Our Achievements and Charity Ratings

Save the Children Global Action Fund

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When people ask is Save the Children a good charity, we let our results, financial statements and our charity ratings speak for themselves. Save the Children works to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in more than 120 countries worldwide, including the United States. It is because of our commitment to children that Save the Children’s ratings rank high among other nonprofit organizations. Charity watchers, prestigious publishers, consumer advocates and others agree about our reputation — Save the Children is a top charity. Below are just a few of the ratings we’ve received:

American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP)

The American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Ratings

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: A

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service provides charity ratings for approximately 500 major U.S. charities. Ratings are updated annually using data from the IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements. AIP measures (a) the percentage of expenditures spent on program activities and (b) the cost to raise $100. Based on these figures, they determine a charity’s overall rating (in the form of a letter grade).

America's Greatest Brands

America's Greatest Brands

Save the Children’s reputation was profiled in America’s Greatest Brands, an American Brands Council publication, as one of the strongest and most trusted brands in humanitarian relief and development.

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator Charity Ratings

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Three Stars

Charity Navigator is a nonprofit organization that provides online ratings of the financial health of more than 5,000 U.S. charities. Ratings are updated annually based on data the charity reports on its IRS Form 990. Charity Navigator applies an overall rating (zero-to-four stars) based on a combination of organizational efficiency and capacity.

Forbes 50 Largest U.S. Charities List

Forbes Charity List Charity Ratings

Most Recent Ratings for Save the Children: Donor Dependency 98 percent; Fundraising Efficiency 89 percent; Charitable Commitment 89 percent*

The Forbes charity list is a survey of the 50 largest U.S. charities. The 2016 survey reflects data available from a charity’s most recently filed IRS Form 990. The Forbes charities list aims to measure a charity’s level of fundraising efficiency for a given year as well as it charitable commitment.

*Charitable services as percent of total expenses.


GuideStar Platinum

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: 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.

Great Nonprofits

Great Nonprofits

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Four and a half stars

Save the Children earned a 2016 Top-Rated Award by Great Nonprofits, the leading nonprofit review organization that enables supporters to recognize the impact of outstanding nonprofits.


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Save the Children’s website is tested and certified daily to pass the “McAfee Secure” Security Scan

McAfee, the largest dedicated security company in the world, proactively secures systems and networks from known and as yet undiscovered threats worldwide. To help address concerns about possible hacker access to confidential data and the safety of visiting or shopping at certain sites, the “live” McAfee Secure mark appears only when a site passes the daily McAfee Secure tests. McAfee Secure web sites are certified as providing the highest level of protection for their shoppers.

Better Business Bureau: Wise Giving Alliance

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.

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