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How fundraising connects with our programs


World Vision Canada



How Does Child Sponsorship Work? 

World Vision is organized as a global partnership between: 


  • Support Offices that raise funds, provide technical support and project line management for international grants;  
  • National (Field) Offices that execute programs; and  
  • Regional Offices and the Global Centre that provide overall line management, administrative, logistical, audit/financial, and HR services.  


In the field, our Operational Areas include both development and fragile and humanitarian projects. These are the geographic locations where local programming is planned and implemented. Operational Areas have one or multiple sector or theme-focused projects; and if funded by child sponsorship it will also include a Community Engagement and Sponsorship Plan project. 


Often the Operational Areas are what is known as a Sponsorship Community (or Area Programme) with a large portion of funds generated through child sponsorship fundraising. But many times, they also include Grants, Gifts-in-Kind and other funding streams or revenue streams like the Gift Catalogue. These other non-sponsorship-funded projects can also operate completely outside the sponsorship umbrella, covering larger geographic areas such as a health zone or school district in accordance with the national office and donor strategic priorities.   


It is important to note that in some contexts the sponsorship model is not the most effective or appropriate means of meeting community needs. In those contexts, our program work is focused on evidence-based technical approaches. These approaches are based on industry standards and community/stakeholder engagement and utilize multiple different funding sources as most appropriate.  


Our advocacy also expands across all our work. This spans from local-level advocacy interventions to improve social accountability, country-level efforts to change policies, to international initiatives that aim to change the way we approach certain topics such as child labour.   

Diagram that shows the relationship between funding sources, sectors and the country’s portfolio. Each Operational Area can be funded by one or multiple funding sources, Each funding source funds one or more projects based on strategic priorities. All the work is also contextualized according to the country in which they operate. At the basis of all our work are the the following cross-cutting themes: social accountability (including advocacy), gender equality and social inclusion, and peacebuilding.
An example of how sectors align with the different funding sources an Operational Area receives and its relation to the country’s portfolio. CESP stands for Community Empowerment and Sponsorship Plan, GIK for Gifts-in-Kind and WFP for World Food Programme. Note: Proportion (and choice) of each sector is based on the country’s strategy, donor strategic priorities, and the specific needs of communities within a country, which can differ. Therefore, programming interventions vary as a means of responding to identified priorities and needs.
Unless otherwise stated, data presented on this page reflects the most up-to-date results of World Vision Canada programs reported between October 2022 and September 2023, and any previous fiscal years available. Previously reported data may not match the current presentation as we continuously receive and refine data from our programs. If you have any questions, kindly reach out to us.