Your Support Can Change the Life of a Child

When you sponsor a child, you’re helping to ensure that child and so many others grow up healthy, learning and safe – no matter where they were born. Too many children right here in the U.S. and around the world aren’t getting the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a sponsor, you can help change that.

Learn How Sponsorship Works

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Save the Children was the first organization to offer supporters the opportunity to sponsor an individual child. Today, over 80,000 Americans support Save the Children as donors, sponsors and supporters.

When you sponsor a child, you’re not only helping to support a girl or boy as they grow and learn. Your monthly support gets combined with the support of other sponsors – ultimately helping Save the Children ensure that all children – regardless of whether they have a sponsor – are receiving the life-changing benefits of sponsorship.

When you chose to sponsor a child, you can consider things like the age, gender and location of the child. Once matched, you’ll receive a welcome kit that includes more information about your sponsored child, including a photo and information about how you’re changing lives in your sponsorship community.

As you watch your ongoing support work to transform the life of your child, you’ll continue to get updates on how your sponsorship is making an incredible difference.


Get Started on Your Sponsorship Journey

What You Receive When You Sponsor a Child:

  • A welcome kit, including a photo and information about your child.
  • The opportunity to write letters back and forth with your child.
  • Annual updates and ongoing print communications highlighting the impact of your sponsorship on your child and other children in the community.
  • A personalized online account where updated photos, videos and information about your child will be shared to keep you engaged.
  • The joy of knowing you’re truly making a difference!

What Your Sponsored Child Receives:

  • A brighter future, thanks to you.
  • The opportunity to receive letters or special games and keepsakes from far-away friends. (Most children have never received a piece of mail in their entire lives!)
  • Safe and friendly places to learn and play.
  • Your continued support and investment in their community.
  • Change that lasts a lifetime. 

Sponsorship Growth and Graduation

Empowering Communities For More Than a Decade

Sponsorship programs are structured with growth in mind—both your child’s growth and the growth of the community. As such, partnerships are designed for a period of approximately 10-15 years.

This long-term commitment allows us to work with the community to understand their unique needs and partner with them to deliver successful sponsorship programs that achieve lasting results.

When our teams transition out of an area, we work to ensure local community members feel confident in continuing the programs we started together without our ongoing support. This allows us to move on to help girls and boys in other communities while ensuring the successes we achieved for children continue.

Changes with Your Sponsored Child

We work in real communities, with real families, often in difficult situations. We strive to provide a safe environment for children to learn, grow and play, but sometimes situations change. Children must leave our programs – for example, because the family has moved to a new home in another community.

If your child leaves our sponsorship program, your sponsorship will be moved to a new child, so that you can continue helping children in need. If you support individual child sponsorship, you’ll also have the opportunity to send a goodbye letter to your previously sponsored child. Saying goodbye can be hard, but a letter can help bring a sense of closure to your relationship and let your child know that your care doesn’t end with the program.

The Power of Sponsorship in Action

In 2020, more than 200,000 sponsors worldwide supported programs that directly benefited over 2.4 million children in 22 countries around the world – including the United States. Thanks to our growing community of child sponsors, we continue to increase our impact and reach, helping more children than we did the year before.

For about a $1 a day, you can change the life of a child by becoming a child sponsor.

Stories from Sponsored Children


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