A Celebration of Childhood Together; we invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. It’s by far the most important investment we can make. One that changes the course of children’s lives, as well as the future we all share. Now, we invite you to celebrate the results for children made possible by your investment. These results are reflected in the numbers — the millions of children we’ve reached — as well as in children’s eyes, their smile and their stories of success. Please enjoy our celebration of childhood, a special expression of gratitude for your life-changing investment. Join us in our dedication to transforming even more lives and futures in 2016. Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles
A Healthy Start
Readiness. Relief. Recovery
In the United States and around the world, Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring every child has a healthy start. We improve the health and nutrition of newborn babies, children and their mothers by targeting the major causes of death and providing access to high-impact, low-cost care that save lives. We help train and equip frontline health workers to deliver care in some of the world’s most challenging places.
No one knows when or where the next crisis will hit. But we do know that children are disproportionally affected in times of crisis — and often suffer the most. That’s why Save the Children is dedicated to providing child-focused emergency readiness, relief and recovery in the United States and around the world.
The Opportunity to Learn In the United States and around the world, Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring every child has the opportunity to learn. We support quality education and learning for all children, in the classroom and at home. We help children prepare to start and succeed in school. We train teachers in more effective practices. And we offer ways to get kids learning outside of school hours. We also help school-age kids stay healthy, so they don’t fall behind our drop out of school. And we make sure children don’t stop learning during a crisis. In addition, we provide youth with skills to succeed — like learning a trade or building a business.
Policy. Advocacy. Action. In the United States and around the world, Save the Children is dedicated to ensuring children’s voices are heard and their needs addressed — giving them the best chance for a healthy, productive life. Through the power of policy analysis and advocacy.
Benefits to Foundation Partners Opportunity to support innovative programs that create real and lasting change in the lives of children in need in over 120 countries and the United States. Work with a highly professional foundation relations team. Strategic Foundation Partnerships Hundreds of foundations partner with Save the Children to fulfill their individual missions and help us achieve positive outcomes for children. Our six global priorities are that children are protected; children learn and develop; children are healthy and well-nourished; children thrive in food-secure and economically viable households; children affected by HIV/AIDS are supported; and emergency response is effectively managed. Save the Children welcomes unrestricted support, endowment gifts, and funding for specific projects. We honor the unique preferences and philanthropic goals of each of our foundation partners.
Confer with Save the Children field staff and technical experts through site visits and conference calls. Rigorous evaluation of projects with a focus on measurable results. Recognition on our web site and in publications. Confidence in working with an organization that consistently earns top marks in efficiency from the American Institute of Philanthropy, the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, and Forbes Charity Survey. In fiscal year 2011, 90 percent of all expenditures went to program services.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a key partner of Save the Children, supports a number of important initiatives and programs. Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program, a highly-respected initiative that partners with global, regional and national stakeholders, works to improve policies, technologies and approaches to improve essential newborn care and reduce newborn mortality. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also supports Save the Children’s participation in efforts to improve the management of neonatal infections and infant and young child nutrition. In addition the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported Save the Children’s response and recovery assistance to more than 25 crisis and emergencies throughout the world.
By supporting Save the Children’s U.S. programs, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation has made a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of children in poor, rural areas of South Carolina. The Hearst Foundation funds our signature programs in four schools and communities. The Early Steps to School Success program provides early childhood development services to help prepare children for future school success through home visitation and parent child groups. Literacy programming is implemented through in-school, after-school and summer reading support, aimed at increasing the reading achievement of children in elementary school. Thanks to the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the number of children reading at or above grade level has increased by nearly 150 percent.
Conrad N. Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels, established the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in 1944 to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world. The Foundation has teamed up with Save the Children and CARE to improve the developmental outcomes for young vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. Through this partnership, we have defined the key interventions that these children need for optimal development and created tools for providing services to these children and their caregivers. We have collaborated with a coalition of stakeholders in order to inform global practice. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s generosity is addressing a critical unmet need-to help overcome the challenges faced by young children affected by HIV/AIDS in the early years of life.
