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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
This organization has been taking money from my bank acct after I have tried numerous times to cancel my donations. I would urge you to never engage in any donation with this group. I was finally driven to close my bank acct to get rid of them.
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I sponsor two girls here in the USA and have for several years. I appreciate the work that Save the Children is doing. Especially that I was able to select girls in the USA to sponsor, in order to support children here in the States that need just as much assistance as those in other countries. While the donations are not allotted for your specific child, I am hopeful that the money I am donating actually goes to the children here in the USA, rather than abroad. I have questioned my membership several times, but feel that this organization is still beneficial, so I continue to make monthly contributions.
My review is not reflective of the work of STC but from the perspective of a long term donor. Every month for 30 years STC has debited my bank account with me increasing the gift periodically as funds were available. That is until this summer when I notice the amount coming out increased by 12%. I contacted donor services and was told that they had sent me a letter "inviting" me to increase my gift and since I didn't contact them to say not to, they went ahead and did. I had to prevent them from increasing not agree to it. In the tone of the response, the increase was my fault. I was incredulous.
The anonymous donor services rep offered to reverse the increase if I had been offended. I responded to end the donation since I felt I could no longer trust them not to try to slip something by again. The response to this was not what I would have expected to a 30 year donor. I was no longer sponsoring anyone specific and obviously my gift was not sufficient and the "opt out" method got them more increases than drops. Even still, when they ended the draw they ended just the base gift and I am having difficultly getting the "increase" stopped.
Donors should not have to work hard at giving and through me sharing my experience with colleagues and friends they have lost many more donors than just me. I will direct my gift to a organization that hasn't so many donors that it can blatantly risk offending and still come out ahead.
I recommend Save the Children, both as a donor and as an employee, for the following reasons:
1) the organization focuses its services and programs for children both in the U.S. and around the world;
2) the talented staff are dedicated and results-oriented;
3) investing in children is the smartest, most effective way to create a lasting impact.
Save the Children is a leader in the industry - driving best practices through collaboration, research, and evaluation. It's a priviledge to be a part of such profound work - work that saves lives, protects children from harm, and gives children the opportunity to learn and thrive.
Save the Children does amazing work. It's nice to know that they focus on children. While some of the kinks are still being worked out, as they have grown substantially over the last 10 years, they have managed to respond to disasters when children needed them. It was surprising to learn that they setup safe spaces for children after the Sandy Hook shootings and they were on the ground in Oklahoma helping everyone get back to "normal". People don't realize when there are tornadoes that means day cares are shut down and parents are faced with finding emergency child care so they can go to work.
Today I received a "Cold-Call" masquerading as a local cellphone origination. I was greeted with a Boiler Room voice pleading with me to increase my very long-standing donation. I listened to the pitch and then asked for a supervisor. The supervisor told me that they were "representing Save The Children." I explained to her that their company's business model was deeply flawed and that I would hold Save The Children responsible for perpetrating a phone scam in pursuit of additional revenue. As a result of becoming a victim to this tactic I will have to very seriously reconsider the continuation of my 15+ years of support for Save The Children.
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As a resident of Fairfield County, I am honored and thrilled to have such an outstanding organization in our community. Their tireless effort to raise awareness for children is inspiring. What I have come to appreciate most about Save the Children is their ability to respond immediately to emergencies here in the United States and overseas. During Hurricane Sandy this past year, Save the Children responded almost immediately, setting up child friendly spaces for the children displaced by the storm. Even almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, Save the Children is still helping victims of the storm rebuild their lives. Their work in Newtown is also something that should be recognized. Save the Children was a present figure after the Newtown tragedy, setting up spaces where kids could learn to cope with the tragedy they witnessed.
I am proud to be a Save the Children supporter. They are a fantastic organization and deserve tremendous credit for all the work they do.
