2008 SDC Annual Report
Save Darfur Coalition's 2008 Annual Report - "Uniting Voices"
2008 ANNUAL REPORT SAVE DARFUR COALITION We s tand together to the atrocities and unite our voices and mobilize a massive response to raise public awareness in Sudan' western region s of Darfur. -- Opening line from the Save Darfur Coalition Unity Statement Darfuri woman in refugee village in Chad. LETTER FROM JERRY FOWLER PRESIDENT, SAVE DARFUR COALITION Dear Friends, When we started working on the Darfur crisis in 2004, few of us thought our work would remain necessary today. But as millions of Darfuris still seek peace, protection and accountability, we must continue to insist that their suffering cannot stand. We will not give up. The conflict in Darfur and in Sudan is complex, yet at the same time, we should not lose sight of the moral contours of the situation. The Sudanese government launched a sustained campaign of destruction against the civilian population of particular ethnic groups as a counterinsurgency strategy. Along with its militia allies, it caused hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths -- either through violence or the effects of disease and malnutrition. A major moral issue of our time is whether "humanity" is in fact concerned with the suffering of people in far away, difficult to understand places. Is there something in our shared humanity that can bind us together, that can stimulate a response? Many have stood with the Darfuri refugees I met in Chad -- people who were desperate not to be abandoned, people who believed that the world would not allow their lives and communities to be consumed by flames and remain silent. Although the lives of many Darfuris still hang in the balance, the hopes of those refugees have not been futile. There has been an outcry from a broad and growing constituency of conscience in the United States and increasingly around the world. Pressure on the Sudanese government has prevented the loss of life in greater numbers. The lifeline for Darfuris is tenuous, but it is a lifeline, and it has been made possible by the advocacy efforts of this constituency of conscience that has refused to abandon the Darfuri people in their time of need. Together, we are making a difference. Our advocacy remains vital, because the fact is that governments will not act to protect civilians in another country -- absent a compelling geopolitical reason -- unless there is a constituency of conscience that demands it. And that may ultimately be the historical significance of the movement that is responding to Darfur. It not only is responding to the needs and hopes of displaced and suffering Darfuris, but it is unifying voices to demonstrate that the constituency of conscience exists. This constituency represents hope for a future without genocide and crimes against humanity. And it serves to remind governments everywhere that mass murder can be confronted with mass empathy, and that those who are suffering will not be abandoned. Sincerely, 2008 ANNUAL REPORT 3 SAVE DARFUR COALITION Jerry Fowler President, Save Darfur Coalition Galap women gather to request a well. DARFUR BY THE NUMBERS 5 Number of years since the crisis in Darfur was labeled a genocide by the U.S. government 300,000 Death toll from both direct and indirect causes estimated by the United Nations 1,000,000+ Number of people who have joined the Save Darfur online advocacy movement Save Darfur' efforts to s pressure the administration and Congress have had a tremendous impact. -- Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and keep the issue alive BACKGROUND on the Genocide in Darfur In 2003, after decades of neglect, drought, oppression and small-scale conflicts in Sudan's western region of Darfur, two rebel groups mounted an insurgency against Sudan's central government. In response, the regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and its allied militia, known as the Janjaweed, launched a campaign of destruction against civilians of similar ethnic background as the rebels. They wiped out entire villages, destroyed food and water supplies, and systematically murdered, tortured and raped thousands of Darfuris. Few Darfuris have been spared the violence, which continues today. The United Nations estimates that this campaign of destruction has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. As many as 2.7 million Darfuris have fled their homes and reside in dangerous internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Darfur, and another 300,000 are refugees in neighboring Chad. These Darfuris are completely dependent on the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations for even their basic needs -- food, water, shelter and health care. Approximately 3 million Darfuris still live in their villages, under the threat of bombings, raids, murder, rape and torture. ABOUT the Save Darfur Coalition In response to the crisis in Darfur, the Save Darfur Coalition was founded at the Darfur Emergency Summit at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City on July 14, 2004. What began as a meeting organized by Jewish World Service has grown into a network of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations with more than 1 million activists and hundreds of community groups committed to ending the genocide in Darfur. The mission of the coalition is to raise public awareness and mobilize a massive response to the atrocities in Darfur. By engaging and educating Americans on the situation in Darfur, the coalition applies political pressure on elected leaders to end the first genocide of the 21st century. 