Dubai Cares works to improve access to quality primary education in developing countries and is currently supporting Save the Children in numerous large-scale, long-term projects worldwide. When children’s education is interrupted by illness or conditions that reduce the ability to learn, the cycle of poverty is perpetuated. In Indonesia, Dubai Cares is helping to improve the well-being of children by integrating water and sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion in 225 primary schools. Dubai Cares is also implementing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs in schools in Mali — providing clean water, child-friendly latrines, de-worming, micronutrient supplementation and hand washing training to thousands of children. In Sudan, Dubai Cares is providing support to help increase the capacity and quality of primary schools, allowing for greater access to conducive, inclusive, safe and healthy schools. With teacher training, the foundation’s support allows us to provide the knowledge and skills for protecting children in schools, as well as build the capacities of communities and households to support basic education. Dubai Cares has also partnered with Save the Children to improve access to and the quality of primary education for vulnerable children in Bangladesh.
By allowing Save the Children to expand and improve our non-formal primary education model, Dubai Cares has enabled us to reach children who live in conditions of extreme poverty in remote rural and coastal areas, who have limited or no access to formal schooling. In Yemen, Dubai Cares programs are working with the Ministry of Education to increase school enrollment and the quality of education among poor and vulnerable groups. This inclusive education model is being implemented by Save the Children in poor rural and urban areas and focuses especially on girls and children with disabilities. The widespread support of Dubai Cares is helping to improve the lives of thousands of children across the world.
Newman’s Own Foundation has provided support for the expansion of the Kangaroo Mother Care program in Nigeria, enabling Save the Children to provide Kangaroo Mother Care with training and basic newborn care equipment in Lagos and Abuja. One of the priorities of Newman’s Own Foundation is the support of organizations that enhance the quality of life for children with life-limiting conditions. Funding for the Kangaroo Mother Care program helps to reduce newborn and maternal deaths, giving children in Nigeria a better chance for a healthy life.
Bruderhof has joined with Save the Children to support a wide variety of projects and initiatives for many years. In addition to providing unrestricted funding for the agency’s general mission, the foundation has offered crucial support for disaster response and emergency recovery programs in the U.S., Sudan, Myanmar, American Samoa, Haiti, and Japan. In the U.S., the Foundation has supported literacy and early childhood development programs, and has donated furniture to Save the Children’s emergency response efforts following Hurricane Katrina and assistance in rebuilding local daycare centers after the southern California Wildfires. Internationally, the foundation has contributed to emergency relief in Haiti, and a disaster risk reduction program in Vietnam. Most recently, Bruderhof has provided generous support in response to the devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan, as well as supplied volunteers to help Save the Children carry out its emergency response efforts following the tornadoes in the Southern US.
Female teachers are critical to ensuring a greater participation and enrollment of girls in schools, especially beyond grades 3 and 4 and in rural areas. There is an urgent need for female teachers in Afghanistan, as only 28% of school teachers are women. The Open Society Foundations have teamed up with Save the Children to implement the “Girls’ Urgent Early Steps to Teaching Success” program in Afghanistan. The project targets 240 high school girls in grades 10 to 12 in Bamyan, Afghanistan enabling them to participate in pre-service trainings on teaching methodology, based on the Ministry of Education’s National Program for in-service teacher training. The project is designed and conducted to prepare older girls to become qualified school teachers. Thanks to the Open Society Foundations’ support, we can work towards ensuring the empowerment of girls and young women, and promoting their development and advancement.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been a long time supporter of Save the Children’s Aid Effectiveness Program. Thanks to the foundation’s generous funding, Save the Children has been able to focus on advocacy efforts within the U.S. Government, for aid reform and effectiveness. By appealing to Congress, the Executive Branch, and other NGOs, we have been able to deliver impactful messages on behalf of country ownership and country-led development as new priorities for governmental aid. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has made a real investment in the future of our country’s aid programs through their support of Save the Children.