Save the Children is an invaluable partner in carrying out lifesaving interventions through their health care programming and utilization of front line health workers. Their newborn and child survival efforts are absolutely essential. Their recent innovations and awareness efforts include kangaroo mother care, "steroid injections for women in preterm labor to reduce deaths due to premature babies’ breathing problems; • resuscitation devices to save babies who do not breathe at birth; chlorhexidine cord cleansing to prevent umbilical cord infections; and injectable antibiotics to treat newborn sepsis and pneumonia."
I have been a donor for STC for well over a decade. I've had some things happen in the past that I wasn't too happy about...for instance, when the little girl I chose to sponsor moved out of the area, I was just randomly assigned a new child without being told, given the choice to cancel my donations, or pick another child myself. All in all, it was a minor thing, so I let it slide. Then, my credit card expired. I kept meaning to call, and kept forgetting (I was pregnant with my daughter and had an extremely rough time, being on bed rest for 3 months at home, one in the hospital, so forgive me for it slipping my mind.) I had forgotten about updating my card, but no need to worry, STC somehow did it for me...that's right, they somehow found my new card info and started billing me again...WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. The final straw, I went through a pile of mail last night and found yet another mailing from them. I get mailings at LEAST once a week (most of them, like this one, have something about important account info on them.) I was about to throw it out, when a little voice in my head said to open it. I opened it and read the letter inside. THANK GOD I did. They are now sending out letters telling people that they are going to automatically raise my DONATIONS by $3 a month! I have to send in a slip of paper in order for them NOT to do this. Needless to say, I am so over this charity, and I will be cancelling all donations to them from here on out
My Goddaughter sponsors a little girl through Save the Children and it's been wonderful for both girls. They correspond like pen pals. It's great way to teach young people the importance of charity, compassion, multicultural sensitivity and the positive power of getting a letter in the mail.
I'm happy to see that my donations have been going to a 4-star organization. However, I don't plan on contributing any additional dollars, since Save the Children has risen to the top of my list of obnoxious charities, sending me requests for funds by mail every few weeks, interspersed with frequent phone calls. Since I have a policy of annual donations only, most charities disappoint but Save the Children heads the list. Incidentally, I am contacted by the Salvation Army once or twice a year and I was happy to increase my donation to this group last year.
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As a son of a non-profit CEO I am also outraged by the salaries of STC and World Vision executives. As a leader in Christ, you are called to sacrifice, not enrich yourselves. My father would at times pay his staff before himself - indeed even sometimes borrow. They rested on their faith, meeting for prayer every morning, and God did not fail to provide the needs of the staff and my family, as well as the constituents of the organization around the world.
I am ashamed that I have supported these two organizations for a decade without ever researching the salaries you pay yourselves. Enjoy your reward now Mr. MacCormack and Mr. Stearns, and encourage your cohorts to fully embrace theirs as well. For it is built upon the suffering of those whose stories you exploit for gain. Consider yourselves paid in full.
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To those who are surprised or offended by the salaries of the leaders of this organization, I would ask you to consider the enormity of their work. This is a charity that is managing over half a billion dollars annually. This charity has a global reach. The level of sophistication required here, demands the best and the brightest talent available. I can assure that these salaries are far less than these leaders could garner in private enterprise. Perhaps this is the reason that Save The Children has such a high rating from Charity Navigator and the donors themselves.
God bless you all,
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I work in the industry and I deeply admire Save the Children's work. Having seen their work in Ethiopia during the hunger crisis last year, I can tell you first hand how effective and efficient they are. To see them teaching oppressed Somali girls to read and reviving children who were nearly starved to death was nothing short of miraculous. The best thing, though, was to see how much the children loved and trusted the staff. Their workers are among the brightest, nicest, most generous people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I also like that they are independent and have a strong governing board and impeccable ethics. All around fantastic charity for a great cause.
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From all I read about Save the Children they do excellent work. I would not under any circumstances donate to an organization where the CEO receives a salary of almost $400,000. I can only imagine the organization's justification for this. Shameful.
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Did lots of research trying to find an organization to donate to at year's end. After some extensive vetting I'm very satisfied with this one. Not only do they get very high marks for financial efficiency, they have a lot of awards and commendations for the quality of the programs. (So they aren't just fiscally prudent, the money actually does good.) I was also happy to see that they have programs that range from disaster response to education and that sort of thing. Certainly in the top tier of charities that help kids!
