To Invisible Children supporters past present and future

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 or just saw one of our films online for the very first time: you are Invisible Children.

We announced in December of 2014 that Invisible Children would be downsizing the bulk of our U.S. mass mobilization programs and operations at the end of 2014 to prioritize our political advocacy initiatives and central Africa programs in 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 towards our mission, it has become increasingly difficult to fund the full breadth of programs and operations we developed over the years.

So based on financial projections, we have decided that the best and most responsible decision was to redirect resources away from our media and mass-awareness efforts in the U.S. and to focus all remaining funds (and future fundraising) on the programs that are most critical to our mission, in light of the current dynamics of the LRA conflict. At the same time we also decided to hand off ownership of our Ugandan programs and offices to in-country partners.

Because of this decision, things look a lot different. We don’t visit school in vans, we aren’t making new videos or selling T-shirts. We aren’t hosting major awareness events, benefit concerts, or grassroots fundraisers. We moved out of our San Diego office and the majority of our staff have moved on to new things, including our executive leadership.

What exists now is a lean, focused team of our most experienced staff, doing the hard work in the trenches – on Capitol Hill and in remote corners 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 an office building. We believe in the integrity of this movement and that your commitment will endure with or without a trending hashtag. So in many ways, we are back where we started out, a bunch of littles in a ragtag posse, committed to seeing an end to LRA violence. Except now we have 10 years of knowledge and experience with the LRA conflict, trusting relationships with community leaders, huge political gains, and some incredible, life-saving programs in the region under our belt.

We won’t lie, it hurt to let go of really special people and programs in the U.S. 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 made. We believe it is the best way forward to support an end to this conflict.

Every dollar we raise this year will enable us to continue this work and responsibly handover our programs to local community partners in 2016.

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

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Our Work Thanks to the generous support of our recurring donors and Finishing Fund contributors, Invisible Children will continue implementing these critical programs through 2015.

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Real-time security reports, conflict mapping, and analysis of the LRA conflict

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

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Flier drops, and radio broadcasts that encourage peaceful surrender to dismantle the LRA from within

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

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Citizen activists pushing for needed action from political leaders to help end the LRA crisis

Invisible Children's Lifetime Financials 2004 - 2014

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Program Investment & Impact

For almost 10 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. Historically, we’ve done so through a four-part model comprised of media, mobilization, protection, and recovery programs. And with your help, we’ve made a real, life-saving impact on the LRA crisis. 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.

Beginning in 2015, we will be investing all remaining funds (and future donations) in our most essential political advocacy initiatives and our programs in the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo that are most directly contributing to the end of LRA violence and the lasting recovery of affected communities.

Africa Programs

Over the past nine years, our programs have supported civilian protection, peaceful LRA defections, 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.

Together with local, regional and international partners, we have seen tremendous progress in the effort to end LRA violence and support recovery of affected communities, including:

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
250,000+ displaced persons in central Africa returned home since 2008
154 Construction and renovation projects completed through Schools for Schools

$35,000,000Invested 2004 - 2014

Awareness, Mobilization, & Grassroots Advocacy

For nine years, Invisible Children coordinated national and international film tours and events to drive public awareness of the LRA conflict and inspire youth participation in political advocacy campaigns. Today, because of the impact of these activities and the work of our partners, Joseph Kony is one of the most notorious warlords in the world, and there is no longer the same need for our mass awareness campaigns. However, there is still an urgent need to sustain U.S. and international government action to finally end LRA violence and support affected communities. Join Citizen to continue the movement.

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 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 in the U.S. and internationally.

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+ of Invisible Children’s funds invested in the expansion of protection and rehabilitation programs

Expansion of the Early Warning Radio Network to cover more than 80 communities

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

1 million + “Come Home” defection fliers dropped in areas of known LRA movements

4 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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