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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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Donor

Rating: 1

Awful, waste of my money.
CARE does little except hound donors for more!

I've been trying for 5 months to get off their list!
They ignore written & phone requests.

Review from Guidestar

6

Donor

Rating: 1

I have donated to this organization in the past several times. In January they sent a request for money that essentially where you can choose to give a donation and make it one and done which I did. It said to allow 8 weeks for it to take effect. I get continual harassment from CARE from not only Georgia but also from Merrifield, Virginia as well. I guess you could say just throw them out when they come in the mail. Now I am getting harassed continually via my private e-mail address as well. I wish I could file a more formal complaint for harassment with someone as they are total liars and harassers as well. I've reached the point where I am no longer polite with these people, especially after the uninvited invasion into my private e-mail. I don't know what else to do to stop the harassment.

11

Donor

Rating: 1

I convinced coworkers to join me in sending donations to CARE after a horrific natural disaster in the early 2000's. After that, the solicitations started coming...and coming...and coming. I tried to get off their mailing lists: via phone, snail mail, email...repeatedly. My coworkers were aggravated in the same way. It took years, not "4-8 weeks," and then finally the mailings stopped. Or so I thought. Some time passed, and I just got another solicitation. I used to work in the field of nonprofit development. It is not that difficult to record such donor wishes in a database system. CARE deserves this negative review.

8

Donor

Rating: 2

CARE's 3-star rating is below what one would expect for one of the highest paying non-profit execs. Compensation Paid to Title
$409,495 Helene D. Gayle President, CEO

Review from CharityNavigator

4 John119

Donor

Rating: 3

It appears that Carter Center functions more effectively than CARE, higher % of donations to program, consistently better ratings, lower executive pay, and perhaps a better focus on opportunity for improvement. CARE can try harder. I'm switching my donation in this category to Carter Center.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 3

I wrote this charity, explaining that I could not contribute in the near future and suggested that they could try again in two years. It had no effect. Well, I tried. If they persist, I will keep any gifts received and throw everything else away.

Comments ( 1 )

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sdixon 10/25/2012

We are sorry to hear that. If you would like to unsubscribe from our mailing list, please submit your request to www.care.org/feedback or call us directly at 1-800-422-7385. Please note that it may take from 4 to 8 weeks for this change to take effect. If you want to stop or limit e-mails from CARE, please see the answer above to "How can I cancel my online subscription?"

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Let's say I am a former donor. I have been looking very closely at the salaries of the CEOs. I will not donate to CARE as long as the CEO makes $406,000. If they can afford to pay that high a salary, they don't need my money. I'll put it someplace locally.

Review from CharityNavigator

5

Donor

Rating: 4

As another reviewer has noted, CARE uses nearly 90% of donations on its programs, and it meets all of the items on the Accountability & Transparency checklist. Apparently the rating gets knocked down a star mainly due to recent negative revenue growth. As for the high CEO salary, we should observe that it's a mere 0.06% of expenses--compared with lots of other charities, this is miniscule. I'm sure heading an organization of CARE's size and scope involves a heavy workload and great expertise, and you don't get top executives cheaply. Over the years I've seen lots of evidence of CARE's good work around the globe, and I'll continue to be a donor.

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 5

This org is in over 70 countries which make it one of the 1st to respond to every major disaster we've had. CARE is often engaged for partnerships because of processes, community trust & expertise.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Look at the bottom line: CARE gives 90% of its revenues to the needy! Wow! That's far better than a lot of the other popular charities, regardless of what they pay their leaders. Why so much focus on where 0.06% goes (top leader) but not the other 99.94%? CARE seems to focus on people that are truly needy and on projects that have long-term impact. I've been donating to CARE for many years and plan to continue.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 3

I am disappointed that the CEO makes $400,000+ a year. While the charity does do well regarding overhead costs vs program expenditures, I am more closely reviewing finances before my charitable giving. I will have to think long and hard before I donate to Care again, given reduced ratings and what I consider an unnecessarily high pay for the top administrator.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 2

The “helping hands” logo for CARE may have served well for many years, but I believe the logo does not adequately acknowledge the commitment of the people of America to the origins and ongoing mission of CARE. This seems unfortunate in view of the widespread anti-American sentiment that has arisen in recent years, and CARE should consider redesigning the logo to better identify the principal source of its aid and perhaps appeal more directly to patriotic as well as altruistic donors. Fundraising seems uninspired. In addition, I disapprove of this non-profit paying an administrator an annual salary in excess of $400,000. CARE perhaps no longer really cares!

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 2

CARE has been included in the latest investigative report on International Aid organizations -- the Crisis Caravan. In addition, in a separate report called "Road to H-x-l-l".

While it is not the worst offenders and abusers, it certainly has comparable features. In the last three years, their Charity Navigator rating has gone from 4 stars to just 2 stars. Revenue down over 100 million, admin expense % up.

I object to CARE's advertising ... they feature the worst kind of stereotype of Africans and developing countries ... always Starving Moms and Babies, and how CARE saved the day. Some call this "development/poverty p-o-r-n".

Lastly, according to CARE's own promotional numbers, the CEO's over $400K salary alone could have provided "emergency food, which fully meets energy, vitamin, and mineral requirements" of over 160,000 children. Wow. (CARE's CEO salary is not excessive compare to other large NGOs ... which, I think, point to a systematic problem. I can bet that 95% or more the CARE donors are not living anywhere near $400K per year.)

I was a CARE donor. No longer.