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Plan International USA, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, International Development, International Relief

Mission: Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.

Target demographics: Plan programs help millions of children and their families escape the cycle of poverty in countries around the world.

Geographic areas served: 51 developing countries across the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Program countries include: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Programs: Plan child-centered program areas include: health, water & sanitation, education, disaster relief & resilience, and nutrition.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand the difference Plan International makes in several countries - maternal health and job training, micro finance, early childhood education, birth registration and water and sanitation just to name a few. I am especially proud of Plan's Because I Am A Girl program, which has improved the lives and futures of so many girls around the world and in doing so, makes the world a better place for boys and girls alike.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a strong supporter of Plan for years. They are an oxutstanding charity that forms lasting bonds with the people that they serve . I am particularly fond of Plan's Because I am a Girl Program. Their goal is to support girls' education in a variety of practical ways, like buying bikes for girls to get to school on time or paying tuition. As a donor, I love this, because I can see how my donation is being applied, and I often get a thank you note from the girls that I help, which is really moving.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have contributed to Plan for six years after a friend related to me her wonderful experience with this organization. I have visited Plan sites in the Dominican Republic and Ecuador over the last few years, and have been very impressed with their community based, grassroots approach to issues of education, health, and gender equality. This organization strongly supports the rights of women and children, is very involved in birth registration in many countries, and has made a real impact on the day-to-day life of numerous individuals in many countries. I was very impressed on my visits to see their support of small businesses started by women in both urban and rural communities, providing technical and financial support to aid these women in establishing self-sustaining businesses, develop banking skills and relationships, and be better able to support themselves and their families. This organization truly helps communities evolve and grow in very practical and sustainable ways.