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2023 Annual Impact Report

A better world for children, whatever it takes.

Joyful learning that enriches minds and expands hearts. Enduring support that empowers families to thrive through the toughest challenges. Look back at the difference we made this year for children around the globe — with support from friends like you.

Our Mission in Action

We continue advancing our mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. See highlights of our work in action.

Emotional Well-Being

When families reported a worrying rise in mental health distress among young children, Sesame responded. This spring we launched new content and resources that equip caregivers to support children as they work through big feelings and cope with challenges. Our approach spans the spectrum of emotional well-being, whether children are thriving, experiencing distress, or somewhere in between.

Elmo’s Mindfulness Spectacular
Our YouTube special, Elmo’s Mindfulness Spectacular, premiered in May and has been viewed 8.4 million times and counting. It’s part of our effort to nurture children’s emotional well-being for years to come.
The most trusted
Parents and providers say Sesame Street is the most trusted children’s media brand to cover mental health topics.
(Children’s Mental Health Well-being Survey Analysis, August 2022)

Crisis Response

This year we expanded our support for children enduring the traumas of war and displacement. Now at work in Ukraine, Bangladesh, Latin America, and the Middle East, Sesame is bringing hope and early learning to families at all points in their journey, from crisis zones to migrant routes to resettlement communities.

A teacher in a classroom with students.
108 Million+
people around the world have been forcibly displaced due to conflict or crisis. 40% are children. (UNHCR, Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2022, 2023)
150+ Teachers Trained
in Ukraine to integrate Sesame’s early learning content into their lessons, with 95% showing a high level of satisfaction and receptibility. (UCBI III Grantee Progress Report, March 11-April 10th, 2023)
Two kids watching Ahlan SimSim on tv.
One Year in 11 Weeks
Where in-person schooling isn’t possible because of war or displacement, remote preschool has proven to be a remarkably effective alternative. Research shows that Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee’s 11-week remote preschool program in Lebanon provides learning comparable to an entire year of in-person preschool.
(NYU Global Ties for Children, 2023)

The Global Sesame Effect

Our famous combination of media and Muppets continues to fuel our impact, creating heartfelt connections that reverberate around the globe. Today Elmo, Big Bird, and beloved characters tailored to local needs reach more families than ever before.

Even as millions see our programs on broadcast channels worldwide, we’re also evolving with the media landscape. From YouTube Kids to WhatsApp Chatbots, we’re delivering educational content in innovative ways that meet kids and parents where they are and deepen a sense of belonging that spans generations.

A parent holds their child and hugs Abby Cadabby
“It’s amazing to pass on a show that you watched as a child to your children as well. One of the greatest things is having that common connection.”
– Father, NYC
Group photo of four Muppets from Ahlan Simsim smiling and posing together amongst historic ruins.
27 Million+
children viewed Ahlan Simsim across the Middle East and North Africa region, part of a broader humanitarian program that provides early learning and nurturing care to families affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.

Supporters & Partners

Visionary partners power our mission to help children grow stronger, smarter and kinder. Thanks to their financial and strategic support, Sesame Workshop is reaching more families, educators, and community providers today than ever in our history.

Partners In Impact

Partners In Impact

Meet some of the visionary organizations helping to power our work around the world, with life-changing impact.

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Quest Diagnostics

With support from Quest’s pioneering Health Equity initiative, Sesame Workshop is tackling systemic health barriers that affect family well-being across generations. Our collaboration includes bilingual resources and culturally-relevant programs that ensure all families—regardless of zip code, income, or skin color—build healthy practices for life.

Woman reading to a child.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

This year the Hilton Foundation awarded Sesame Workshop $6 million to build on our ongoing collaborations with Hilton to support refugee and migrant-hosting communities. An investment in inclusion and belonging worldwide, their generous support is helping us foster social cohesion in communities around the world transformed by resettlement.

Children and providers in a classroom.

MetLife Foundation

For over a decade, we’ve partnered with MetLife Foundation to prioritize financial empowerment for families early on. Now at work in communities from Latin America to China, this work is equipping children and adults with proven strategies for saving and planning, a basis for lifelong financial health.

Students watching Sesame Street inn a classroom.

USAID + Department of State

To uplift children and families affected by the war in Ukraine, the U.S. Agency for International Development is supporting our efforts to deliver localized Sesame Street content designed for specific challenges. Our new videos and resources for teachers help these children process the trauma they’re experiencing and look forward with hope.

Funding Supports $25,000-$1,000,000+


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Just Play Cares 

LEGO Foundation

MacArthur Foundation

New York Community Trust

New York Life Foundation

Peter G. Peterson Foundation

U.S. Agency for International Development

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of State

World Vision, Inc.

Just Play



PNC Foundation


U.S. Department of Defense

$250,000 – $499,999


Bank of America

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Jones/Davis Family 

PSEG Foundation

$100,000 – $249,999

American Greetings


Califia Farms

Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin

Christy and John Mack

Ogden Cap Properties

Pfizer Inc.


