Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Compassion International is a child-sponsoring charitable organization that was originally known as the Everett Swanson Evangelistic Association. The sponsorship model was launched in 1953 and the organization officially became Compassion International in 1963.
After World War II, the United Nations created the United National International Children’s Emergency Fund, or UNICEF, as a way to assist children suffering from the after-effects of the war. Since that time, UNICEF has grown to become one of the world’s most recognized children’s charities. UNICEF maintains solid management of funds and a high percentage of donations go towards program delivery in over 120 countries.
Direct Relief started with humble beginnings in the aftermath of World War II. William Zimdin, an Estonian immigrant, began sending large relief parcels to friends, relatives, and former employees in Europe. In 1948, he founded the William Zimdin Foundation, which was headquartered in California. The foundation grew into what is now called Direct Relief. Direct Relief offers assistance to those affected by poverty or natural disasters, with a focus on caring to maternal health and providing medical and pharmaceutical supplies and equipment.
In 1947, Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR (United States Marine Corps Reserve) and Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton began to collect toys for those in need. It was after Hendricks' wife could not find a charity to donate a handmade Raggedy Ann doll to a child at Christmas. Mrs. Hendricks suggested that the USMCR begin a toy drive to connect donated toys with those in need. Their initial toy drive resulted in 5,000 toys being collected for underprivileged children. Toys for Tots was nationally launched in 1948 and has had momentous growth since. Currently, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is headquartered in Triangle, Virginia.
In 2015, the Marine Toys for Tots program collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million children in 782 communities. Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program, in a partnership with The UPS Stores, raised over $319,000 and distributed over 3 million books to public schools and children in financially-depressed areas.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America promotes and enhances the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow, all while having fun. It is a place where great futures are started each and every day.
Samaritan's Purse was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Boone, North Carolina. The current president and CEO, as well as chair of the board is Franklin Graham. Samaritan's Purse's program includes disaster recovery and relief, medical support and supplies, as well as its most well-known program Operation Christmas Child.
United Way was founded in 1887 in the Denver area when a woman, two priests, and a minister saw a need to provide community services and support that transcended religious lines. Since then, United Way has grown to be the national support and leadership hub for over 1,200 individually-run local chapters. United Way is unique in that its mission and program is designed to support local communities; it does not offer programs as a “one size fits all” solution. This allows individual chapters to focus on offering programs that are custom-designed for their community.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases.
The Nature Conservancy is the largest charitable environmental organization in the United States. The organization is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and was founded in 1951. The Nature Conservancy has a membership structure, wherein members pay for a monthly or annual membership and dues are used to fulfill the organization's mission of conserving land and water resources globally. It can do this, in part, by its partnerships with local and national governments as well as with large corporations.
Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) was founded in 1912 as an avenue to provide quality healthcare to those in need. Modeled after work in Haiti, the organization was founded in and is currently headquartered in New York City. CMMB works to bring healthcare to those at risk in 39 developing countries across Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. The organization served over 447,000 people in 2014.