The Mattel Children's Foundation was established in 1978 and is a separate charitable organization incorporated as a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Since its inception, the Mattel Children's Foundation has focused its strategic grantmaking on one major objective: Improving the lives of children in need. The Mattel Children's Foundation has developed partnerships with exemplary nonprofit partners that demonstrate this ideal through both compassionate outreach to children and strong financial accountability.
Since 1978, the Mattel Children's Foundation has played together with thousands of charitable organizations and positively impacted millions of children. Over the years, the Foundation has funded new technologies, after-school activities, literacy projects, and programs to promote the health of children around the world. We continue that commitment today with programs that include our Signature Partners and international grantmaking activities.
Thirty years ago, the Mattel Children's Foundation was created with a vision of making a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need around the world. The Foundation has funded thousands of organizations during its history and supported millions of children through grants to charitable organizations serving youth. Over the years, the Foundation has funded technology, health care, literacy, girls empowerment, and international programs.
The Mattel Children’s Foundation currently has seven Signature Partners: Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, which served more than 100,000 children last year; Special Olympics, particularly their SO Get Into It school programs and Young Athletes Program involving over 30,000 youth in more than 80 countries over the past eight years; Save the Children, which supports early childhood development in India and Malawi and Early Steps to School Success program in rural communities across the United States; the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) through which over 66,000 toys are donated to most of its 220 member organizations annually; Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF), which granted funds to organizations serving thousands of children impacted by HIV/AIDS, including AIDS orphans.; Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses around the world; and our newest Signature Partner, Playworks, which will ensure underprivileged children have access, tools, and ability to enjoy the benefits of play.