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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice. We place special emphasis on investing in women and girls because our six decades of experience show that their empowerment benefits whole communities. We know that when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by: •Responding to natural disasters and emergencies, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of women, children and the elderly. •Helping improve the health — and save the lives — of pregnant women, new mothers and their babies. •Helping women access loans and start small businesses so they can provide for their families. •Helping girls around the world go to school and working with communities to improve education for all children. •Delivering health and nutrition services to millions of children and their family members.

Results: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women. This included providing emergency and disaster relief services and supplies to those in need, including more than 1.8 million women, children and families suffering from the famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. In fiscal year 2011: •CARE’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery programs reached nearly 12.5 million people, with special emphasis on the needs of those disproportionately affected by disasters: women, children and the elderly. •CARE’s programs worked to reach nearly six million people with information and tools to promote gender equality and empower women to claim their rights. CARE’s women’s empowerment programs help women and men promote women’s rights, provide solidarity and support groups for women, work to prevent sexual and gender-based violence, and ensure services and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. •CARE worked to improve food security for 8 million people by providing nutritional support and promoting sustainable agriculture, and reached more than 26 million children and their family members with information and services to improve child health and nutrition. •CARE worked to help more than 7 million people improve their household income through increased access to financial and non-financial services, participation in village savings and loan associations, market linkages and diversified livelihoods. •CARE’s programs worked to provide more than 5 million people with improved access to school and better quality education. •CARE worked to reach 41 million women, men and children with information and services to improve maternal health. •Through health and social services, CARE worked to help more than 16 million people protect themselves from HIV, reduce stigma associated with the illness, and mitigate its negative economic impact. •CARE worked to help more than 27 million people develop sustainable water management practices and helped communities improve hygiene and sanitation practices.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2011, CARE worked in 84 countries around the world, supporting 1,015 poverty-fighting projects to reach almost 130 million people, over half of whom are women.

Geographic areas served: CARE works with people in poor communities in the following regions:■ Africa■ Asia■ Eastern Europe■ Latin America and the Caribbean■ Middle East

Programs: ■ Agriculture and natural resources ■ Economic development ■ Education ■ Emergency relief ■ Health ■ HIV and AIDS ■ Nutrition ■ Water, hygiene and sanitation

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Good luck getting off their mailing list. I have sent multiple requests in writing AND a personal letter to senior management and still they are happy to harass my frail, ill parents. It's unfortunate that any "care" the might have ends when they smell a dollar. BTW - they were warned that we would take this route to try to convince them to let my severely ill parents alone!

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I have supported CARE in the past, but with improved information, I am no longer interested in doing so. The decision to pay the CEO over $406,000 is astonishing, distressing, and inappropriate. I will not contribute to that.

Review from CharityNavigator


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CARE's work with women in highlighting the plight of forced marriage and child marriage is invaluable. I became interested in CARE because I care deeply about forced marriage, and of course child marriage. However, forced marriage is something that I can relate to as I have been through a forced marriage myself, and know that women the whole world over need help to end this tradition of abuse and human rights violation. A forced marriage can scar a girl for life, can put her in a situation that no-one would ever want to be in or should have to be in. My own situation even though not a child marriage, had elements of a child marriage as I was engaged at the age of 14; and felt tremendous pressure to say "yes". People do not realize the power of cultural practices and that it is not easy as a girl of any age to say "no" to one's parents. Girls every day are being forced into marriages that they are unhappy with, and this unhappiness often leads to violence; because when one or both people in a marriage are unhappy, most often this bad situation can escalate, and terrible things can happen. We are now hearing of "honor killings" a lot, and many of these killings also are due to when a girl decides to be strong and say "no". We are very often victimized, and we need help. CARE can be counted on to help stop this harmful practice, and that is why I support CARE.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week we contacted CARE about the actions they are taking to improve their recent Charity Navigator ratings. CARE's response was quick and reassuring - and appears below. We plan to continue our long-term support of CARE since their efficiency is consistently 4 star and actions they have taken should help CARE regain a higher overall rating.

Response from CARE:

"Thank you for contacting CARE. Our current rating is impacted by having reduced revenue and program expenses due to two strategic decisions: to phase out monetization of food aid and to sell a microfinance institution. Our 2010 rating was affected by the fact that in the previous period we had higher revenue and expenses due to some extraordinary gifts and program expenses related to the Asian tsunami.

Aligning our programming with strategic development priorities can result in revenue and expense changes. And, like all international organizations, CARE experiences fluctuations in revenue and expense growth in response to global market forces.

It is important to remember that Charity Navigator's rating of CARE's operational efficiency consistently receives the highest possible rating, 4 stars. And CARE's excellence is recognized by accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy.

Charity Navigator recognizes the limitations of its current system and is working with organizations, including CARE, to revise its system and determine new measures that will look not just at financial information but at a group's performance in relation to its objectives."

Review from CharityNavigator