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Plan International USA, Inc.

  • Warwick, RI

Mission Statement

Plan International USA, part of the Plan International Federation, is a child-centered development organization that believes in the promise and potential of children. For more than 75 years in over 50 developing countries, Plan has been breaking the cycle of child poverty. Everything Plan does – from strengthening health care systems to improving the quality of education, to advocating for increased protection and beyond – is built with, and owned by, the community. The result is a development approach designed to improve the lives of the youngest members of the community for the longest period of time. For more information, please visit

Main Programs

  1. Child Centered Programs

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chief executive for fy 2010

Tessie San Martin Ph.D.

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child sponsorship, international development, emergency relief, girls' rights, education

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Physical Address

1255 23rd Street NW Suite 200

Washington, DC 20037

Also Known As

Plan International USA, Inc. d/b/a Plan USA


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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

With the communities' agenda at the forefront, we work steadily over 10 to 15 years to build people's technical capacity and leadership skills, so they can play a central and sustainable role in their own progress. We mobilize people to give voice to their common agenda, and we also partner with local civil society as advocates and service providers.

The citizens and nongovernmental organizations advocate and convince their governments to respond, while we help increase the capacity of government staff to provide the requested services. Due to this partnership model, local and national governments regularly adopt our programs, facilities, and staff as their own, achieving long-term sustainability.

As a result, independent evaluations have found our programs still delivering services and benefits to the communities five to nine years after we had exited the area.

At the most basic level, we are working to impart our skills, knowledge, and expertise to local actors. Our partnership guidelines lay out the five stages of the transition - a lengthy process that requires a long-term commitment to the principles and practices of local ownership and sustainability, but which yields the vital end goal of sustainable and meaningful impact.


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

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Program 1

Child Centered Programs

Plan recognizes that no child lives in isolation, and for the child to truly benefit in any meaningful way, the basics of a stable and healthy community must come first. Plan is dedicated to working directly with children, their families and communities in devising, implementing and evaluating development projects that provide long lasting improvements. Child-centered community development is the term we use to describe how we aim to do our development work. It's a rights-based approach to development where we support communities to develop the structures and skills they need to provide a safe and healthy environment in which children are able to realize their full potential.


