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About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. 

Our founder Eglantyne Jebb saw children dying of starvation and wracked with disease after the end of the First World War. So, in 1919, she launched the Save the Children Fund to raise much-needed funds to end children’s suffering across war-torn Europe.

Today, over 100 years later, we work in the United States and around the world to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We do whatever it takes for children - every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our Values

At Save the Children, we live by five Core Values: 


These Core Values drive our long-term strategies and short-term goals, and they underpin our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and achieve immediate and lasting impact in their lives.

Save the Children is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace as well as in the communities where we work.
Learn more about DEI at Save the Children.

Jennifer Garner, actor and Save the Children Trustee, reads with a child.

"I have seen firsthand everything Save the Children does to keep children healthy, happy and safe. Any amount will help make change for children in the U.S. and around the world."

Jennifer Garner, Save the Children Ambassador and Trustee

Why Is Save the Children the Best Charity to Donate To in 2024?

There's never been a better time to give back to children in need and support charities in 2024 that invest in the future we all share. 

  • Save the Children is recognized by CharityWatch as a Top Charity for Child Protection and Sponsorship
  • Save the Children is on Charity Navigator's list of Best Charities for Refugee and Immigration
  • Charity Navigator counts us among the Most Followed Charities 
  • Save the Children has garnered top ratings among other nonprofit organizations

Our Financial Efficiency

Save the Children has a proven track record of using donations efficiently and effectively. We work to maximize the value of every dollar we receive so that less than 7% of every dollar spent goes to administrative costs.

2022 Annual Report
2022 Financial Statement
2022 Tax Information
2021 Annual Report
2021 Tax information
2021 Financial Statement 

Pie graph displaying how 85% of every dollar goes directly to helping children.

Our Leadership

Save the Children’s Senior Leadership Team, Board of Trustees and each and every staff member are dedicated to one mission – ensuring children everywhere survive, learn and are protected. 

Save the Children worker unpacking vaccines from Pfizer in Kenya

Our Strategic Partners

From our diverse portfolio of corporations to our philanthropic partners, Save the Children's Partners help us transform children’s lives and the future we share.

Victoria, one of our Early Childhood Specialists, works with 2-year-old Preston and his Mom during a home visit in Central Valley, California. Preston participates in Early Steps to School Success, a signature program for promoting school readiness. Photo credit: Save the Children/Tamar Levine, November 2017.

Our Careers

When you work at Save the Children, you join a group of changemakers who are passionate about igniting innovations and realizing our vision.

Our Resources