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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice. We place special emphasis on investing in women and girls because our six decades of experience show that their empowerment benefits whole communities. We know that when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by: •Responding to natural disasters and emergencies, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of women, children and the elderly. •Helping improve the health — and save the lives — of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies. •Helping women access loans and start small businesses so they can provide for their families. •Helping girls around the world go to school and working with communities to improve education for all children. •Delivering health and nutrition services to millions of children and their family members.

Results: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women. This included providing emergency and disaster relief services and supplies to those in need, including more than 1.8 million women, children and families suffering from the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. In fiscal year 2011: •CARE’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs reached nearly 12.5 million people, with special emphasis on the needs of those disproportionately affected by disasters: women, children and the elderly. •CARE’s programs worked to reach nearly six million people with information and tools to promote gender equality and empower women to claim their rights. CARE’s women’s empowerment programs help women and men promote women’s rights, provide solidarity and support groups for women, work to prevent sexual and gender-based violence, and ensure services and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. •CARE worked to improve food security for 8 million people by providing nutritional support and promoting sustainable agriculture, and reached more than 26 million children and their family members with information and services to improve child health and nutrition. •CARE worked to help more than 7 million people improve their household income through increased access to financial and non-financial services, participation in village savings and loan associations, market linkages and diversified livelihoods. •CARE’s programs worked to provide more than 5 million people with improved access to school and better quality education. •CARE worked to reach 41 million women, men and children with information and services to improve maternal health. •Through health and social services, CARE worked to help more than 16 million people protect themselves from HIV, reduce stigma associated with the illness, and mitigate its negative economic impact. •CARE worked to help more than 27 million people develop sustainable water management practices and helped communities improve hygiene and sanitation practices.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women.

Geographic areas served: CARE works with people in poor communities in the following regions:■ Africa■ Asia■ Eastern Europe■ Latin America and the Caribbean■ Middle East

Programs: ■ Agriculture and natural resources ■ Economic development ■ Education ■ Emergency relief ■ Health ■ HIV and AIDS ■ Nutrition ■ Water, hygiene and sanitation

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Donor

Rating: 1

Awful, waste of my money.
CARE does little except hound donors for more!

I've been trying for 5 months to get off their list!
They ignore written & phone requests.

Review from Guidestar

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I have donated to this organization in the past several times. In January they sent a request for money that essentially where you can choose to give a donation and make it one and done which I did. It said to allow 8 weeks for it to take effect. I get continual harassment from CARE from not only Georgia but also from Merrifield, Virginia as well. I guess you could say just throw them out when they come in the mail. Now I am getting harassed continually via my private e-mail address as well. I wish I could file a more formal complaint for harassment with someone as they are total liars and harassers as well. I've reached the point where I am no longer polite with these people, especially after the uninvited invasion into my private e-mail. I don't know what else to do to stop the harassment.

5 hlebo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Good luck getting off their mailing list. I have sent multiple requests in writing AND a personal letter to senior management and still they are happy to harass my frail, ill parents. It's unfortunate that any "care" the might have ends when they smell a dollar. BTW - they were warned that we would take this route to try to convince them to let my severely ill parents alone!

Review from Guidestar

11

Donor

Rating: 1

I convinced coworkers to join me in sending donations to CARE after a horrific natural disaster in the early 2000's. After that, the solicitations started coming...and coming...and coming. I tried to get off their mailing lists: via phone, snail mail, email...repeatedly. My coworkers were aggravated in the same way. It took years, not "4-8 weeks," and then finally the mailings stopped. Or so I thought. Some time passed, and I just got another solicitation. I used to work in the field of nonprofit development. It is not that difficult to record such donor wishes in a database system. CARE deserves this negative review.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 2

Care results do not equal the high salary This says it all.

Review from CharityNavigator

8

Donor

Rating: 2

CARE's 3-star rating is below what one would expect for one of the highest paying non-profit execs. Compensation Paid to Title
$409,495 Helene D. Gayle President, CEO

Review from CharityNavigator

4 John119

Donor

Rating: 3

It appears that Carter Center functions more effectively than CARE, higher % of donations to program, consistently better ratings, lower executive pay, and perhaps a better focus on opportunity for improvement. CARE can try harder. I'm switching my donation in this category to Carter Center.

Review from CharityNavigator

8 Holly19

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As someone who does a lot with nonprofits, it is a full time job–7 days a week/24 hours a day especially with our connected world. It's also complicated. CARE has a long history of doing good. Instead of focusing on the CEO, let's focus on the accomplishments. I've worked for and with CARE for years. When there is a disaster, they are there. And involved on so many levels from policy, women's health issues, gender discrimination, maternal health, hunger, disease and more. Does anyone want to imagine a world without CARE and similar organizations. I don't. Especially where there is so much injustice and preventable diseases and things left to resolve.

3

Donor

Rating: 3

I wrote this charity, explaining that I could not contribute in the near future and suggested that they could try again in two years. It had no effect. Well, I tried. If they persist, I will keep any gifts received and throw everything else away.

