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Half the Sky FoundationHalf the Sky
Half the Sky Foundation (HTS) enriches the lives of orphaned children in China by providing model programs and caregiver training designed to offer loving, family-like care to children of all ages and abilities. HTS has now provided training in more than 20 of China’s 31 provinces and has established a website,, to assist Chinese caregivers. Chinese nationals, with the government’s sanction and support, now perform almost all work. We like this organization for its bold partnership with the Chinese government and its focus on the life-changing role of love in a child’s life.

nph logoNPH
NPH USA helps orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children ranging from newborns to teenagers in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. It supports “Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos” (“Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which has a network of homes and outreach programs in nine countries. We like this organization for its support of orphanages and providing trips for donors to visit them.


Nepal Youth FoundationNepal Youth Foundation -
The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF), based in Sausalito, California, brings together the best of two worlds – the resources of generous donors in the developed world, and the opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of destitute children in Nepal. In addition to education, NYF provides programs that rescue girls from indentured servitude and that give abused children a safe home. We like this program for its holistic approach to caring for children, providing help ranging from housing and health care to life-enhancing services, like nutrition, education and counseling.


Partners In Health logoPartners In
Partners in Health (PIH) is committed to improving the health of the poor through access to health care, education and public health policy. PIH was founded in 1987 to deliver health care to the residents of Haiti's mountainous Central Plateau region. Since then, PIH has expanded in Haiti and launched additional projects combating disease and poverty around the world. We like the commitment to providing a voice for the voiceless and powerless through health care and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable.


Polaris ProjectPolaris -
Polaris is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris protects children, and others, from sex trafficking and forced labor by pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing direct services to trafficking victims. A new grant from Google will support Polaris in linking all existing anti-trafficking hotlines worldwide. We like this organization for its 24-hour US hotline with texting access to assist trafficking victims.


logo Room to ReadRoom to
Room to Read is dedicated to promoting child literacy in the developing world. Depending on the location, R to R provides literacy training, libraries, children's books in local languages, and girls’ education. It works in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia. We like this organization because of its special focus on using local language reading materials.


logo save the childrenSave the Children
Save the Children works in 120 countries to save impoverished, marginalized and vulnerable children who are at risk of or affected by natural disaster, conflicts and ethnic violence. It combats the exploitation and trafficking of children. We like this organization for encouraging donors to change two lives forever: theirs and the life of a sponsored child.


Global Grandmothers Criteria for Charities

Our recommended charities all have a 4 Star rating from Charity Navigator and also meet the criteria of CharityWatch or GuideStar or Wise Giving. These charity watchdogs, listed below with their websites, assess the quality of non-profit organizations based on their transparency to the public and their financial, fundraising, and administrative procedures.

Our recommended charities also appear, and have been filtered through, GreatNonprofits, a social networking website where reviews are posted but no criteria for recommendation have been standardized

In addition, we consult Give Well for the in-depth evaluations of a few charities.

All charities are evaluated annually or as additional information warrants.

We recognize that you may wish to give to charities of your own choice to fulfill your Global Grandmothers pledge and that many charities are too small to be evaluated.  However, we hope that you will review all charities to establish their transparency and effectiveness.  The websites listed above offer good tools for that purpose.  These websites also appear, with more information, on our Resources: Charity Watchdogs page.

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