Plan International USA

aka Plan USA   |   Warwick, RI   |  http://www.planusa.org

Mission

Plan International USA, part of the Plan International federation, is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan believes in the power and potential of young people. Working together with children, young people, supporters, and partners, Plan strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

Ruling year info

1940

Interim President & CEO

Shanna Marzilli

Main address

155 Plan Way

Warwick, RI 02886 USA

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EIN

13-5661832

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Powered by supporters, Plan International USA partners with adolescent girls, young women and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity and safety.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Education

Our goal is for children and youth to realize their right to quality education.

We work to promote free, equal access to quality education for all children. We promote child-friendly learning environments; develop teaching skills and teaching materials; provide training to government staff; and work closely with parents and communities to enable them to support their children's learning at home, in school, and in the wider community. Through our engagements, we encourage young people and critical community stakeholders to be advocates for the change they desire. We work with national and local governments to help improve the laws and public policy on education, and we take part in local, national, and international campaigns to support quality education for all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our goal is to engage young people, their peers, families, households, and communities so that they have the knowledge, skills, and capacity to thrive. Adolescents and youth will realize their right to sexual and reproductive health, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

We support a wide range of programs that reduces morbidity and mortality by strengthening individual families, households, and communities. These interventions include initiatives to prevent and combat specific avoidable childhood illnesses, as well as efforts to strengthen community health systems and positively impact health-seeking behavior.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our goal is that children and youth grow up in resilient communities and realize their rights in safety and with dignity, before, during, and after disasters and conflicts.

We support children and youth, their communities, and their societies to develop resilience, enabling them to better absorb external shocks and continue forward with their personal and community development. We also seek to address the social inequities and governance challenges that marginalize segments of the population and prevent them from developing resilience.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our goal is to provide a safe place for children to live and grow to their full potential.

We work to ensure that all children are safe and protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence and that children who do experience violence have access to child friendly services. We recognize that protection needs and challenges may vary according to a child's gender, age, and maturity and appropriately tailor programming to address such differences. We provide services designed to prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation and to help survivors recover. We campaign for and promote adequate legal protection to strengthen child protection systems and work alongside families and communities to strengthen protective practices and influence harmful social norms that drive violence against children. In addition, we raise public awareness of, and respect for, the right of all children to protection, and we help young people access the skills and knowledge that will enable them to protect themselves.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our goal is that young adolescents and youth will live in communities that value their participation and will provide opportunities for their leadership and economic empowerment.

Through our community-based, gender-sensitive approach, our programs engage marginalized youth to build their productive assets and prepare them with appropriate skills to manage their transition to work and adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

We promote learning and understanding among people of different countries and cultures. Our child sponsorship program - through which a sponsor in the U.S. is linked with a child in need - encourages children and sponsors to exchange letters, cards, and photos as a way to better understand each other's cultures.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

As part of our mission, we conduct educational outreach programs in the U.S. with youth, educators, donors, sponsors, and the public about issues affecting children - particularly girls - and families in the developing world, and where relevant, here at home. These programs enhance the public's understanding of the causes and conditions of poverty in developing countries and the role that Plan has in addressing barriers to girls' and children's ability to learn, lead, decide, and thrive.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Number of communities Plan International works with

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Plan has undergone methodology changes to strengthen our process, increase quality standards, and improve reporting to donors, so direct comparisons to FY17 and prior years don’t apply.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Plan has undergone methodology changes to strengthen our process, increase quality standards, and improve reporting to donors, so direct comparisons to FY17 and prior years don’t apply.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Plan has undergone methodology changes to strengthen our process, increase quality standards, and improve reporting to donors, so direct comparisons to FY17 and prior years don’t apply.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Plan has undergone methodology changes to strengthen our process, increase quality standards, and improve reporting to donors, so direct comparisons to FY17 and prior years don’t apply.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Plan USA is part of the Plan International family of organizations committed to advancing equality for girls and children’s rights. We see clear links between achieving gender equality and ending poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued and respected in their own community and beyond. We work together with children, young people, our supporters and partners to:
— Provide children, young people and communities with the tools to tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
— Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience, data and knowledge of the realities children face.
— Partner with and support girls, children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
— Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.

Girls have the power to change the world. Our ambition is to collaborate with them and ensure they are in charge of their own lives. Together we are taking actions so 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.
— Learn: Improve access to quality education and skills for work.
— Lead: Empower children and youth to act on issues that matter to them.
— Decide: Give girls control over their lives and bodies.
— Thrive: Protect children from harm and ensure they grow up well cared for.

