RESULTS Weekly Update December 19, 2023

December 19, 2023

Quote of the Week

“Congress must take action to help families put food on the table and support an expanded CTC.”

– RESULTS Anchorage volunteer Pat Kennish in a December 15 letter to the editor in the Anchorage Daily News

Table of Contents

Build the Buy-in: Prepare for the January rush with media now

With Congress effectively on recess (the Senate will leave this week), the rest of December will be pretty quiet. January will be a different story. Members of Congress will return on January 8 with just over a week to avoid a government shutdown on January 19. That’s when Congress needs to pass new spending bills for FY2024. It is also the unofficial deadline to pass legislation on the Child Tax Credit, global tuberculosis, and global education. If Congress is going to move on any of these critical issues, it will be then. Let’s use these last few weeks of the year to push Congress to act on poverty in January.

TAKE ACTION: Between holiday parties, gift giving, and relaxing at the end of the year, please take a few minutes to submit new letters to the editor. Write about significantly reducing child poverty, promoting global health, and expanding access to global education. Keep these issues in front lawmakers during the holiday recess. Also, we are just 37 media pieces away from hitting our Build the Buy-in goal of 250 media pieces by December 31. And we have only 10 states left to get published in. Let’s start 2024 off right by finishing 2023 strong!

If you need help with your media advocacy, please join our rescheduled Media Office Hour tomorrow, December 20 at 2:00pm ET. RESULTS staff will be on the whole hour to answer your media questions. Join at or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 936 6800 5494.

Gifts to RESULTS matched through December 31!

Give to RESULTS this month and help us maximize our match! A small group of RESULTS donors will match every dollar you donate to RESULTS, up to $100,000! By matching gifts, these generous donors hope to inspire you to give, too! With upcoming elections and deep partisan divides, 2024 is a critical year for our country and our work to end poverty. We need donor support to expand our movement and engage more people in our democracy. A gift from you today of any size will help us raise our voices powerfully in 2024. And with the match, your donation will have double the impact as we push Congress to slash poverty in the U.S. and globally. Will you support our work to end poverty and strengthen our democracy before the match ends on December 31?

Register for the January webinar with Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Join us on January 6 as we kick off 2024 with a great RESULTS National Webinar. We are thrilled to announce that former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will be our guest speaker. She will provide context and inspiration to us as we kick off our 2024 U.S. and global poverty campaigns. We’ll also discuss how we plan to expand our reach and impact in the new year and review all you need to do powerful 2024 planning with your local groups in January. Join us for this exciting kickoff to the new year! Register for the webinar today.


Group planning materials now available! Each year, RESULTS volunteers take time in January to plan out their advocacy goals for the year. This annual planning is a big reason you are such effective volunteer advocates. To kick off a strong 2024, please schedule your group’s roadmap/planning meeting now so you can complete your 2024 Roadmaps by January 31, 2024. You can find 2024 planning materials on the Working with Your Group page under “Make your group plans”. Also, your group’s 2024 Roadmap has been added to your group’s existing Roadmap spreadsheet. If you need help finding your Roadmap or materials, please contact RESULTS staff. We’ll have more about the 2024 planning on the January National Webinar. Happy planning!

Upcoming Events

Congressional schedule: The House and Senate are out of session this week.

Typically, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.

Wednesday, December 20: Media Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. Join any time via Zoom at or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 936 6800 5494.

Monday, December 25-Monday, January 1: RESULTS holiday break. All RESULTS offices closed.

Saturday, January 6: National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Register for the webinar today!

Thursday, January 11: Outreach and Event Planning Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. No registration necessary. Join via or call 312-626-6799, meeting ID 940 0474 8060.

Thursday, January 11: Global Allies (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) Monthly Webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more.

Tuesday, January 16: U.S. Poverty Free Agents, 1:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm ET. Contact Jos Linn for more information.

Wednesday, January 17: Media Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. Join any time via Zoom at or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 936 6800 5494.

Tuesday, January 17: Together Women Rise advocacy chapter webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more about this opportunity

Thursday, January 19: Anti-Oppression Applied Learning Simulation, 12:00 pm ET. Join us for this special 90-minute session.

Monday, January 22. Global Poverty Free Agents, 7:00 pm ET. Contact Lisa Marchal for more information.

Thursday, January 25. Quiet Leadership training series. Register for this two-part training series on coaching (finishing February 1).

Grassroots Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Volunteers Hub, including our anti-oppression resources. To join the RESULTS listserv for more RESULTS conversation, send an email to [email protected].

Remember to please report your recent advocacy successes in lobby meetings, media, and outreach activities. Also, use our Volunteer Information Form to add or edit volunteer info and to sign up for updates and alerts.

If you have a story about advocacy you feel could inspire others, use our new online form to tell us your story. Also, if you want to celebrate the actions of a new volunteer, sharing about the experience today.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RESULTS/REF Board, please e-mail [email protected]. View Board minutes and Annual Reports.

RESULTS Staff directory and job postings.

RESULTS wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season! Happy New Year and we will see you in January.


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