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Plan International USA, Inc.

Rating: 4.55 stars   38 reviews 8,188


155 Plan Way Warwick RI 02886 USA


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.

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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.


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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was served by PLAN International USA, Inc through Global Women In Management workshop that they run. The training has been the best capacity building training I have ever received and coming from a developing nation, it has been such a godsend. My organisation has a strategic management plan, and our programs running well all due to the much needed training I got from PLAN USA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to thank Plan for all of the great programs they offer. I have been a sponsor since 1988! Through the years I have recommended Plan to friends as well who want to help a child. I have been impressed always with what they have done to help the children and the communities . The children receive health care and education in a world where they and their communities need support. Also , Plan makes it easy to communicate with your child as well . Plan runs their organization with integrity and honesty asking for a monthly donation that is very affordable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My organization has partnered with PLAN for a decade, and I have been volunteering with PLAN for 6 years. I also had the opportunity to visit an educational project site in Nepal. I so valued seeing how the project is always staffed in country and region, providing opportunities and economic growth to the area they are serving. I was impressed to see and learn more about not only the educational project, but also the healthcare, water, and girl empowerment projects in the area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Plan for a number of years now and taken part in some amazing events. I was also fortunate enough to visit a project out in India and document my experience first hand.

I have spent time with several members of the Plan USA team, who have all been amazingly kind and helped educate me on all things charity!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.


Thank you,
Susan Stauffacher

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.


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Rating: 4 stars  

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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.

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