Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb was a rebel. A disrupter. The mother of children’s rights. And she’s our founder.

Bold. Unapologetic. Authentic. 100 years ago, Save the Children’s founder had a vision: to achieve and protect the rights of children worldwide. In 2023 we commissioned a new portrait to honor her on International Women’s Day – while we honor her vision every day. Artist Credit: Sam Rodriguez

Eglantyne Jebb Society

In 1919, an outspoken woman named Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children to help starving orphans in post-World War I Austria. When the Great Depression hit 13 years later, Save the Children came to the United States to support children in rural Appalachia.

Today, we work in 120 countries including the U.S., reaching over 100 million kids each year.

Save the Children established the Eglantyne Jebb Society to honor our revolutionary founder and the extraordinary commitment of our donors. We gratefully acknowledge the philanthropy of compassionate individuals who remember Save the Children in their estate plans with a gift in their will, account beneficiary designation or other planned giving vehicle.

Since our founding over 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children — all thanks to the vision and dedication of people who chose to make a difference. By including Save the Children in your estate plans, you’ll make sure this vital work continues.

Through your generosity, the legacy of Eglantyne Jebb and members of the Eglantyne Jebb Society will live on.

Learn more about Legacy Society members.


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