In 1945, as the world began to heal from the devastation of World War II, an inspired group of Americans sought to alleviate suffering.
In the end, more than 100 million CARE Packages were delivered to families in need across Europe.
Seven decades on, their simple idea has evolved from a surplus package of U.S. Army rations to a global mission to uplift women and girls and ultimately eradicate poverty in every corner of the earth.
In May 2021, CARE marks its 75th anniversary.
On this exciting occasion, we invite our supporters, our partners, global leaders, elected officials, and you to join us as we reinvigorate our commitment to changing the world.
We have learned a few simple truths along the way: that women invest in their families and communities; that when disaster strikes, women and girls suffer most; and that when we give women access to dignified work, education, and proper healthcare, we give them the power to lift themselves, their families and their entire communities out of poverty.
Over the last 75 years CARE has adapted our mission and our techniques, and we plan to do it again as we address the most pressing issues of the future.
At this important moment for CARE—and for the world—we hope you will consider joining us. Your voice and your support will help us celebrate 75 years of fighting poverty worldwide and also prepare for the fight ahead.
Join our new national circle of 75 committed philanthropists who will support CARE’s vision of a world free from extreme poverty by sharing their expertise and investing in CARE’s future.
Join a nationwide network of committees that create a unified force to lead and energize our community around a shared vision of investing in women and girls as a force for change.
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CARE’s 75-Year History: A Timeline
See the highlights below, or view the full timeline.