International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Invisible Children Inc

  • Washington, DC
  • http://www.invisiblechildren.com

Mission Statement

Invisible Children exists to end the violence and exploitation facing our world's most isolated and vulnerable communities. We focus on dynamic programs, which are built upon the solutions of local communities themselves and which protect families and their environments from violence and exploitation.

We work in the region spanning the borders of the Central African Republic (CAR), DR Congo, and South Sudan.

Main Programs

  1. Connection
  2. Violence Prevention
  3. Resiliance
  4. Effective Policies
Service Areas

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International

Invisible Children's programs support isolated communities in the area of central Africa spanning the borders of Central African Republic (CAR), DR Congo, and South Sudan.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Lisa Dougan

Keywords

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invisible children, children in Africa, northern uganda, uganda

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Also Known As

Invisible Children

EIN

54-2164338

 Number

5316145691

Physical Address

641 S St NW

Washington, DC 20001

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Invisible Children entered into this year with incredible plans and, thanks to our supporters, we were able to translate those plans into groundbreaking initiatives and tangible results. Summer 2010 marked the implementation of our Protection Plan in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the LRA is continuing it’s 25year long reign of terror by actively killing and abducting innocent children. Our holistic plan to protect community members from LRA attacks is well underway, and we are already seeing promising results. One integral component of this plan is the LRA Crisis Tracker, a multimedia platform that creates a near real-time account of LRA attacks on civilians. This tool reduces the time it takes for news of major attacks to be reported—from months to just hours, enabling the efficient and effective deployment of humanitarian aid.
 
We continued to focus on rebuilding schools in post-conflict northern Uganda; and the success of our partner schools is evident. Before our involvement, many of them had become some of the lowest ranking schools in Uganda due to the physical and mental damage caused by the LRA conflict. However, this year, due to our efforts, Layibi Secondary School ranked 54th in the entire country. These types of results can be seen at all 11 of partner schools. Additionally, the number of Legacy Scholarship Program beneficiaries is up to 850 students. Each of these students is paired with a mentor who provides psychosocial support and guidance in all aspects of student life and facilitates communication between the student, their families, and their teachers.
 
 
We take very seriously the responsibility that our supporters entrust in us when they invest time and resources in our organization. It is our commitment to continue to build and develop our programs with integrity and compassion in 2012.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Connection

To break down the extreme isolation that enables violence, we connect vulnerable populations to each other and to the outside world. We do so by installing sustainable communications infrastructure, providing community trainings, and organizing regular community leader forums.

Connection Programs:
Early warning communication systems
Trainings on local security reporting
FM Radio construction and repair
Local FM journalist trainings
Regional community leader forums

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Violence Prevention

In the absence of protection provided by governments, we empower vulnerable communities to play a vital role in preventing the violence and exploitation threatening their families and environments.

Violence Prevention Programs:
Community Peace Committees
Conflict mediation trainings
Defection messaging campaigns
Defection training workshops
Wildlife protection training workshops

Category

Public Safety, Disaster Services

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Resiliance

We strengthen the ability of
vulnerable communities to work together when faced with a variety of security threats and to recover from the impacts of violence using the unique strengths and resources locally available to them.

Resilience Programs:
Trauma-healing workshops Reintegration support centers Family-focused reintegration training

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Effective Policies

To ensure effective international
action that protects vulnerable populations and their ecosystems,
we mobilize grassroots advocacy campaigns and provide policymakers and practitioners with in-depth security analysis and daily updates reported directly from communities.

Effective Policies:
Quarterly field research trips
Online security mapping platform Quarterly and annual analysis reports Policymaker briefings
Grassroots advocacy campaigns

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Invisible Children's programs support isolated communities in the area of central Africa spanning the borders of Central African Republic (CAR), DR Congo, and South Sudan.

Funding Needs

Invisible Children's most pressing current need is for financial support to cover our general operating expenses. As our programs continue to expand, the general fund provides us the flexibility to develop our programs within the ever-changing climate of the conflict.

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Financials

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Invisible Children Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Invisible Children Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Lisa Dougan

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Poffenberger

Center for Action and Contemplation

Term: Sept 2016 -

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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