SOS Children's Villages USA, Inc.

A loving home for every child

aka SOS USA   |   Washington, DC   |  www.sos-usa.org

Mission

We build families for children in need, help them shape their futures and share in the development of their communities.

Ruling year info

1963

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Cameron Schmidt

Main address

1620 I Street, NW Suite 220

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

13-6188433

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A shocking 387 million children live in extreme poverty: the #1 cause of child abandonment. 220 million children—1 in 10 worldwide—are at risk of growing up alone. Growing up without a loving family impacts children’s mental and physical wellbeing—affecting learning, coping behaviors and lifelong health. Children who lack a supportive environment also face greater risks of exploitation and trafficking and are far less likely to succeed in life. We, as a society, working together with governments, can act to prevent this. But if family separation cannot be avoided, collectively we must respond by providing quality alternative care to children; otherwise each child and our communities at large suffer. Our obligation is to support the most vulnerable children and families in the world so they can build a brighter future.

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?

Program Overview

SOS envisions a world in which every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security. Guided by the high international standards set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, we believe that all children should grow up in a family environment—their own family, if possible, and with the individual child’s best interests in mind. We aim to prevent crises that lead to family breakdown, reducing the chance that a child will be left without parental care.

SOS works in four core areas to help children and families reach their full potential:
- Family strengthening: We provide support to vulnerable families to prevent family separation and child abandonment.
- Care: We offer loving homes for children who lack parental care.
- Education and youth employability: We educate and empower children to reach their full potential.
- Advocacy and policy: We raise the voices of children and give them a seat at the table.

Other core components of SOS programs include emergency response, preventing violence against children, ending child trafficking, empowering women and girls and healing childhood trauma.

From counseling families to overcome domestic violence in Eastern Europe, to empowering women to advance their careers in Sub-Saharan Africa, to providing emergency care following natural disasters and manmade crises, SOS staff is on the ground and always ready to support children and families in need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth

We provide support to vulnerable families to prevent family separation and child abandonment. Through locally-led, scalable programs, SOS addresses the systemic issues that lead to family breakdown—like poverty and domestic abuse. Our family strengthening programs offer comprehensive interventions tailored to each family’s needs, including vocational training, health care, nutritional support, parenting workshops and counseling—with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. Stronger families are more likely to stay together and provide a nurturing environment for their children, benefiting entire communities for generations to come.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

We offer loving homes for children who lack parental care. Our villages—more than 540 worldwide— provide a family-like setting where children grow up alongside their siblings in a stable, nurturing environment. Children live in a house with an SOS mother who supports their needs and guides their development. Approximately 40,000 children currently call an SOS village home. An additional 25,000 children and youth live in other SOS alternative care programs including foster families and youth care homes.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth

We educate and empower children to reach their full potential. Education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving self-sufficiency. Whether at a dedicated SOS school or in community-integrated training, we enable previously out-of-school or at-risk students to continue their education through provision of essential services. We address economic barriers to education; improve educational capacity at public schools by training staff and purchasing critical teaching equipment; and provide coaching and vocational training to youth entering the workforce.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Orphans
Foster and adoptive children
At-risk youth

We raise the voices of children and give them a seat at the table. SOS advocates on behalf of children—and encourages children to advocate for themselves. Through advocacy at the local, national and international levels, we educate decision-makers on the rights and needs of children, advancing policies that impact children’s lives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children
Orphans
At-risk youth

In times of war and disaster, children need specific protection and care. With our established global infrastructure, network of partners, and trusted recognition as a reliable and effective partner in quality care, we launch emergency response programs for children and families who need urgent assistance. Our emergency response teams have helped children at risk in more than 150 humanitarian situations around the world.

Every emergency is different, but with our decades of experience and our presence in 137 countries and territories, we are able to quickly assess what is needed, and to make sure that affected children are cared for and protected.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
At-risk youth
Victims of disaster
Victims of conflict and war

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2016

Awards

Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2002

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children and youth around the world that receive a quality education or vocational training through our education and empowerment programs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We educate and empower children and youth to reach their full potential. Education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving self-sufficiency.

Number of children and families that are stable and strong because of our family strengthening and care programs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Parents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We provide support to vulnerable families to prevent family separation and child abandonment and we offer loving homes for children who lack parental care.

Number of children and families helped through emergency response programs.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Victims of disaster, Victims of conflict and war

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2019, we changed how we measured this metric from services delivered to people reached. In times of crisis, we provide children and families the unique care and protection they need.

Number of children and families that received health services including vaccinations, HIV/AIDS treatments and mental health care.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Pregnant people, Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2019, we changed how we measured this metric from services delivered to people reached. In established medical centers around the world, we offer urgent and ongoing medical care.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

SOS Children's Villages envisions a world in which every child belongs to a family and grows up with love, respect and security. Unique to SOS Children's Villages, we build families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.

