Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children. Save the Children works in around 120 countries to achieve breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Up until 2009, it operated as a loose alliance of 29 member organizations, each of which raised funds and managed programs both domestically and internationally. In a process moderated by BCG, the leaders of the organization decided greater integration and centrally coordinated international programming was essential to increase Save the Children’s impact and give it a stronger voice and broader expertise to serve children better.
BCG then collaborated with Save the Children on an ambitious three-year transformation program designed to meet these objectives. Project goals included the merging of international operations into a single delivery channel, designing a new integrated organizational structure, creating a project management office (PMO) to foster unified activities, and enabling a change and monitoring process. The PMO was especially important because it provided “big picture” oversight to ensure stakeholders kept overall mission goals in mind.