I have been looking for a charity that helps the improvished children of the world. Save the Children stands out from all the others. But I was amazed of the salary of the CEO. It is so contradictory of the work that this charity does. Do you really need almost $400K a year to live comfortably? I have always wondered where the funds are spent having managed a non-profit organization in Massachusetts. Even there it was questionable with management and paying for their families health care out of donations. I am reconsidering my donation to this organization. My money would be better spent traveling to these areas and giving the money directly to the families in need.
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I guess charity begins at home for the president / CEO. Compensation Paid to Title
$391,194 Charles F. MacCormack President, CEO
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I constantly use the publications that Save The Children publishes. In particular, this year, I used the publication on teenage pregnancy being a leading cause of death in the developing world. This topic is not really addressed in the literature, but the Save the Children looks into this problem which is actually a really big deal. Thank you for advocating for this and many other forgotten or unaddressed causes. Your publications and research cis being used academically and professionally!
Most importantly- Children are our future and so very fragile. My life would never have been as rough if I had help from this wonderful organization when I was young.
Know it from the volunteers in the booths or street , also on website.
From working in the financial sector of the nonprofit work for several years, I am always very concerned about where the money is being spent. Save the Children's administrative costs are very efficient. I am very comfortable recommending this charity, they put the children first.
Save the Children melts my heart the work that they do. You can't imagine a child going without clean water, essential medical supplies and food, but they do it all, and then somehow create programs for education in their own environment and beyond. What I do love about them, is that they do not just concentrate on third world countries, but also poverty in first world countries on our own doorsteps. They seen the silent struggles within our community that often get left behind. They are a great organisation and I am proud to be a regular donor to their cause.
I have been a volunteer of the Romania "Save the Children" wing for 1 month already, and I took place in only one event, but a very big event where we managed to get the hospitals in Suceava equipped with Incubators. I enjoy working as a volunteer, because I know that what I do, I do it for the children, not for myself.
We have sponsored three children through Save the Children over a period of many years. Each child has received very important educational benefits as well as essential help with nutrition. The communications with the field staff have always been very informative and have given valuable and pertinent information about how funds are used in the specific areas of the countries in which the children live. Also the reports from the organization as a whole provide good detail about the use of funds and how these make a very real difference in the quality of life of children in need of support. Our family will continue to donate to Save the Children as long as we can. We believe in their work and trust them to make responsible use of their resources.
Every year I make donations to Save the Children, particularly dating back to August of 2008, when my identical twin brother and I set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Tennis Rally and did it to support Save the Children. Our record was hitting 25,944 balls consecutively without having breaks for eating or drinking - at that point approximately 25,000 children were dying around the world on a daily basis of preventable and curable diseases. We ran a car wash, silent auction and tennis clinics and cardio classes all to raise money for charity. In addition to their work around the world Save the Children is typically a first responder for catastrophies here in the US, with the latest example being Hurricane Sandy. I am proud to continue to support Save the Children, not only because they help people in need, but in particular because they help children in need. Finally, the majority of the funds that I and anyone else donates gets put to use (over 85%) while other charitable organizations use the funds for large company salaries. Visit www.Rallly4Charity.org to learn about our world record for charity.
I just recently started donating to Save the Children. I believe in their Mission Statement and like the idea that they have life-changing programs for children of the US and abroad. Over 89% of my donation will actually go to fund these programs. I follow Save the Children on Pinterest and I repin the inspiring quotes and the pictures of the children they help.
Save the Children is one of my favorite charities. I donate once or twice a year for several years now. They are a great nonprofit because they help any and all children not just in the US and not just Christian children. They help children of all races, genders, countries and religions especially children who need it most.
Save the Children is a great nonprofit. They are very efficient with donations and I have seen them on TV many times and trust them with my money. I have donated what I can over the years. My employer matches my donations as well. Poor children in the United States and around the world need help because they can't take care of themselves. My son works there and I am inspired by their work.
