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Founded in 1937, Plan's one of the largest child-centered community development organizations in the world. We work in 63 countries on projects and initiatives that bring hope and help to the world’s poorest children. We are proudly private, non-profit and respectful of local religions and cultures. Plan USA is proud to have met the standards of the Better Business Bureaus’ Wise Giving Alliance.


We strive to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives by enabling children, families and communities to meet their basic needs, fostering relationships, and promoting children’s rights.


Plan was founded in 1937 by British journalist John Langdon-Davies and refugee worker Eric Muggeridge. Originally named 'Foster Parents Plan for Children in Spain', the aim was to provide food, accommodation and education to children whose lives had been disrupted by the Spanish Civil War.

During WWII, we expanded to work with displaced children throughout war-torn Europe.

In the 1950s, we gradually began working with deprived children throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our organization was renamed Plan International to reflect our aim of bringing lasting improvement to the lives of children in need wherever they live, whatever their circumstances.

Today, Plan works in 49 developing countries and is one of the world's largest development organizations. Child sponsorship is the foundation of our organization.


Plan is a child-centered organization. We are dedicated to working at the grassroots level with the active participation of children, their families and their communities to devise, implement and evaluate development projects that provide long lasting improvements.

Our programs focus on five interrelated areas:

Growing Up Healthy - Ensuring children have the means and the knowledge to grow up healthy is a core part of our program. We fight for their protection and their healthy development.

Learning - We want all children, adolescents and adults to acquire basic learning and life skills so as to contribute to the future of their communities.

Habitat - For children to reach their full potential they need to live in safe and healthy homes and neighborhoods—"habitats." We work with communities to focus and act on children’s habitat needs.

Livelihood - We address the root cause of poverty with award-winning strategies that help parents—especially mothers—with poverty-busting credit and small business development programs.

Building Relationships - Increasing understanding and unity among people of different cultures and countries is a goal that we take very seriously.


Your donation makes possible a variety of projects designed to improve the health, development, education and happiness of children around the world through:

Critical vaccination and nutrition programs; Pre- and postnatal care; Health clinic construction; Midwife and health volunteer training; Water system and well construction; Home construction and renovation; Latrine construction; School construction and renovation; Teacher training, textbooks and scholarships; Vocational, agricultural and livestock training; and access to savings and credit.


Ahuma Adodoadji worked as director of programs at some of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations before joining Plan: World Vision, the Carter Center in Atlanta, MAP International, World Relief. Before joining Plan USA in 2007, he served as Director of Emergency & Humanitarian Assistance at CARE USA.


Eric Chatman
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA

Jane Gibson Covey (Chair)
Boston, MA

Howard Cutler
Executive Producer
WGBH Educational Foundation
Cambridge, MA

Alice Dear
A.M. Dear & Associates
New York, NY

Audrey Bracey Deegan
Director, Deloitte Consulting LP
McLean, VA

Paul S. Dwyer, Jr.
Viamericas Corporation
Bethesda, MD

Deborah Held
Oyster Bay, NY

Dorota Keverian (Secretary)
Boston Consulting Group
Lexington, MA

Ahmed Moen
Chairman/Director and Associate Professor
Howard University
College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
Washington, DC

Raj K. Nooyi
Founder, PreeTara LLC
Greenwich, CT

Oren E. Whyche-Shaw (Vice-chair)
Senior Advisor, Office of African Nations
US Dept. of Tresury, Internal Affairs Department
Washington, DC

Allison Knapp Womack
Director of Client Services
Doremus Advertising
New York, NY


Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Myanmar


155 Plan Way
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (800) 556-7918
EIN: 13-5661832

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Vaccinate a child

Immunize one child

Childhood immunizations can help prevent the six deadliest childhood diseases that kill more than two million children every year. Your gift will help boost one child’s immunity against measles, tuberculosis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and help protect them from a life-threatening, catastrophic illness. You’ll literally be saving a life.


Prevent Malaria

Bednets for a family

Your gift of netting is made locally and is enough to shelter a family of 5 children plus their parents for up to 5 years.


Educate a child

School Supplies

How do you make a room into a living, breathing classroom where children with hungry minds can become active, successful learners? You start to fill that room with pencils, paper, chalkboards, maps, desks, textbooks, pencils, paper, chairs and other basic school supplies. Provide deserving children with these educational tools and you allow them to get the education they need for a brighter future.


Safe, Clean Water

Water for a family

A lot of elements go into making one big happy family. But along with the love and laughter you need the basic necessities: food, shelter, clothing, and of course a reliable supply of clean water. Your gift keeps the water – and love – flowing and you’ll feel good knowing you’re nurturing stronger, healthier family bonds that will last a lifetime.