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Save the Children Federation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, International Relief, Refugees, Zika Virus

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.

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 David261

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Save the Children for the last 5 years. I am grateful that there are organizations with staff that are so committed to those in need of help. The impact that they have made with children in remote parts of the world is astounding. Keep up the amazing work. For anyone that is trying to decide on a children's or if they should support a children's charity. I strongly advise supporting Save the Children. Dave from Boston

Barbara215

Donor

Rating: 5

I truly believe in the power of setting an example. Supporting the outstanding work of Save the Children over these last 10 yrs has most certainly influenced my daughter to go into international service! Thank you Sabe the Children!

Donor

Rating: 5

When I was looking for a great cause to get involved in, a friend who’s worked all over the world for organizations like the UN and UNICEF recommended Save the Children. That was years ago, and i’ve been so thrilled, so filled with the experience that I recently got a third child. Now I have one in El Salvador, one in Egypt, and one in the U.S.! Thank you, Save the Children, for the transformative work you do bringing people together. It’s the only way toward world peace.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If you can't tell by the way the donor recruiters treat strangers in the street, the website will confirm that this organization is a scam.

Steve P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I first was approached by Save the Children on the street. One of the local college kids had been asking random people in Venice walking by if they'd like to join what was essentially a monthly sum to a child in a faraway, difficult land.

I was taken by the directness of how the funds would reach the child. I decided to donate, and sponsor a child in the Philippines.

Later, i was lucky enough to meet the legendary Bill Haber through some business contacts. After inviting me to some further events, I was approached with the opportunity to visit Bolivia and see the wonderful work being done.

Visiting the Save the Children sites in Bolivia was hands down the most incredible experience i've ever been a part of: seeing how children have the power and potential to rebuild the worlds around them was a visceral experience that has forever changed me.

I can't recommend enough Save the Children as a nonprofit. The work that they do stretches dollars for beyond their intention, and the direct work with kids, and how effective the work is on their lives is unparalleled.

Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Children is doing great work around the world. About five years ago, we gave our two children sponsorships as part of their Christmas present. They both sponsor a child in Ethiopia their same age and gender, and have found it to be a great experience. Two years ago, they asked to sponsor two more children in Uganda. They love exchanging letters with the kids and learning about their lives. Save the Children is making a difference for kids all over the world, improving healthcare, education and livelihoods. Thank you for all you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very impressed with Save the Children's impact, they really make a difference. And I love that US kids are being helped as well as children around the world. I sponsor 2 kids, and give to every emergency. It must be so hard for the staff on the ground, to see so much need and suffering close up. They really care about children. And they get great ratings from the charity watchdogs so I feel good about spending my money with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a Save the Children sponsor for a couple of years now, because a friend of mine was already a sponsor. And more people should do it - especially with an organization as trustworthy as Save the Children. I became involved after visiting part of the developing world in Africa, where I felt somewhat hopeless and wanted to do something. So this friend recommended I sponsor a child there, which I do now and I am expanding my list of sponsored children every year, including a child in New Mexico. It's gratifying, and I know my money is being put to good use. Save the Children knows how to get things done, plain and simple. Every organization that raises money will send you things via the mail, etc - that's what they do. I also work with a wonderful animal shelter and I have an inside view on their fundraising - you have to do those kind of things to raise money to keep the lights on and do the great work these groups do! If you don't like the mailings, just pitch them - or give them to someone. But spending $28 a month or giving a donation to Save the Children will be the best donation you've ever made.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Save the Children for over 5 years. I have volunteered with them, sponsored children, and visited their programs overseas. Save the Children is very responsible with donations, and the staff is very dedicated to their work, and are not paid as much as they would if they were in the private sector, but they do so because they are dedicated to the health and well-being of children in the United States and worldwide.

Mary150

Donor

Rating: 5

I respect Save the Children -- for its mission and its results. Every child deserves a future -- and Save the Children does whatever it takes to make sure they have it. They make sure children grow up healthy, educated and safe. They take care of children's unique needs when crisis strikes. They are outspoken champions for children's rights.

