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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 believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Results:

At the very heart of who we are and all we do for children is this essential truth, expressed so fervently by our founder, Eglantyne Jebb, “Humanity owes the child the best it has to give.” That’s why we’re passionately committed to giving the world’s children, especially those most vulnerable, what every child deserves – a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Whatever it takes.

Here are some of the 2017 highlights:

  • Health: We directly reached over 33 million children through our global health programs
  • Hunger: 2.5 million children benefited from our efforts to help families feed and support themselves
  • Education: We directly reached over 9.7 million children through our global education programs
  • Emergencies: We responded to 121 emergencies across 61 countries last year, directly reaching over 17 million people, including over 10 million children
  • Protection: More than 3.1 million girls and boys were protected from exploitation, abuse and neglect
  • United States: Over 163,000 children were helped by programs in the U.S.

Target demographics: children

Community Stories

116 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

Barbara C.6

Donor

Rating: 5

We have sponsored many children over the past 20+ years, have watched them grow and have witnessed the positive impact that Save the Children has in communities in the U.S. and around the world. We chose Save the Children because we knew that it was highly rated as a nonprofit and that most of the funds went to programs--and also as parents we thought it was good to be an example of giving back for our son. As these things often work out, it has been a wonderfully positive experience for us, too!

STC Intern

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at Save the Children was a great experience. Everyone had a big heart and an open mind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Children is an amazing organization to work with!! I was privileged to be able to intern with such passionate people who really embody the organization's mission and are eager to hear new ideas/input from their interns and volunteers. The entire climate at Save the Children is welcoming, innovative, and inspiring. The intern/volunteer program offers so many valuable opportunities, from workshops to networking events to meetings that we were invited to sit in on - the chances to learn more and make new connections were endless!

1 Jessica B.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at Save the Children US in the Summer of 2018. I was on the Health Systems Strengthening Team in the Department of Global Health, where I worked under Eric Sarriot to conduct a literature review of monitoring and evaluation of social accountability mechanisms for health. As a college student interested in international child health, this was an invaluable experience for me. Further, working on the health systems strengthening team really helped me view global health in a different, more systems-focused light, and stressed the importance of community health to me.

Not only was my formal internship experience wonderful, but the community in the D.C. office was incredible as well. There was a lot of programming specifically for the interns, which helped us form a community and prepare for our careers, and every Save employee I met was an absolute pleasure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering at Save the Children! Everyone that I met at the organization was truly passionate about their work and saw the good that it would do for children all around the world. As a volunteer I worked closely with my manager each day attending meetings and contributing to projects. I also worked on my own project throughout my internship and got to present my insights to senior management. Save the Children is a truly amazing place to volunteer!

Barbara215

Donor

Rating: 5

I just signed up to be a part of a second child's journey thru Save the Children and couldn't be happier that I did! No matter how strained my work day may be, I just think of them, their faces, their joys and I become renewed! Thanks Save the Children!

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Honestly, what better way is there to increase understanding, thereby increasing the chances for peace, than by helping and communicating with children and their families around the world? I now have three sponsored children ~ one in El Salvador, one in Egypt, and one in the U.S. ~ and their pictures and letters vie with our son’s on the refrigerator door!

jerio88

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve watched two little girls in Bangladesh grow to teenagers. Interactions with them and the organization’s worker bees have been amazing. I started with Save the Children because they are nondenominational and help entire communities without promoting a religious agenda. I will always be a part of this effective and loving organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have sponsored a child for two years. Save the Children keeps me informed as to how many donation helps not only this child and family, but the whole community. More of my donation goes to the child than many other charities.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Save the Children because of the widespread and global assistance for low income people and children. Everyone deserves a reasonable start in life. Save the Children enables them by giving them a push. They always update me via postal mail, email and text message.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a summer intern at Save the Children and it was a really incredible experience. The team I was with was super accessible and made me feel at home immediately. Everyone I met at Save the Children was so friendly and welcoming. I was particularly impressed by Save the Children's manager mentor, who were employees from other departments who were willing to speak with interns about their careers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a intern with this organization, and this experience opened my eyes to the complexity of programming to help children. The dedication of the other employees impressed and inspired me, and the work done was both impactful and fun!

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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.

1 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.