Global Poverty Weekly Update May 22, 2017

May 19, 2017

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of May 22, 2017

Quote of the Week

"We know what to do – are we willing to put in the effort?"

– Longtime RESULTS Snohomish volunteer Willie Dickerson

Senate Letters and the Budget: The Time is Now

What did you accomplish in the First 100 Days? A lot!

  • 80% of global groups held 228 meetings with representatives, senators, and staff, including 60 face-to-face meetings with representatives – our best year start on record.

  • 48% of global groups reported 125 outreach activities. (Imagine if 100% of groups were doing outreach! We are on our way 500 outreach activities in 2017!)

  • 49% of global groups generated 135 pieces of media.

Let's it keep going in the next 100 days and beyond to support global development assistance for FY18 . . . 


1. Senate Global Fund/PEPFAR, TB, Maternal and Child Health "Dear Colleague" Letters

*PLEASE NOTE* Closure dates on these letters are very dynamic and have been changing. For the most up-to-date closure dates and signer lists, please consult our appropriations blog. 

Keep track of our appropriations campaign on our blog.

2. Editorial Packet on the FY18 Budget. Want to see your local paper write about preserving global development assistance funding in the FY18 budget? Then pitch the story to your editors and local writers! Send this editorial packet to your local editor, asking them to issue a call for the preservation of this vital funding. 

Global Partnership for Education: Action Sheet and Laser Talk

  • We have a brand new Action Sheet supporting your advocacy for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Use the action sheet as a centerpiece for an upcoming local RESULTS Education and Action meeting. The focus of this action sheet is writing a letter to your members of Congress – your representative and both your senators – that you can bring to DC with you to the International Conference and hand deliver. Write a single letter addressed to all of your legislators and make several copies, one for each office. Or write individual letters. Just write! Not attending the conference and need someone to deliver your letters? Ask your group leader or contact Lisa Marchal directly for assistance. You can also pair the action sheet with our new laser talk and make a call to your members of Congress about GPE, too. 

  • In our Newsroom. Earlier this spring, the White House released a budget blueprint that would slash U.S. investments in the fight against global poverty. Just one of the many things on the chopping block: the chance for millions of children to achieve their simple dream – and their right – of an education. As the White House takes aim at funding for global education, a staggering 263 million children and youth are out of school globally. And so what's next? The Global Partnership is asking its developing country partners to allocate a full 20% of national government expenditure to education annually, and it is asking for a collective $3.1 billion from donor governments over 2018-2020. Read more about this necessary push by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) on our blog.

Speak Up! Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign's 2nd Week Push

Speak Up is in its second and final week! Through May 26, advocates around the country are taking this opportunity to invite friends and family (and neighbors, colleagues, community) to support their work as a volunteer advocate with a donation to RESULTS. Campaign resources are still available on our website, including talking points about our work, sample emails and social media posts to promote your campaign, should you still wish to participate. Also you'll find step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to set up your fundraising page.

We are in an extraordinary organizing moment. People across the country are eager to engage with the political process and make a difference in the causes they care about. RESULTS is working to take full advantage of this opportunity to build our movement of passionate, committed everyday people. RESULTS grassroots advocates are helping to raise needed funds to ensure we can take full advantage of this unique organizing moment by participating in a peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign. Let's Speak Up! 

Come Along and Bring a New Advocate: The 2017 RESULTS International Conference

Join us in our nation's capital July 22-25 for the RESULTS International Conference. Check out the current list of speakers as well as the current menu of workshops that will be available at this year's International Conference. Who have you invited to attend? Can we cover all 50 states? 

1. Read More About It. Enjoy the latest blog post outlining the excitement and learning that await you. Grow your knowledge with us in DC!

2. Get Help Getting There. Global poverty advocates: apply for scholarship help – what we call "gap funding." And check out our conference FAQ for cost-saving tips on flights and more. 

3. Share It. Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase your enthusiasm and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer. 

  • Twitter sample tweet: Feeling a call to action? Join @RESULTS_Tweets this summer in Washington and talk to Congress face-to-face.

  • Facebook sample post: Congress needs to hear from you. This summer, meet with your representatives face-to-face. @RESULTS #Voices4RESULTS

Mark Your Calendar 

1. May Group Planning. The First 100 Days may be over, but our powerful work is not. Grab our fresh 2017 Group Planning Materials to springboard off your First 100 Days success and carry forward your plans into the balance of the year. (Planning materials available for individual advocates, too!) We’ve also updated our online form where you can submit your plans: Take time in May to complete your 2017 Group Plan Summary and submit it online no later than May 31, 2017.  

2. May 23, 9 pm ET. It's Go Time, Part 2: Next Steps and Best Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy Webinar. All RESULTS volunteers who want to build the number of volunteers taking advocacy actions in their communities are welcome attend this webinar. This will be an interactive webinar where we'll share best practices, coaching and learning from each other.  It will build on a similar webinar held in April. Login: or join by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774. 

3. RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member Election. Would you like to take on a leadership role in governing our RESULTS community? Do you know someone who you think would be a strong voice for guiding our national organization? We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member election, which will be held this summer. The two seats currently held by Vanessa Garcia and Cindy Changyit Levin will become vacant in July. This election will fill these seats, so that we continue to have four grassroots volunteers serving on our board. You can nominate someone who you think would be a strong voice representing RESULTS volunteers OR you can even nominate yourself if you want to take a bold new step in your leadership journey. Nominations will close on Sunday, May 28. For a full description of nomination eligibility and the nominations process, check out our blog

Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities  

May 23, 9 pm ET. It's Go Time, Part 2: Next Steps and Best Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy Webinar. All RESULTS volunteers who want to build the number of volunteers taking advocacy actions in their communities are welcome attend this webinar. This will be an interactive webinar where we'll share best practices, coaching and learning from each other.  It will build on a similar webinar held in April. Login: or join by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774. 

Through May 26. Speak Up: Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign.

May 26, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

May 28. Nominations Due for Grassroots Board Member Election.

May 29-June 2. House and Senate Recesses. 

June 10, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!

Resources at Your Fingertips

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Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)

Global Poverty Campaigns Background

Global Grassroots Calendar

Skills Center 

Fundraising Tools

Report 2017 Actions

2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)

Contact the Grassroots Board Members of the RESULTS Board. Also, you can view the most recently published minutes from Board meetings on the RESULTS website, as well as download RESULTS’ most recent Annual Report.


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