RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people who use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. For 40 years, RESULTS advocates have pushed for support from policymakers on issues like child survival, education, tax policy, and more. Even as the country and the world face unprecedented new threats, these grassroots advocates are showing what’s possible. Learn more below about our advocacy successes over four decades!
In October 1979, I moved to Los Angeles. I was off to get rich as a songwriter so I could have more time to speak to high school students about my passion, world hunger. It didn’t work out that way – but it did work out.
Books, not bullets. That’s the message that 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate and global education activist Malala Yousafzai brought to lawmakers during her very first visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
“Hey Lenny, can you be at the Arlington Courthouse tomorrow?” asked RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris. He had called me from a phone booth in California on his lunch break while substitute teaching. That was the RESULTS office in the early days.
It was late October 2003. Joanne Carter, RESULTS’ global legislative director, had just called me from Washington to ask the impossible. At the last minute, a year of grassroots work to increase funds for the global fight against AIDS was about to go down in flames. At stake was $289 million – enough to save millions of lives.
RESULTS introduces microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus to Congress and the U.S. media. Our advocacy helps pass the Self-Sufficiency for the Poor Act, a $50 million initiative to provide small loans to the world’s poorest families.
Volunteers organize candlelight vigils to pressure leaders at the UN World Summit for Children to help stop preventable child and maternal deaths, reduce child malnutrition, and provide universal access to primary education. More than one million people attend vigils in over 75 countries.
The World Bank agrees to increase the share of its lending targeted to health, education, and other investments to benefit the very poor after RESULTS gathers support from nearly 1,400 members of Congress and parliamentarians around the world.
RESULTS volunteers successfully support Congress to create a special account for global child survival and health programs, expanding these lifesaving efforts and protecting them from future budget cuts. The account receives $300 million of initial funding.
RESULTS Educational Fund convenes the first global Microcredit Summit and then launches a campaign to reach 100 million of the world’s poorest families with small loans and other financial services.
Our volunteers begin advocating for tuberculosis funding to address this major cause and consequence of poverty. At the time, the U.S. is contributing less than $1 million annually to fight TB worldwide.
RESULTS works with Congress to pass a new bill to ensure that half of all microenterprise funding reaches the very poor, mandating better measurement tools so we know if the poorest are benefitting.
RESULTS helps craft critical provisions to eliminate school fees and other barriers to education as part of legislation to protect orphans and vulnerable children in developing countries. The bill becomes U.S. law in November 2005.
RESULTS volunteers secure dozens of cosponsors for the Stop TB Now Act, which is eventually incorporated into the historic Lantos-Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act. The legislation sets bold targets and reinvigorates U.S. support for all three diseases.
RESULTS volunteers successfully pressure the U.S. government to more than double its annual contribution to the Global Partnership for Education to help the poorest countries get all of their kids in school.
The Microcredit Summit Campaign secures its 65th commitment from international organizations and governments to help end extreme poverty, lifting more than 150 million people above the poverty line.
Working with our ACTION partners worldwide, RESULTS Educational Fund helps Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, exceed its global goal of raising $7.5 billion from donor governments and others. The funding will support developing countries to save the lives of more than five million children.
Through 225 meetings with members of Congress and 145 media pieces, RESULTS volunteers play a key role in Congress finally making permanent crucial provisions of pro-work tax credits that raise roughly 16 million people above or closer to the poverty line. This is one of the biggest anti-poverty legislative victories in twenty years.
RESULTS launches the Right to Education Index (RTEI), a groundbreaking global report card that aims to ensure that all people, no matter where they live, are able to enjoy their right to a quality education.
The READ Act was signed into law after years of persistent efforts by RESULTS volunteers and partners around the country. This legislation ensures that U.S. investments in global basic education are having the greatest impact, while also advancing quality education services for children affected by conflict and emergencies.
With Medicaid under dire threat, RESULTS volunteers fought back with more than 250 pieces of media, hundreds of meetings with Congress, and thousands of calls, letters, and emails. Their work paid off — the plan to gut Medicaid failed in the Senate.
From an op-ed in The Washington Post to an intensive storytelling workshop with The Moth in New York City, RESULTS’ Experts on Poverty are raising their voices and influencing policy discussions at the highest levels.
The UN holds its very first high-level meeting on TB after decades of advocacy by RESULTS advocates and partners in the United States and around the world. Global leaders pledge to reach 40 million people with treatment by 2022 and secure $13 billion in annual funding.