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3,500 girls will be forced to marry before reaching their fifteenth birthday. 132 million children have lost one or both parents. 20 million children have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict and human rights violations.

annual report 2008

a voice for orphans and vulnerable children

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LED E F FO RT S to retain 10 percent of all U.S. global HIV/AIDS funding for orphans and vulnerable children in the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by working with allies in Congress and galvanizing support from coalition partners. Once fully funded, 10 percent of PEPFAR will mean roughly $3 billion specifically serving kids from 2009-13. EDUCAT E D L AWM A K E R S and their staff on Capitol Hill about the importance of addressing challenges facing orphans and vulnerable children at a World AIDS Orphans Day briefing with Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Nita Lowey (D-NY). At this groundbreaking event, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, then

Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, released research-based, cutting-edge findings of best practices in supporting highly vulnerable children. S E C U R E D S I G N I F I CA N T S I X- F I G U R E G RA N T S from the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation and the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. BRIEFE D CA N D I DAT E S Obama and McCain’s senior campaign staff during the lead

up to the 2008 Presidential Election to ensure children would be prioritized in the new administration. N A M E D O N E O F T H E B E ST charities in the greater Washington region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Since 2003, the Catalogue has annually recognized small organizations with budgets below two million dollars for achieving distinction, merit, cost-effectiveness, and accomplishments.


In 2008, Global Action for Children (GAC) celebrated its fifth anniversary as a coalition and second as an independent nonprofit. The coalition first met in 2003 when a group of like-minded, child-focused advocates realized children were being left off the agenda in the global HIV/AIDS arena. This led to the formation of the GAC Leadership Council. With support from our Leadership Council members, funders, Board of Directors and dedicated staff, GAC has evolved and grown tremendously since the first meeting over five years ago. During the past year, we have drawn on the strengths and experiences of all of our different partners, grown as an organization, and expanded our reach as child advocates. Of GAC’s accomplishments in 2008, one for which I am most grateful is our efforts in leading a coalition of advocates to ensure that over $3 billion dollars was authorized for the care of highly vulnerable children through the reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for 2009-13. When appropriated, this critical foreign aid funding is expected to serve five million children over the next four years, providing them with access to healthcare, nutritional support, psychosocial support and removing barriers to their education. This funding supports programs in developing countries, mainly in Africa and Southeast Asia, run by large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as CARE and World Vision, but it also increasingly supports smaller groups made up of members in local communities. We have also helped redefine how PEPFAR identifies the children who qualify to receive support. This change will reduce the stigma sometimes associated with AIDS while at the same time it will more effectively serve those children who most need support. In my years working with GAC and partners, it is crystal clear that the policy work done here in Washington impacts for the better the lives of millions of children living in poor countries. GAC does not manage programs in the developing world; instead our policy work enables many of those programs to receive millions of dollars in critical funding from PEPFAR, USAID and other U.S. agencies to provide life-saving interventions and support to children and those who care for them. In 2008 GAC’s success in other areas was also noted. The Catalogue for Philanthropy named GAC one of the “best charities in greater Washington.” In addition to anonymous and individual donors, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation renewed their commitment to GAC with an end of year grant, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation followed with a six-figure grant to support GAC’s efforts on behalf of children. GAC appeared in the media advocating for children, including in publications such as Politico, the Daily Beast, the Freelance Star, the Courier-Journal, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post, the Tulsa World, and the Baltimore Sun. Despite the global economic crisis, GAC is well-poised to continue on a growth trajectory as an organization, and with our outstanding staff members, to expand our advocacy impact in the years ahead. Thank you all again for your unwavering support and help in ensuring that all children in the world can grow up safe and healthy. — Jennifer Delaney

Jennifer Delaney, GAC Executive Director, Indian girls school.


To increase funding for critical, life-saving programs serving children in developing countries and ensure the funds are allocated appropriately and spent effectively so all children have the health care, education, food, and protection they need to grow up safe and healthy.