Diane Sawyer

SBI Life & SBI Foundation

Ann and Andrew Tisch

U.S. Administration for Children and Families

United Airlines


$50,000 – $99,999

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Gary and Lori Cohen Charitable Fund


Carla Harris

Lego Group

Jenna Mack

Anne and Vincent Mai

MetLife Foundation


New York-Presbyterian Hospital

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Tishman Speyer

Sherrie and David Westin

Windy Investments Pvt. Ltd.

$25,000 – $49,999


Afsaneh Beschloss

Bloomberg L.P.

Jennifer and Shawn T. Carolan

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Delaware River Solar

Vanessa and Lee Eastman

Kathy and Henry Elsesser

Goldman Sachs Gives

Myrna Katz Greenberg and Stephen Greenberg

The Marc Haas Foundation/Sydney and Stanley S. Shuman

Jacqueline and Frans Hijkoop

IIFL Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Kaufman Astoria Studios

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Macy’s Branded Entertainment

Michael and Elizabeth Manasse

Janet and Tom Montag

Rattner Family Foundation, Inc.

Miriam Rivera

Gabrielle Sulzberger

Anita Tandon and Sujit Chakravarthy


UnitedHealth Group

Virtual Running Club

Warner Bros. Discovery

Weiss Family Foundation

Mrs Wordsmith

Sarah and Stephen Youngwood

Funding Supports $500-$24,999

$15,000 – $24,999

The Briar Foundation

The Ford Foundation

Jane D. Hartley and Ralph Schlosstein

W. K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Fund/ Ruth Cox and Milton Chen

L&T Infotech

The Lindley Foundation

Partners Capital Investment Group

Rohan Rai

$7,500 – $14,999

Mariam and Zaid Alsikafi

Apple TV+

Kenneth Cole

Cheryl and Blair Effron

First Republic Foundation

Friedman Kaplan Seiler Adelman & Robbins LLP

Dolores and Tommy Gahan

Glancy, Prongay, & Murray

Guru Animation Studio

Robert Hasday


Hogan Lovells LLP

Iger Bay Foundation

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett

JPMorgan Chase & Co

Margo and Jimmy Nederlander

Tara and Michael Peterson

Blair Powers

John Pritzker Family Fund

John and Sarah Richardson


The Travelers Companies, Inc.

David Wardrop

Ellen A. Wartella

Leslie K. Williams and

James A. Attwood, Jr.

Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation

Mary and Jeffrey Zients

$2,500 – $7,499



Kriti Bansal

Willow Bay and Bob Iger

Beaches Resorts

Andi and Tom Bernstein

Susan Berry and Brian Moynihan

Barbara Breen and Joseph Salvo

Burke Family Foundation

Anna Cathcart

Centric Brands

Kenneth Chenault

Corporate Synergies Group

David and Maureen Cote

Katie Couric

Paul Dimitruk

Disguise, Inc.

Jennifer Dorr

Jodie Eastman

Irene Hong Edwards and William Edwards

Zita Ezpeleta and Kewsong Lee

Erin and Peter Friedland


Hilary and Bryant Gumbel

Maryanne and James Gutknecht

Suzanne and Phillip C. Handal


Lisa Henricksson and Jim Kelly

Jane Henson Foundation

Rachel Hines and Michael Cembalest

Paul Hinton

Judy Honig and Stephen Robb

Meredith Jenkins

Amy Jordan

Grace Koo

Carl Kuehner

Deborah and Peter Lamm

Kim Larson and Gary Knell

Lerner Publishing Group

Little Sleepies

Federica Marchionni

The Markle Foundation

Ross Martin

Christiane McCloud

Carolyn McMicken and Michael Shoemaker

Audrey and Danny Meyer


Jamnah Morton & Trevor Marshall

Milind Nerurkar

Paul Otto

Alexis and Ed Pappas

The Clifford and Hazel Pash Charitable Fund

Sallyan and Stephen Pelletier

Deborah Quazzo

Random House Children’s Books

Debbie and Rick Rieder

Florence Ann Romano and The Agape Foundation

Cathy Russell and Tom Donilon

Peter and Susan Solomon Family Foundation

Woodie Stevenson

Adam Stewart


Carolyn Tastad and Robert Young Family Foundation

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

The Trees Family

Rebecca Turk,  Augment Therapy Inc.

