Annual Report 2019

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 in 2019 – and over the past four decades!

Our Structure

Our Structure

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed, everyday people. Together we use our voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty.

Our Work

Our Work

Since 1980, RESULTS advocates have helped pass groundbreaking legislation and secure billions of dollars in funding to address poverty.

Our Campaigns

Our Campaigns

We work to advance health, education, and economic opportunity for all in the U.S. and globally.

Letter from the Board Chair and Executive Director


Dear friends,

Forty years ago, a dozen people gathered in a Los Angeles living room to write letters to Congress about poverty. They didn’t know that it would grow into a national and global advocacy network changing policies and unlocking tens of billions of dollars in government funding toward ending poverty. They didn’t know yet that they were launching RESULTS.

But the group of everyday people who gathered all those years ago believed a better world was possible and necessary. And they were ready to take action and use their voices to make that better world a reality.

Passionate, committed everyday people remain the heart of RESULTS, and their power to move policymakers into action remains the driver of our impact.

In 2019, these advocates launched a new campaign to tackle the U.S. affordable housing crisis. They secured a landmark investment in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, supporting this international partnership to save 16 million lives. They worked with Congress to stop devastating budget cuts from the White House and instead boosted federal funding for rental assistance, global education, ending the epidemic of tuberculosis, and more.

You’ll see more about those victories and about 40 years of impact in this report—how RESULTS’ advocacy parlayed modest sums of philanthropic support into tens billions of dollars of U.S. investment and more equitable policies.

But as we mark our anniversary as an organization, the job is far from finished. The United States is finally reckoning with centuries of systemic racism, and the global community is facing a pandemic that’s only widening the inequalities that have long existed. The most important part of our history is still in front of us.

These big challenges today require our biggest possible vision—and the action to match. We’re committed to ending poverty, tackling systemic oppression, and creating a more equitable and just world. We’re grateful for everything that our community of donors, advocates, allies and partners do to make it possible.


Kul Chandra Gautam

Board Chair

Dr. Joanne Carter
Executive Director

Joanne signature

40th Anniversary


Thank you to our donors, volunteers, and supporters for making the stories in this report possible. By investing in RESULTS advocacy, you have an enormous 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!

Below we recognize some of the donors who have been with us over the last 40 years as well as many of those who supported our work in 2019.

Lifetime Giving

Thank you to our donors listed below whose generous, cumulative giving over the past 40 years has exceeded $100,000.



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




Children’s Investment Fund Foundation



Gordon Irlam and Manjula Jonnalagadda and The Gordon R Irlam Charitable Foundation

Johnson & Johnson

Open Society Foundations

Marshall+ and Pam Saunders




David Bodnick

Citi Foundation

Peter and Sharon Fiekowsky

Ford Foundation

Mary Martin and Roger L. Hudson




Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional

AGFUND – Arab Gulf Program

The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Capital for Good USA

Carl Page

Eli Lilly and Company

Charles Gust and Lisa Lewis

H.T. Loevinsohn and Family

MasterCard Foundation

Nick & Debra Schatzki

Summit Foundation



Academy for Educational Development

Pankaj Agarwal and Sapna Mahwal

Roxanne and Kip Allen

The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Bill and Paula Clapp

Kathleen H. Close

Corporate Donor

Nick Craig

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Deutsche Bank

Robert Dickerson, II+

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI)

John and Polly Ely+

Friedman Family Foundation

Galloway Family – in memory of Leon Galloway

Grameen Foundation

Green Children Foundation

Lois and Richard Gunther

Peggy Harvey and Paul Hornick

International Fund for Agricultural Development

Pritzker Children’s Initiative

Keating Family Foundation

Sarah Keenan

Ellen Kempler and Ken Rosen

Scott Leckman

Ludwig Family Foundation

Gail Neumann+

Alan and Ellen Newberg

Michol O’Connor

Frank Sanitate

Ken and Linda Schatz

Greg and Dionne Shaw

Fred and Courtney Steves

Chuck Sutherland and Marilyn Kodish Sutherland

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Wallace Genetic Foundation

Shirley and Sumner Williams+

Zions First National Bank


+ Denotes deceased donor

2019 Giving

Thank you to our donors who generously gave $1,000 or more in 2019.



Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




David Bodnick

Kathleen H. Close*

The Gordon R Irlam Charitable Foundation



The Annie E. Casey Foundation



The Bainum Family Foundation

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI)

Gordon Irlam and Manjula Jonnalagadda

Ellen Kempler and Ken Rosen*

Open Society Foundations



The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation

Baird Craft

Carl Victor Page Memorial Fund

Friends of the Global Fight

Roger L. Hudson

Keating Family Foundation

Alan and Ellen Newberg*

Michol O’Connor

Ken and Linda Schatz

Singing for Change Charitable Foundation Inc.

