About Us


In 1919 Eglantyne Jebb started the Save the Children Fund in response to the starving children in the aftermath of World War I.  By 1920 they had set up The International Save the Children Alliance.  Now this alliance of 29 countries is the world’s largest independent international agency, fighting for children’s rights and delivering immediate aid and lasting improvements to children’s lives in over 120 countries.

In 1932 a group of forward-thinking individuals, inspired by Jebb’s work, established a similar agency in the United States to help the children and families in Appalachia during the Great Depression.  Today in more than 50 countries including the United States, Save the Children USA is transforming children’s lives by providing families and communities with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.

While the programs are diverse, the mission is singular – to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

The International Programs are as follows:

  • Child Protection
  • Education and Child Development
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Livelihoods
  • Emergency

The U.S. Programs are:

  • Early Childhood Development – Early Steps to School Success
  • Literacy Boost
  • C.H.A.N.G.E. (Creating Healthy Active and Nurturing Growing-up Environments) – an after-school program of physical activity, healthy snacks and essential literacy skills
  • Disaster relief

In 2012 Save the Children received the 11th annual four star rating from Charity Navigator (approximately 90% of all funds go directly to the field).


Save the Children Long Island Council was founded in 1988 by Susan Lassen and M.L. Galston in response to a devastating famine in Ethiopia. From the small luncheon party they hosted at the very beginning, the Council has gone on to raise over $3.5 million dollars in the following years, which were distributed to Save the Children programs worldwide. The Council is made up of a Working Board of about 25 volunteers and is aided by a group of Council Partners. We focus locally on fundraising, education and building awareness.

In our most important decision, the board votes on the distribution of funds raised here on Long Island at our annual meeting in September.  With the advice and guidance of the national organization, we allocate funding to the Save the Children programs that are in most need each year.  In fiscal year 2011, the average of donations used directly for program services was 90%.


Save the Children Long Island Council is a volunteer group committed to supporting the work of the national organization, whose mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.  The Council promotes the work of Save the Children through fund-raising, education, experience-based advocacy and the development of public awareness.

Save the Children Long Island Council
Working Board 2016-2017
Susan Futter, President

 Mary Jo Balkind · Lisa Broadbent · Trudy Calabrese
· Fran Conte ·Sumati Vij Dhablania · Connie Goldman
Rosemarie Goldman · Deborah Hauser · Lori Homer
· Margaret H. Howe · Linda Kennedy · Marilyn McDermott
· Maud Robertson · Jennifer Schumacher · Abby Sheeline
· Mary Tittmann · Elizabeth V. S. Townsend ·Arlene Vermylen
·Maggie Viklund · Judy Woods

Honorary Board
Sabine Blohm · Peter H. Blohm  ·  Pien and Hans Bosch
Frances Gates · Cynthia Jay · Mary Lindsay
Robert Osterhus · William S. Robertson
Grace and Bruce Stillman  ·  Judy and Pat Woods