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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

President & CEO since 2015

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Lisa Dougan

COO & CFO since 2015

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Andrea Ramsay

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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We know that those most impacted by violence and exploitation are the ones with the solutions to end them. That's why we partner with dedicated community leaders on innovative programs that empower local communities to protect each other from violence, heal from trauma, and demand justice from their leaders.

By uniting local and international experts, policymakers, and global activists, we have helped reduce LRA killings in central Africa by more than 92% over the past five years. We have developed messaging campaigns that have helped encourage dozens of rebel combatants to surrender. With each return home, we are reducing violence, reuniting broken families, & bringing communities closer to peace and stability. Together, our programs are empowering tens of thousands of families to improve their safety and build a hopeful future.

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

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    A safe and thriving central Africa is possible. Communities themselves hold the keys to achieving that goal. Our role is to listen, follow their lead, and bring the expertise and ingenuity that best complements theirs.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Drawing on more than ten years of experience working in one of the world's most challenging environments, we have refined three core pillars to our approach that best serve vulnerable communities and ensure maximum positive impact:

    PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE
    Without basic safety, a community cannot get on its feet and thrive. We focus on community-based protection initiatives that reduce the vulnerabilities that attract, enable, and even trigger cycles of violence and exploitation.

    LOCAL SOLUTIONS & CHANGEMAKERS
    We seek out, learn from, and partner with respected local leaders and visionaries, and make sure they have the support they need to create and realize solutions that make their communities safer and help them to thrive.

    DYNAMIC & INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
    Our programs are designed to adapt and evolve with the changing dynamics of vulnerable communities, and to ensure the constant communication, quick action, and collaboration that is necessary to make communities safer.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Over the course of ten years working in one of the world's most challenging environments, we've developed the expertise and the relationships with local communties and international humanitarian, security, and conservation actors working in the region necessary for developing effective and sustainable solutions to violence and exploitation.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We know that we are achieving success in reaching our goals of ending violence and exploitation in communities when more communities have access to life-saving information, when communities are empowered to play a central role in protecting their families, preventing violence, and healing from trauma when communities face fewer incidents of violence.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    By uniting local and international experts, policymakers, and global activists, we have helped reduce LRA killings in central Africa by more than 92% over the past five years.

    Through innovative 'Come Home' defection messaging campaigns and recovery and repatriation support, we've helped encourage and facilitate the homecoming of dozens of LRA combatants and captives, contributing to a reduction of LRA forces to under 200 active fighters today.

    We've provided over 50 isolated communities in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo with access to life-saving information through the installation of HF Radios as part of our Early Warning Network.
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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Invisible Children Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Invisible Children Inc

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President & CEO

Lisa Dougan

COO & CFO

Andrea Ramsay

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Poffenberger

Center for Action and Contemplation

Term: Sept 2016 -

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