Global Weekly Update April 9, 2012
Education for All Global Action Week Coming Up!
Every April, the world focuses on the need to get kids in school. This is a priority we share with our families and our neighbors in the U.S., in addition to those who live worlds away from us.
International Global Action Week is April 22-28, and we are partnering with our U.S. poverty RESULTS advocates to take an organization-wide look at how we can outreach to our communities on this important issue. This is a particularly good time to identify nearby influential voices and grasstops leaders who care about education.
1. Mark Global Action Week for Education (April 22-28) on your calendar and check out the international Global Action Week website for a splash of inspiration.
2. Check our our tips on building a coalition of community allies and start brainstorming with other activists about people and organizations who care about educating kids and might be interested in collaboration. Local school board? Teachers union? Girl and Boy Scout troops? Head Start center? PTA? Education department at the local college? Who is in your neighborhood working for education? These groups may not know about RESULTS and our commitment to early childhood education here and around the world, and they might love to learn about us and consider collaborating.
3. Research the contacts at the organizations of your choosing and make a few calls to set up meetings! Coalition-building is relationship-building around common visions and goals. It takes time to talk about those common goals and develop ideas on how you and other like-minded groups can work together. Now is a great moment to start taking that time.
April is a fantastic time to begin building coalitions for future education campaign work as we form our strategy to support the Global Partnership on Education. Through coalition-building, ou might find a new ally, op-ed co-writer, donor, or RESULTS member. Contact your group leader or regional coordinator for more assistance during this important Global Action Week, and thanks for your creativity!
Joint Conference Call This Saturday. Come Hear About the RESULTS Strategic Plan!
This Saturday, join our exciting national conference call with domestic grassroots highlighting April’s Education for All focus as well as our strategic plan! You’ll hear Executive Director Joanne Carter, RESULTS board chair Dr. Scott Leckman, and other RESULTS leadership describe our fresh vision for the future and how we can all be part of it. At 2 pm ET this Saturday, gather with your group and dial (888) 409-6709 a few minutes before the call. (If you will be in front of a computer during the call, our conference call archive page will have a Powerpoint presentation that will be helpful during the strategic plan portion of the call.)
Here’s a preview of the fresh vision we’re looking toward at RESULTS:
Our vision at RESULTS is to be the leading catalyst of rapid progress toward a world where extreme poverty no longer exists:
• Where nobody dies of causes in one part of the world or nation that are easily preventable in other parts of the world or nation
• Where all are children are receiving a quality education
• Where all people have access to economic opportunity
• Where all people have access to basic heath care
• Where a critical mass of people take responsibility for guiding their government decision makers and others to create a world that includes all of the above
Want to hear more about what’s next for RESULTS? Join us on Saturday!
Grassroots News You Can Use
World TB Day Wrap-up: Take a moment to check out the latest entries on our RESULTS blog, including an upcoming piece summarizing the powerful advocacy moments that happened on and around World TB Day, including the birth of the new TB Elimination Caucus in the House.
RESULTS Free Agents Groups Launch! Are you a RESULTS activist working solo in a town that doesn’t (yet) have a RESULTS global poverty campaigns group? We love your commitment and want to offer you a new means of support through our new RESULTS Free Agents group! This “virtual” group will meet monthly by phone for relationship-building, information, and support. Members of the group will also be encouraged to participate in the monthly national conference call. Want to check out RESULTS Free Agents working on global poverty)? Join our call on Monday, April 16 at 8 pm ET. Dial in at (218) 486-1611, passcode 7378587 (RESULTS). Questions? Contact Lisa Marchal. There will also be a companion group forming to support activists working to end U.S. poverty. You can find out more about that group by contacting Jos Linn.
RESULTS International Conference: Last Week to Register at the Discounted Rate! You now have 6 days to get your discounted registration for the most exciting event of the year — the RESULTS International Conference! Right now, if you register for the International Conference, you registration fee is only $150. That is quite the bargain, considering what it includes. Amazing speakers like Marianne Williamson, David Beckmann, and Yvonne Chaka Chaka; an ambitious agenda designed to deepen your knowledge of the issues and train you on the latest advocacy techniques; the chance to connect with RESULTS volunteers and advocates from around the world; an inspiring day on Capitol Hill pushing lawmakers to invest in ending poverty; and a congressional reception on Capitol Hill where lawmakers will thank and congratulate you for your work.
Now isn’t that worth $150? Once the “early bird” registration period ends, the conference registration price will go up to $225. Don’t miss out and register TODAY!
Also, don’t forget about the REF’s Emerging Activist Leaders (REAL) Change Scholarship for 18-25-year-olds, the Karen McQuillan Scholarship Fund if you financial assistance to come to the conference, and opportunities to volunteer at this year’s conference and get your registration fee waived.
Family & Friends Online Fundraising Winners!
We reached the official end of our RESULTS Friends & Family Campaign on March 31 and are so grateful to all who reached out to their social networks to end poverty with us . Thank you. Congratulations to Margaret Smith of Dallas and the whole Dallas team for sweeping both the individual and team contests for partners who inspired online credit card donations! As promised, the top-earning fundraising team and individual will each receive one transferrable registration to the RESULTS International Conference. Phyllis Behlen and Nancy Gardiner, both of Coastal Connecticut, who ranked high as well. The Coastal Connecticut and Kitsap County teams were second and third place, respectively. The total for the campaign will be announced on the next grassroots conference call on Saturday, April 14. The online pages will remain active until April 30th to catch any last minute donors.
Now, we are turning our attention to many exciting fundraising events around the country. Please contact Cindy Levin if you need support with any aspect of planning an event.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
– Wilma Rudolph
April 14: Joint national conference call with domestic grassroots highlighting education and our strategic plan! 2 pm ET. Dial (888) 409-6709 a few minutes before the call. (Check out our conference call archive, too!)
April 16: Launch of RESULTS Free Agents global poverty group for activists in towns without RESULTS groups. 8 pm ET, (218) 486-1611, passcode 7378587. Contact Lisa Marchal with questions.
April 17: Launch of RESULTS Free Agents domestic poverty group. Contact Jos Linn for more information.
April 19: Overview of Global Campaigns (and Q&A) for the second quarter with John Fawcett. 9 pm ET, (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262.
April 22-28: Global Action Week for Education
April 24-27: RESULTS expansion and outreach events in the northeast. Contact Ken Patterson if you know folks in that part of the country who might like to meet RESULTS!
April 28: RESULTS Northeast Regional Conference. Contact David Burns for more details.
July 21–24: RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC