening a new school or hostel. Our website shows many such opportunities. Please see below.

Give Beyond Sponsorship
Set up a Facebook Fundraiser for ICCM

We hope your commitment to sponsor a child will continue until the child finishes high school or turns 21, whichever comes first. If at any time you feel unable to continue, please call, write or email the ICCM Central Office. If the child you sponsor moves away from our school or becomes unavailable to our program we will inform you and give you the opportunity to transfer your support to a new child, with the option for you to decline taking on a new child.

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Donor Portal

No. Each child is assigned to only one sponsor at a time.

We don’t make children’s last names or hometowns public due to security reasons. If you would like to know the location of your sponsored child, please give us a call at 800.352.5531 ext. 502.

No. Nearly 2,000 are waiting for a sponsor. Please pray for more sponsors.

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Poverty and mobility often go together. Families move around in search of work or a better life. If children are sponsored through one of our schools or after-school programs, when they move away, we no longer have a connection to them. Sometimes children leave our school for other reasons beyond our control, like for an early marriage or to attend a different school or program. We hope you will consider sponsoring a new child who also needs to discover the joy of learning, hope for living, and the love of Jesus.

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writing to your sponsored child

Certainly! Though you are not required to write, letters are a blessing to a child. He or she will know your name and treasure the thought that you really care. You may write to your child using this form or by mail to this address:

Sponsor Number
Child’s ID Number
International Child Care Ministries
770 N High School Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46214

For more detailed information on writing to your child, including guidelines and sending photos, please visit the Write to Your Sponsored Child page.

Write to Your Sponsored Child

  • Send a photo of yourself and your family (even pets!) and tell about each one. A child would love to have your picture. (Hint: you can upload the picture that you want to send to your child on this form.)
  • Special hobbies you may have
  • Projects you or your family are doing
  • Church or school activities
  • Celebrations or holidays
  • Favorite Bible verses or songs

Please do not include any part of your address, email address or refer to your material possessions or affluence.

 

Write to Your Sponsored Child

Probably at least two months. Your letter must be translated before it can be given to your child.

Write to Your Sponsored Child

Yes, under normal circumstances, 2-3 times per year. Letters may take 3 months to arrive because of travel, translation, and mail. If your child has not yet learned how to write, letters will be written by a family member or a friend. In addition, you should receive an updated photo of the child every 2 years. Please keep in mind that in countries in crisis, letters and photos are less frequent.

Write to Your Sponsored Child

Monetary gifts are welcome and should be sent to ICCM directly. An adult will help the child make local purchases.

Please click below for more detailed information and guidelines:

Send a Gift to Your Sponsored Child

Please use the child’s given name. We understand that sometimes, due to cultural barriers, it may be difficult to say or write your child’s name correctly. Also, many of our donors sponsor children in memory of someone they’ve lost or in honor of someone they love.  However, we do encourage you to use their given name wherever possible. God made each child unique and their cultural background is a part of their unique design.  Thank you for respecting their culture and heritage.

Write to Your Sponsored Child

You are experiencing one of our biggest challenges. Children in some cultures find it easy to write about themselves, with a little coaching by their teachers or caregivers. Some even write in English, which streamlines the process a lot! But for some cultures, thinking of yourself as an individual and writing about your unique thoughts, feelings or experiences is a much bigger stretch. In certain places, it would even be inappropriate to share yourself so personally with a stranger. Finally, some settings require difficult travel through dangerous terrain for our staff to obtain the letters.

So — this gives us a chance to check our motivation for sponsoring a child. We want to help a child in poverty — yet aren’t we ultimately offering our gift to God? So, when some children are capable of writing sweet and touching words of appreciation, great! When others aren’t, let’s extend grace and understand that our expectations may not be realistic for all children. We want them to learn gratitude, and writing is a good exercise for their development. We’ll keep trying to help them do better.

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facebook fundraisers

We’ve made it easy to dedicate your special day to a nonprofit you care about.

Yes. To donate privately, select “Only me” from the privacy menu in the donation form.

  • Please note that fundraiser creators and nonprofits can see all donations. Only they can see donation amounts.
  • Your donation to a charitable organization on Facebook will only be seen by your friends if you choose to share it. Keep in mind that the amount of your donation won’t be shared.
  • When you donate to a fundraiser, the charitable organization and creator of the fundraiser will be able to see your donation even if you don’t share it.

If you are raising funds for ICCM through Facebook and you don’t designate a specific cause or project (you can choose one here), the funds go where they are needed most – which may change depending on various factors.

We welcome fundraisers created by churches and organizations.

 

If your church is Free Methodist, please keep in mind, that donations made through Facebook directly to ICCM may or may not impact your EPP. If you want donations made through Facebook to count toward your EPP, you will need to create your own personal fundraiser (so that donations go to your organization directly) and then send them to ICCM.

After you create your fundraiser, Facebook will prompt you to match donations. You can choose to match any amount you feel comfortable with.

You’re more than welcome to raise funds for one of our specific funds listed here.

If you want to raise funds for your specific sponsored child, you will need to create your own personal fundraiser. Donations made to personal fundraisers (not directly to ICCM) may or may not be tax-deductible. Always consult a tax professional.

ICCM will receive donations every other week from Facebook once we collect at least $100 in donations.

Under FMC-USA, ICCM is a 501(c)(3). Donations to U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofits are typically tax-deductible.

If you have questions about the tax-deductible status of any donations, please reach out to a tax professional.

Facebook charges no fees for donations to non-profits like ICCM. 100% of the gift you send us via Facebook is received by us.

You can raise funds for a specific ICCM project or fund (here’s a list).

In order for funds to be correctly distributed, you must include the special project’s name in the title of your Facebook fundraiser. (ex. Jane’s India Rice Fundraiser)

Donations made by you personally are tax-deductible. For further questions about whether something is tax-deductible, consult a tax professional.

Please direct them to our website to sponsor a child. They may also call our office at toll free at 800.352.5531 ext. 502.

There are many countries where Facebook donations are allowed. Please see below for a list of countries.

  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

financial information + privacy

Please make up that payment as soon as possible. When calculating your “paid-through date” the next payment you make is applied to the missed month(s).

Donor Portal

Your remittance form is your reminder. If your support is 2 months or more overdue, you will receive a reminder in the mail. If you send annual checks, you may request a reminder by either using this form to contact us or by calling our office at 800.342.5531 ext. 502.

Donor Portal
Contact Us

If we have multiple ways to contact you (phone, postal address, email), when one of these changes or our records have an error then we have another way to reach you. For online giving, if your donation fails or expiration date needs updating, an email is automatically sent to you, but only if we have your email.

Donor Portal

We ask you to keep your best cell phone number updated within our Donor Portal because if you become locked out of your account for any reason you can use that number to log back into your account.

Donor Portal

Unfortunately, no. We maintain a separate database, so please update your information in the Donor Portal or by calling us at 800.342.5531 ext. 502.

Donor Portal

No, we do not. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

No, we do not. We’re 100% funded by donors and sponsors.

No. Although ICCM is under the FMC-USA ‘umbrella’ we do not receive any subsidization from FMC-USA.

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