Guided by the high international standards set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, we believe that all children should grow up in a family environment—their own family, if possible, and with the individual child’s best interests in mind. We aim to prevent crises that lead to family breakdown, reducing the chance that a child will be left without parental care.

Over the past seven decades, SOS Children’s Villages has continually expanded and improved our model of care across 136 countries and territories. We utilize a fully comprehensive approach of helping children, families and communities succeed long-term and have a long history of building effective partnerships with governments, international organizations and community-based partners. With over 99% of our 38,000-person global workforce hired locally, SOS Children’s Villages is uniquely positioned to implement programs that are tailored to the diverse needs and contexts of each community, country and region in which we work.

SOS Children's Villages works in four core areas to help children and families reach their full potential:

Family strengthening: We provide support to vulnerable families to prevent family separation and child abandonment. Through locally-led, scalable programs, SOS addresses the systemic issues that lead to family breakdown—like poverty and domestic abuse. Our family strengthening programs offer comprehensive interventions tailored to each family’s needs, including vocational training, health care, nutritional support, parenting workshops and counseling—with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency.

Care: We offer loving homes for children who lack parental care. Our villages—more than 540 worldwide— provide a family-like setting where children grow up alongside their siblings in a stable, nurturing environment. Children live in a house with an SOS mother who supports their needs and guides their development. Approximately 40,000 children currently call an SOS village home. An additional 25,000 children and youth live in other SOS alternative care programs including foster families and youth care homes.

Education and youth employability: We educate and empower children to reach their full potential. Education is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving self-sufficiency. Whether at a dedicated SOS school or in community-integrated training, we enable previously out-of-school or at-risk students to continue their education through provision of essential services. We address economic barriers to education; improve educational capacity at public schools by training staff and purchasing critical teaching equipment; and provide coaching and vocational training to youth entering the workforce.

Advocacy and policy: We raise the voices of children and give them a seat at the table. SOS advocates on behalf of children—and encourages children to advocate for themselves. Through advocacy at the local, national and international levels, we educate decision-makers on the rights and needs of children, advancing policies that impact children’s lives.

Other core components of SOS programs include emergency response, preventing violence against children, ending child trafficking, empowering women and girls and healing childhood trauma.

Since 1949, SOS Children’s Villages has helped transform the lives of approximately 13 million people. We have impacted children, youth and their families through family-like care in our villages, family strengthening and
education programs and emergency relief services.

In 2020 alone, SOS operated more than 2,800 programs—reaching more than 1 million children and families across the globe. With over 99% of our 39,000-person global workforce hired locally, SOS is uniquely positioned to implement programs that are tailored to the diverse needs and contexts of each community, country and region in which we work.

SOS Children's Villages has continually expanded and improved our model of care across 136 countries and territories. We utilize a comprehensive approach of helping children, families and communities succeed long-term. Through effective partnerships with governments, international organizations and community-based partners, we provide individualized support to families so they can give their children the best possible start in life. And when a child can’t stay with their family, or has no family, we give them a permanent home in one of our
SOS villages.

The innovative work of SOS Children’s Villages has been recognized both nationally and internationally. We are proud to have earned prestigious awards and accreditations, and we have built valuable partnerships that transform the lives of children and families. SOS is also privileged to work with committed colleagues from across the child rights community to bring global attention to children who lack parental care.

At SOS Children's Villages we are dedicated to the care of orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. Our innovative programs—2,800 in 2020 alone—aim to disrupt the cycles of poverty, family separation and child
abandonment. We prevent family breakdown before it begins; eliminate the obstacles that hold families back; and
equip children and families with the vital resources and skills they need to become self-sufficient. Stronger families—whether biological or in our SOS villages—mean brighter futures for the children and families involved, and healthier communities for all.

SOS is committed to measuring the long-term impact of our work to improve the quality of our services, inform strategic decision-making and increase accountability to our beneficiaries, partners and donors. Of 3,450 former
program participants interviewed across 37 countries, data revealed that 90% of former participants are now providing quality care to their own children—breaking the generational cycles of family separation and abandonment.

We currently provide loving homes to over 65,000 children in 137 countries and territories around the world. Our strategic goals aim to strengthen the quality and outreach of our programs to ensure that many more children will have loving homes and an equal chance to succeed in life. Today, SOS transforms the lives of more than 1 million children and families each year. We will continue to increase our capacity to serve vulnerable children and our long-term impact on them by providing quality child care, strengthening families, empowering young people, and advocating for children's rights.

Financials

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SOS Children's Villages USA, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cameron Schmidt

Cameron Schmidt

Brian Reinken

Egon Zehnder

Irene Bailey

Public Consulting Group

Brett Rubinson

Veritable LP

Laura Maness

Havas New York

Aaron Carmack

Roger's Electric

Bill Reese

International Youth Foundation

Emily Chang

McCann Worldgroup

Richard Pichler

SOS Children's Villages International

Lance Reisman

KKR

Jim McGrann

Healthy Eyes Advantage

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/27/2021

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