Cathy Valeriano


Dr. Teresa Waner and Milton Waner

Emily Youngblom

$1,000 – $2,499

Katie Albright and Jake Schatz

Nikolaus Belling

Katie and J.R. Berger

Lisa and Jeff Bewkes

Carolyn Boitnott

Susan and Wes Bowen

Margaret Boyden

Sheri Bronstein

Laura Brown

Sally and Ronald S. Burns 

Dwight and Toni Bush

Sondra Campbell

Joanne Chan

Juju Chang and Neal Shapiro

Nichole Charfoos

Susan C. and Edward J. Ciolkosz

Jill and Dan Ciporin

Richard Cochran

Tracy and Adam Collins

Courtney Coombs

Maria Cuomo and Kenneth Cole

Nicole and Paul Dunoguez

Juanita Evans

Karen Falk and Michael Goldman

Anne-Laure and Laurent Faracci

Regina Ferguson

Kaitlin Fink

Douglas Golann

Brett Goldstein

Kevin Gore

Lance Gotko

Cynthia Hampton

Dr. Zachary Herrmann

Miranda and Philip Kaiser

Sheila Kelly

Kiki Kennedy

Dr. Rebecca Kurth

Marianne Lake

Andrea and Jeffrey Lomasky

Carey Lowell

Connie and Bob Lurie

Samantha and John-Claude Saltiel

Kelley McCormick

Juliane and John McDermott

Jacquelyn and John McElhaney

Mike Mcmanus

Sophia Mills

Martha Minow

Sean Moran

Srikanth Nallamothu

Christopher Neylan

Rebecca Ng

Sanford Nusbaum

Zachary Oden

Bruce Phillips

Dr. Ryan Pirooz


Dr. Kyle Pruett

Deborah Roberts

Brett Robinson

Nancy Rubin

David Saffold

Edward Siciliano

Silda Wall Spitzer

Geoffrey Stirling

Jason Tomita

Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen

Lynn and John Vottero

Kathy Calvin

Virginia Weisz

Alison Wood

Lee and Robert Woodruff

CPP Associates

Gil Shiva

$500 – $999

The Frances and Benjamin Benenson Foundation

Heart Sing Foundation

Nancy Alliegro

Megan Antoncich

Judith and Alan Applebaum

Colleen Begley

Martha Bicknell

Laura Blasi

Joseph Bogusky

Jonathan Bray

Matthew Brennan

Lisa Burke

Mark Butler

Sal Cataldo

Victor Chan

Grace Petersen Colby

Alexis Cole

Del Conkright

Elena Haase Cox

Sue Cushman and David V. Britt

Tracey Daniel

Stephen Dilts

Lindsay Diokno

Christie Doak

Elizabeth Donley

Maura Edmonds

Rebecca Evans

Prentiss Feagles

Lauren Fenenbock

Karen Flitterman

Tessa Sage Flores

Leigh Gallagher

Virginia Gibson


Janice Green

Harold Gronenthal

Handler Family

Dana Hansen

Dr. Arian Hatefi

Allison Hickey

Brett Hickey

Ann Van Hine

Beatrice Hines

Jane Hitchcock and Jim Hoagland

Ilana Horwitz

Crystal Hudak

Linda and Morton Janklow

Gabriela Janssen

Friend Jones

Jenny Kane

Lynn Kataoka

Courtney Kenneally

Anna Kurtz

Janet Kutner

Dr. James Leckman

Leslie Lee

Kim Letter

The Loesch Family Trust

Raven Lok

Vivian Lynn

Melanie Marshall

Michel Martin

Marie Maynard

Jennifer McClear

Kimberly Mccleskey

Melinda Eaton

Jennifer and Janet Merriam

Mark Middleton

Jennifer and Steven Millman

Angela Montuori

Briana Murray

Deborah Neimeth

Steve Nelson

Joanne Newcomb

Nancy and John Novogrod

Julie O’Connor and Daniel Burstein

Alice Oestreich

Herbie Ong

Mike O’Reilly

Gary Pasquaretto

Floyd Pence

Wendy Pincus

Angela Powel

Erin Prest

Stephen Prest

Stephen Propst

Siobhan Rausch

Judith Remondi

Carmen Rexach

Bill Ritter

Timothy Robert

Natasha Lance Rogoff

Rochelle Rojas

Jennifer Rusk

Pamela Ryckman

Patricia and Tom Sanders

Ken Scarborough

Larkin A. and Daniel Schmidt

Jeremy Seider

Jennifer Seloover

Lori Semeraro

Angela Sharp

Nora Shepard

Stuart Smith

Jaclyn Solomon

Deborah Tilley

Brian Tillman

Wendy Vanderzee

Ashley Venetos

Lela Vickery

Wendy Walker

Jean Weinberg

Susan Weiss-Shannon

Dee White

Debbie Wilhelm

Joy Williams

Scott Willie

Heather Wims

Nola Winterbell

Kenton Wood

Carole Wright

Lauren Wyckoff

Juliette Zener and David Fairman

The Count waving
83 Cents of Every Dollar
Sesame Workshop has a proven track record of using donations efficiently and effectively — with 83 cents of every dollar going directly to our programs that help children learn and grow.
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Financials at a Glance
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