You buy a charity gift card and somehow it turns up as a goat or sewing machine or clean water on the other side of the world. How does this happen? Here’s how the process works, impacting a child’s life and even stimulating the local economy at the same time.

Gifts of Compassion are an ideal last-minute birthday or Christmas present option. Ordering online is simple, and you recieve a beautiful card to give to a loved one that describes the impact the gift has made in the lives of children living in poverty.

But perhaps you're wondering: How does the gift card you bought turn into a goat or a sewing machine or clean water on the other side of the world?

We’re glad you asked!

Children celebrate

How are the gifts chosen?

Our church partners around the world identify the greatest needs in their communities. The gifts in our catalogue meet those needs, allowing children to have the security, health, skills and opportunities they need to grow and develop.

The impact of these gifts is tangible. Families are given a means of survival, young people are trained and equipped, and most importantly, Compassion staff work with families to ensure gifts are sustainable and empowering.

Baby essentials kit

You can give a Baby Essentials Kit to help new mums care for their newborns.

Stimulating local economies

When you purchase a chicken, goat or cow from the Gifts of Compassion catalogue, we don’t send a shipping container filled with Aussie livestock to take to children living in poverty. All of the gifts in our catalogue are sourced from our church partner's local communities. So when you buy a Gift of Compassion, you’re helping to stimulate the local economy, which can improve living standards and increase job opportunities for the families in our program.

Young men working

Help young adults in Compassion's programs learn a vocation, setting them up for a bright future.

Facilitating good development work

When you buy from the Gifts of Compassion catalogue, your life-changing gift will fund the activity described in the card or other similar initiatives.

Good development work means responding to the changing needs of the children and families in Compassion’s programs around the world. If at the time of purchase there isn’t a need for your chosen gift, the funds will go towards a comparable, more urgent initiative.

Your gift will be delivered through local staff and churches who are best placed to identify the needs of each child registered with Compassion. Your gift will go to the children and families who need it most.

So the answer to the burning question ‘do charity gift cards work?’—when it comes to Gifts of Compassion—is a resounding YES!

Browse the full catalogue Gifts of Compassion catalogue and check out the new, life-changing gifts.

Words by Monique Wallace and Zoe Noakes