I am a donor for Save the Children and have been since 2004. At first, I donated to them after the tsunami in Asia but I have donated every year since then because Save the Children is one of the most efficient charities in program to expenses ratio. I have learned since then that they not only provide emergency relief but also other non-emergency programs for children (like education) overseas and in the US, a fact I didn't know. They also appeal to me because they support all faiths and religions and not just one. Children are universal. I am a father of 2 kids and that is what made Save the Children appeal to me. Also, they are open and transparent with their communications and actively listen on social networks. I really like their ties designed with children's artwork. Too bad they don't make them anymore. I like them so much that I work for them too!
Great people working to help children, both throughout the world but also here in the United States. Their work is vital in getting food and education to underprivileged children, and to make sure that the governments are accountable to this often overlooked group. Our children determine our future, so we need to make sure they are given the opportunities needed to succeed, and Save The Children does this very well.
Save the Children is truly an amazing organization to be part of. Everyone that I have met during my time here is extremely passionate about their job, as well as promoting the company's overall mission, which is to make this world a better place for kids. Save the Children does incredible things for children here in the U.S. and around the world and the work done here is incredibly inspiring. This is truly a wonderful organization and I whole heatedly recommend volunteering with them!
Maybe I'm missing something here, but I'm thinking Charles F. MacCormack's (President, CEO) $391,194 salary could save a lot of children.
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There are lots of organizations out there right now who claim to do good work and use your money wisely, but honestly, I don't think a lot of them are as transparent or responsible as Save the Children. I don't give to an organization I don't trust, but Save the Children does an incredible amount of work all over the world and the money really does go where they say it goes. They also want their programs to be self sustaining, even after they leave. Working with communities and families to develop solutions that have long term positive effects is an approach I will support!
There are undoubtedly many choices when it comes to making a charitable gift, and quite a few if you are looking to sponsor a child. I did my homework and looked for one that had good rankings from the charity watchdogs, transparent reporting and a strong track record. Save the Children seemed to fit all those criteria very well. I have been sponsoring my child for over two years now and I am very happy with my choice. I have received several letters from my child and have seen actual reports of improvements made in his and his village's life. Yes they solicit me often for additional gifts and to sponsor another child, but what nonprofit doesn't, and besides, who can really fault them for trying to raise as much as they can for their cause?
I was away for 2 weeks, there were 4 appeals from them in my mail when I returned, I got another today, this time with address labels. How much of my previous donations did they waste on begging for more and yet another round of address labels ? Is there anyone who gives charitably who needs more of these ? On top of all that I found today that they pay their CEO almost 400K a year. Another wildly overpaid "charity" employee. I have asked to be removed from all their records as their way too frequent appeals are bordering on harassment, and the CEO makes way more than I ever have .
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Persistent and annoying phone calls for additional donations despite repeated requests to be removed for this organizations phone solicitation list(s). To the point that I refuse to donate any more to this organization. A shame since I know they do good work but there are plenty of others who do as well and don't continually harass their donors.
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My story with STC goes back a couple of years ago. As a professional and teacher in the online space I was looking for a non-profit so my online MBA students could have a good learning environment. Since then, we have established a great relationship with the STC staff and I have contributed time and money to this inspiring organization.
I have been a Sponsor of a child for 5 years. We correspond regularly. The wonderful thing about the child sponsorship program is that the funds go to the community, not just the child we sponsor. We hear about where our donations are going - to education, health programs, better equipment and supplies for schools - and it feels good to know that we are helping a community provide the right tools for children to get a better start in life. Some of the children in their programs have gone on to become health workers in their communities, or teachers, or even become Save the Children employees! This is a terrific organization with programs this world needs to become a better place.
On international issues, I respect the opinions of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. When he said Save the Children is a good organization, that was good enough for me!
