A message for all the past and present supporters of Invisible Children

Whether you slept outside with us in 2006 at the Global Night Commute to protest the use of child soldiers, rallied in the streets of DC for the passage of a bill that would make it U.S. law to capture Joseph Kony, surrounded Oprah Winfrey’s studio in Chicago to get the LRA story on the news, attended one of our 15,000+ film screenings or a Fourth Estate Conference: you built Invisible Children, so we want to share some news with you.

We’re announcing today that the Invisible Children you’ve known is changing. We’re downsizing the bulk of our U.S. programs and operations at the end of the year to prioritize our political advocacy and central Africa programs through 2015.

When our three founders got on a plane with a camera in 2003, they never imagined that the story they found would lead to this incredible journey. And sitting here eleven years later, we cannot believe how much we’ve been able to accomplish with all of you. But despite making incredible progress toward our mission, it’s been difficult to fund the breadth of our work, especially over the last two years.

So based on our current financial projections, we have decided that the best decision is to shut down the media and mass-awareness efforts in the U.S. and to focus all remaining funds (and future fundraising) on the execution of our most essential programs. We will also be handing off ownership of our Ugandan programs and offices to regional partners.

Because of this decision, things are going to look a lot different. We won’t be visiting your school in vans, and we won’t be making new videos or selling T-shirts. We won’t be hosting major awareness events, benefit concerts, or grassroots fundraisers. Invisible Children will be moving out of our San Diego office and the majority of our staff will be let go, including our current executive staff.

What you will get in 2015 is a lean, experienced team doing the hard work in the trenches on Capitol Hill and in the heart of central Africa, maintaining the critical programs that are protecting communities targeted by the LRA and helping those in captivity safely find their way home.

We know that the momentum we all have created can still be a powerful force, with or without the walls of a building. We believe in the integrity of this movement and that your commitment will endure with or without a trending hashtag. So, we are going back to where we started, a bunch of littles in a ragtag posse, volunteering to act when called upon.

And we won’t lie, it hurts to let go of this part of our work. But we are so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together: a 92% reduction in LRA killings in the last 3 years, 1.8 million displaced people returned to their communities, 2,659 people abducted by the LRA returned to their families in the last four years, 11 Ugandan schools rebuilt, 6,000+ Ugandan scholarships awarded, 3.7 million pledges delivered, two bills passed through U.S. Congress, and so much more. Your voice and work has made (and continues to make) all the difference, and we are forever grateful for your choice to join us in this journey.

We hope that you are proud of the decision we are making. We believe it is the best way forward to support an end to this conflict.

Currently, we need to fundraise $150,000 to keep a small team in the U.S. and Africa to continue the most essential programs through 2015. If we fall short, these programs will end before our work is completed. Every dollar we raise in the next few months will go toward our Finishing Fund and will enable us to responsibly hand over our programs to local community partners.

We’re firing ourselves, but we’re not quitting. Because we won’t stop until every captive man, woman, and child is out of the LRA.

Invisible Children

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How You Can Help We need to raise $150,000 between now and December 31st, 2014 to sustain our most vital programs in the counter-LRA mission through 2015.


Donate to the finishing fund

$150,000 ensures the continuation of our most essential protection programs through 2015

Commit to join CITIZEN

A volunteer activist network committed to stopping LRA violence through political advocacy

Join Citizen

These are the programs that we will sustain in 2015 through the Finishing Fund.

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LRA Crisis Tracker

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Real-time data collection, conflict mapping, and analysis of the LRA conflict

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Early Warning Radio Network

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Community-run network of HF radios that reports daily on LRA activity to help protect vulnerable civilians

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‘Come Home’ Defection Messaging

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Flier drops, helicopter loudspeakers, and radio broadcasts that dismantle the LRA from within by encouraging peaceful surrender

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Community Defection Committees

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Locally-elected committees trained on how to safely and effectively support peaceful LRA defections

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Grassroots Advocacy

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Volunteer activists who are sustaining the international investments that will help end the LRA crisis.

Invisible Children's Lifetime Financials 2004 - 2014

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Program Investment & Impact For almost ten years, Invisible Children has worked to see a permanent end to the LRA crisis by using a unique model that aims to address the issue comprehensively – from the immediate needs to the long-term effects. We’ve done so through a four-part model comprised of media, mobilization, protection, and recovery programs. Many organizations choose to tackle issues through either on-the-ground programs or awareness and advocacy campaigns, but few take on both. Every step of the way our commitment has been to achieve concrete results toward our mission of ending LRA violence once and for all, and we leverage every dollar to maximize the impact of your donation.

Africa Programs

Our programs support civilian protection, peaceful LRA defection, community resilience, vocational and livelihood training, rehabilitation of LRA returnees, educational scholarships, and school reconstruction initiatives operating in Uganda, the Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

92% Reduction in LRA-related killings since 2011
2,624 LRA captives and combatants returned home since 2010
6,317 Annual Legacy Scholarships Awarded
75% Reduction in LRA fighting force since 2008
98% Reduction in Ugandan internally displaced persons since 2005
154 Construction and renovation projects completed through Schools for Schools

$35,000,000Invested 2004 - 2014

Awareness, Mobilization, & Grassroots Advocacy

We have built national and international film tours and events that drive public awareness of the LRA conflict and inspire youth participation in political advocacy campaigns. These efforts push forward U.S. and international government action to end LRA violence and support affected communities.

5,000,000+ young people educated about the LRA issue through
16national tours
13,861 Screenings of
12films about the conflict
400,000+ Activists attended
8International Awareness Events
3,000+ In-person Congressional lobby meetings, resulting in the passage of
2bipartisan bills
3.7 million citizen pledges to end LRA violence delivered to world leaders
5 reauthorizations of the U.S. mission to help end LRA violence

$32,600,000Invested 2004 - 2014

Results since 2012 During our KONY 2012 campaign, we experienced a dramatic spike in supporter participation and funding, which allowed us to significantly expand our protection and recovery programs in East and central Africa and make a huge political impact worldwide. We committed to honoring the young people who raised their voices and the donors who gave in response to the campaign. We invested more than $16 million into our projects in Africa since 2012 and have continued to creatively and relentlessly lobby political leaders.

3.7 million citizen pledges to end LRA violence delivered to the White House, the United Nations, and the African Union

106 U.S. members of Congress co-sponsored a resolution condemning Kony’s violence and urging the President to stay committed to the counter-LRA mission

7 international governments and institutions joined forces to launch the first-ever comprehensive international strategy to arrest Kony and end LRA violence

$16 million invested in the expansion of protection and rehabilitation programs

Expanded the Early Warning Radio Network to cover more than 80 communities

”Rewards for Justice” bill signed into U.S. law by President Obama January 15, 2013

1 million + “Come Home” defection fliers dropped

3 out of 5 top LRA commanders removed from the battlefield

1,338 people safely and peacefully returned home from the LRA

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