Plus they get stellar reviews from every rating agency, so I know my support is well spent.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for nearly 30 years. Save the Children does great work around the world and here at home. It was founded on the simple belief that every child has the right to a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

Save the Children is transforming homes and classrooms across the country and around the world, giving moms and dads the helping hand they need and giving kids a change to reach their full potential. It is a truly 5-star worthy organization.

sibrahimbegovic

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Save the Children is a great reputable organization that truly helps all children around the world and in the US through their programming, local work and Emergency Response work. As an endurance athlete, I've ran several marathons and fundraised directly for Save the Children and I whole heartedly believe that the money and help is going to exactly where it needs to go; to help every last child in any corner of the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Save the Children is a fantastic organization that invests an immense amount of resources, manpower, and money into improving the lives of children in the US and all around the world. Not only does Save the Children repond to humanitarian disasters around the globe that effect children and their families, but the organization is heavily involved in developiment programs and opportunities in education and other areas that benefit children as well. Save is one of the only organizations of its kind that is truly the positive voice of children in crisis for both developed and underdeveloped regions of the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the amazing opportunity to work with and donate to this charity for almost two years. The work that they do in helping children around the world is truly remarkable. I have the utmost confidence that my donations are being used to their fullest potential.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a grateful donor to Save the Children. I've supported a child in Malawi for a year now, and have loved getting updates on her progress and the chance to learn more about how the money I've donated is helping her.

Isabel10

Donor

Rating: 5

Great, reputable, transparent and well organized federation. My Family have been sponsoring 2 kids (1 in Bangladesh and 1 in USA), for the last 2 years and it has been very rewarding. Teaching the value of giving back to my kids at very early age is priceless. We have to make a better place for them! It is very easy to sponsor. Save the Children's internet page, allow you to choose the country and program that you will like to sponsor. They send you regular updates and reports with accomplishments. Even my child was able to have an active roll during International Day of the Girl in NY. I was moved with all the good and positive things that this organization has been doing. Congratulations to Save the children !! Thanks for the chance to be part of it and make the difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

I just made a donation to them for Hurricane Matthew. I gave to them during the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal too and they were responsible and reported to me about how my donation was used.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is exceptional. The best review I can share is the following.
Recently we had a meeting the HR director who had returned from a trip to Africa.
She shared with us photos, stories and case studies of the amazing work they are doing.
Her excitement and passion for her role, organization, and a women helping children was inspiring.
It is a pleasure working with everyone at Save The Children, - all levels.
Their passion and hard work does not go unnoticed.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Save the Children Federation is a very disciplined organization highly focused on the benefits intended for its mission. You can feel the passion among the staff and team, highly energized and extremely well oiled in producing for the greater good of the impoverished children of our world. A hats off salute and great thank you to the entire organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a freelance graphic designer with 30+ years experience, and have been involved with many nonprofit organizations over the years. But my longest association has been with Save the Children for whom I have worked on a project-to-project basis since 1999. During that time I have participated in over 500 projects for many different departments within STC, and worked with dozens of people. I have always been impressed by the hard work and dedication of everyone I come in contact with, and frequently amazed at the amount of time they devote to their jobs, even after normal business hours. Because I freelance from my home, I keep crazy hours myself, and I often get project-related emails long, long after 5 pm, or on weekends, or find myself on a phone call with someone still on the job as they travel by train to or from the office. Save the Children employees are truly passionate and excited about the work they do.
Also -- since I've worked with them for so long -- I've had the opportunity to see STC steadily grow and expand its reach to help more and more children and their communities in the U.S. and around the world. And because I've been involved with so many different projects in so many different departments, I've been in a unique position see the variety of creative ways they raise funds, their careful use of those funds, and the scope and progress of the programs (often innovative) they develop and implement to improve the lives of so many. Save the Children really is a great nonprofit!

Diana Smith

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Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Children is a great reputable organization that I have the pleasure of working with and donating to. I trust that my donation is being used efficiently and truly making a difference.

2 Ruth50

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to partner with Save the Children's field teams from Tennessee, to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and this year, South Carolina. I have personally met exceptional team members on each visit who have dedicated their heart and soul to improving the lives of our most underserved population.

I cannot think of another national non-profit that is so deserving of our support, our funds and our hearts. They truly live by these heartfelt words: USE YOUR POWER FOR GOOD.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity organization. All I have to do is open up a new tab, and I can donate my hearts gained by opening tabs to different organizations that will support water needs, the environment, human rights, health, and education. I have already had five of my friends join. Its free, simple, and all around awesome. It makes me feel like I am changing the world, and helping others one tab at a time. I have donated 2,476 hearts, and i'm hoping to reach 4000 in the next month. Tab for a cause is the best!!!