Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves. We work with other organizations, governments, non-profits and a variety of local partners while maintaining our own independence without political agenda or religious orientation.
When disaster strikes around the world, Save the Children is there to save lives with food, medical care and education and remains to help communities rebuild through long-term recovery programs. As quickly and as effectively as Save the Children responds to tsunamis and civil conflict, it works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face every day — poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease — and replaces them with hope for the future.
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Save the Children’s History of Innovation
Save the Children’s mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Our 2013-2015 strategic plan, Investing in Impact for Children, builds upon our historic foundation of serving children for nearly one hundred years as we invest in innovation to achieve real results for children now and in the future.
Each and every staff member and volunteer of Save the Children shares the values that, either individually or through teamwork, drive our breakthroughs for children.
- Accountability: We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results and being accountable to supporters, partners, and most of all, children.
- Ambition: We demand the best of ourselves and our colleagues, set high goals and firmly commit to improving the quality of everything we do for children.
- Collaboration: We respect and value each other, thrive on our diversity and work with partners to leverage our global strength in making a difference for children.
- Creativity: We are open to new ideas, embrace change and take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions for and with children.
- Integrity: We aspire to live to the highest standards of personal honesty and behavior; we never compromise our reputation and always act in the best interests of children.
Our Partner Survey
Save the Children joined a group of 24 nonprofit organizations from Europe and North America in surveying our local partners on a range of partnering aspects, from the financial and capacity building support we provide, to partnership administration and relationships, to the degree to which our partners feel we understand them and how we learn and improve as partner organizations.
Read the Results: Partner Feedback Report: Save the Children
Support Save the Children
Charitable contributions from people like you make it possible for us to support these programs for children, and so much more. Please support our mission and work around the world with a gift to our Global Action Fund. You can count on us to be good stewards of your generous donation, helping vulnerable children and their families where the need is greatest with whatever they need the most.
What We Do
Save the Children serves impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable children and families in more than 120 nations. Our programs reach both children and those working to save and improve their lives, including parents, caregivers, community members and members of our partner organizations. We help save children’s lives, protect them from exploitation and assist them in accessing education and health care.
Through disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, rapid humanitarian relief and long-term recovery programs, Save the Children also assists millions of girls and boys at risk of or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and ethnic violence.
Save the Children’s Action Priorities:
Save the Children works toward results for girls and boys in emergency, recovery and development contexts. We pursue these action priorities to ensure that children in need are safe, educated and healthy, and are better able to attain their rights.
Awards and Rankings
An Organization You Can You Trust
Save the Children works to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in more than 120 countries worldwide, including the United States. It is because of our commitment to children that Save the Children is ranked high among other nonprofit organizations. Charity watchers, prestigious publishers, consumer advocates and others agree — Save the Children is a top charity. Below are just a few of the ratings we’ve received:
American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP)
Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: A+
The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service that rates approximately 500 major U.S. charities. Ratings are updated annually using data from the IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements. AIP measures (a) the percentage of expenditures spent on program activities and (b) the cost to raise $100. Based on these figures, they determine a charity’s overall rating (in the form of a letter grade).
BBB Wise Giving Alliance
“Meets All of the Standards for Charity Accountability”
An evaluation of informational materials provided by the Save the Children Federation to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance shows that the organization meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability in effect at the time of the review. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance is a national charity watchdog affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Unlike other charity monitoring groups that focus solely on charity finances, the Alliance completes comprehensive, in-depth evaluations of the charity’s governance, fundraising practices, solicitations and informational materials, as well as how it spends its money.
Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Four Stars
In 2011, Save the Children received its tenth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a nonprofit organization that provides online ratings of the financial health of more than 5,000 U.S. charities. Ratings are updated annually based on data the charity reports on its IRS Form 990. Charity Navigator applies an overall rating (zero-to-four stars) based on a combination of organizational efficiency and capacity. In addition, in March 2008, the independent evaluator released its “10 of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of” list for 2008. Save the Children has ranked on this list for the past three years.
Forbes 200 Largest U.S. Charities List
Most Recent Ratings for Save the Children: Fundraising Efficiency 92 percent; Charitable Commitment 91 percent*
The Forbes charity list is a survey of the 200 largest U.S. charities. The 2011 survey reflects data available from a charity’s most recently filed IRS Form 990. The Forbes charities list aims to measure a charity’s level of fundraising efficiency for a given year as well as it charitable commitment.
*Charitable services as percent of total expenses.
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Support Save the Children
Charitable contributions from people like you make it possible for us to support lifesaving programs and so much more. Please support our mission and work around the world with a gift to our Global Action Fund. You can count on us to be good stewards of your generous donation, helping vulnerable children and their families where the need is greatest with whatever they need the most.