We ensure that girls and boys know their rights and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfill them. A rights-based approach provides the access, tool and skills children and communities need to create long-lasting change.

Our global advocacy not only focuses on international policy but also ensures national governments can meaningfully implement and uphold laws that advance gender equality and children’s rights at the community level. This includes reshaping unequal power relations; ending harmful practices such as child marriage and trafficking; and removing the barriers preventing girls and boys from reaching their full potential.

Plan’s global strategy of reaching 100 million girls and boys through our Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive model, established specific targets linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To improve monitoring and human development outcomes, Plan has joined with a number of leading organizations to create Equal Measures 2030, a partnership that envisions a world where no girl or woman is invisible. This means making sure girls' and women's movements, advocates, and decision-makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach the SDGs. While our primary goal is addressing SDG 5 on gender equality, we know reaching this goal requires a holistic approach. Therefore, Plan’s work touches on several related SDGs.

Plan's global strategy aims to reach 100 million girls and boys through our Learn, Lead, Decide and Thrive model. Plan USA’s contribution to this strategy is built on two pillars: (1) programs; and (2) public engagement, advocacy and influence.
The program pillar focuses on five impact areas.
1. Gender Equality & Youth Equity: Plan strives to remove harmful barriers like child marriage and human trafficking. We stand up for youth rights and ensure that girls can take charge of their futures.
2. Education: Approximately 131 million girls around the world are out of school. Plan provides equal access to quality, uninterrupted education, so that girls, children and youth can grow into their full potential.
3. Skills & Work: Girls and young women have big goals for their futures, but often, they don’t have the resources, networks, agency and access to pursue them. Plan provides girls and young women with programming that prepares them for professional careers of their choosing.
4. Maternal & Child Health: Too many girls, children and young women lack access to quality healthcare. Plan is committed to health equity, promoting healthy behaviors and environments, and enabling strong healthcare systems with sexual and reproductive health services so girls and communities can thrive.
5. Humanitarian Response: Girls in conflict are some of the most vulnerable. We partner with girls and other community members — before, during and after emergencies — supporting them to secure protection, pursue their rights and achieve resilience.
Plan's approach is distinctive, cost-effective and sustainable. Plan's programs emphasize community empowerment and engagement with local government actors, creating local ownership of development initiatives and solutions that improve well-being and self-sufficiency. Through more than 240 field offices around the world, Plan implements programs with expert staff members and local volunteers, who together bring a deep understanding of local languages, cultures and norms.
Plan’s work with communities actively engages girls. Plan believes that girls should not just be seen as beneficiaries, but rather as the drivers of every facet of programming. Our comprehensive, inclusive, girl-centered approach, GirlEngage, amplifies the voices of girls by including them in all stages of the project cycle, from setting goals to program evaluation.
The public engagement, advocacy and influence pillar engages the general public, youth and U.S. policymakers to advance girls’ rights in the U.S. and around the world. This includes deepening Plan’s network of young people through online and in-person events and activations. Plan is using research and insights about gender to increase brand awareness in the U.S. and attract supporters. In addition, Plan is growing its advocacy initiatives, as well as collaborating with coalitions and alliances, to support policies that further gender equality and programming that tackles the root causes of poverty.

Plan USA designs and implements community-level solutions, leverages longstanding relationships and deploys technical and operational expertise to make a difference in the lives of children and communities in need.
Globally, Plan is a $1.006 billion organization that partners with over 36,500 organizations in more than 75 countries across Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, through community-based programs that directly impact millions of people. Plan's advocacy efforts help improve government policies that support girls and children.
With just under 11,500 employees worldwide, Plan collaborates with girls, children, young people and communities around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality. Our programs are designed and implemented by an innovative, engaged and dedicated workforce, informed by girls themselves, ready to develop solutions for a wide array of challenges.
In 2020, Plan allocated $771 million for community-level, community-led programs. We have worked with children, young people and communities for 84 years and are committed to making a lasting impact on the lives of the most vulnerable and excluded children while supporting children’s rights and gender equality.
We aim not only to improve the daily lives of girls, in all of their diversity, but also to advance their position and value in society, while actively engaging with boys and young men to champion gender equality. Achieving equality will take all genders working together.
We believe in advancing children’s rights in all contexts, including during conflict and emergencies, where girls face additional dangers. Our programs deliver lasting change against discriminatory norms, policies and laws. We listen to the voices of children in the community, especially girls whose views and needs are frequently overlooked, to ensure that our efforts are relevant and effective. We strengthen the capacities of governments and encourage them to meet their obligations towards child protection and fulfilling children’s rights. We form effective partnerships to address the systemic and structural causes of child rights violations and inequality, and support other humanitarian groups in order to extend our reach beyond the communities we work in. We embolden and equip young people to become active drivers of change by educating them on their rights and supporting their activism.
Our programs are gender transformative; rights-based; active in all contexts; active at all levels — from local to global; achieved in collaboration with other groups; accountable to children and communities where we work, and to our partners; and informed by children’s voices, especially girls.
Plan's operating budget is built on a diverse funding base: we partner with individuals and corporate donors, as well as receive grants and implement contracts from major multilateral and bilateral donors, such as the U.S government, foundations and private organizations.