2008 ANNUAL REPORT the United States Holocaust Museum and American 5 SAVE DARFUR COALITION Save Darfur Coalition is headquartered in Washington D.C., with a staff of 25 professional organizers, policy advisors and communications specialists. 3,000,000 Number of Darfuris, estimated by the United Nations, who have lost their homes since the start of the conflict 3,500,000+ Number of men, women and children in the Darfur region reliant on humanitarian aid 130,000,000 Number of people represented by the coalition's more than 190 member organizations Unifying Voices. PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS 6 Building the Constituency of Conscience. The Save Darfur Coalition works with a network of more than 190 community and organizational partners representing 130 million Americans. Partner groups include national human rights, justice, faith and advocacy organizations that contribute their subject expertise, diverse networks and resources to ending the Darfur genocide. Though the groups represent different political beliefs, religious backgrounds and ethnicities, they are united in their efforts to end the Darfur genocide. Partners such as the ENOUGH Project and Genocide Intervention Network collaborate with the coalition to develop policy positions and papers. Organizations such as Amnesty International USA and Human Rights First encourage their networks to sign petitions, write letters and host awareness-building events across the country. All partner organizations are committed to the following Save Darfur Coalition goals: 7 Ending the violence against civilians; 7 Facilitating adequate and unhindered humanitarian aid; 7 Establishing conditions for the safe and voluntary return of displaced people to their homes; 7 Promoting the long-term sustainable development of Darfur; and 7 Holding the perpetrators accountable. Though the groups represent different political beliefs, religious backgrounds, and ethnicities, they are united in their efforts to end the Darfur genocide. COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR DARFUR & DARFUR ACTIVIST LEADERS Individuals working together are more effective than individuals working alone, which is why the coalition created the Communities United to Save Darfur program. This network of hundreds of local groups represents a diverse mix of people across the country who have joined together to advocate for the people of Darfur and to educate their communities about the ongoing conflict. movement to strategize, build capacity and create effective advocacy. In their communities, these Darfur Activist Leaders share their expertise in organizing, mobilize people to take action, and actively shape the Darfur movement. The coalition provides these activists with tools and resources to help them organize effective advocacy activities in their communities. The coalition encourages activists to plan events, write persuasive opinion pieces and lobby elected officials. 2008 ANNUAL REPORT The Save Darfur Coalition provides an online forum and in-person opportunities for leaders in the Darfur INTERFAITH ACTIVISM Faith communities have played a critical role in the development of the Save Darfur Coalition, feeling compelled by their faiths to respond to the genocide in Darfur. The Islamic Society of North America, the National Council of Churches, American Jewish World Service and Sojourners are among the faith-based groups that make up nearly half of the coalition's partner organizations. The coalition provides tailored, faith-related materials to these partners so that they can effectively engage their communities in Darfur activism. Whether through sermons, prayer services, petition signing or rally attendance, these congregations of conscience stand with the people of Darfur and call on the U.S. government to take action. ONLINE ADVOCACY The coalition's community of online activists has grown from 30,000 in January 2006 to more than 1 million people. A mix of grassroots organizing, rapid-response e-advocacy efforts, online advertising campaigns, high levels of friend-to-friend recruitment and the coordination of television, print, TV and radio advertising campaigns powered the growth. The Save Darfur Coalition also uses new media and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread awareness and engage larger audiences. Through online advocacy efforts, millions of messages related to Darfur policy have been delivered to U.N. and U.S. government officials. To sign up for our e-mail list, visit www.SaveDarfur.org. 7 SAVE DARFUR COALITION (Top) Left photo, Darfuris rally on the National Mall; (Top) Right photo, Advocates rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.; (Bottom) Left photo, Then-Sen. Barack Obama speaks at Save Darfur rally; (Bottom) Right photo, 2008 Save Darfur Coalition Activist Conference. Darfuri boy in refugee village in Chad. We all have the power We just need to open our eyes, and help others around the world. to make an immediate impact, take risks and challenge the status quo. -- Miriam and Jacob Hodesh DARFUR HEROES Each month, the coalition honors one outstanding activist as a Darfur Hero and features the activist's story on the Save Darfur blog. By recognizing those individuals who have helped build the movement, people across the country are inspired to develop unique awareness and fundraising tactics for Darfur advocacy. 