GAC is a results-oriented coalition dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and highly vulnerable children in the developing world. GAC advocates for improved policies and expanded investments in proven interventions, increased effectiveness of programs, and efficient spending of taxpayer dollars to better serve children. We lead advocacy efforts to ensure access to low-cost, life-saving medicine and interventions that directly impact and ensure the survival and development of orphans and highly vulnerable children. We work in coalition to support efforts to expand access to basic education, end child sexual abuse and assist children in conflict. GAC’s unique strength comes from the effectiveness and diversity of charitable, faith-based, nongovernmental, and student organizations that comprise its Leadership Council, and its ability to mobilize a broad range of constituencies in support of advocacy for highly vulnerable children. GAC is a nonpartisan, independent voice for children that does not accept any government funding. This independence allows GAC to adhere to its mission, avoid advocating out of self-interest, and be bold on issues affecting children without fear of financial repercussions. Many in the child health community look to GAC to be a strong, independent voice.




former President George W. Bush in 2003 to combat global HIV/AIDS and was the largest financial commitment made by any nation in history to combat a single disease. In 2003, children affected by HIV/AIDS had minimal access to treatment, care and support. Non-governmental organizations dedicated to the wellbeing of vulnerable children living in poor countries recognized the dire need for targeted funding for these children. To ensure the children were not left out, the organizations came together with other allies to convince key policymakers to propose an earmark in the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-25), the legislation authorizing PEPFAR funds. The earmark dedicated 10 percent of total U.S. global AIDS spending for the care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The U.K. and Ireland followed the U.S. lead by committing 10 percent and 20 percent, respectively, of their global AIDS funding for OVC. This successful effort spurred a coalition of faith-based, nongovernmental, and student advocates to create Global Action for Children to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children would always have a voice and dedicated advocates.

PEPFAR RESOURCES SUPPORT OVER 500 NGOs IN 15 TARGET COUNTRIES AND ADDITIONAL SECOND-TIER COUNTRIES. HALF A DOZEN OTHER U.S. AGENCIES ALSO SUPPORT CHILDREN. ACTING IN ISOLATION, THESE DIVERSE EFFORTS RISKED COSTLY DUPLICATION OF WORK AND LOST OPPORTUNITIES TO ADDRESS THE MULTIFACETED NEEDS OF KIDS. In 2004 and 2005, GAC worked with congressional allies to generate bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress and pass into law the first-ever comprehensive U.S. response to the global OVC crisis, the Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act (P.L.109-95). This law directs the Administration to develop a strategy for supporting vulnerable children that addresses the full range of their needs on the ground, calling for community-based care, school food programs, increased educational opportunities, employment training and protection. To improve the standard of support for OVC, the law requires that government agencies and those who receive government funds to serve OVC coordinate and monitor efforts to prevent and eliminate duplicated efforts and wasted funds. The law also mandates a focus on community-based programs allowing orphans and other vulnerable children to remain connected to their extended families and communities thereby providing them with the most effective form of support. In 2006, GAC worked to ensure full implementation of this law. GAC convened a series of meetings with more than 30 stakeholders to develop civil society recommendations for the effective implementation of P.L. 109-95.

121 MILLION CHILDREN DID NOT ATTEND SCHOOL IN 2005. Due in part to GAC’s advocacy and that of its partners, Congress appropriated $15 million per year from 2005-2007 to help poor countries eliminate school fees, the biggest barrier for orphans and vulnerable children to the schoolhouse door.

COUNTRIES CONSISTENTLY UNDERFUND PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN. INNACCURATE GLOBAL ESTIMATES OF WHAT IT TAKES TO CARE FOR THE WORLD’S ORPHANS HAMPERED ADVOCACY TO CHANGE THIS. In August 2007, GAC and partners in the AIDS-Free Generation coalition led a successful multifaceted advocacy effort to increase the UNAIDS resource needs assessment from $1.2 billion to $4.5 billion – an expansion that will assist 19 million orphans from 2008- 2015.

IN 20 0 3 A N E ST I M AT ED OVER 60 MILLION GIRLS WERE M AR R I E D BEFORE AGE 18. Throughout fall and winter ’07, GAC, the International Center for Research on Women and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and others met with dozens of key members of the House of Representatives to bring attention to the negative health and human rights implications of child marriage. GAC assisted in securing vital report language in the House foreign aid funding bill directing the State Department to consistently report on the prevalence of child marriage in high rate countries and helped collect 65 cosponsors for the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Marriage Act (H.R. 3175).

