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  • Atlanta, GA

Mission Statement

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

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  1. Emergency, Rehabilitation and Development

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chief executive for fy 2005

Dr. Helene Gayle

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Physical Address

151 Ellis St NE

Atlanta, 30303 2440

Also Known As

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc.


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Below represents CARE International's impact; CARE USA is the largest piece of the CARE International network.

In 2009 (FY09) CARE supported more than 800 poverty-fighting projects in 72 countries to reach more than 59 million people. Here are some highlights of our work in 2009 to empower women and families around the world: 

CARE and our partners reached more than 30 million people with information and services to improve their health, including family planning, maternal and newborn care.

Our programs helped 20 million people protect themselves from HIV/AIDS, reduce stigma associated with the illness and mitigate the negative economic consequences of the epidemic.

CARE’s education programs provided almost 7 million people with improved access to school and better quality education.

Our economic development programs helped more than 9 million people gain access to credit, acquire skills to start to expand their businesses and improve their income.

CARE’s water and sanitation projects increased access to safe water and improved health and hygiene practices for over 5 million people.

Almost 10 million people participated in CARE projects to improve crop production, increase household income, adapt to a changing climate and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.

Our emergency preparedness and response projects reached 10 million people, with special emphasis on the needs of the most vulnerable: children, women and the elderly.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Emergency, Rehabilitation and Development

Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Working side by side with poor people in 72 countries, CARE helps empower communities to address the greatest threats to their survival. Women are at the heart of CARE’s efforts to improve health, education and economic development because experience shows that a woman’s achievements yield dramatic benefits for her entire family. CARE is also committed to providing lifesaving assistance during times of crisis, and helping rebuild safer, stronger communities afterward. We advocate for policies that defend the dignity of all people and promote the eradication of poverty.


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Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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In CARE's six decades of experience, we have come to see how women's well-being is the fuel that drives vibrant, healthy societies. Today, we are leveraging that knowledge to help families and communities chart a new course out of poverty. Our plan is a journey forward, together: women and men, young and old, wealthy, poor and those in between. When each of us has the opportunity to contribute to our full potential, we'll achieve the lasting change we seek. CARE is engaging women and girls at key moments for greatest impact: when pregnant and raising an infant, when applying classroom skills in the home and community, and when earning a living. We also focus on climate change, HIV and AIDS and emergencies as major factors affecting poor people.Mother's Matter  Half a million women die each year from largely preventable complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Mothers Matter will improve access to safe pregnancy and delivery services for 30 million women in Africa, Asia and Latin America by 2015. For more information, see:   Power Within Girls are powerful for what they contribute in their youth and for their unlimited potential as mature women. Education is the route to this power, and girls' education provides perhaps the single highest return on investment in the developing world. Power Within will empower 10 million girls around the world to access quality primary education and gain leadership skills by 2015. For more information, see: Access Africa Some 550 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $2 a day. For them, each day is a struggle. They simply do not earn enough to meet their needs. Access Africa will ensure that 30 million people in 39 countries have access to a set of basic financial services by the next decade. For more information, see:


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Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE USA) INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Dr. Helene Gayle


Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with programs in 72 countries to end poverty. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

Dr. Gayle chairs the Obama Administration’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership” and the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch,” as well as one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” and the “100 Most Influential Georgians,” she has published numerous scientific articles and been featured by leading media outlets.

Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, ONE, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, Colgate-Palmolive Company and the Institute of Medicine. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee and the American Public Health Association.



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