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Plan International USA

  • Warwick, RI
  • http://www.planusa.org

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 PlanUSA.org.

Main Programs

  1. Child Centered Programs
Service Areas

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International

Plan works in 51 developing countries around the world, including countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Central & South America.

ruling year

1940

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Tessie San Martin Ph.D.

Keywords

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

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EIN

13-5661832

 Number

6529211242

Physical Address

155 Plan Way

Warwick, RI 02886

Contact

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?

Overview

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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.

Programs

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

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.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$48,104,327.00

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of communities Plan International works with

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2. Number of collaborations between Plan with national/local government institutions, international/national NGOs, and local community-based organizations and groups

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3. Professional/volunteer health workers trained by Plan International

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4. Professional/volunteer education workers/school management staff trained by Plan International

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No target populations selected

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5. Agricultural extension workers and farmers trained by Plan International

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No target populations selected

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6. Number of people receiving vocational/business training by Plan International

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7. Number of staff/partner organization members who received child protection training by Plan International

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8. Number of community members who received child protection training by Plan International USA

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No target populations selected

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9. Number of microfinance organizations supported by Plan International

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No target populations selected

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10. Number of local savings groups supported by Plan International

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No target populations selected

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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. Because we don't just hope to make a difference. We plan to.

    Plan strives to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of vulnerable children in developing countries by:
    • Meeting the basic needs of children, their families, and their communities, and increasing 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 in the field. It does this through fundraising, program design, quality control of program implementation, donor relations, policy discussions with the U.S. government, technical expertise, thought leadership, and evaluations.

    Plan International's approach to meeting these goals and objectives is distinctive, cost-effective, and sustainable. Plan's programs emphasize community empowerment and constructive community engagement with local government actors, creating local ownership of development initiatives and solutions. Plan's strategy promotes community engagement and ownership as the means to improve the well-being and self-sufficiency of people around the world.

    Through 240 locally-rooted field offices worldwide, Plan implements programs with expert staff members, who have a deep understanding of local languages, cultures, and norms. Programs are designed in collaboration with communities and local governments, based upon collectively-identified development priorities. Community members and government officials are also engaged in program implementation, from advocacy to monitoring impact and results.

    Plan's Child-centered Community Development (CCCD) approach children and their communities at the center of development solutions that promise a better future. Plan's programs focus around six core areas: education, protection, economic security, health, resilience in emergencies, and water and sanitation. Some of the projects Plan helps to implement include empowering girls and women; comprehensive health and wellness programs; sustainable access to safe, clean water; community-led total sanitation; quality learning; youth employment; and humanitarian response. 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 and local governments.

    Key features of our work include:
    • Close ties to the communities where we work;
    • Partnership with local leaders, local governments, and local civil society so Plan's work reflects their priorities and builds their capacities to sustain the progress being made;
    • Advocating with and on behalf of children to address injustices and power imbalances that underlie poverty; and
    • 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 $900+ million organization that works in 85,000 communities across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Plan's community-based programs help a population of more than 214 million people, reaching more than 100 million children. Plan's advocacy efforts in more than 70 countries help improve government programs that support children, especially girls.
    With approximately 9,000 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 develop solutions to a wide array of challenges.
    In 2015, Plan allocated $749 million for community-level, community-led programs, and trained 715,577 people in skills including education, improving sanitation systems, and child protection. About half of all program spending was in Africa, reflecting greater need there.

    Our approach to community-level programmatic design and implementation is child-centered community development. It has six core principles:
    1. Our programs focus on children (and especially girls), 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 partner with government and nongovernmental actors to strengthen social accountability systems that deliver on those obligations.
    4. Our programs promote an environment of social inclusion, and protect children from discrimination, with particular emphasis on girls, 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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Plan's defined global priorities through 2016 include:
    • Improving the impact, reach, and effectiveness of our programs;
    • Raising more resources globally to expand our work; and
    • Improving operational efficiency and agility.

