Mattel Children's Foundation
Mattel is making a difference in the lives of children in all countries where we have operations and in many of the 150 countries in which Mattel sells its product. In 2006, the Mattel Children's Foundation launched its International Grants Program, representing the first time that the Foundation granted funds outside of the U.S. In 2007, charitable organizations serving children in 38 countries received grants of $25,000 or more each to make a difference in the lives of children globally. Here is the list of 46 international charitable organizations which received funds through the Mattel Children's Foundation International Grants Program in 2007:

Argentina  Aldeas Infantiles SOS Argentina
Australia  Make A Wish Australia
Austria  University of Vienna, Department of Juvenile Medicine
Belgium  Samen - Stap voor Stap (Little Ships’ Boys Program)
Brazil  Casa da Paz (House of Peace)
Canada  Special Olympics Canada
Chile  Aldeas Infantiles SOS Chile
China  Guangdong Charity Federation
China-Shanghai  Luwan School for Children with Special Needs
Colombia  Fundamor (Foundation to Give Love)
Costa Rica  Hospicio Para Huerfanos de Costa Rica
Czech Republic  Tereza Maxova Foundation
Denmark  Art of Living
Finland  SOS Children’s Village
France  Magie a l’hopital (Magic at the Hospital)
France  Make-A-Wish France
Germany  Interessengemeinschaft fuer Behinderte
Greece  Make-A-Wish Greece
Hong Kong  Hans Andersen Club (HAC)
Hong Kong  Tuen Mun Yuk Chi Resource Center Ltd. (TMYC)
Hungary  Együtt a Leukémiás Gyermekekért Alapítvány (Together for Children with Leukemia)
India  Impact India Foundation
Indonesia  Yayasan Sarana Pengembangan Kota – Cikarang (City Development Foundation of Cikarang)
Italy  VIP ViviamoInPositivo ITALIA ONLUS
Japan  Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation
Malaysia  Community AIDS Service Penang
Mexico  Fraternidad sin Fronteras Foundation (Brotherhood Without Borders)
Mexico  San Judas Tadeo Foundation
Mexico  Boys and Girls Club of Mexico
Netherlands  Stichting: Hulp...met elkaar, voor elkaar.. (Help with each other, for each other)
Netherlands  Stichting Sinterklaas Bestaat
New Zealand  Starship Foundation
Norway  Red Cross of Norway
Poland  Fundacja Spelnionych Marzen (Fulfilled Dreams Fund)
Portugal  Associacao das Aldejas de Criancas SOS Portugal
Russia  Nastenka Foundation for Children with Cancer
South Africa  Noah (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity)
Spain  IRES, Institut de Reinserció Social
Sweden  World Childhood Foundation
Switzerland  Children’s Ward of the Public Hospital in Bern
Switzerland  Make-A-Wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Thailand  Chankajorn Promotion and Production House – My School
Turkey  Association for the Support of Contemporary Living
Venezuela  Association Civil Hogar Bambi Venezuela
United Kingdom  Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust
International  Make-A-Wish International

If you have been asked by a Mattel international subsidiary to apply for the Mattel Children's Foundation International Grants Program, please click here.

Mattel subsidiaries and employee around the work are involved in their communities every day to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children. Here are just a few examples:

The Americas
In 1996, Mattel Mabamex, the Mattel manufacturing facility in Tijuana, created a golf tournament to sponsor the California Children's Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. The hospital is the only one of its kind in the entire Baja region of Mexico.  In the past five years, this tournament has become one of the most successful golf tournaments in Mexico, raising more than $5 million. These efforts have taken the hospital from a small clinic to a large, modern facility offering comprehensive medical and therapeutic services.

In Monterrey, Mexico, local Mattel manufacturing plant, Montoi, worked with the local Mayor to open the first every computer learning center in the region.  Designed to primarily help children with learning disabilities, the center also partners with local elementary schools.

Europe / UK
Mattel UK has donated more than $150,000 to Oxford Children’s Hospital, a facility that is known for its groundbreaking research work in all areas of children’s care.  Mattel employees also give personally through local fundraisers and volunteer efforts, from painting patient rooms to cleaning the hallways.  Mattel France donated more than $100,000 to the local Red Cross to support community children’s programs throughout the country. 

Toy donations also make up a large part of the philanthropic work of Mattel in Europe.  Mattel distribution centers in Europe together shipped 10 truckloads of toys to orphaned children living in group settings in Turkey.  Working with the government, Mattel was able to place the toys directly with children most in need.

Asia Pacific

For four  years, Mattel has been a major sponsor of “Kids Day,” an initiative of the Australian Toy Association.  For one week in June, participating toy retailers donate five percent of their profits to selected children’s charities throughout Australia.

Launched in November of 2002, Mattel’s BASIC (Build a School in China) program builds and renovates schools in some of the poorest rural communities in China’s interior provinces, where children might otherwise not have access to educational opportunities.  As a first step, Mattel identified the need for seven schools that will serve more than 700 children.  Four schools have been completed and three are currently in the construction phase, with more locations expected to be added in the future.  But the assistance doesn’t stop once the structure has been built.  Mattel also helps fund books, furniture and fixtures as needed.

Mattel Malaysia supports the pediatric oncology ward of Penang General Hospital through its toy donation program and other inkind and financial support.  Employees worked tirelessly to transform the hospital playroom into a toy “fantasyland” full of toys and books for children of all ages. 

As a result of disconcerting data from employee health checkups and visits to surrounding villages, Mattel Indonesia began work on transforming the quality of local health and education. By implementing the nation's largest managed healthcare program, Mattel provides access to medical care for almost 14,000 employees and their dependents, as well as community members. Now available to these employees and others in need are vaccinations for endemic diseases such as hepatitis B, typhoid, and tuberculosis, life-saving treatment for those infected with these diseases and corrective surgery for children with birth defects.