BY 2007 THERE WERE STILL 143 MILLION ORPHANS WORLDWIDE AND MILLIONS MORE VULNERABLE CHILDREN. As a young coalition, GAC met significant challenges and achieved important legislative victories, yet there was still much work to be done. At the end of 2006, GAC incorporated as a nonprofit, enabling the organization to further its impact as an official nonprofit. In 2007, with the help of a start-up grant from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, GAC established a Board of Directors and Advisory Board, set up an office, hired a full-time staff and completed strategic planning for 2008- 2010.


G R A S S R O O T S A N D G R A S S -T O P S O R G A N I Z I N G ORGAN I Z E D A N D CO O R D I N ATED the OVC Policy Group that worked to impact the reauthorization of PEPFAR and led weekly OVC policy calls. This strategy galvanized

support from other groups and mobilized allies to attend meetings on Capitol Hill, seek media placements, make phone calls and write to policy makers. FACILI TAT E D G RA S S -TO P S advocacy with high profile correspondence to President Bush and key Congressional members; participants included Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Countess Albina du Boisrouvray. I N T E R N AT I O N A L N E T W O R K I N G GAT H E R E D I M P O RTA N T F E E D B AC K on AIDS-related work at the International Children & HIV/AIDS Symposium in Mexico City, Mexico. GAC staff shared work with

colleagues in the field and participated in roundtable discussions regarding international efforts to combat critical problems facing orphans and vulnerable children. MET W I T H representatives of World Vision, the Swedish International Development Agency and the governments of Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Rwanda as well as dozens of other experts and advocates. PLANN E D U. S . M E E T I N G S for South African Bishop Kevin Dowling with the offices of Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK). Bishop Dowling was named a 2005 Time Magazine Person of the Year in Europe and is the national spokesperson for the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa. M E D I A O U T R E AC H A N D C O M M U N I C AT I O N S DRAF T E D A N D P L AC E D two crucial op-eds urging the reauthorization of PEPFAR in the Baltimore Sun and the Tulsa World. S E C U R E D A P O L I T I C O STO RY on PEPFAR in which GAC Executive Director, Jennifer Delaney, was quoted as a specialist on OVC.

BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN IN THE NEW ADMINISTRATION . The Emergency Presidential Initiative for the World’s Children (EPIWC) is GAC’s effort to fundamentally alter the way that our nation addresses the unique challenges faced by children worldwide. It was designed in close consultation with children’s experts on issues including orphans and vulnerable children, child survival and maternal health, nutrition, early childhood development, basic education and family strengthening to create a platform laying out what is needed to ensure the wellbeing of vulnerable children worldwide. The EPIWC policy guidelines were developed to assist the president and U.S. Congress in meeting the basic needs of highly vulnerable children living in developing countries. THE EPIWC WAS ENDORSED BY: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Jim Kim, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Bread for the World, Plan USA, Global AIDS Alliance, RESULTS, FXB International, the United Methodist Church, American Jewish World Service, Save Africa’s Children and many other organizations. GAC MET WITH SENIOR STAFF from the Obama and McCain campaigns and urged them to call for an Emergency Presidential Initiative for the World’s Children should they be elected to the presidency. GAC WORKED CLOSELY with Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to pose a question on an orphan initiative to the presidential candidates during the Saddleback Forum. GAC also worked with the campaigns to brief the candidates on the importance of an initiative for orphans and vulnerable children. When then candidate Obama was asked the question during the forum, he stated, “I cheated a little bit. I actually looked at this idea ahead of time, and I think it is a great idea. I think it's something that we should sit down and figure out, working between non-governmental organizations, you know, national institutions, trying to figure out what can we do.” THE WASHINGTON POST printed a letter to the editor written by GAC executive director which highlighted the importance of investing in the health of children in poor countries. IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2008, GAC staff coordinated and submitted NGO recommendations from 20 key stakeholders around the world in order to influence the U.S. government’s interpretation of the new AIDS, TB and malaria law which included a much-improved definition of “vulnerable children.” IN DECEMBER 2008, GAC staff met with the Obama transition team to brief them about the change in definition of “vulnerable children” within the new law and the need to interpret this term broadly so as to benefit the most vulnerable children.