Comments ( 1 )

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sdixon 10/25/2012

We are sorry to hear that. If you would like to unsubscribe from our mailing list, please submit your request to www.care.org/feedback or call us directly at 1-800-422-7385. Please note that it may take from 4 to 8 weeks for this change to take effect. If you want to stop or limit e-mails from CARE, please see the answer above to "How can I cancel my online subscription?"

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Let's say I am a former donor. I have been looking very closely at the salaries of the CEOs. I will not donate to CARE as long as the CEO makes $406,000. If they can afford to pay that high a salary, they don't need my money. I'll put it someplace locally.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 4

As another reviewer has noted, CARE uses nearly 90% of donations on its programs, and it meets all of the items on the Accountability & Transparency checklist. Apparently the rating gets knocked down a star mainly due to recent negative revenue growth. As for the high CEO salary, we should observe that it's a mere 0.06% of expenses--compared with lots of other charities, this is miniscule. I'm sure heading an organization of CARE's size and scope involves a heavy workload and great expertise, and you don't get top executives cheaply. Over the years I've seen lots of evidence of CARE's good work around the globe, and I'll continue to be a donor.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I have supported CARE in the past, but with improved information, I am no longer interested in doing so. The decision to pay the CEO over $406,000 is astonishing, distressing, and inappropriate. I will not contribute to that.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CARE strives to defend the dignity of all world citizens – particularly women and girls – by working to eliminate the root causes of poverty. We know, from first-hand experience, the work that they do and have advocated alongside side them in front of government officials in Washington DC.

Donor

Rating: 5

This org is in over 70 countries which make it one of the 1st to respond to every major disaster we've had. CARE is often engaged for partnerships because of processes, community trust & expertise.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CARE's work with women in highlighting the plight of forced marriage and child marriage is invaluable. I became interested in CARE because I care deeply about forced marriage, and of course child marriage. However, forced marriage is something that I can relate to as I have been through a forced marriage myself, and know that women the whole world over need help to end this tradition of abuse and human rights violation. A forced marriage can scar a girl for life, can put her in a situation that no-one would ever want to be in or should have to be in. My own situation even though not a child marriage, had elements of a child marriage as I was engaged at the age of 14; and felt tremendous pressure to say "yes". People do not realize the power of cultural practices and that it is not easy as a girl of any age to say "no" to one's parents. Girls every day are being forced into marriages that they are unhappy with, and this unhappiness often leads to violence; because when one or both people in a marriage are unhappy, most often this bad situation can escalate, and terrible things can happen. We are now hearing of "honor killings" a lot, and many of these killings also are due to when a girl decides to be strong and say "no". We are very often victimized, and we need help. CARE can be counted on to help stop this harmful practice, and that is why I support CARE.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Look at the bottom line: CARE gives 90% of its revenues to the needy! Wow! That's far better than a lot of the other popular charities, regardless of what they pay their leaders. Why so much focus on where 0.06% goes (top leader) but not the other 99.94%? CARE seems to focus on people that are truly needy and on projects that have long-term impact. I've been donating to CARE for many years and plan to continue.

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was about to write a check. After seeing the CEO is making $400K I decide to give the money to our local food cupboard.

the CEO deserves to be paid but $400K is excessive.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 3

I am disappointed that the CEO makes $400,000+ a year. While the charity does do well regarding overhead costs vs program expenditures, I am more closely reviewing finances before my charitable giving. I will have to think long and hard before I donate to Care again, given reduced ratings and what I consider an unnecessarily high pay for the top administrator.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week we contacted CARE about the actions they are taking to improve their recent Charity Navigator ratings. CARE's response was quick and reassuring - and appears below. We plan to continue our long-term support of CARE since their efficiency is consistently 4 star and actions they have taken should help CARE regain a higher overall rating.

Response from CARE:

"Thank you for contacting CARE. Our current rating is impacted by having reduced revenue and program expenses due to two strategic decisions: to phase out monetization of food aid and to sell a microfinance institution. Our 2010 rating was affected by the fact that in the previous period we had higher revenue and expenses due to some extraordinary gifts and program expenses related to the Asian tsunami.

Aligning our programming with strategic development priorities can result in revenue and expense changes. And, like all international organizations, CARE experiences fluctuations in revenue and expense growth in response to global market forces.

It is important to remember that Charity Navigator's rating of CARE's operational efficiency consistently receives the highest possible rating, 4 stars. And CARE's excellence is recognized by accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

Charity Navigator recognizes the limitations of its current system and is working with organizations, including CARE, to revise its system and determine new measures that will look not just at financial information but at a group's performance in relation to its objectives."

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 2

The “helping hands” logo for CARE may have served well for many years, but I believe the logo does not adequately acknowledge the commitment of the people of America to the origins and ongoing mission of CARE. This seems unfortunate in view of the widespread anti-American sentiment that has arisen in recent years, and CARE should consider redesigning the logo to better identify the principal source of its aid and perhaps appeal more directly to patriotic as well as altruistic donors. Fundraising seems uninspired. In addition, I disapprove of this non-profit paying an administrator an annual salary in excess of $400,000. CARE perhaps no longer really cares!

Review from CharityNavigator