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.
We hope your commitment to sponsor a child will continue until the child finishes high school or turns 21. However, if an ICCM student turns 22 in their last year of high school they’re allowed to complete that school year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are three ways to donate to ICCM:
Sponsors use all means to give. We are grateful for all your gifts!
80% is given to directly benefit the children, to support education and development.
5% is invested in scholarships for secondary school students who lose their sponsor before graduation.
15% is used for support and administration.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Please do not include any part of your address, email address or refer to your material possessions or affluence.
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.
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:
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. Each child’s cultural background is a part of their unique design. Thank you for respecting their culture and heritage.
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.
Yes. To donate privately, select “Only me” from the privacy menu in the donation form.
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.
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.
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.
Donations made by you personally are tax-deductible. For further questions about whether something is tax-deductible, consult a tax professional.
There are many countries where Facebook donations are allowed. Please see below for a list of countries.
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.
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.