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Every day, Sesame Workshop and the Sesame Street Muppets are helping children grow smarter, stronger and kinder — especially during the most challenging times.

And we do it through your support.



Frequently Asked Questions


What is Sesame Workshop?

We are a nonprofit providing children around the world with access to life-changing early education, critical health lessons and helpful tools for tough situations. And joy. Lots of joy.



How are Sesame Workshop and Sesame Street related?


Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit behind Sesame Street and so much more. What began as a simple yet revolutionary idea in 1969—to teach kids through television—has grown into a global phenomenon, reaching more than 150 countries and delivering proven early education to kids and families around the world.  While we receive some of our funding from other sources,  much of our work depends on the generosity of individual donors like you!


Are my donations tax-deductible?


Yes! Sesame Workshop is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charity under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive a receipt by email if you give online; all other gifts will receive a receipt by mail.

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Donations are one of our largest funding sources. Individual gifts are critical to powering our work.

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Vulnerable Children

Sesame Workshop is on a mission to reach young children in a way no one else can: with the proven power of the Sesame Street Muppets.

Right now, children around the world are facing some pretty serious challenges to reaching their full potential. Half of the world’s refugees are children. 1 in 4 children in the U.S. are growing up in poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for families everywhere.

Sesame Workshop is doing everything we can to meet children’s needs in more than 150 countries. Your support helps us reach millions of children with vital lessons on screens, in classrooms, in communities—using unforgettable characters to bring joyful learning into children’s lives.

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15% of Funding from Licensing
49% of Funding from Distribution Fees & Royalties
36% of Funding from Philanthropic Support

Generations of children in the U.S. have grown up on Sesame Street. We’ve built on this legacy with locally produced versions for children in Latin America, the Middle East, Afghanistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, and beyond.

Together with partners, we're implementing the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, reaching millions of children in the Middle East with early education, nurturing care, playful learning — and a brand-new Arabic-language version of Sesame Street.

Refugee Response

Autism Acceptance

Sesame Workshop offers free bilingual tools and tips to help families of children with autism manage common challenges, simplify everyday activities, and grow connections with their and support from communities. Julia, a 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism, is also helping build understanding and acceptance of autistic children.

COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted life for families everywhere. We're providing free resources to help children adapt to new routines, manage big emotions, and build healthy habits.

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