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Plan International Usa, Inc.

Rating: 4.17 stars   18 reviews 6,609

Nonprofit Issues:

International

Address:

155 Plan Way Warwick RI 02886 USA

Mission:

Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by: Enabling children, their families and their communities to meet basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies; Fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries; and Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children.

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Reviews for Plan International Usa, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I started supporting Plan over fifty years ago, and have become acquainted with families all over the world---Italy, Vietnam, Bolivia, Burkina-Faso and more. This has been only through writing---we were never able to visit any of them. I feel that Plan has helped their communities with their living conditions and promoted education, especially among girls. Also, Plan has always been on the ground when a major catastrophe happens, as in Haiti, Nepal and during the Ebola crisis. My daughter has agreed to maintain our support of Plan after we pass.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I started donating about 18 years ago. The program fulfills the old adage of teaching a man to fish so that he will always have food in the future, not just today with today's handout. I really appreciate the Give Differently program in buying animals and cultivation products for families. I've lost track of how many children I've sponsored, but I'm proud of the good that has been done in each area.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to Plan since 1986. They keep me informed about what is happening to the family that I am supporting and the community in which they live. I like that they partner with local organizations and leave a community when their end objectives have been met.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have most of the communication done electronically and reduce mailed items

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Plan International has changed many lives in Ghana where I come from. The have not only given children a voice even in the remotest of Villages but have supported families and communities to pull themselves out of poverty.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think it is best as it is.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm sure that Plan International probably does a lot of good, but I will no longer be contributing to the organization, and it makes me sick that I have in the past. I found out tonight after doing some internet research that Plan International has supported Reproductive Health Uganda, which is affiliated with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States. I have to agree with another reviewer who stated that Plan's marketing materials are very slick. Plan has a highly touted campaign against sex-selective abortions in countries like India, a campaign which I would normally support if I wasn't aware of their aid to Reproductive Health Uganda. As it is, my charitable dollars will be going elsewhere in the future. I know many well-meaning folks will disagree with my views about abortion, as I have a lot of friends on the other side of the issue, but I'm not leaving this review for them. I'm leaving this review for those like me who are opposed to abortion on demand and who don't want their charitable contributions going to organizations that support it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advise Plan to be more upfront with where the organization stands on certain hot-button issues. Sure, taking a stand will cost some donors. However, I feel it's soliciting money under false pretenses to not be crystal clear on issues like abortion that people have strong feelings about.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Our foundation has completed three projects with Plan (Guatemala, India, Nicaragua -- and visited all three sites), and we are planning a project in Burkina Faso this fall. I have had sponsored children in these and many more countries over a period of 22 years. We have visited their HQ and have regular communication with them. I love this organization and talk it up every chance I get.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just keep doing what you're doing.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I started giving to this organization when it had a different name, many years ago. I sponsored children and received letters from them, wrote back, etc. After a while I agreed to let my monthly donation be p[aid directly by my credit card. After that the letters dried up, and I no longer knew w ho or where my money was going. After several years of this, my credit card expired and I got a letter asking for the new information. I wrote back saying I had decided not to renew my msupport.
Surprise! I immediate received two different letters from children in Africa - the actual country was not specified - one wrote thanking me for "choosing me to be your chld". I feel I am being subjected to emotinal blackmail - I never agreed to resume if the organization started arranging for letters again, but I feel terrible about not anwering these letters! and of course, there is an envelope enclosed so I can send my gifts by electronic funds transfer.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been donating to Plan International for nearly two decades and we feel like we've created a meaningful relationship with the organization and the community that they support.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been a donor for over 50 years. The child that is assigned to you till they are 18 writes a letter about every 8 weeks and I have ALWAYS RESPONED. I have had letters from around the world. So far the high point was visiting "our" child n China

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Reading these reviews, many people seem to be disappointed with the sponsorship program. You need to understand YOU ARE NO SPONSORING ONE CHILD! Plan makes it very clear that they work on COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. This means that your sponsor child is just a symbolic link to the COMMUNITY you're supporting. They don't receive any more aid than another child in the community. This might be why they don't have as strong of a connection with the donor as you might have hoped. Additionally, people seem to be concerned that 1. administrative costs are increasing and 2. that communication is less than they'd like, without recognizing that you need admin to better communication. I recently had the opportunity to visit my sponsor child and her community, and I'm must say, I was incredibly impressed. The local staff was efficient and friendly, and Plan organized the logistics of my visit for me. I got to see the school, water access points, sanitation facilities and health care units that had previously been sent to me in photographs, so I know all correspondence I had with the community was accurate.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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