Letter from the Board Chair and Executive Director
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.
We sat down with Shams Al-Badry, a RESULTS volunteer in Lincoln, Nebraska, during the 2018 RESULTS International Conference to talk about how she’s evolved as an advocate and why she’s so committed to her work with RESULTS.
“We’re going to keep showing up, keep calling, keep writing, and keep seizing every opportunity to make our voices heard. We’re going to hold our elected officials accountable, today and every day.”
November 14, 2018
A LOOK BACK AT 2018
media pieces published
meetings with congressional offices
RESULTS volunteers are now raising their voices in all 50 states
Standing up for SNAP
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.
Reversing proposed cuts to global anti-poverty programs
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.
You helped secure the biggest ever global investment in education
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.
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.
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 over400 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.
‘No one should ever have to choose between feeding their family and staying in this country.’
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.
‘Every child deserves a chance to grow up healthy’
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.
"You voted. What's next?"
After the midterm elections, advocates from more than 100 cities across the country joined the RESULTS movement.
What your advocacy made possible in 2018
dollar increase in U.S. funding for tuberculosis
meals protected in bipartisan farm bill
dollars pledged by donors to the Global Partnership for Education
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!