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!
Letter from the Board Chair and Executive Director
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
Dr. Joanne Carter
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.
Thank you to our donors who generously gave $1,000 or more in 2019.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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
Carl Victor Page Memorial Fund
Friends of the Global Fight
Roger L. Hudson
Keating Family Foundation
Alan and Ellen Newberg*
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
Joanne Carter and Geoffrey Barron
Congressional Hunger Center
Global Partnership for Education
S. Rees and J. Winge
Stop TB Partnership
Harit and Reena Talwar
Steve Arnold and Veda Stanfield*
Paul and Kathy Brindle
Linda G Gochfeld, M.D.
Oscar Lanzi III
Cynthia Changyit Levin and David Levin*
Bill and Maud Lipscomb
Lynne and Samual Patalano
Bob and Barbara Sample*
Share Our Strength
Alliance to End Hunger
Steve Andre and Diana Fertsch
Kirk and Georgia Baddley*
S. Ashish Bali
Jillian Barron and Jonas Simonis
Susan and John Beckett
Julia M. Bolz
Bread for the World Institute
Ted and Patricia Bruno
George and Lynne Cantu
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Len and Phyllis Chorazy
Andy and Susan Clarke
Mark Coats and Peggy Stoll
Alexander Counts and Emily Wainwright
Nancy and Denys Curtiss*
Bruce and Karen Davidson
Suzanne Davis and William Hornby
Dining for Women
David and Deborah Douglas
Gerry Fairbrother, PhD
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
Mea Geizhals and Charles Plummer
Karen and Anton Gielen
Global Fund Advocates Network
Golden & Cohen
Hannah and Leonard Golub
Edgar Greville and Elaine Shell
Jim and Linda Hargrove
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
Ivan and Marian Lyddon
Keith and Dianne Marsden
Bill and Tari Nicholson
Kelly Penrod and Michael Winters
Power of Nutrition
Judy and David Schubert
Steven and Katya Scordino
Rick and Marcie Sexauer
Joan Shook and Jeffrey Starke
Anne and Tom Singley
Richard A. Smiley
Margaret and Colin Smith
James and Melinda Stephenson
Fritz and Jane Stinson
Peter Stoel and Karen Josephson
Madhavan Thirumalai/Cheryl Greene
Manisha and Gagan Toor
Cynthia Tschampl and Kimball Halsey
Wayne & Vicki Weilnau
Marty and Madeline White
Paul and Beth Wilson*
*Denotes member of the RESULTS Legacy Society
“I give to RESULTS financially now that I have the means to do so because RESULTS has done so much for my own growth and to create a more equitable nation and world. It’s an investment that goes far beyond what I could do with it myself. It supports all of us to learn, to gain skills, to take action, to strengthen and sustain a movement that will bring an end to poverty. Because RESULTS volunteers don’t go away, we persist.”
Sara Buckingham, Investor in Change
“When the tax cuts were enacted early in the current administration, my tax preparer told me I could contribute to non-profits from the Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from my IRA as a way to reduce my tax burden. I arranged to contribute from my RMDs to the four organizations I gave the most money to on a yearly basis. The process of getting the necessary information for the person who handles my investments required a few phone calls, but that was more than worth it given the tax savings. And as a result of those savings, I was able to increase the amount I gave to each organization a bit.
We contribute because I have never seen a non-profit that could improve and save so many people’s lives with more efficient use of funding than RESULTS.”
Steve Arnold and Veda Stanfield, Champions Circle
RESULTS was delighted to partner again in 2019 with Singing for Change, a foundation created by Jimmy Buffett that empowers people to make positive change in themselves and their communities. Singer Jimmy Buffett directs one dollar from every ticket sale to the foundation, so his concerts generate good vibes and social impact. Last year RESULTS was thrilled to be showcased in Singing for Change’s annual music video.
Executive Director Judith Ranger Smith said, “When I think of RESULTS, I admire how effective you are as storytellers, and that’s how you give individuals the skills and tools they need to make change happen.”
“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?
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.”
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).
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.
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.
“RESULTS has had a huge impact on so many different issues. When you call members of Congress not only in the United States but all over the world, people listen. I just want to thank you for the work you do. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Dr. Jim Yong Kim
“RESULTS is an organization that has probably done more than any other nonprofit, any other NGO in Washington and way beyond Washington in addressing so many issues of poverty. You get results because you recognize that we do not move ahead without the kind of activism you bring. Continue to make it happen.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown
“I am so heartened that RESULTS advocates are continuing to work together to mobilize in unprecedented times. You are truly unsung heroes, making an impact in the lives of millions, both now and for years to come. So keep going; keep up the great work.”
Rep. Nita Lowey
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.