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When God looks at God’s world and sees all the awful events. . . . God weeps, and I think God says, ‘Gee, what ever got into me to create that lot?’ And then God looks down again and sees RESULTS, sees the incredible human beings you are, doing the kind of things you are doing, taking leadership in your communities for the betterment of human kind. And then a smile breaks over God’s face and a little angel goes up and wipes the tears from God’s eyes, because you have made God say, ‘Ah, that is exactly why I created you. You are fantastic. 

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu to RESULTS Volunteers 

Founded in 1980 by a music teacher who sought a better life for the world’s poor, RESULTS[1] is a powerful, effective organization with a network of 6,000 volunteer advocates in the U.S. Our mission is simple yet highly ambitious: We aim to create the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty by empowering individuals to exercise their personal and political power. Our volunteers are everyday people who can no longer accept a world where 46.2 million Americans (15 percent) live below the poverty line and 1.4 billion people in developing countries live on less than $1.25 a day.[2] Read stories of empowerment from a few of our amazing volunteers.

Sister organizations RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) are a leading force in ending hunger and poverty in the U.S. and worldwide. By supporting programs and policies that address the root causes of poverty, we’re creating long-term solutions and leveraging millions of dollars and effective programs and policies that give low-income people the means to not only survive, but to thrive. Learn more about our network of volunteer advocates and our organizational structure.

 Thank you for giving me a second chance to live.

— Carol Nyirenda, Zambian TB-HIV activist

Our 110 organized advocacy groups around the U.S. generate major policy changes that lead to millions of lives saved and changed. We focus on global issues that receive little attention in Washington and U.S. policies that are critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. RESULTS volunteers are the leading advocates on our issues, and our results speak for themselves: We leverage our resources into literally billions of dollars from governments and international institutions to eradicate poverty. Read about our 2012 highlights and our history of over 30 years of success.

I give to RESULTS because for me it is the best way I can help create a world of which you and I can be proud. 

— Scott A. Leckman, M.D.; Chair, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund Board of Directors; Salt Lake City Volunteer

Our method of training people to use their power as citizens is proven, admired, and unique.  A recent survey conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation of 250 congressional aides about the most effective ways to create political change reads like the RESULTS’ manual: in-person visits with constituents, contact from a constituent who represents other constituents, and individualized postal letters, email, and calls.  Our advocates use exactly these tactics to influence their members of Congress and build new leaders on Capitol Hill. Congressman Adam Smith of Washington State underscores the effectiveness of our strategies: “This is the best grassroots organization I work with. I get the question all the time, ‘What can we do to make what we care about happen politically?’ And the answer is so simple. I always cite RESULTS as the example.  Nobody does it better than you.” Read other testimonials about our powerful work from members of Congress and global leaders.[JM5]  With your help, we can train even more advocates around the country.

If you divide up the number of people involved with RESULTS and the amount of money we leverage for programs like microfinance and health care, each of us raises tens of thousands of dollars a year. It’s the best business deal I’ve ever made!

  — Stan Merrell, volunteer and donor

Join us and invest in the end of poverty. A gift to RESULTS or RESULTS Educational Fund (REF) packs a powerful punch. Your gift leverages millions of dollars of government funding and helps us advocate for the smartest policies to help alleviate poverty and give everyone a fair shot at a brighter future.

Please contact our development manager, Jen Maurer, anytime at or (201) 333-8376.


[1] “RESULTS” is the brand that encompasses both RESULTS, our 501(c)4 lobbying arm, and RESULTS Educational Fund, our 501(c)3  educational arm.

[2] US poverty data: U.S. Census Bureau; Global poverty data: World Bank.


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