Invisible Children Inc

aka Invisible Children   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.invisiblechildren.com

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2006

President & CEO

Lisa Dougan

Main address

PO Box 73295

Washington, DC 20056 USA

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EIN

54-2164338

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Neglected communities in places like central Africa live with the daily threat of violence from multiple armed groups. Without basic government support or communications systems, they are left completely unprotected with no way to call for help. People aren’t the only targets. In remote and economically poor places like these, communities and criminals alike depend on the natural environment for their survival. Armed groups like the LRA terrorize communities while funding their crimes through illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking. These cycles of violence and exploitation threaten the very existence of entire communities and their ecosystems.

Our programs

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

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

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

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Invisible Children Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Poffenberger

Center for Action and Contemplation

Term: 2016 -

Jason Russell

Co-founder

Marissa Sackler

BeeSpace

Adam Finck

Noelle West

Jocelyn Kelly

Ben Thomson

Sadia Hameed

Stacia George