Youth Development



Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by:
    • enabling children, their families, and their communities to meet basic needs and to
    increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies;
    • fostering relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples
    of different cultures and countries; and
    • promoting the rights and interests of the world's children.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Plan International USA supports Plan International's efforts to expand and deepen the impact of its development programs on children and the communities in which they live. It does this through fundraising, program design, oversight efforts, and evaluation platforms and systems. Plan International's approach to meeting these goals and objectives is distinctive and cost-effective. . . Plan's programs emphasize community empowerment and constructive community engagement with local government actors, creating local ownership of development initiatives and sustainable solutions. Plan's Child-centered Community Development (CCCD) approach places community members at the center of development solutions that promise a better future for their communities. Plan's programs focus around eight core areas: education, protection, economic security, health, sexual health (including HIV/AIDS), emergencies, water and sanitation, and child participation. Some of the projects Plan helps to implement include vaccination and immunization programs; comprehensive health and wellness programs; training of health workers; provision of safe, clean water; classroom construction; vocational training; agricultural programs; and school construction and repair. Our long-term commitment to a community enables us to work together to identify the greatest challenges and build custom solutions that are carried out by the community. Key features of our work include: Close ties to the communities where we work;Partnership with local government actors and duty bearers; Engaging with corporations in social responsibility programs to ensure that children are not forgotten in emerging economies;Advocating with and on behalf of children to address injustices and power imbalances that underlie poverty;Working in coalitions and alliances, to give us a greater reach in tackling the underlying causes of poverty.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Plan International USA designs and implements innovative community-level solutions, leverages longstanding in-country relationships, and deploys technical and operational expertise to make a difference in the lives of children and communities in need. Globally, Plan is a more-than $900 million organization that works in 58,000 communities across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Plan's community-based programs help a population of more than 119 million people, reaching more than 56 million children. In 2011, Plan allocated $572.5 million for community-level, community-led programs, and trained 528,425 people in skills ranging from education, improving sanitation systems, and child protection. Our approach to community-level program design and implementation is known as child-centered community development. It has six core principles. 1. Our programs focus on children, because they are disproportionately affected by poverty, abuse, and exploitation.2. Our programs are guided by international human rights principles and regional conventions. 3. We work for, and on behalf of, children in order to enable them to claim their rights. We also support those with a duty toward children to deliver on those obligations. 4. Our programs promote an environment of social inclusion, and protect children from discrimination, particularly children living in extreme poverty, children with disabilities, and those from isolated communities. 5. Our programs promote gender equality. Gender based discrimination within society undermines individuals' power to create change. 6. Our programs maximize the free and meaningful participation of children in the decisions that affect their lives, bearing in mind their evolving capacity to understand and contribute Plan's operating budget is built on a diverse funding base of individual sponsors and corporate donations, grants, contracts from major multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations, and other private voluntary organizations. With approximately 8100 employees worldwide, Plan works on behalf of children and communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty. Our programs are designed and implemented by an innovative, engaged, and dedicated workforce ready to design solutions to a wide array of challenges.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Plan's defined global priorities through 2015 include: * Improving the impact, reach, and effectiveness of our programs; * Raising more resources globally to expand our work; and * Improving operational efficiency and agility. A component of Plan's strategic planning, we systematically review the areas in which we operate to ensure that we continue to focus on interventions and solutions that add the most value. In 2011, Plan conducted two reviews of our Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach: 1. Nine country assessments were conducted - across all regions -- to gauge how well the CCCD approach is implemented in-country; and 2. An independent, external evaluation by the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at Syracuse University was conducted to evaluate program outcomes, determine best practices, and define areas for improvement. Plan management has prioritized internal learning, knowledge management, information sharing, and policy implementation to ensure continued organizational growth and effectiveness.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The following are illustrative examples of Plan's accomplishments in 2011: Gender Equity: Plan's global advocacy initiative is Because I am a Girl. The initiative fights gender inequality and promotes girls' rights globally. In 2011, Plan achievements included:The fifth in our series of The State of the World's Girls' report - So, what about boys?Influencing the global policy on gender equality and implementation of the International Day of the Girl Child (October 11th.)Building gender-specific programming to deliver sustainable improvements to the lives of girls around the world. Education: In 2011, Plan trained 76,419 professional and volunteer education workers, benefiting 14,988 communities. Plan supported a range of efforts to provide children and youth with free and equal access to quality learning, from stimulation and engagement in early years to vocational training. Child Protection: In 2011, Plan provided child protection training for 110,972 community members and staff of partner organizations. Plan's innovative Learn Without Fear campaign has successfully advocated for stronger legal safeguards for children around the world.More than 485 million children have benefited from legislation protecting them from violence in schools.We have positively influenced the policies and curriculums of more than 30,000 schools worldwide, raising awareness of violence in schools and working actively towards more peaceful school environments. Health: In 2011, Plan trained 175,886 professional and volunteer health workers, benefiting 18,416 communities. Plan supported a range of programs to reduce child and maternal mortality; increase child survival; and support the holistic, healthy development of children into adulthood. These included initiatives to prevent and combat specific, avoidable childhood illnesses. Economic Security: In 2011, Plan trained 165,148 people in agricultural, vocational, and business skills. We supported 2,119 microfinance organizations and 77,792 local savings and loan groups. Plan's ongoing priorities cover a range of activities to increase organizational growth and continue assessing the effectiveness and impact of our programs. Recognizing that poor children and under-developed communities continue to be in need, we will continue to strengthen our global advocacy work on behalf of children in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. In particular, we will build on our international campaigns around child protection and girls' rights. Plan will continue to increase the effectiveness of our programs by developing key strategies in specific areas where we can make the most impact on children and communities, such as education and child protection. Plan will also continue to build the evidence base for effective child-centered community development program approaches to ensure that vulnerable children and communities have brighter futures.


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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Tessie San Martin Ph.D.


Tessie San Martin, Ph.D., joined Plan International USA as President/CEO on October 4, 2010.  Dr. San Martin's career includes work in public and private sectors, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and academia – as well as a wide variety of international development roles. Prior to joining Plan International USA, San Martin served as Vice President for International Development at Abt Associates, providing research and technical assistance expertise to a wide range of social, economic, and technological policy issues in the U.S. and overseas.  San Martin previously worked as the Director for the Operations Group of the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), where she facilitated the integration of the agency's $1.2 billion underwriting operations with other risk mitigation products in the World Bank. San Martin holds a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University, a Master's in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a B.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.



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