Monday, October 16, 2017



RESULTS Austin 2017 Newsletter
RESULTS celebrates READ Act
RESULTS global poverty teams celebrated a success 10 years in the making.  The READ Act was signed into law on September 8th.  RESULTS Austin’s Congressman Michael McCaul was an original cosponsor on the bill.

The READ Act (Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act, H.R. 601) strengthens accountability and transparency of global education programs to ensure that U.S. investments have the greatest impact, while also advancing quality education services for children affected by conflict and emergencies.

“This remarkable victory was made possible by the persistent efforts of RESULTS advocates and partners across the country, as well as strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate,” said Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS.  It would not have been possible without long term support from donors like you!
Fighting hard for U.S. anti-poverty programs
RESULTS U.S. poverty teams have been working hard all year to prevent cuts to anti-poverty programs in our own communities. In the first half of this year they produced more media than in any year before! 

Throughout the year various health care proposals threatened to cut funding for Medicaid for millions in our communities for whom it is a lifeline.  So far, the Senate has not mustered the votes to make that devastating cut.  However, in September Senate Budget Committee leaders released their proposed 2018 budget which assumes that at least $1.5 trillion of their tax cuts will not be paid for.  Down the line, the resulting deficits could be used by policymakers to demand cuts to basic assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), education, and infrastructure.

SNAP (formerly food stamps) and Earned Income and Child Tax Credits respectively lifted 3.6 million and 8.2 million people out of poverty last year.  Your support helps protect these crucial policies.
                            RESULTS Austin activities in 2017
RESULTS Austin is proud our published media:
·   A feature article focused on RESULTS.

· An editorial on the Global Partnership for Education.
·  Ten letters to the editor.

And our Congressional encounters:
· Eleven meetings with congressional staff.
·Meetings with Congressmen John Carter, Lloyd Doggett, Bill Flores and Joaquin Castro. 
·Six of our representatives signed letters supporting appropriations requests.
· RESULTS Texas volunteers personally handed Senator Ted Cruz 109 letters urging his support for the Global Partnership for Education.  (See photo above.)

Thanks to your support for expansion efforts, for the first time RESULTS advocates from all 50 states lobbied Congress in DC in July!

2017 fundraising

At the RESULTS Austin fundraiser, we shared these accomplishments and our hope for a brighter future through our advocacy at RESULTS.  It is because of wonderful donors like you, that we can share these accomplishments.  You and your confidence in RESULTS create the hope needed to carry on.

Dollars invested in RESULTS get perhaps the “biggest bang for the buck” of any organization.  They fund staff, who support us, the volunteers.  Together we help shape national policies that will bring about the end of poverty.

We ask for your continued support for RESULTS.  We hope you share our vision of a world where children can grow up healthy and mothers don't die while pregnant or giving birth.  We see a world where parents are surviving AIDS and tuberculosis in order to work and care for their families. We want a world where everyone has access to education and economic opportunity.  With your help we can achieve this vision.  Thank you for being our partner!

If you wish to donate, please either send your contribution in the enclosed envelope or contribute online at https://results.salsalabs.org/austin.

RESULTS / RESULTS Educational Fund
1101 15th St. NW, Suite 1200 - Washington, DC 20005
www.RESULTS.org

Thursday, September 14, 2017

RESULTS Austin 2017 Fundraiser

Growing a Movement for the End of Poverty

Sunday, October 15, 2017
2:00 PM CDT - 4:00 PM CDT

Please join us to hear about RESULTS' work to end poverty through advocacy.
Learn more about our work and what we've accomplished in 2017 at www.RESULTS.org.

To RSVP or make a donation, visit https://results.salsalabs.org/austin!

Special Guest Speaker and Seeds of Hope Honoree: David Barstow

David Barstow is the Executive Director of EMPACT Africa, an organization working to empower pastors in sub-Saharan Africa to fight the stigma and discrimination of those living with HIV/AIDS, leading to prevention and treatment of the disease. Partnering with institutions of faith in Zambia, South Africa, and Lesotho, EMPACT Africa works to help local leaders and their churches accept and support community members living with HIV/AIDS.

