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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.

Target demographics: Plan programs help millions of children and their families escape the cycle of poverty in countries around the world.

Geographic areas served: 51 developing countries across the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Program countries include: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Programs: Plan child-centered program areas include: health, water & sanitation, education, disaster relief & resilience, and nutrition.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 4

My Dad used to support children via Plan International his whole life. I remember him reading us the letters and showing us the pictures the kids drew over the years and once I started making my own money I followed in his foot steps. I do encourage my friends do support a child since we can make such a difference in these children life with such little effort. I've been with Plan International for over 15 years and now my children and husband enjoy receiving frequent letters from our current child from India.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am delighted that I found Plan USA. You are doing a wonderful job for children and their families. I worked with children as teacher, counselor and Special Education Specialist for 35 years. I am delighted that I found you. You keep us informed about the children we sponsor and about your work. Communication with "my children" is very important to me. I cannot imagine how you do it, but keep up the great work. The children will be able to have a better life because of Plan Int USA. I wish I could do more, but one thing I can do is pray for all of you.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My organization has partnered with Plan International for over a decade to support education projects around the world. Through the various development projects we’ve supported over the years, our employees have been able to connect our organization’s mission of supporting student success to Plan’s mission of improving the quality of life for children in developing countries.

Plan staff, both those based in the US offices and around the globe within country offices, are wonderful advocates for children and communities. They’re knowledgeable on the issues facing the various countries we’ve worked in throughout the years. They’ve welcomed our employees with open arms during site visits and share their love of each project.

We’ve also been fortunate to be able to receive updates over the years on the various projects we’ve supported. It’s great to see the continued progress year over year; our employees look forward to these updates.

Our partnership with Plan International is an important part of the culture of our organization and our focus on student success around the globe.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a former Plan employee and a current donor. I can not speak highly enough of Plan, having seen the ins and outs of this organization. The work that Plan does is so incredibly important and to be a part of it feels extremely gratifying.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I work for Study Group, a global education company offering ELT and Higher Education opportunities for international students. Study Group has been partnered with Plan International for many years, sponsoring a large project each year as part of our Building Futures initiative to bring quality education to communities around the globe who lack it. I personally had the opportunity to visit our 2015 project in Sri Lanka, which was the construction of a new primary school in the northern region of Anuradhapura. I certainly can attest to the great work Plan does in each of the communities they work in, and their model is one I wish all international development organizations followed. Plan works at the grassroots level to not only build lasting relationships with each community they work in, but also makes sure to involve every part of the community in the design, construction, and implementation of any project they are facilitating. This ensures long-term sustainability as the community feels a sense of ownership and also has emotional ties to the work being done to better their community for generations to come. Visiting the 2015 school project we sponsored was an experience I'll never forget and makes me proud to know my company is partnering with an organization truly making a lasting difference in so many communities.

1

Donor

Rating: 5


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I am 77 years old and have been a "foster parent/donor" since my early 20's. I believe in Plan, what they do and what they stand for. I have pictures of my children on my desk where I see them often. It warms my heart to help change their lives for the better. I am a firm believer that, rather than be overwhelmed by all the "stuff" that goes on in the world, it is helping one-on-one that works. It is a win-win. If all of us did that, think of the result! It is amazing what we can do if we just bring it down to that.

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Thank you,
Susan Stauffacher

Donor

Rating: 5

It was my father who taught me to think, to share, and to be generous. It was my daughter and daughter-in-law who introduced me to Plan International, both were attending college at the time. So it not surprising that I have given to educational institutions and more frequently scholarships to college students and to children of the third world.

Plan International was the perfect philanthropic organization for me as it provided children with the greatest need an opportunity to learn, the communities in which they lived an opportunity to improve their lives through knowledge, and an experience of a lifetime for the teachers and administrators in a far away land. Giving to Plan outright and/or to a sponsored child gives the donor the satisfaction of helping so many with the gift of letters and numbers and the gift of hope and encouragement, good will and friendship.

Make a difference in a young person’s life, get acquainted with another world through newsletters and personal letters, and share your life with another to know the satisfaction of truly giving and taking.

Peggy

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Donor

Rating: 4

I've been a donor for the last 10+ years, even before we had our own children. Having grown up in a lower middle class family in India myself I was interested in making a difference to at least 1 child in India. I found Plan International. They allowed me to make the most effective use of my humble contribution, which otherwise I wouldn't know how to make it effective.

I really liked the emphasis paid to schooling. I would receive letters from these kids, written in their native language, and it was very heartening to see how these kids progressed.

Once we had our own kids I made sure that I shared the letters and photos of the kids in India who I was sponsoring. It really helped our own kids understand how it works in rest of the world.

This is my 3rd child, and I am so very happy and proud that 2 children benefited from the humble contributions I made. I couldn't have done it without Plan International. Thanks a lot for continuing this work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a new teacher in 1970 I showed a film called "Child of Darkness, Child of Light" detailing Foster Parents Plan's programs in Latin America. My world history students decided to sponsor a child for a year, and I continued the sponsorship of a girl from the Philippines. Since that time, I have sponsored several children from Africa and Asia. The latest young man from Burkina Faso was one of the most interesting and communicative. I will continue my sponsorship and encouragement of the program as long as possible and am considering a bequest in my will.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter and I have been sponsoring a child through Plan for almost a year. I chose Plan because their model supports communities to solve their own problems. We got to see this in action several months ago when we went to visit our sponsored child in Nicaragua. The community had several projects that they were developing and implementing with financial and technical support from Plan, including creating a self-sustaining system for getting electricity into the community, literacy in the elementary school, and an anti-bullying programs run by teens in the community. The people who lived their, including the kids, came up with the problems and solutions, and Plan was there to provide resources needed to get it going. Our visit was amazing. We got to meet our sponsored child and her family, visit her school and home, and spend time playing with the kids and learning about their activities at school. I came away all the more convinced that Plan was the right choice for our donations.