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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 2018 highlights:

  • Health: We directly reached 28 million children through our global health programs.
  • Hunger: 1.9 million individuals benefited from our efforts to help families feed and support themselves
  • Education: We directly reached over 8 million children through our global education programs
  • Emergencies: We responded to 113 emergencies across 58 countries, directly reaching 16 million people, including 9.3 million children
  • Protection: More than 2.9 million girls and boys were protected from exploitation, abuse and neglect
  • United States: Over 447,000 children were helped by programs in the U.S.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, we created ripples of change in the lives of 134 million children, including 447,000 in the U.S.

Geographic areas served: In an ever-changing world, we’ve been changing lives for 100 years.

Community Stories

135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10 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

2 DCGal

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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2

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.

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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.

1 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.

1

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.

1 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.

1

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.

1

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.

2 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!

1

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.

1

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.

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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.

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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

2

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.

3 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.

2

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!!!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3 Altaf A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been working with this esteemed organization's administration and accounts department from last five years and as per my observations Save the Children is bringing positive change in the life's of many deprived communities focusing mainly on children's and mothers both in health and education sectors apart from regular programs Save also have its emergency response and have contributed in emergencies in Pakistan and all over the world. Above all it's programs the transparencies check and balance mechanism within the organization also gives credibility to it for eg such policies are implemented within organisation to curtail extra and unnecessary spending s and also look for value for money in every spending.
to cut it short Save the Children is one of the best leading humanitarian organization bringing change in many life's around the globe.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save the Children has maintained its focus on the needs of children in real and desperate situations when the media has run out of steam when talking about Syria, Gaza, South Sudan and the like. In whatever situation they involve themselves, whether in UK or overseas, they aim to maintain high standards and integrity. I am also impressed with how they are at the forefront of finding new ways to develop their work through partnerships with the medical fraternity, developments in technology and understanding and engaging their supporters. They have enabled me to support their efforts in ways that use my strengths, time and interests. Their aim has always been to become redundant in this world. Impressive.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am working at Save the Children. Aside from helping and creating a lasting ang positive change in the lives of children, I was also capacitated through training in helping children reach their potential especially to the far flung areas. I love working with Save the Children.

2 Anne114

Donor

Rating: 5

So grateful to be able to find organizations that do the work that enables children around the world to have a better life, or life at all. I am disabled and see the stories about so so many people, more than I can fathom, around the world, suffering from things I can not even imagine. So, I can't do much, but I can give money to those who can help, that I trust completely, and Save The Children is one of those. So thank you to them.
Sincerely,
Anne Clare Keane

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

They do save the children in the most effective and ambitious way.

1 Brett O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated via Save The Children Australia after seeing the work they do in all parts of the world, and here in Australia.
There should be more like them!

2 Tasnima R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Save the Children is a top-notch charity. It excels as an efficient organization that provides a significant percentage to actual programs for the betterment of lives in need. They are in the upper crust of charitable organizations in my opinion because of their focus on EDUCATION & SUSTAINABILITY as well as basic needs such as immunizations, food/clean water, resources and disaster relief. Their philosophy of providing training to ensure families and communities are able to sustain themselves to break the cycle of poverty is empowering and allows preparedness in the face of crisis. When I did my research a decade ago, I went with them as a well-run non-denominational charity with an effective approach and I'm happy to see they have been consistent in their integrity. A big THANK YOU always to the workers at my sponsored child's field office as well as those around the world. Thank you for your dedication, hard work and care.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These people are making a immense difference in the Syrian kids' lives.
God bless

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been advising at Save the children for over three years, and I am constantly amazed at the work that the staff is doing, and how they conduct themselves. The atmosphere is very cooperative, and people genuinely believe in the cause. I am very glad that I have a role at Save the Children.