Church of the Savior
3402 Little Elm Trail - Cedar Park, TX 78613

Located off of Highway 620, between Anderson Mill Road and U.S. 183. (map)

Sunday, October 9, 2016



RESULTS Austin 2016 Newsletter

RESULTS celebrates Global Fund

“We’re not just committed to fighting these epidemics, we’re committed to end them.” - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, Sept.16th.



On September 16, 2016 in Montreal, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau hosted a successful pledging conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Pledges from the private sector and governments worldwide totaled $13 billion. These funds will enable the Global Fund to save 8 million lives and prevent 300 million new infections in the next 3 years alone. Leading the way, the U.S. promised to match $1 for every $2 contributed by other donors up to a maximum of $4.3 billion. Two African countries pledged for the first time, while other countries increased their contributions, one by 45%.

In June, U.S. RESULTS advocates visited Washington DC and urged the administration to make exactly this pledge. Our RESULTS staff supported this advocacy keeping us informed and engaged. 

Thanks to your support, RESULTS is expanding around the world, helping citizens in other countries become effective in guiding decisions of their own governments.  Indeed RESULTS organizations in Australia, Canada, the UK, France, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Zambia and South Africa successfully urged their governments and the European Commission to make bold pledges to the Global Fund.

Fighting hard for maternal & child survival

 


RESULTS continues to push for passage of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act. The bill proposes reforms with the bold goal of saving the lives of 15 million children and of 600,000 mothers by 2020.  To achieve the goal the reforms call for U.S. assistance to focus on the poorest communities, scale up the most effective interventions, improve accountability, and coordinate programs across various U.S. agencies.   

RESULTS advocates generated media supporting the Reach Act in all fifty states, a first for the national organization. As we compose this newsletter there are 201 cosponsors in the House and 26 in the Senate.  RESULTS Austin secured 5 of the 12 Texas cosponsors and now we are intensifying our efforts by urging the cosponsors to encourage the chairman of that committee to move the bill forward.

Your support throughout this campaign has enabled us to keep pushing.  We hope to get this bill passed before the end of the year, a rare accomplishment for a bill the first session it is introduced.  

                            RESULTS Austin activities in 2016

RESULTS Austin is excited that Dr. Sheeba Kunnel, a pediatrician here in Austin, joined as a strong member of our group.  With her energy renewing our enthusiasm, we accomplished:


  •  Six published letters to the editor on global health.
  • Face to face meetings with Representatives Gene Green, Bill Flores, Roger Williams, Michael McCaul, John Carter & Lamar Smith.
  • Fourteen meetings with congressional staff.
  • Rep. McCaul cosponsored the Education for All Act,  which passed unanimously in the House.
  • Three of our representatives signed letters supporting appropriations requests. 
  • Four of us attended the International Conference in DC.

Thanks to your generous support, RESULTS expansion staff has added two new groups to our region this year in Louisiana and Oklahoma.  You are empowering RESULTS outreach in all 50 states reaching more members of Congress and producing more media for greater impact.

We are also pursuing a group start in San Antonio.  Please let us know if you know folks there who might be interested in helping with that effort.

2016 fundraising

RESULTS Austin will not be having a benefit event this year.  Instead we share our progress and ask for your renewed support.  Dollars invested in RESULTS get perhaps the “biggest bang for the buck” of any organization.  They pay for staff, who support and empower us, the volunteers.  Together we all create change.

We ask for your continued support for RESULTS.  We hope you share our vision of a world where children can grow up healthy and mothers don't die while pregnant or giving birth.  We see a world where parents are surviving AIDS and tuberculosis in order to work and care for their families. We want a world where everyone has access to education and economic opportunity.  With your help we can achieve this vision.  Thank you for being our partner!

If you wish to donate, please contribute online at www.tinyurl.com/RESULTSAustin2016.

RESULTS / RESULTS Educational Fund
1101 15th St. NW, Suite 1200 - Washington, DC 20005
www.RESULTS.org