Save the Children Federation, Inc.

Rating: 4.14 stars   87 reviews

Issues:

Location: 501 Kings Highway East Suite 400 Fairfield CT 06825 USA

Mission: Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
Results:

In 2013, the Save the Children movement reached 145 million children in 120 countries.
Here are some of the highlights:

  • Health: We reached 21 million newborn babies and mothers through survival programs
  • Hunger: 2.5 million children benefited from our efforts to help families feed and support themselves
  • Education: We reached 10 million children with basic education
  • Emergencies: We reached 8.1 million people with disaster relief and emergency response
  • Protection: More than 1 million girls and boys were protected from exploitation, abuse and neglect
  • United States: Over 185,000 children were helped by programs in the U.S.

Target demographics: children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 143 million children in 120 countries, through the Save the Children global movement
Geographic areas served: the U.S. and around the world
Programs: education, nutrition, health, child protection and disaster relief - in the United States and around the world.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have read so much about this organization and I think it's amazing and is doing tremendous work.

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

From all I read about Save the Children they do excellent work. I would not under any circumstances donate to an organization where the CEO receives a salary of almost $400,000. I can only imagine the organization's justification for this. Shameful.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

I have been looking for a charity that helps the improvished children of the world. Save the Children stands out from all the others. But I was amazed of the salary of the CEO. It is so contradictory of the work that this charity does. Do you really need almost $400K a year to live comfortably? I have always wondered where the funds are spent having managed a non-profit organization in Massachusetts. Even there it was questionable with management and paying for their families health care out of donations. I am reconsidering my donation to this organization. My money would be better spent traveling to these areas and giving the money directly to the families in need.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I constantly use the publications that Save The Children publishes. In particular, this year, I used the publication on teenage pregnancy being a leading cause of death in the developing world. This topic is not really addressed in the literature, but the Save the Children looks into this problem which is actually a really big deal. Thank you for advocating for this and many other forgotten or unaddressed causes. Your publications and research cis being used academically and professionally!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I think what you are doing is great. I hope one day I can help more.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great people working to help children, both throughout the world but also here in the United States. Their work is vital in getting food and education to underprivileged children, and to make sure that the governments are accountable to this often overlooked group. Our children determine our future, so we need to make sure they are given the opportunities needed to succeed, and Save The Children does this very well.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Maybe I'm missing something here, but I'm thinking Charles F. MacCormack's (President, CEO) $391,194 salary could save a lot of children.

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No

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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There are lots of organizations out there right now who claim to do good work and use your money wisely, but honestly, I don't think a lot of them are as transparent or responsible as Save the Children. I don't give to an organization I don't trust, but Save the Children does an incredible amount of work all over the world and the money really does go where they say it goes. They also want their programs to be self sustaining, even after they leave. Working with communities and families to develop solutions that have long term positive effects is an approach I will support!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a longtime CT resident, I had been loosely familiar with Save the Children, having heard their name for 30+ years. I never quite knew exactly what they did - I always thought it had something to do with children in Africa. However as I traveled the world in the late 90's and early 00's, I begin noticing Save the Children offices/vans/staff in a lot of place: in the slums of Old Delhi, India; in a school in Kathmandu, Nepal; in the Mindanao, Philippines; in Indonesia responding to the Tsunami; in the Dominican Republic; and then in New Orleans helping to sort out the aftermath of Katrina. I have since become a supporter, donating to their Haiti earthquake response and Japan Tsunami response. I love what they do and any organization that helps hundreds of millions of children each year around the world is invaluable in my book.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Clearly a worthwhile organization, and I strongly support the work they do. However, one should use caution if using monthly credit or debit cards to donate to their monthly program, because it can be difficult to discontinue the charges. There is no option to cancel at their Web site, so I mailed a letter asking them to discontinue the monthly charges to my account. Nonetheless, a charge appeared in my account two weeks later. About three weeks after that, I received a letter from them asking me to "update my account information"; they clearly still hadn't processed my cancellation, so I called and gave them a verbal cancellation. A charge AGAIN appeared on my account the following month! I think I finally got it straightened out with a repeat phone call.

One also wonders why they have such an expensive monthly sponsorship program; other charities seem to be grateful for smaller donations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through contacts with sponsored child(ren), and through hearing results of the work they do.

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

Offer a monthly sponsorship program that is more budget-friendly. Save the Children already has one of the more expensive ones I've seen, and yet in recent weeks and months I've received requests to increase the amount I donate every month. They should also make it easier to discontinue sponsorship when that becomes necessary. It's already difficult when financial realities dictate that decision; they shouldn't make it even more so.

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