When people ask, "Is Save the Children a good charity," we let our results, our financial statements and our nonprofit ratings speak for themselves.
It is because of our commitment to children that we rank high among other nonprofit organizations. Charity watchers, prestigious publishers, consumer advocates and others agree — Save the Children is a top charity that you can trust.
Below are just a few of the ratings we’ve received as well as frequently asked questions.
Most Recent Rating: 2023 Top-Rated
The Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Awards is the one and only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration and express their appreciation. Based on a series of positive reviews, Save the Children received a top-rated award for 2023.
Most Recent Rating: A-
CharityWatch is a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service that provides ratings for approximately 500 major U.S. charities. Ratings are updated annually using data from the IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements.
Most Recent Rating: Four Stars
Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Ratings are updated annually based on two broad areas of a charity's performance: Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency. Charity Navigator applies an overall rating (zero-to-four stars).
Most Recent Rating: Accredited Charity
The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance reviews charities governance and oversight, effectiveness, finances and fundraising and informational materials to determine whether a charity meets its standards of becoming an accredited charity. Save the Children meets the 20 standards needed to be rated as an accredited national charity.
Most Recent Rating: A
Save the Children is Gender Fair-certified, receiving an A in each the four categories measured: Leadership, Employee Policies, Advertising and Philanthropy. We are proud to be the first nonprofit and first non-governmental organization (NGO) to achieve this designation. Learn More.
Most Recent Rating: Platinum
GuideStar provides as much information as they can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.
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Most Recent Rating: 4.5 Stars
As the world's largest social network, Facebook members have the ability to write reviews about organizations like Save the Children. We currently have a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Facebook.
Most Popular Charities in 2022
Save the Children ranked 12th on the list of Fidelity Charitable Most Popular Charities in 2022. Fidelity Charitable’s most popular nonprofit list is ranked based on the number of donor-advised funds supporting an individual charity. The 2022 list includes the 20 most popular charities by Giving Account support.
Save the Children is the world’s leading expert on childhood. Since our founding 100 years ago, we have changed the lives of over 1 billion children. In 2021, we reached more than 183 million children, including 837,000 here in the United States.
These results are reflective of our proven efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. Our independently audited financial statements consistently show that out of every dollar spent, 85 cents goes directly to programs and services for children and families in need. By keeping administrative costs low, more funding goes to children’s programs.Back to Top
Charity watch groups name us as a top-rated children’s charity among other children’s charities and non-profit organizations. Included among these charity rankings are a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an A rating from GenderFair and an A- rating from CharityWatch.Back to Top
You can be assured that Save the Children uses the valuable resources donors have provided in the most cost-effective ways possible.
In fiscal year 2021, 85% of all expenditures went straight to our mission. This means that, out of every dollar spent, 85 cents goes to programs and services for children and families in need. Learn more here.Back to Top
We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
Our experienced and highly skilled staff and teams around the world work tirelessly to build a better future for and with children by responding to emergencies and conflict, delivering innovative development programs, and ensuring children’s voices are heard through our campaign and advocacy work. This wouldn’t be possible without our supporters who donate to kids in need.
Over 1.3 million people in the U.S. supported Save the Children as donors, advocates and volunteer, plus millions more around the world.
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