The GHR Foundation has supported Save the Children’s “Safe Communities Project” in Nepal. Coming out of a decade-long armed conflict, the children of Nepal were largely abused and neglected. This project targets these children in jeopardy, focusing on their care and protection. The Safe Communities project emphasizes that families and communities are the first line of protection for children, and that community-based care is a far more effective model than institutionalization. The project has been implemented for the care of over 6,000 children in the Achham and Kailali districts of Nepal, and the ultimate aim is to use it as a model for the protection and care of children in jeopardy throughout the country. Thank you to the GHR Foundation for supporting the children of Nepal
Awards and Rankings
American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP)
Charity Navigator Charity Ratings Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Four Stars
Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Five Stars
The American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Ratings 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). America’s Greatest Brands America’s Greatest Brand Charity Ratings Save the Children was featured in America’s Greatest Brands, an American Brands Council publication, as one of the strongest and most trusted brands in humanitarian relief and development.
Save the Children has earned our 14th consecutive 4-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. Forbes 50 Largest U.S. Charities List Forbes Charity List Charity Ratings Most Recent Ratings for Save the Children: Fundraising Efficiency 92 percent; Charitable Commitment 90 percent* The Forbes charity list is a survey of the 200 largest U.S. charities. The 2013 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.
Save the Children earned a 2014 Top-Rated Award by Great Nonprofits, the leading nonprofit review organization that enables supporters to recognize the impact of outstanding nonprofits. McAfee SECURE McAfee Secure sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams Save the Children’s website is tested and certified daily to pass the “McAfee Secure” Security Scan McAfee,the largest dedicated security company in the world, proactively secures systems and networks from known and as yet undiscovered threats worldwide. To help address concerns about possible hacker access to confidential data and the safety of visiting or shopping at certain sites, the “live” McAfee Secure mark appears only when a site passes the daily McAfee Secure tests. McAfee Secure web sites are certified as providing the highest level of protection for their shoppers.
Volunteer Save the Children volunteers are an important part of our organization. Working as one team, we create positive change for children U.S. Headquarters Volunteers Save the Children welcomes and encourages committed individuals to apply as volunteers for positions in our Fairfield, CT and Washington DC offices. Volunteer opportunities range from short-term to long-term assignments. They are offered in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, finance, fundraising, marketing and communications, public policy, and social media, as well as research and administrative work. If you do not see a volunteer opening that matches your skills and interests, please feel free to submit an application for possible future openings, indicating your areas of interest and availability. Most volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 12-15 hours per week.
“When people aspire to make a difference in the world, some may dream of going to faraway places. They hope to venture to the very spot where people are in need performing good deeds firsthand. While immediately rewarding, we must remember that one does not have to travel far to make a change. It is possible to start amidst your own community - with your own voice. Rather than focusing on the place where the struggle exists, one should examine the source of the struggle - striving to alter the policy that causes hardship in the first place. During my short time volunteering at Save the Children, an employee told me an analogy that conveyed this idea. It is all much like a road trip. You can have the path planned out - the directions printed, the stops determined, and the tank full of gas. But with a broken car, regardless of preparation, you aren’t going to make any headway. In this analogy, the car symbolizes the policies in place. If the underlying policy is flawed, it will be very difficult to make any progress. While at Save the Children’s DC office, I set out to learn what policy was all about. Before this experience, I did not fully appreciate the importance of advocacy. As a high school sophomore, I doubted that anything I would say would be significant or have any sort of impact abroad. Nonetheless, after advocating on Capitol Hill, I quickly realized the power of my words in making a difference.” Student Ambassador for Save the Children - Olalla Duato.
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves – a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, we put children’s needs first. We advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. We save children’s lives. Join us. 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.