1 Devin4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our company, Tab for a Cause, looks for excellent charities to partner with and mobilize their audience toward giving. Save the Children has been an absolute joy to work with. Their programs are effective, they genuinely care, and always make sure their donations go to what's important. Save the Children truly is a great nonprofit!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation has had a long term funding relationship with Save the Children. We are in regular communication with staff, receive reports and updates and participate in teleconferences or briefings, meet annually with program and development staff, and two years ago were able to do a field visit with staff in Mozambique. We have consistently been impressed with the outstanding quality of the people who work at all levels of Save. They have been excellent partners in helping us better understand, communicate and accomplish our goals in humanitarian relief.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am the Program Officer for the Grays Harbor Community Foundation, an organization that has funded 2 Grant Proposals from Save the Children for a program in a local, rural and isolated community. The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was extremely pleased by the complete and compelling proposals Save the Children submitted and awarded the two grants the full amount requested. Once funded I had the privilege of visiting the site in our community where services were provided in the Early Steps to School Success Program. I was blown away by the thought and effort put into designing this program, and ensuring that it had local buy-in to increase the likelihood of success. Their work is grounded in research as well as real-world experience and it truly shows in the end result. What a fabulous program we still use as an example of work we have funded when speaking to potential donors and other members of the community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5


As a result of being a child sponsor with Save the Children for about seven years I have come to know a number of Save the Children employees personally. I can tell you first hand of their passion for the work that they do and for the children that they support. This organization provides desperately needed help for millions of the most needy children in the world in the areas of nutrition, education and newborn survival. In addition, they are expert at rapidly responding to the needs of communities hit by a sudden crisis situation or natural disaster. If asked, I would urge anyone to lend their support to Save the Children!

Donor

Rating: 1

as a holiday gift i sponsor two children. the children were chosen by my grandchildren and instead of gifts to the grandchild each child has agreed to go with out gifts in order to sponsor these children. i thought it would be away to lean about many things. in three years there has been no correspondence from the child or from a representative from save the children. i am seriously thinking of stopping this sponsorship and look into another group. when i have called the office they suggested that i go on line to find some suggestion. i found that unhelpful as my computer skills are limited and it did not work.

any suggestions are welcome.

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Big fan of this group. They have expertise in many areas (health education protection etc) and are extremely efficient and accountable to donors. They are well respected among government and civil society groups. A great cause for kids!

1

Donor

Rating: 1

At first, I just thought that STC had a skeptical record keeping system. Now, I feel after reading reviews written by others that there may be intentional maneuvering involved. I first became a sponsor in 2008. Over the last six years, all of my original children have left the program and have been replaced by other children not of my choosing. The first mismanagement of funds occurred when my Visa was doubled charged for sponsored children. I was able to get this stopped. Then, a few years later, my Discover Card was doubled billed by STC sending the card over the credit limit. After I called STC, the Discover card company was concerned because rather than refunding the amount, STC arranged to make all of my sponsorships be $18 per child per month. I paid the over the limit amount from my bank account. Since then, I've paid by check. In 2014, when I used my MasterCard to start a new sponsorship, I found that STC had charged two additional payments even though I was paying by check. Then when STC moved, two of my May checks were lost and though they have been found they have yet to be deducted from my account making it necessary for me to mentally do this every time I do my online banking. Family, friends, and church members have urged me to stop giving to STC. I still have four children in sponsorship after reluctantly giving up four others I feel that STC has me over a barrel due to the relationships I have developed with these four children. Giving to an organization should not be a stressful heartache. I urge people to find other worthy sponsorship and global assistance charities to donate to.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My mom has been sponsoring children at Save the Children for over 40 years. It was nice to grow up in a home where we learned about needy kids and hwo to help them. I help Save the Children now. It's a nice family tradition.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering with Save the Children. I mostly did administrative work, but I did do some fun, challenging project and attended very informative briefing from their staff experts. I came to know how committed they are to being super efficient and totally respecting the donor's wishes. Nothing goes to waste here - you'd think they were an environmental group with all the recycling and everything.