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Mark Hanlon
Mark Hanlon is the senior vice president of global marketing and engagement for Compassion International. Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. Follow us on twitter at @compassion. Additional information about Compassion International is available at

Entries by Mark Hanlon

That 'Jesus Thing' in the Movies

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 2:08 PM

The marketing consultants sat across the table from the Compassion clients they were about to pitch. While nobody actually documented the exact words the consultants uttered, their recommendation and the seismic crater it created are now part of Compassion International's cultural lore.

"If you really want to grow your share...

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The Emerging Metrics of Doing Good

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Global poverty delivers a miserable ROI in the wasted potential of human lives. Talent that goes untapped. And the disease and decay that it produces. Fortunately, the way we fight it doesn't have to.

Despite conventional wisdom, the accurate headline is that investments to fight abject global...

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The Quality of Compassion

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 8:02 PM

Haiti and excellence.

Those are two words we seldom associate with each other, yet as Tropical Storm Isaac gained momentum on its track over Haiti, I stood in a building that proved how excellence is taking root in this earthquake-ravaged, poverty-raked country. I was in Port-au-Prince...

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Stuff: An American Phenomenon

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 10:31 AM

I have my favorite television programs just like everyone else. But every once in awhile, I like to see what else is out there. So the other night, I found myself flipping through channels when I came across a program that I didn't recognize. It showed an auctioneer rolling numbers...

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Taking the Malaria Fight Down to the Community Level

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Malaria remains one of the most widespread infectious diseases in Africa. Yet, insecticide treated nets are available. Medicines are available. Prevention education is available -- but to everyone? The reality is that in many remote areas, none of these are accessible. Compassion International intentionally works through the local...

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"Sponsor a Child" Is More Than Just a Popular Strategy to End Poverty -- It's a Deliberate, Long-Term Approach

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 9:52 AM

February's issue of Christianity Today contained a cover story in which secular and Christian media should take increased interest. During this time of great need around the world, we must ask ourselves if our work to combat poverty is making an impact. The cover story examines that question:...

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Food Security: A Different Kind of Security

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 1:11 PM

The need for "security" permeates our culture. Whether it is national security, social security or simply building security, one thing is clear: Americans care a lot about security.

But what about food security?

The term is likely foreign to a many of us. Food security is about adequate supply and...

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Heritage Foundation Study Encourages Americans to Understand National and International Poverty

(8) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 3:48 PM

The national news is buzzing about a study released by the Heritage Foundation about modern poverty in the United States. Political pundits are using this study to fuel the fire in the debate about the debt-ceiling crisis and the issue of entitlements.

According to the study, among...

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Street-Level Compassion, Street-Level Delivery in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 2:16 PM

The solution for a rebuilt and restored Haiti is proving to be every bit the challenge many predicted. One thing is for certain. The problem is bigger than any one organization, any single government or universal remedy. That doesn't mean, however, the situation is hopeless. There have already been heroes...

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Does Geography Limit Compassion?

(76) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 2:01 PM

A Census Bureau report recently released found the percentage of Americans now living in poverty rose to 14.3 percent in 2009, the highest in decades.

For many of us, this was a huge shock. News like this sends a shudder through our collective spine. And for every family that...

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