2008 ANNUAL REPORT While eating at an Applebee's restaurant in rural western Massachusetts, high school students Ana Slavin and Nick Anderson created Dollars for Darfur as a way to have young people's voices heard on Capitol Hill and in the camps and villages of Darfur. Using emerging technology, social networking sites and creative campaigns -- concerts, walk-a-thons and raffles -- high school and middle school students across the country raised $148,883 for both humanitarian organizations and advocacy efforts of the Save Darfur Coalition during the 2007-2008 school year. In the words of Ana and Nick, "Dollars for Darfur has proven to the world that our generation has a profound desire to make a difference. We will inherit a world full of problems, and we have shown that we are ready for the challenge." While Jon Brian was a high school student, he started the non-profit organization A Car for Darfur (www.acarfordarfur. com) with the help of several of his classmates. The organization's mission was to restore a 1998 Chevrolet Camero to be sold at an auction, with the proceeds benefiting Save Darfur. Jon partnered with Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, and his organization was able to set up a booth at local events to solicit donations for the project and additional sponsorships. In total, A Car for Darfur raised more than $2,000 for Darfur advocacy. "The most important lesson that we took away from this project was that the best way to help the world at large is through a medium that you are interested in," wrote Jon. "For us, the best way was through the automotive world." A few months before their wedding, Miriam and Jacob Hodesh of Savannah, Georgia made the spontaneous decision to delete their wedding registry and instead request that their guests, if they so chose, make a donation to the Save Darfur Coalition. In total, their friends and family raised more than $20,000. "Some people didn't understand why two white Jewish kids from the Midwest would suggest donations be made to their black African brothers and sisters many miles away," said Miriam and Jacob. "Our answer was that we are all brothers and sisters." 9 SAVE DARFUR COALITION (Top) Left photo, Miriam and Jacob Hodesh (photo by David A. Ziser); (Bottom) Left photo, Jon Brian and classmates; (Bottom) Right photo, Nick Anderson and Ana Slavin. AMPLIFYING VoIces. DARFURI DIASPORA The Save Darfur Coalition continuously works to amplify the voices of Darfuris, which are often drowned out. Darfuri and Sudanese leaders are an instrumental part of the coalition's staff, board, and partner and activist networks. These leaders and their communities, both in the U.S. and in Sudan, play a key role in developing the coalition's 10 policy objectives and campaign strategies. In 2007, Save Darfur helped form the Darfuri Leaders Network (DLN), which connects Darfuri communities across the U.S. and allows them to advocate on Darfur with a united voice. The coalition regularly facilitates the DLN's release of joint statements on timely issues and helps promote Darfuri spokespeople in the media. The goal of these efforts is to provide forums for Darfuris to articulate a way forward for their own country. In July 2008, the Save Darfur Coalition worked with the Darfur Relief and Documentation Center to organize a conference of Darfuri civil society leaders in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to discuss ways to advance the peace process. In September 2008, the coalition also assisted in hosting a Ramadan iftar -- or breaking of the fast -- with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court during the U.N. General Assembly in New York. If peace and security for the people of Sudan as President on January 20, 2009 are not in place when one of us is inaugurated we pledge that the next Administration will pursue these goals DOMESTIC ADVOCACY The Save Darfur Coalition works closely with Congress to help ensure that elected leaders support policies helpful to the people of Darfur. The coalition has helped develop and advocate for the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Darfur, U.S. funding for humanitarian support, and increased awareness in Congress of how violence against women is used as a weapon of genocide. with unstinting resolve. � Then Sens. Obama, Clinton and Sen. McCain (May 2008) MEDIA RELATIONS In an effort to expand and amplify advocacy efforts, the coalition's media outreach increases the profile of the Darfur crisis for activists as well as policy makers. Coalition staff, briefing materials and journalist trips to the region guide and inform Darfur media coverage -- consistently pressing for sound policy positions that help the people of Darfur. Informative, timely published in leading print publications, including The 2008 ANNUAL REPORT and impactful news articles and editorials have been Washington Post, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Additionally, Save Darfur representatives and