Global Action for Children is pleased to provide financial information for the period of January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2008. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

The operating revenue for Global Action for Children comes primarily from grants and contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations whose generous support enables GAC to advocate for orphans and vulnerable children in the developing world. We are committed to being efficient, effective and responsible stewards of the contributions we receive. In fiscal year 2008, Global Action for Children recorded $901,685 in support and revenue. GAC spent the majority of its funding to cover operating expenses for core program areas. Global Action for Children’s management is responsible for the preparation and integrity of the financial statements as well as the systems, processes and controls that ensure timely and accurate reporting. GAC has an active Board of Directors, including an Audit Committee that oversees the organization’s financial reporting and audit process. The financial statements have been audited by independent certified public accountants. Excerpts from the audited financial statements are presented. Complete copies of the financial statements are available by visiting our website at or by calling Global Action for Children at (202) 589.0808. Thanks to our Donors & Partners for their Support in 2008 SUPPORT AND REV E N U E

Contributions In - Kind Contributions Grants Investment Income Other Income TOTAL SUPP O RT A N D R EV E N U E

$251,153 $25, 374 $600,000 $11,173 $13,985 $901,685


Orphans & Highly Vulnerable Child Survival General Program TOTAL PROG RA M S E RV I C E S

$187, 306 $119,805 $92 ,238 $ 399, 349


General & Administrative Fundraising TOTAL SUPP O RT S E RV I C E S TOTAL EXPENSES

$184,922 $127,584 $ 312 ,506 $711,855


ASSETS CHANGE IN N E T A S S E T S NET AS SETS AT 1 2 - 3 1 - 0 7 NET AS SETS AT 1 2 - 3 1 - 0 8

$189,830 $789,559 $979, 389


Cash and Cash Equivalents Acounts Receivable Grants Receivable Prepaid Expenses TOTAL CUR R E N T A S S E T S

$827,782 $1,570 $92 ,479 $23,929 $945,760


Furniture and Fixtures Computer Equipment Telephone Equipment Website Less: Accumulated Depreciation NET FIXED A S S E T S

$9,656 $ 32 ,114 $5,059 $14,694 ($15,688) $ 45,855



$5,896 $5,896 $997,511


Accounts Payable Accrued Expenses TOTAL CURR E N T L I A B I L I T I E S

$1,840 $16,282 $18,122


Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted TOTAL NET A S S E T S TOTAL LIABILITIES A N D N E T A S S E T S

$ 479, 389 $500,000 $979, 389 $997,511


OVC 47% Child Survival 30% General program 23%

47% 30% 23%

PricewaterhouseCoopers The Mohegan Tribe American Express Quinn Gillespie & Associates Ospraie Management – Dwight Anderson Charitable Giving Access Industries Cauthen, Forbes & Williams

JPMorgan Chase Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Mortgage Insurance Companies of America Brown Elk, LLC North American Bear Company Zutano

$499 & BELOW

Timothy & Andrea Collins Francine Brambier

Anonymous (5) Joanne Carter Evona Channer Beau Clark Scott Crow Carol Dahlen Michele Dye Genautia Battle Susan Forman Melissa Gelbart Kristie Griff Rachel Hagedorn Archer Hannah Kimberly Hartzfield Pamela Hickerson James Hoskinson Lisa Hudson Blaze Huston Daniella Ismodes Mindy Johnson

$5OO +


GE Foundation

$1000 +

Anonymous The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Jolie-Pitt Foundation Cartinhour-Woods Family Foundation The Children’s Project, LLC FXB, USA


Foundations, Individuals, and Corporations have generously invested in supporting orphans and vulnerable children through their cash donations to Global Action for Children. This support totaled more than U.S. $851,153 in 2008. GAC also leveraged over $25,374 of in-kind support from nine pro bono partners.

