10 Things to Know Before Canceling Your Save the Children Support

We understand that financial situations can and do change. If you’d like to stop your monthly support of Save the Children, either by canceling your sponsorship or by canceling your recurring gift, we are here to help.

Before you make this life-changing decision, however, here are 10 important things to consider.

5 Things to Consider Before Canceling Your Sponsorship

Child Sponsorship Can Change Lives

With your help, Save the Children reached more than 2.5 million children in 2018. That’s 2,537,803 children across 21 countries living better lives because of sponsors like YOU.

We believe strongly in sponsorship and are grateful for the chance to work on your behalf to provide care and support for children who need it most, like Gniré.

When Gnire was 11-years old, she contracted malaria not once but twice. Thankfully, treatment saved her life. Now, thanks to Save the Children sponsors, Gniré feels more in control of her future. Read more about how Save the Children sponsors are helping children like Gniré to not only survive, but thrive.

Long-Term Sponsorship is Key to Communities

With support from sponsors, Save the Children is able to forge local partnerships to provide tools that empower entire communities to better support their children’s health, education, protection and growth. Then we transition to new communities, so we can reach even more girls and boys.

This life-changing work takes about 10 years from start to finish, so we design our programs to last approximately that same number of years. Therefore, we encourage sponsors to view their support as a long-term commitment.

Watch this engaging video to see it all come to life!

Sponsoring a Child Can Be a Family Affair

Sponsoring a child can be a wonderful opportunity to spread joy throughout an entire family, including your own!

Three generations of the Kerner family – grandfather, father and son – have been sponsoring 10-year old Chimdi since 2013. Recently, the family had a unique opportunity to embark on a long journey to meet Chimdi in Ethiopia.

To follow along on the Kerner family’s remarkable journey to Chimdi’s school in Ethiopia, click here.

Your Monthly Support Can Be Adjusted

Sponsorship is an entirely voluntary, ongoing relationship that supports our critical work with vulnerable children around the world. There is no contract involved, and if needed, it is possible to adjust your giving frequency or decrease your monthly giving amount to something that is more comfortable for you. We hope that with a little adjustment, you can make a fresh start that will let you continue to be a sponsor.

To continue your sponsorship by adjusting your giving frequency or amount, please call us at 1-800-728-3843, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (EST).

What Happens to My Sponsored Child If I Need to Cancel My Support?

In the event that you decide to cancel your sponsorship support, your sponsored child will be notified of the change. While we will do our best to match your sponsored children with a new sponsor, there is no guarantee that this will happen. Some sponsored children can wait up to 300 days to be matched with a sponsor, so the process can take quite a long time.

Thank you for learning more about the impact your potential cancellation may have on your sponsored child.  In the event that you have decided to still cancel your sponsorship support, please call us at 1-800-728-3843, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (EST).

5 Things to Consider Before Canceling Your Recurring Donation

We’re a Highly-Rated Charity

Charity watch groups give us top ratings for achieving incredible results for children. That’s because Save the Children has a proven track record of using donations efficiently and effectively. When you give, 85% of every dollar goes straight to our mission – helping children grow up healthy, learning and safe.

You’d be hard-pressed to find another charity that delivers the same lasting results for children, all while using the valuable resources recurring donors like you have provided in the most cost-effective ways possible. Recently, Save the Children proudly received our 16th four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Your Ongoing Support Helps Millions of Children Each Year

What does it take to reach more than 144 million children, including 87,000 here in the United States, in a single year? It takes a powerful commitment from you, our Partners for Children.

144 million children is the number of boys and girls you helped us reach in 2019. Boys and girls whose lives are better, whose futures are brighter, all because of your generous actions, your ongoing support, your commitment to our shared cause.

Without you, it’s difficult to image the face of the boy or girl who we may be unable to reach next.

As a Recurring Donor, You Enable Us to Act Quickly in the Face of an Emergency

Your commitment to a recurring gift ensures that Save the Children can act quickly when an emergency strikes. Thanks to your support, we’re transforming the way emergency care is delivered, putting a world-class team of health professionals to work for children anywhere in the world within 72 hours.

But we can’t do this without your continued support.

Your Monthly Gift Is a Powerful Commitment – One that We Depend On Every Day

At Save the Children, we believe that even small acts of generosity can create lasting change that ripples throughout children’s lives, their families, their communities and our world.

As a monthly donor, your support helps fund many types of programs that make lasting change for children in need. Without you, these programs are just not possible.

Your Monthly Support Can Be Adjusted

Perhaps changing the frequency or amount of your recurring donation will achieve the benefit you desire without diminishing your impact for children.

Consider changing your contribution frequency from monthly support to quarterly support to better meet your financial needs. Payments can be sent monthly, quarterly or annually based on your preferences. Or, consider reducing your monthly amount by a few dollars to something that fits better with your current financial situation.  

To change your contribution frequency or amount, simply contact us at 1-800-728-3843, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (EST).

Thank you for learning more about the impact your potential cancellation may have on our life-saving programs for children around the world.  In the event that you have decided to still cancel your Partner for Children recurring gift, please call us at 1-800-728-3843, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (EST).


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