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Sponsorship FAQs

How much does child sponsorship cost?

Child sponsorship starts at $35 a month, or about a dollar a day.

How are my sponsorship donations used?

Eighty years of experience have taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure children’s futures. Your sponsorship contributions ensure a lasting presence in communities as long as we are needed. They also help us to secure large grants from institutional donors to multiply your contribution and reach many more children, families, and communities. Rather than financial support going directly to a sponsored child, your contributions are combined with those of other caring sponsors and institutional donors, providing a steady stream of funding to all the countries where Plan works for long-term solutions, in key areas that communities deem critical.

Why should I sponsor with Plan?

Nearly 1,100,000 people in 21 countries sponsor a child through Plan. With the support of child sponsors and institutional donors over the past 80 years, we have grown into one of the widest-reaching and most effective international development organizations. Our level of community engagement, long-term outlook, and constant focus on the needs and priorities of children brings about positive and lasting changes in the lives of the world's children and communities in a strategic and accountable way.

How long will my sponsorship last?

Sponsorship is ongoing, or until your sponsored child graduates from our program on or shortly after his or her 18th birthday. In some cases, other circumstances may cause your sponsorship with a particular child to end sooner than anticipated. If such a situation occurs, we will contact you as soon as possible to transfer your sponsorship to another child. Below is an overview of some reasons why your sponsorship may end earlier than you expected:

  • Phase out: Plan’s involvement in your sponsored child’s community may reach completion. When it’s clear that a community can manage its own development without us, we gradually phase out our participation. This is a cause for celebration, because it means our partnership has been a success!
  • Security: Occasionally, if the situation in a country or community puts our staff at risk (in cases of war, for example), or if our presence in a community puts its inhabitants in danger, we may close operations and withdraw ahead of schedule.
  • Relocation/Migration The child you sponsor and his or her family may move away from the region where Plan operates, which means they can no longer participate in the sponsorship program.

As a child sponsor what do I receive?

As a sponsor, you can expect:

  • A welcome package in the mail in about two weeks that includes:
    • Photos of, and information about, your sponsored child and his or her family
    • Information on your sponsored child’s community
  • The opportunity to exchange letters:
    • If you write a letter to your sponsored child, he or she will write back! Letter writing is a great way for you to get to know your sponsored child and see the world through his or her eyes.
  • An annual update on your sponsored child, as well as the progress sponsorship communities are making because of your support!
  • An annual tax receipt

Can I write to my sponsored child?

Writing a letter is the best way to learn more about your sponsored child! Through the sharing of letters, cards, and photographs, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of each other’s world’s and perspectives. 

Getting started is easy! To send your sponsored child an email or postcard, just sign into your MyPlan account, and click on your sponsored child.

You can also send a hand-written letter! Just print out our landmark stationery! Mail your letter to:

Plan International USA

155 Plan Way

Warwick, RI 02886

You may send photos and cards, but please be sure to attach them to each other using a paperclip. Remember to apply a pre-printed label on each piece you would like to send.

Can I send a gift to my sponsored child?

We would be happy to forward a small token of friendship to your sponsored child! When choosing your gift, please keep in mind that it must be approximately 4 x 6 inches, weigh no more than 5 oz., and be relatively flat to ensure efficiency through customs.

A few gifts we recommend:

  • Signals of friendship (photos, stickers, postcards, hair accessories, etc.)
  • Writing and painting (pens, crayons, paper, small drawstring bags, etc.)
  • Learning and exploring (maps, small notepads, pocket calculator, bookmarks, flashcards, etc.)
  • Sporting and outdoor activities (inflatable beach balls, skipping rope, etc.)
  • Playing with friends (travel size board games)

Due to international guidelines and cultural differences, we are unable to forward the following gifts:

  • Money and gifts that seem expensive (precious metal, jewelry, wristwatch, etc.)
  • Sharp, dangerous, fragile gifts (knives, scissors, compass, thermometer, etc.)
  • Skin and hair care products (soap, make-up, shampoo, etc.)
  • Food and plants (sweets, seeds, pressed flowers, etc.)
  • Liquids (paint, bubbles, nail polish, etc.)
  • Clothing (t-shirts, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.)

Just like mailing a letter, you can send your gift to:

Plan International USA

155 Plan Way

Warwick, RI 02886

We ask that you attach your sponsor number and sponsored child’s number to your gift to ensure that it arrives without delay!

If you have any additional questions regarding our gift policy, please call our Donor Loyalty team at 800.556.7918.

Can I visit my sponsored child?

Yes! In addition to writing to your sponsored child, we encourage sponsors to consider a trip to visit their sponsored child's community. It's a life-changing experience to meet your sponsored child and his or her family, and you will be able to see first-hand the impact of our partnership. Contact us to plan a visit.

What is Plan’s Child Safeguarding Policy?

Plan International USA recognizes that violence against children and young people is prevalent throughout the world and in all societies. Violence against children includes physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment, and sexual abuse. Furthermore, children and young people may be vulnerable and at risk due to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, age, or illness.  

Plan International USA is fully committed to ending violence against children and acknowledges that we have a duty to promote the gender responsive safeguarding of children and young people, particularly those with whom we work or are in contact.

The purpose of the Safeguarding Policy policy is to ensure that:

  • All who work for and engage with us are skilled, confident, and well supported in understanding and meeting their responsibilities to safeguard children and young people from violence and to engage positively with children and young people in ways that enhance the achievement of our Purpose; 
  • We have in place procedures to prevent and deal with the actions/behavior of our staff, volunteers, board members, sponsors, donors, partners, visitors, other associates, or us as an organization that result in violence against a child or young person and/or places them at risk of the same; and
  • Children and young people we work with are aware of our responsibilities to prevent and respond to any harm against them arising from actions and behaviors of our staff, volunteers, board members, sponsors, donors, partners, visitors, and other associates, as well as the routes for reporting such incidents. 

Read our full Safeguarding Policy.

I have more questions. Who can I speak to?

Our Donor Loyalty team is happy to answer any questions you have. You can call us at 800.556.7918 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm ET, or contact us.

We can only accept this payment method from U.S. drawn checking accounts. The 9-digit routing number comes first and is surrounded by the "" symbol, the account number comes next and is followed by the "" symbol. The check number is not used. The account information should be from a check and not from a deposit slip.