The following are a few of Plan's accomplishments in FY2020, thanks to the support of generous donors around the world.
— More than 50 million children were touched by Plan International’s work in FY20, including 26,881,125 girls.
— More than 1,300 girls took over the roles of prime ministers, mayors, CEOs, and other leaders around the world as part of #GirlsTakeover on International Day of the Girl (October 11).
– Plan responded to 171 disasters, which included localized responses to large-scale national and regional emergencies.
— More than 5.5 million girls received improved sexual and reproductive health services.
— Access to early childhood development and inclusive education was provided to more than 6 million girls.
— Plan helped to change 119 laws, policies, regulations and plans at the local, national and international levels, in areas like child marriage, to benefit girls and children.
— As of June 30, 2020, Plan reached more than 49 million people through its COVID-19 response programming.
Plan has been hard at work for decades, striving to save lives and give a voice to children. While we have seen the worldwide mortality rate of children under 5 years of age drop by more than 55% in the past 25 years, there are still 5.3 million young people dying every year. Many of those who survive are marginalized and invisible to society. And, according to the Gates Foundation, in the first 25 weeks, COVID-19 set back progress by 25 years.
Plan quickly adjusted programming to address the impact of COVID-19 and is advocating for vaccine equity. We will continue to partner with communities around the world to advance girls' equality and children's rights, lifting children and young people out of poverty.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Plan International USA is a girl’s rights organization. Powered by supporters, we partner with adolescent girls, children and young women to overcome oppression and gender inequality. Plan also conducts projects funded by the U.S. Government, corporations and foundations. Although we primarily focus on girls and youth, we also serve migrants, internally displaced persons and refugees; people vulnerable to human trafficking; and communities at risk due to natural disasters of all ages.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To rapidly adapt our programs to environmental, political, economic or other shocks, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In a recent example from El Salvador, COVID-19 adaptations to school- and community-based life skills activities with adolescents involved extensive use of online and digital formats. Plan complemented those adaptations with printed materials when it became clear from communication with project participants that many young people did not have reliable access either to internet or to a device to enable regular online/digital participation. By designing, printing and disseminating complementary written and illustrated materials for self-study by the group participants, more young people were able to continue their involvement in the activities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Our implementing partners and peer organizations,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Plan has always engaged with the people we serve at a grassroots level. We remain aware that power imbalances exist, but are determined to shift this narrative. For example, when we asked girls in Zimbabwe about the barriers they faced in graduating from secondary school, their answers challenged assumptions that were made from desk research and interviews with local leaders. This includes that if bikes were given to girls, they would be able to more easily travel the long distances to school. Girls said the males in their families would simply take the bikes for their own use. We are building a dormitory instead that takes into account what girls identified as being most important – security, a female dorm supervisor, quality bathrooms, art and plants.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Plan International USA

Board of directors
as of 11/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Ann O'Brien

Retired health care executive

Paul Dwyer

Viamericas Corporation

Jack Poulson

Mariner Investment Group

Georgiana Gibson

Retired neuroradiologist

Elizabeth Murdock Myers

Verrill Dana LLP

Sara Moore

Susan Benton

Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP

Elizabeth Fessenden

Former President, Alcoa

Ann O'Brien

Retired health care executive

Vicki Escarra

Boston Consulting Group

Deborah Simpson

Boston Consulting Group

James Michel

Access Health CT

Grace Miner

Youth Advisory Board Member

Hatem Mostafa

Biscayne Hospitality

Eric Chatman

Housing Partnership Network

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/03/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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