Change for Children

Through Save the Children’s work – every second of every day – a hungry child is fed, a sick child gets care, a young mind is learning, a vulnerable child is protected, or a family gains tools to overcome poverty.

Together, we reached more than 197 million children, including 1.1 million here in America. 

On Behalf of the World's Children

Dear friends,

2020 was one of the worst years, over the past couple of decades, for the world’s children. The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented upheaval – magnifying the hardships of millions of children around the world who were already struggling. The pandemic also deepened systematic inequalities within societies and made our work for vulnerable children more urgently needed than ever.

The challenges have been immense. But through it all, our amazing supporters and partners have been with us every step of the way. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to come through under pressure when it mattered the most for children. We have adapted and expanded how we deliver our life-changing programs and advocacy for children, and launched innovative new initiatives to address the pandemic’s devastating impacts.

The summer brought with it a racial reckoning years in the making. We know that racism, discrimination and inequity begin in childhood, and we are more committed than ever to promote social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion inside our organization, in the communities we serve, and in national and international policies.

The global pandemic changed us as an organization. We saw a fundamental shift to remote working due to stay-at-home orders, forcing us to find innovative ways of working to achieve our breakthroughs for children.

While travel and movement were restricted, we had more opportunity to localize our work on the ground, to benefit even more from our country technical expertise and local partner capability. Having local expertise gives us a clear advantage and we have seen the benefits of this.

We were required to rapidly scale up our digital efforts – not only in how we engage with our staff and work together remotely, but also in how we influence policymakers and engage our supporters. Our teams used digital and mobile platforms to train teachers and local health workers to deliver cash programming, and to engage our supporters and fellow campaigners. They delivered services remotely using channels like radio, internet, phones and television to reach children like never before – such as digital community case management of childhood illness in Nicaragua, and basic education through television in Ethiopia.

We invite you to review our results from 2020 and to be assured our work is going full force in 2021, adapting as needed to new realities, and committed to doing whatever it takes to give children the childhoods and futures they deserve.

Thanks to supporters like you, we achieved tremendous results for children last year. Together, we reached more than 197 million children, including 1.1 million here in America. Our total operating revenue was $869 million, 4% higher than in 2019.

In these difficult times, we thank you more than ever for your compassion, generosity and determination to ensure children everywhere survive, learn and are protected. 

On behalf of the world’s children,

Janti Soeripto President & CEO

Janti Soeripto
President & CEO

Brad Irwin Chair, Save the Children Board of Trustees

Brad Irwin
Chair, Save the Children Board of Trustees

 

Download a PDF version of the 2020 Annual Report

Our 2020 Financials

Our work is going full force in 2021, adapting as needed to new realities, and committed to doing whatever it takes to give children the childhoods and futures they deserve.

Review our detailed financials.

A graphic representation of Save the Children's 2020 expenditures.
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A graphic representation of how Save the Children's work is funded.

2020 Year in Review

As we look back on 2020, we invite you to join us on a journey through the year – made possible, thanks to you!

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