    Plan regularly assesses the effectiveness of our programs as part of our commitment to accountability and learning. 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 2015, Plan conducted the third in a recent series of ex-post evaluations. These external, independent reviews test the lasting impact of Plan's program by returning to areas where Plan no longer works. These evaluations have been completed in areas of Kenya, the Philippines, and Togo. In each case, Plan's work had concluded at least five years earlier. The evaluators were contracted to return to the districts and find what remained of the progress Plan had initiated with the communities and local governments. The evaluators were also tasked with analyzing the causes of the lasting impact or lack thereof.

    In all three countries, at least 75% of the social services and benefits that Plan had built were still intact. The improvements in health care, education, water, sanitation, protection, and participation had been maintained or even expanded through the funding and efforts of local governments and community activists. The consultants attributed this success to the following factors:

    • Local ownership began during the design phase.
    • Local actors had decision making power.
    • Programs were highly valued by the citizens.
    • This led them to advocate to their governments to continue to provide services.
    • It also led the community members to continue their roles as volunteers in Education, Health, Water and Sanitation, and Child Protection.
    • Plan's work was aligned with government policies, which facilitated co-financing and scaling-up to other districts.
    • Plan provided training for government staff, infrastructure, equipment, evidence, and examples of programs that work well.
    • As Plan's funding progressively decreased, the local governments adopted the programs, facilities and staff as their own.

    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 some of Plan's accomplishments in 2015:

    Gender Equity: Plan's global advocacy initiative, Because I am a Girl (BIAAG), fights gender inequality and promotes girls' rights. In 2015, we published the ninth in our State of the World's Girls' report (“The Unfinished Business of Girls' Rights") and implemented 538 BIAAG programs.

    Disaster Risk Management: Plan responded to 51 disasters including Typhoon Haiyan (where our work zone was established as a model for other areas to emulate); the Ebola outbreak (Plan's intensified social mobilization and improved contact tracing helped contribute to the declaration of Guinea as Ebola-free); and earthquakes in Nepal.

    Education: Plan trained 112,489 professional/volunteer education workers, benefiting 14,125 communities. We supported efforts to provide children and youth with access to quality learning. Our work with USAID included a 14% increase in the rate of girls graduating in 13 districts in Ghana.

    Water and Sanitation: Plan's innovative Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programs and other efforts supported the improvement of 752,997 household sanitation facilities and helped build/refurbish 2,600 water points. A major, multi-country CLTS program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation brought about a reduction in Open Defecation rates in treatment communities in Ghana by 20.3% and Ethiopia by 23%.

    Child Protection: Plan provided child protection training for 51,299 staff from local government/NGOs and other partners and trained 168,620 community members. Our USAID-funded Protecting Human Rights project in Bangladesh, which uses a comprehensive set of interventions to combat domestic violence, resulted in the signing of the Rules of Domestic Violence Act and the prevention of over 1,000 child marriages.

    Health: The Pregnant Women's Group project, funded by Development Innovations Venture/USAID, is being implemented in 15 districts in Nepal, bringing together pregnant women and their relatives and giving them access to health and WASH information through thousands of female health volunteers.
    Economic Security: Plan trained 157,395 people in agricultural, vocational, and business skills; supported 1,129 microfinance organizations; and established 61,463 local savings and loan groups. Plan worked with community partners to ensure that families are able to sustain their livelihoods, even during times of crisis or economic shock.
    Still to come: Plan recognizes the world is changing, and the traditional goals, priorities, and relationships necessary to deliver our promise to children who represent the poorest and most marginalized must also evolve. We desire to play a crucial global role in promoting human rights, engaging the energy of children and young people for positive impact, especially focusing on inclusion and equal opportunities for all children. Plan's ever-growing focus on investing in girls and young women will help bring about change.
Service Areas

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International

Plan works in 51 developing countries around the world, including countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Central & South America.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Plan International USA

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Tessie San Martin Ph.D.

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Dorota Keverian

The William J. Clinton Foundation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?