Our Funding Principles

Smile Train leverages support by cost sharing with our Treatment Partners and fostering self-sufficiency.

The funding principles that guide our partnerships include a focus solely on programs that provide free treatment to poor children suffering with cleft lip and palate. When it comes to our programs...

We Do:

  • Focus exclusively on programs related to cleft lip and palate.
  • Focus on the poorest countries with the highest incidence of clefts.
  • Support programs that provide free treatment for poor children.
  • Support doctors and hospitals that need financial assistance.
  • Leverage our support by cost sharing with our partners.
  • Foster self-sufficiency in our partners.
  • Closely monitor and manage all of our programs and partners.
  • Require all of our partners to adhere to the highest standards of safety and quality.

We Don't:

  • Pay for treatment for children whose families can afford it.
  • Replace funding, or pay for surgeries that other organizations will pay for (government, insurance, charities, etc.).
  • Support organizations that do not provide safe and high-quality treatment.