Results: Finalist's Statement
Results is a 501(c)(4) international citizens advocacy organization whose purpose is to
- create the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty
- empower citizens in exercising their individual and political power.
Results Educational Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to create the public will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. The Microcredit Summit is a project of Results Educational Fund.
Results: Most of us don't believe we play a part in the decisions made by our government, and this feeling of impotence has led to years of public apathy.
Results brings a unique vision to meet this crisis: ordinary people taking extraordinary action. Results has played a leading advocacy role in campaigns that have dramatically increased global immunization rates, saving the lives of millions of children, and produced a revolution in banking -- microcredit -- which is providing tiny, life-changing loans to millions of the world's poorest people. A domestic branch of Results now focuses on issues like early childhood education and childcare in the United States. Such activism is needed more than ever. According to the Washington Post, "There is not a rich lobby in Washington that wouldn't trade its limos for the group's achievements."
Together, Results and Results Educational Fund coordinate campaigns of media, public education, and advocacy that focus attention on cost-effective solutions to hunger and poverty and support legislators in making those solutions a national priority.
The key to Results' success lies in a non-partisan approach that emphasizes effective speaking and building relationships with those in positions of power. Organized in about 100 communities throughout the U.S., Results volunteers gather each month for a telephone conference call. Armed with knowledge of the issues and the ability to speak about them powerfully, Results volunteers develop relationships with people who determine our national priorities. They write letters, make phone calls, and meet face-to-face with members of Congress, asking them to take specific action on issues affecting the poor. Volunteers also speak with and provide information to editorial writers to generate opinion pieces that publicly call for support on Results' issues. Dozens of editorials from newspapers across the country each year influence decision-makers in Washington who determine funding levels and policies on programs that help the poor.
Microcredit Summit: In February 1997 more than 2,900 people from 137 countries gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Microcredit Summit. At the Summit they launched a nine-year campaign to reach 100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, with credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2005.
After the Summit Freedom from Hunger President Christopher Dunford said, "I am awed by the experience I just had, aware of having been witness to a Moment in History." Ashoka President Bill Drayton wrote, "Many, many congratulations on what you accomplished last week! You had a very smart, if audacious, strategy--and, true to form for you, you made it happen. Very, very few other people could conceivably have pulled this off."
Results/Results Ed Fund is committed to initiatives in the U.S. and abroad that are key to ending hunger and the devastating effects of absolute poverty, while creating greater peace, abundance, and stability worldwide. These initiatives are:
- Healthy Families ensuring that all families have access to adequate and affordable healthcare, working to eradicate the diseases of poverty
- Education for All ensuring basic education for all children, with special attention women and girls in the developing world, and at risk children in the U.S.
- Economic Opportunity providing access to opportunity that helps families move out and stay out of poverty and create sustainable futures
- Sustainable Development working to provide access to safe water and sanitation, and support policies that protect and empower local communities and the planet
- Empowering Citizens giving ordinary people the tools and training to affect the priorities of their nations and to create the political will to end hunger and poverty
Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart has said, "We aren't passengers on spaceship earth. We're the crew." Results is committed to educating citizens and empowering them to move from their passenger seats up to the cockpit, where they belong.
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