RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people who use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. See what you made possible in 2018.
The start of 2018 brought with it a White House budget proposal that again slashed funding for global poverty programs. A few months later, a new bill moving through Congress threatened to take away food assistance from two million low-income people across the country.
Our advocates were undaunted. Because that’s the difference with grassroots advocates: pundits may attempt to predict the future, but advocates get out and shape it.
By year end, the U.S. actually increased funding for key global poverty programs. Congress came together in a bipartisan way to protect food assistance and children’s health insurance for low-income Americans. World leaders committed to reaching 40 million people with lifesaving treatment for tuberculosis, a global disease of poverty. And much more.
Passionate, committed volunteer advocates remain the heart of RESULTS. Even as the country and the world face unprecedented new threats, these grassroots advocates are showing what’s possible. They’re doing it with their courage, their persistence, and their commitment to working across the political spectrum toward the end of poverty.
As New York Times columnist David Bornstein put it, “If you’re looking to bolster participatory democracy in the United States today, you’d be hard-pressed to find better guidance than the experiences of RESULTS volunteers.”
Thank you for your support to make all of it possible.
Dr. Joanne Carter
Kul Chandra Gautam
When SNAP (formerly food stamps) was threatened, you pushed back with countless calls, letters, and more than 260 pieces of media. Your persistence paid off: in December 2018, Congress passed a bipartisan farm bill that protects SNAP. The difference between the proposed cuts and the final bill is a difference of more than 9 billion meals for low-income people across the country.
“It’s time to break the destructive narrative around SNAP and other assistance programs. But to do that, we need to step back and examine our own assumptions about those living in poverty. We need to reject patronizing, counterproductive policies that don’t help anyone work or live.” – RESULTS Expert on Poverty Clara Moore (left) in a CNN op-ed.
When the White House proposed severe cuts to global anti-poverty programs for a second consecutive year, you once again fought back. After months of dogged advocacy, Congress reversed the extreme cuts and even increased funding for some programs.
After a sustained campaign by RESULTS advocates across the globe, world leaders gathered in Senegal and made the biggest ever global commitment to fund education. Low-income and conflict-affected countries pledged a majority of the funds, with donor countries pledging an additional $2.3 billion to the Global Partnership for Education over three years. Meanwhile, Congress made the biggest-ever annual contribution to the Global Partnership, building on years of advocacy.
You kicked off 2018 by writing hundreds of letters and personally delivering them to members of Congress as part of our #LettersGetLOUD campaign.
Some of you were inspired to get creative. In Omaha, longtime RESULTS volunteer Frances Moore decided to forgo a typical gathering with cake and presents for her 75th birthday. Instead, she threw a “purposeful party” at her church to support #LettersGetLOUD. Her guests ended up generating over 400 letters asking their members of Congress to protect funding for critical anti-poverty programs around the world. Then, another volunteer with the RESULTS Omaha group hand-delivered the letters to their senators and representatives during a trip to Washington, DC.
All across the country — from Omaha to Miami to Houston — you mobilized your communities in the fight against poverty, expanded the RESULTS movement, and built powerful new relationships with members of Congress.
Together with ACTION partners around the world, you have spent years demanding bold action on tuberculosis, the world’s biggest infectious killer. In September 2018, your efforts culminated in the first-ever high-level UN meeting on TB, where world leaders committed to reaching 40 million people with treatment by 2022. Meanwhile, leaders in the House and Senate responded to your calls to increase funding for tuberculosis by more than $40 million.
When the Trump administration proposed a rule that would deny permanent residency to immigrants who receive federal assistance, you spoke out. In addition to leaving official comments against the rule, you published more than 50 letters in newspapers across the country, from Montana to Pennsylvania to New Mexico.
In early 2018, funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program — which covers nearly nine million kids and pregnant women at low or no cost — hung in the balance. It was a situation that directly impacted Kali Dougherty (right), a RESULTS volunteer and Expert on Poverty.
“Parents shouldn’t be forced into debt or bankruptcy just so their kids can get the care they need. No child should go without care simply because it’s too expensive. And families shouldn’t be left in agonizing limbo, not knowing if a child’s life-saving treatment or medication will continue to be covered,” Kali wrote in a call to action.
So when CHIP was in danger, together with RESULTS advocates and partners across the country, Kali insisted that Congress take immediate action. A short time later, they did, and CHIP was fully reauthorized for another five years.
Thank you to our donors, volunteers, and supporters for making the stories in this report possible. By investing in RESULTS advocacy, you have a huge, out-sized impact. Every $1 you donate drives at least $100 in U.S. funding to fight poverty. You are making the end of poverty a reality!
Pankaj Agarwal and Sapna Mahwal
David and Katie Bodnick
Gordon Irlam and Manjula Jonnalagadda
Ellen Kempler and Ken Rosen
Kathleen H Close (Leader for Action)
Nick Craig (Leader for Action)
Roger L. Hudson (Leader for Action)
Alan and Ellen Newberg
Ken and Linda Schatz (Leader for Action)
Fred and Courtney Steves
Roxanne and Ward Allen
Debbie and Hank Baskin
Paul and Kathy Brindle
Joanne Carter and Geoffrey Barron
Anne and Garry Child
John and Mary Hornby (Leader for Action)
Paul Hornick and Peggy Harvey
Martha Karnopp and James Chaput
Oscar Lanzi III
Mary Martin (Leader for Action)
Lynne and Samual Patalano
Lydia and Robert Pendley
S. Rees and J. Winge
Rich and Reba Renner
Bob and Barbara Sample
Anna and Mark Amarandos
Steve Andre and Diana Fertsch
Judy and Jim Arbogast (Leader for Action)
Steve Arnold and Veda Stanfield
S. Ashish Bali
Susan and John Beckett
Phyllis Behlen and Benjamin Matthews
Julia M. Bolz
Ronald Borovec and Rochelle Goldberg
Ted and Patricia Bruno
Len and Phyllis Chorazy
Bill and Paula Clapp
Andy and Susan Clarke
Mark Coats and Peggy Stoll
Alexander Counts and Emily Wainwright
Nancy and Tom Daly
Don and Nancy Daniels
Karen and Bruce Davidson
Patricia L. Dombrink
Peter and Sharon Fiekowsky
Jim Ford and Melinda Lightsey-Ford
Leon and Doris Galloway III
Kul Chandra Gautam
Mea Geizhals and Charles Plummer
Karen and Anton Gielen
Edgar Greville and Elaine Shell
Charles Gust and Lisa Lewis
Jim and Linda Hargrove
Robert Heyl and Margaret Minogue-Heyl
John and Patricia Kennish
Jan and Joy Linn
Bill and Maud Lipscomb
Ivan and Marian Lyddon
Keith and Dianne Marsden
Eric McCallum and Robin Smith
Bill and Tari Nicholson
Carolyn Prouty (Leader for Action)
Anita Rose and Neal Perrine
Amy Rossman and Christian Feuillet
Steven and Katya Scordino
Jerline and Alan Searle
Rick and Marcie Sexauer
Joan Shook and Jeffrey Starke
Jillian Barron and Jonas Simonis
Anne and Tom Singley
Richard A. Smiley
Margaret and Colin Smith
James and Melinda Stephenson
Peter Stoel and Karen Josephson (Leader for Action)
Manisha and Gagan Toor
Cynthia Tschampl and Kimball Halsey
Marty and Madeline White
Paul and Beth Wilson
The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Becton, Dickinson and Company
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Carl Victor Page Memorial Fund
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI)
Eleanor Crook Foundation
Francis Beidler Foundation
Friends of the Global Fight
The Gordon R Irlam Charitable Foundation
Golden & Cohen
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg, & Eisenberg, LLP
Hawkins Family Fund
Keating Family Foundation
Maximilian Kolbe Secular Franciscan Fraternity
MD Close Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Raptim Humanitarian Travel
Rise Against Hunger
The Seattle Foundation
Share Our Strength
Singing for Change Charitable Foundation Inc.
Six Half Dozen
Stop TB Partnership
Wallace Genetic Foundation
The Williams Family Trust
FY2018 Total Budget: $11,565,919
Former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
Executive Director, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund
Founder, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund
Issues Committee Chair
Executive Director, Fund for Global Health
Grassroots Board Member
Finance and Audit Committee Chair
President, The Rhythm of Business
Secretary, Grassroots Board Member
Grassroots Board Member
Grassroots Board Member
Grassroots Board Member
Managing Director, ReCubed Consulting
Fundraising Committee Chair
Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children’s Defense Fund
Professor Muhammad Yunus
Founder, Grameen Bank
Adviser and Consultant
All Board members are independent, voting members except for our executive director, Joanne Carter, a non-voting member and employee of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund.