In 2017 you helped us achieve amazing breakthroughs toward the end of poverty! We passed major education legislation, protected Medicaid, and more. Read all about it in our Annual Report. RESULTS has a 4 Star Charity Navigator rating and has a Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar!
In 2015, RESULTS celebrated its 35th anniversary, a major tax policy victory that will ensure millions of Americans don’t fall into poverty or deeper into poverty, and bipartisan congressional support for legislation that has the potential to end preventable child deaths.
In 2014, the voices of RESULTS volunteers were heard across the country and around the world — from launching a multiyear advocacy campaign to create economic mobility in the United States, to spurring historic global investments in both basic education and access to vaccines so that the world’s poorest countries can reach their most vulnerable children.
For more than three decades, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund have stood up for the most effective solutions to poverty. And 2013 was truly a banner year — from fighting back congressional threats to gut our country’s first line of defense against hunger, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to securing a bold three-year U.S. commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The cornerstone of our success is the dedication, tenacity, and courage of our volunteers.
Shockwaves from our financial crisis continue to be felt around the world. The poorest and most vulnerable people face enormous challenges, even as the political and economic climate has led to international aid dollars being parsed and critical domestic programs endangered. Against this backdrop, it is no small feat that RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) have made 2011 another year defined by meaningful victories in the fight against poverty.
As the global recession continued in 2009, RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) stepped forward to thwart resignation and inspire action. It was a time of challenge and opportunity, but the strength of our grassroots activists and our strategic alliances made a profound difference for millions of people struggling to meet their basic needs. 2009 campaigns ranged from promoting a Global Fund for Education to ensuring that low-income Americans were included in health care reform. As this annual report proves, RESULTS/REF staff and activists have the courage to change the things that are not acceptable and to inspire their leaders to do the same.
2008 proved to be a groundbreaking year for many of RESULTS’ and RESULTS Educational Fund’s (REF) campaigns, from reaching over 100 million of the world’s poorest people with microfinance, to a vital increase of $10.4 billion in expanded nutrition benefits for low-income Americans, to the passage of the most important global health legislation in U.S. history. Throughout this report, you’ll meet some of our “Ordinary Heroes” whose commitment, creativity, and courage helped us achieve these and other successes.
Our track record depends on nurturing champions for the end of poverty. Read about champions like Collette Hernandez, who struggles to feed and provide health care for her children, but found a way to make a real difference for others through RESULTS/REF. Hernandez, her fellow activists, and RESULTS staff fought hard for critical anti-poverty programs in 2007. “For the first time in my life,” said Hernandez, “I feel like I have a say-so in what happens in this country.”
With the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, the grandfather of the microcredit movement and RESULTS/REF board member, the world recognized that economic empowerment and the eradication of poverty are necessary for a peaceful world. RESULTS/REF also made strides in building momentum for health care for all Americans and saw a historic commitment in funding to combat diseases that keep people trapped in poverty worldwide.
RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund celebrated 25 years of empowering ordinary citizens to be effective advocates for solutions to hunger and poverty. In 2005, our work resulted in the highest funding commitment to date for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, and helped protect Medicaid and Head Start from potentially devastating changes. REF’s success in raising awareness about the global TB epidemic gained significant support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
RESULTS/REF and our volunteer activists continued to speak for the poor, powerless, and marginalized among us in 2004, resulting in increased public investments in health care, education, and economic opportunity in the U.S. and worldwide. We helped increase funding for global tuberculosis control, supported early childhood education programs in the U.S. and basic education abroad, and launched a multi-year campaign to advocate for quality health care for all Americans by 2010.
Recognizing that we will never have true peace until there is hope and opportunity for all, we brought attention to sustainable solutions to poverty and hunger. These actions resulted in groundbreaking legislation, including an act passed by Congress that requires that at least half of U.S. assistance for microcredit programs reach the very poor and that poverty measurement tools be developed to ensure this goal is reached.