Fred and Courtney Steves

Wallace Genetic Foundation



Pankaj Agarwal and Sapna Mahwal*

Roxanne and Kip Allen


Ajay and Ritu Banga

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Dixie Camp

Joanne Carter and Geoffrey Barron

Congressional Hunger Center

Global Partnership for Education

Scott Leckman*

Benjamin Loevinsohn

S. Rees and J. Winge

Stop TB Partnership

Harit and Reena Talwar

Gordana Vujec




Steve Arnold and Veda Stanfield*

Paul and Kathy Brindle

Anne Child*

Linda G Gochfeld, M.D.

Oscar Lanzi III

Cynthia Changyit Levin and David Levin*

Bill and Maud Lipscomb

Mary Martin

Kathryn Nelson


Lynne and Samual Patalano

Lydia Pendley

Prosperity Now

Rich Renner

Bob and Barbara Sample*

Share Our Strength

TB Alliance

Janice Twombly




Alliance to End Hunger

Steve Andre and Diana Fertsch






Bryce Arghiere

Kirk and Georgia Baddley*

S. Ashish Bali

Louisa Barkalow

Jillian Barron and Jonas Simonis

Susan and John Beckett

Pat Behenna

Phyllis Bjorkman

Julia M. Bolz

Bread for the World Institute

Dolly Brenneman

Ted and Patricia Bruno

David Burns

George and Lynne Cantu

Caption Access

Center for American Progress Action Fund

Len and Phyllis Chorazy

Andy and Susan Clarke

Liz Clerkin

Mark Coats and Peggy Stoll

Alexander Counts and Emily Wainwright

Nancy and Denys Curtiss*

Sam Daley-Harris

Bruce and Karen Davidson

Suzanne Davis and William Hornby

Kathy DeLoach

Dining for Women

Lois Dodson

David and Deborah Douglas

Kathleen Duncan


Gerry Fairbrother, PhD

Feeding America

Amy Rossman and Christian Feuillet

Peter and Sharon Fiekowsky

Jim Ford and Melinda Lightsey-Ford


Francis Beidler Foundation

Galloway Family – in memory of Leon Galloway

Nancy Gardiner

Kul Gautam

Mea Geizhals and Charles Plummer

Karen and Anton Gielen

Frank Gilbert

Global Citizen

Global Fund Advocates Network

Golden & Cohen

Hannah and Leonard Golub

Edgar Greville and Elaine Shell

Jim and Linda Hargrove

John Hatch

Hawkins Family Fund

Robert Heyl and Margaret Minogue-Heyl

Mr. & Mrs. William Jackson

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Martha Karnopp and James Chaput*

John and Patricia Kennish

Laura Linn

Ernest Loevinsohn

Jennifer Long

Ivan and Marian Lyddon

MadWolf Technologies

Keith and Dianne Marsden

Steve McGee

Barbara Mihm

Frances Moore*

Claudia Morgan

Susan Morrison

Ram Nagarajan


Bill and Tari Nicholson

Nutrition International

Susan Oehser*


Kelly Penrod and Michael Winters

Power of Nutrition

Carolyn Prouty

Melessa Rogers

Wendy Schaal

Judy and David Schubert

Steven and Katya Scordino

Rick and Marcie Sexauer

Kathryn Sherlock

Joan Shook and Jeffrey Starke

Anne and Tom Singley

Neiladri Sinhababu

Richard A. Smiley

Margaret and Colin Smith

James and Melinda Stephenson

Fritz and Jane Stinson

Peter Stoel and Karen Josephson

Eloise Sutherland*

Kyle Talkington

Madhavan Thirumalai/Cheryl Greene

Manisha and Gagan Toor

Cynthia Tschampl and Kimball Halsey


Susan Vanderberg

Ginnie Vogts

Wayne & Vicki Weilnau

Marty and Madeline White

Paul and Beth Wilson*


*Denotes member of the RESULTS Legacy Society


Meet our volunteers

"A year ago I never would have dreamed that I would be on a first-name basis with a member of Congress."

“Hi, Buke!” my representative said warmly, and greeted me with a hug at his Capitol Hill office. His staff also welcomed me by name. A year ago I never would have dreamed that I would be on a first-name basis with a member of Congress. How did we get there?

"It’s a matter of taking that first step. It goes beyond voting – you don’t have to wait for the next election."

Willie Dickerson’s white mustache twitches as he pauses for a moment, thinking hard. We have just asked him how many of his letters to the editor have been published around the country. He finally responds, “Around a thousand, but I’m not sure of exact numbers.”


600 +
media pieces published

600 +
meetings with congressional offices

RESULTS volunteers are raising their voices in all 50 states

Reason to celebrate

Thanks to your advocacy, congressional leaders committed to contribute $4.68 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years – a full third of the $14 billion it will take for this partnership to save 16 million lives.


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, including bilateral funding to combat tuberculosis (TB).


Tax time is a big deal

By Aaron Carrillo

I can’t imagine growing up without getting the absolutely critical refund check at tax time. The credit can mean that there’s food on the table, books for school, and the lights stay on. But there are a lot of people left out of refundable tax credits.


My family had nowhere to go – now I’m fighting for fair housing policies on Capitol Hill

By Maureen Bowling

To have your own home is just one of those basic essential needs, like healthcare and food on the table. To not have that robs you a bit of your basic humanity. If someone is in a dire situation like I was, they shouldn’t be left in a state of homelessness because of circumstances out of their control.


The start of an experiment

By RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris

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.


Click here for more stories and photos from 40 years of advocacy!


2019 Annual Report Financials

FY2019 Total Budget: $10,044,525



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2019 Board of Directors

Board Chair

Kul Gautam
Former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Executive Committee

Joanne Carter
Ex Officio
Executive Director, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund

Sam Daley-Harris
Founder, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund

Ernie Loevinsohn
Issues Committee Chair
Executive Director, Fund for Global Health

Maxine Thomas
Grassroots Board Member

Jan Twombly
Finance and Audit Committee Chair

President, The Rhythm of Business

Beth Wilson
Secretary, Grassroots Board Member

Qiana Torregano
Grassroots Board Member

Steven McGee
Grassroots Board Member

Willie Dickerson
Grassroots Board Member

Board of Directors

Pankaj Agarwal
Managing Director, ReCubed Consulting

Roger Hudson
Fundraising Committee Chair

Scott Leckman
M.D., F.A.C.S.

Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children’s Defense Fund

Professor Muhammad Yunus
Founder, Grameen Bank

Ashish Bali
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.

RESULTS Timeline

1980 - 1985
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    Our advocacy is central to securing $60 million in funding for oral rehydration therapy, a simple treatment for children who might otherwise die from diarrhea-induced dehydration.

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    Volunteers generate 42 editorials nationwide to help save the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

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    RESULTS grows to 50 chapters in 33 states.

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    Ninety-five volunteers gather in Washington, DC, for the first annual RESULTS conference.

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    Fourteen members of Congress attend three forums on ending hunger organized by RESULTS.

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    RESULTS’ very first newspaper editorial runs in the Los Angeles Times.

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    12 people gather in a living room in Los Angeles to write letters to Congress urging action on global hunger. RESULTS is born.

1986 - 1990
  •  - 

    RESULTS affiliates take shape in Canada, Australia, and the UK.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    RESULTS launches its campaign focused on ending poverty in America and adds 15 local groups in the first year.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    RESULTS volunteers help push Congress to increase funding for Head Start programs by $933 million and Food Stamps (now SNAP) by $1.6 billion.

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    RESULTS is pivotal to expanding the Child Tax Credit to low-income families, lifting 500,000 American children out of poverty.

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    RESULTS volunteers work with Congress to successfully pressure the World Bank to reverse its policy of supporting primary school fees in developing countries.

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    Following a major advocacy push, Congress commits $550 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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    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.

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    RESULTS helps protect critical policies governing Head Start so that comprehensive services — from education programs to dental screenings — continue for millions.

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    RESULTS Educational Fund and its global partners launch ACTION, a partnership of advocacy organizations across five continents fighting diseases of poverty.

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    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.

2006 - 2010
  •  - 

    The Microcredit Summit Campaign achieves its goal of reaching 100 million of the world’s poorest families with microfinance loans and other key services.

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    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.

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    RESULTS helps expand the domestic Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover 4.1 million additional American kids. 

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    Working with congressional allies, RESULTS helps boost annual U.S. funding for TB to a record $225 million.

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    U.S. funding for child survival and nutrition programs passes the $700 million mark.

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    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus accepts the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, DC, citing RESULTS as having “built up tremendous momentum” for the microfinance movement.

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    RESULTS plays a critical role in stopping proposals that would have slashed SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) funding and removed four million people from the program.

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    RESULTS volunteers are instrumental in securing a landmark U.S. commitment of up to $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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    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. 

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    On its 10th anniversary, ACTION has grown to include 11 partners on five continents. Together they have helped mobilize billions of dollars for global health and nutrition.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 


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