I first became aware of Save the Children when I was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Central America in the mid-1980s. I saw that they did excellent work that really helped disadvantaged children in poor communities. They also do great work during disasters like earthquakes, floods and famines. They have no political or religious agenda -- they just want to do what's best for kids, no matter who they are or where they are (including in the United States). They also have an excellent reputation for financial accountability. I think they put something like 90% of their funds towards programs, so they're not wasting people's donations on fundraising and excessive salaries. An investment in children is an investment in a better future for everyone, so I continue to support Save the Children.
Wonderful organization that really understands the needs of kids and how best to address them. First learned about them during the Haiti earthquake, think I saw them on CNN or some major news network. Before donating I did some research on them and learned they do a lot more than just emergency response. (On that note, they aren't "ambulance chasers", when they respond to emergencies they actually have worked in the country for decades.) They do education and health and a load of other stuff with communities. I also recently learned that they work here in the US which is important to me. (We should be helping ALL kids around the world, but I have a special place in my heart for my fellow Americans.) Sometimes they send too many e-mails but I live with it since the issues are important.
As a longtime CT resident, I had been loosely familiar with Save the Children, having heard their name for 30+ years. I never quite knew exactly what they did - I always thought it had something to do with children in Africa. However as I traveled the world in the late 90's and early 00's, I begin noticing Save the Children offices/vans/staff in a lot of place: in the slums of Old Delhi, India; in a school in Kathmandu, Nepal; in the Mindanao, Philippines; in Indonesia responding to the Tsunami; in the Dominican Republic; and then in New Orleans helping to sort out the aftermath of Katrina. I have since become a supporter, donating to their Haiti earthquake response and Japan Tsunami response. I love what they do and any organization that helps hundreds of millions of children each year around the world is invaluable in my book.
I started volunteering for Save the Children in January 2012. It is an amazing organization to be part of! Not only are the peope very dedicated to their jobs and the mission, but the organization as a whole prides itself on being accountable for their actions. What could be a better cause then helping out children in the USA and around the world! Save the Children has been around for many years and they have helped millions of children and their families. After volunteering for few months, I was hired and work for the organization full time.
I feel that Save the Children is a good steward of my funds. And I enjoy visiting their website to see updates on the different programs and emergencies they help with.
I'm an ordained Chaplain who was in the Peace Corps in 1977 living on $120 a month & loving it. I've had a non-profit for 20 years -Christ is Creator Ministries that has built an orphanage in Romania, helped women in crisis pregnancies, ministered to inmates in prisons, and done numerous mission trips in haiti, mexico & Romania. I did it all with very little if any help & seldom if ever ask for it. i believe God will provide & He has. My problem with huge non profits is they are without exception playing on peoples emotions and make it easy to salve their conscience about each of our responsibility before God to change the world ourselves. Every one of us needs to pour our hearts & lives into the terrible darkness of this world and make a change instead of thinking we can send a check and God owes us something. He demands the same thing Christ gave...everything.
I always donate to worthy causes--and this one is definitely one. I typically consult with Charity Navigator before proceeding. Save The Children Federation, Inc. is a worthy cause. I learned from my beloved mother's loving example to help mothers and children. This charity means so much because it supports an enormously worthy cause, which means so much to me in carrying on our tradition. Also, Save The Children has teamed up with The Red Cross in providing children with centers of their own during natural disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis--on a global scale. I am especially proud to have pioneered this safe space concept. So, during natural disasters, children are occupied with fun activities instead of dwelling on what can be quite traumatizing, they are in an atmosphere of loving kindness. When I found out that The Red Cross took my concept from Hurricane Andrew and teamed up with this charity in taking my concept global, I knew it was a great cause because it shows that Save the Children really loves and worries about a child's well-being--on all fronts--physical and mental. I will continue supporting them and would love to even help them further at some point, in the future. May God bless each and every one of the mothers and children, as well as this worthy organization, which (despite paying their CEO kindly), remains one of the highest rated charities.
I trust Save the Children and have always been confident that my donations are going to help children around the world. I will be a donor for life.
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I donate $28.00 per month and support their. Don't like CEO compensation. Excessive. Neither do I like being continuously bombarded with their paper based repeat mailings. I find the frequency of their mailings intrusively obnoxious.Save a few trees and reallocate the dollars to more effectively their mission.
I am very impressed with Save the Children's fundraising and marketing campaigns. In addition to efficiently targeting thier main demographic though proven methods, they have recently branched out to target communities that are not traditional donors. For example, they partnered with a famous internet gamer to raise money through World of Warcraft and it was a successful venture. Thier use of social media has been effective at targetting the younger generation.
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I've contributed to Save the Children on a few occasions, and recently decided to become a child sponsor. $28/month is about my financial limit. World poverty and inequality are enormous issues that aren't going to be solved by NGOs, but until the world community decides to end poverty, I'll be supporting Save the Children. $.90 of every dollar I give to them goes to the field. The remaining $.10 helps ensure that those dollars are used in the most efficient, responsible, and sustainable way. I highly recommend Save the Children and encourage anyone to become a child sponsor or donor. You will not regret it.
For the past 5 years, I've had the privilege of seeing Save the Children's work in the field first hand in Bangladesh. I'm ethnically Bangladeshi and my parents are from Bangladesh. I should also point out that Save the Children allowed me to go into the field with them despite not being an employee and NEVER EVER receiving any salary, stipend, or payment for my time in the field with them.
I also have to admit, before 6 years ago, I never had even heard of Save the Children. I learned about Save the Children from local Bangladeshis. You think Americans are skeptical about NGOs? You haven't met a Bangladeshi. In Bangladesh there is a saying which in English translates to "NGOs eat the cash". Yet, for some reason, Bangladeshis love and respect Save the Children.
Going into the field, not reading the brochures or watching the TV ads, I could see why Bangladeshis respect this NGO. What they do works and it changes lives. And, in the areas of disaster relief and child health, it directly saves lives and averts deaths. You are making a difference when you donate to this organization. I know this because I've seen it with my own two eyes.
Reading the comments about this charity, I can see that some people cite the CEO's salary as an issue of concern. But I'm writing this review in the wake of the scandal and controversy surrounding Invisible Children (an organization that only sends 37% of donations to the field). Quite frankly, I think there are a lot less efficient ways to spend your donation dollars.
Because the fact of the matter is many similar sized charities (e.g. World Vision, Red Cross, etc) have higher executive compensation. If how much the CEO gets paid gives you pause well then good luck finding another charity with as much experience, know how, scale, scope, reach, success, and (most importantly) RESULTS that pays their CEOs less than Save the Children.
And as a final note, in response to the person who gave Save the Children 1 out of 5 stars for issues with "their" sponsor child, what people need to understand is if you are sponsoring a child it's not YOUR child. You are helping a child - not owning them. And, especially in Bangladesh, many children simply don't have the means and resources to respond as often as we'd like.
Save the Children also works in a way that child sponsorship goes towards helping communities - not individuals. Because it takes a village to raise a child and so Save the Children works by transforming and empowering communities. And any good NGO that has a reputable child sponsorship program (e.g. World Vision) does the same.
I was very disappointed in my experience with STC. I became a donor in 2010 and chose a girl in Bangladesh as "my" child. I looked forward to hearing about her life there, and had visions of my son and she writing back and forth. Not too long after I joined I received a copy of a picture she drew. I sent a letter to her praising the picture, asking to tell me about her day, etc. A couple of months later I got a very brief, 5-7 line letter from her. And.......nothing else since then. I sent her another letter about a year ago, a birthday card last fall, and an e-mail in December. Nothing. I emailed SAT in Connecticut, but got a standard "We can reduce the number of communications to you if you want (i.e. their pitches for more money), but no response to my question of why I was getting no mail from my sponsored child. I sent a snail mail to Connecticut in January asking them to stop charging my credit card (and explaining why). The letter was never acknowledged, and the charge showed up on my Feb. bill. I called their main office, and the lady I spoke to was sympathetic, but did not know why I had received no response from my sponsored child in over a year. I'll know in a few days if she cancelled the monthly charge like she said she would. To this day I've never received a response to my snail mail. What happened to it I wonder? It's too bad because they *appear* to do good work.