partners have appeared on leading news outlets including CNN, ABC News, Al-Jazeera, BBC World News and CNBC. INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY Engagement of the U.S. government alone will not suffice to find a solution to the Darfur conflict. To build a multilateral push to bring peace to Darfur and all of Sudan, the coalition works closely with international partner and civil society organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and provides advice and support for the U.N. chief mediator on the peace process in Doha. Coalition staff members also meet with high-level officials at NATO, the European Union, the African Union, the Arab League, the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the U.N. Human Rights Council. These efforts, coupled with participation in international conferences, help promote the coalition's policies. 1 1 petition signed by 55,000 activists asking the U.N. Security Council to keep its promises to Darfur; (Bottom) Left photo, Darfuris attend iftar in New York with chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; (Bottom) Center photo, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) meets with Dollars for Darfur activists (photo by Pete Muller); (Bottom) Right photo, International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo receives words of support and thanks from Darfuri diaspora leaders in New York (photo by Meryl Tihanyi). SAVE DARFUR COALITION (Top) Left photo, Save Darfur Coalition officials present a Key 2008 Accomplishments: � Led efforts to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. funding for peacekeeping and diplomatic efforts in Darfur Secured a joint statement on Darfur from then-Sens. Obama, Clinton and Sen. McCain. This was the first presidential candidate foreign policy joint statement since FDR and Dewey in 1944, and empowers activists to hold President Obama and his administration accountable for his promises Organized the Arab Coalition for Darfur, the first international coalition of Arab NGOs working together to press their governments for strong, positive action on Darfur � � COALITION PARTNERS NatioNal orgaNizatioNs Affiliation of Christian Engineers AFL-CIO American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Solidarity Center Africa Faith and Justice Network Alliance of Baptists American Anti-Slavery Group American Humanist Association American Islamic Congress American Islamic Forum for Democracy American Jewish Committee American Jewish World Service American Society for Muslim Advancement Americans for Democracy in the Middle-East Americans for Democratic Action Amnesty International USA Anti-Defamation League Arab American Institute Armenian Assembly of America Armenian Church of America Armenian National Committee of America B'nai B'rith International Bread for the World Buddhist Peace Fellowship Central Conference of American Rabbis Christian Solidarity International Church Alliance for a New Sudan � Institute for Religion and Democracy Church World Service Citizens for Global Solutions Coalition for American Leadership Abroad (COLEAD) Community of Christ Conference of Major Superiors of Men Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations Council for Secular Humanism Council on American-Islamic Relations Cush Community Relief International Dallas Peace Center Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy Darfur Association in the USA Darfur Community Organization Darfur Human Rights Organization of the U.S.A Darfur Peace and Development Organization Darfur Rehabilitation Project Dear Sudan Edah, Inc. The Enough Project Episcopal Church, USA Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Faithful America Foundation for Defense of Democracies Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Freedom Quest International Genocide Intervention Network Genocide Watch Global Justice Hadassah Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Help Darfur Now, Inc. Hillel Human Rights First IKAR Institute for the Study of Genocide International Justice Mission Investors Against Genocide Islamic Society of North America Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Jewish Council for Public Affairs Jewish Healthcare International Jewish Labor Committee Jewish Reconstruction Federation Jewish World Watch Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Jubilee Campaign Kesher Leadership Conference of Women Religious Lott Carey International Lutheran World Relief Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Medjugorje International Relief Mennonite Central Committee Metropolitan Community of Churches Muslim Public Affairs Council My Sister's Keeper NA'AMAT USA NAACP National Association of Evangelicals National Black Church Initiative National Black Law Students Association National Council of Jewish Women National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA National Jewish Democratic Council National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness NetAid NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby Open Doors USA Operation Sudan Operation USA ORT America Passion of the Present Pax Christi USA Peace Action and Peace Action Education Fund Physicians for Human Rights Presbyterian Church USA Project Islamic H.O.P.E. Rabbinical Assembly Rabbis for Human Rights North America Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Refugees International Religions for Peace USA Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Res Publica � 24 Hours for Darfur Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Associates Social Action Committee of the Congress of Secular Judaism SocialAction.com Society for Humanistic Judaism Society for Threatened Peoples Sojourners Southern Sudanese Voices for Freedom STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition Stop Genocide Now Sudan Human Rights Organization (SHRO) Teachers Against Prejudice The E.T.H.I.C. The Hunger Site The Shalom Center Tikkun TransAfrica Forum Ukrainian American Coordinating Council Union for Reform Judaism Union for Traditional Judaism Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Unitarian Universalist Association Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) United Jewish Communities United Macedonian Diaspora United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops United States Holocaust Memorial Museum United States-Armenia Public Affairs Committee (USAPAC) United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment Ve'ahavta Western Sudan Aid Relief in the USA Women of Reform Judaism Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring World Evangelical Alliance Yenza Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus 12 rEgioNal orgaNizatioNs African Mutual Assistance Association of Missouri All Saints Church in Pasadena Board of Rabbis of Northern California Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan Canadian Council for Reform Judaism Canadian Federation of Jewish Students Canadian Jewish Congress CASTS (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan) Chicago Coalition to Save Darfur Cleveland Diocesan Social Action Office & Diocese Congregation Beth Or Connecticut Coalition to Save Darfur Darfur Alert Coalition Democrats for Life of New York District of Columbia Baptist Convention Holocaust Museum and Study Center (NY) Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington Interfaith Council of the Inland Northwest Jewish Community Federation of Richmond Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Miami Jewish Federation Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Jewish Federation of Tulsa Mason-Dixon Darfur Alliance Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur New Vision Partners, Inc. New York Board of Rabbis New York Society for Ethical Culture Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition Progressive Jewish Alliance Save Darfur Coalition of South Palm Beach STAND Canada Texans for Peace UJA Federation of New York Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship Western Massachusetts Darfur Coalition 2008 Board of Directors* Officers Of the BOard CHAirperSoN Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, M.D. My Sister's Keeper ViCe-CHAirperSoN Sam Bell Genocide Intervention Network SeCretAry Omer Ismail Darfur Peace and Development treASurer Mike Edington Wellspring Advisors directOrs Dr. Mahmoud Braima Darfuri Leaders Network Rev. Richard Cizik National Association of Evangelicals Dr. Stephen Colecchi United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2008 ANNUAL REPORT Zeinab Eyega Sauti Yetu Center for African Women Rev. David Emmanuel Goatley, Ph.D. Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention Rabbi Steve Gutow Jewish Council for Public Affairs Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos National Council of Churches Ruth Messinger American Jewish World Service John Prendergast The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress Jill Savitt Dream for Darfur Scott Warren STAND, A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition Dr. James Zogby Arab American Institute 13 SAVE DARFUR COALITION * Affiliations for identification purposes only. STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR ENDED: SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 SUPPORT AND REVENUE Contributions: Individual Direct Mail Merchandise sales: Less: cost of goods sold interest income and other totAL 5,978,982 1,141,350 442,123 (174,836) 120,105 7,507,724 OVERHEAD RATE 24.67% ExPENSES programs: Policy and government relations Education and awareness Advocacy Supporting services: Management and general Fundraising totAL Change in net assets Net assets, beginning of year Net assets, end of year 802,788 1,049,392 9,315,690 (1,807,966) 4,663,720 2,855,754 1,252,294 2,874,856 3,336,360 75.33% totAL reVeNue G&A/Fundraising policy, education, Advocacy 7,507,724 1,852,180 5,655,544 STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION: SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents Account receivable � Team Darfur Inventory property and equipment, net other assets � Deposit totAL ASSetS 3,287,390 36,156 177,657 110,877 10,415 3,622,495 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses Net Assets: Unrestricted totAL LiABiLitieS AND Net ASSetS 2,855,754 3,622,495 Many of the photos selected for this publication were included with permission from Mia Farrow. 766,741 BUSINESS CARD HERE SAVE DARFUR COALITION 1025 CONNECTICUT AVE., NW P 800.917.2034 I SUITE 310 I WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036 I 202.556.2100 EMAIL INFO@SAVEDARFUR.ORG WWW.SAVEDARFUR.ORG