Simi Kapoor Walter Kirsch & Family Tsion Lemi Lori Lennox Rebecca Lewis Tiziana Maniezzo Jennifer McBroom Kitty McHone Joy McPhee Talibart Meiling Diana Millner Matthew Mitchell Margaret Nolan Todd Papadakos Kristen Paul Elizabeth Pauly Carol Pearsall Anouchka Philippe Lisa Pruitt Harry Redlich

Arthritis Foundation General Board of the Church & Society of the United Methodist Church Saddleback Valley Community Church

Cory & Yada Forbes Yada Jubandhu Kathy & Les Kretman

Karen Regan Genevieve Reitano Nils Ringe Colby Ross Tereza Sabic Karen Sabolcik Anavaldice Santos Elizabeth Schalchlin Sarah Sharp Maria Simon Annah Sobelman Theresa Stahl Casey Stetler Silvia Stramwasser Maria Uyterhoeven Barbara Watkins Lisa Weber Todd Elliott Cynthia Gonzales Virginia Prieto

Roman & Carley Rico Irma Roth Pamela Tam Lynda Tilluckdharry Paul Zeitz Jocelyn Quinn Michael Tempke Paul Ferland Ronald & Linda Bennett Kim Nguyen Lange Jillian Rebecca Wood Chantelle McCurty Marissa Fretz Christopher Courage Michele Ovesey Henry Shore Alexander Erwin Betsy & Alan Hohlfelder Laura Jones Jessica Tuthill


Africa Faith and Justice Network, American Jewish World Service, Artists for a New South Africa, Center for Health and Gender Equity, The Children’s Project, LLC, Church Women United, Church World Service, Episcopal Church, USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Leadership Council Co-Chair, FXB International, Global AIDS Alliance, Leadership Council Co-Chair, Global Justice, Hope for African Children Initiative, Keep A Child Alive, LitWorld, Mothers Acting Up, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, RESULTS, Save Africa’s Children, Student Global AIDS Campaign, Student Campaign for Child Survival, United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society


Trevor Neilson, Senior Advisor, President Global Philanthropy Group - Chair Albina du Boisrouvray, Founder and President, Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud David Gartner, Global Campaign for Education James Haven, Youth AIDS Summit, Saddleback Church Kerry Olson, Founder and President, Firelight Foundation Jack Quinn, Founder and Co-Chairman, Quinn Gillespie & Associates Sara Sievers, Columbia University, Earth Institute


Honorary Chairperson: Angelina Jolie, Co-Chair, Jolie-Pitt Foundation Chairperson: Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director, Global AIDS Alliance President: Jennifer Delaney, Executive Director, Global Action for Children Secretary/Treasurer: Dr. Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS Kathy Postel Kretman, Ph.D., Director, Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Joan Lombardi, Ph.D., Director, The Children’s Project LLC Conan N. Louis, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, Lassiter & Associates Diana Aubourg Millner, Executive Director, Save Africa’s Children Susan McCue, Advisor, ONE Campaign & Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (D-NV) Richard C. Powell, Chief Operating Officer, Burson-Marsteller


Mindi Batson, Development Associate, Jennifer Delaney, Executive Director, Aaron Eske, Communications Manager, Allison Grossman, Policy Associate, JoAnn Kane, Acting Director of Operations, Leila Nimatallah, Esq., Policy Director, Allison Shuffield, Outreach Manager


GAC is grateful for relationships with corporate partners who help us achieve our important mission:, Crane & Company, Getty Images, Georgetown University, Joseph Peter™ Karma 180 Productions, Kresta King, North American Bear Co., Quinn Gillespie & Associates LLC, The Baby Times, Typecast Press, Zolo, Zutano.

Photos : Cover + pages 9, 17 - Kresta King / pages 2, 12, 13 - page 5 - Helping Children With AIDS / Back cover - Joseph Peter™ Design : Higashi Glaser Design / Zolo, Inc.

Global Action for Children Annual Report 2008  

2008 Annual report for Global Action for Children, a nonprofit helping kids in poverty worldwide.

Global Action for Children Annual Report 2008  

2008 Annual report for Global Action for Children, a nonprofit helping kids in poverty worldwide.