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Oxfam-America Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/06/2014: Oxfam-America Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: OXFAM-AMERICA INC

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Oxfam-America Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/06/2014: Oxfam-America Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: OXFAM-AMERICA INC

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Physical Address: Boston, MA 02114 
EIN: 23-7069110
Web URL: www.oxfamamerica.org 
NTEE Category: Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q30 International Development, Relief Services
M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
B Educational Institutions
Ruling Year: 1988 


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Mission Statement

Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. We save lives, develop long-term solutions to poverty, and campaign for social change. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions.

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Mr. Raymond C. Offenheiser

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Since Jan 1996

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"Oxfam America distinguishes itself because we ask the right questions. We ask hard questions. Not just of the US government, corporations, and political leaders in the countries where we work—but of our partners around the globe and, most important, of ourselves. We also pursue answers vigorously and develop innovative approaches to reducing poverty." Ray Offenheiser joined Oxfam America as its president in 1996. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has grown more than sevenfold, and repositioned itself in the US as an influential voice on international development and foreign policy. Prior to joining Oxfam, Ray represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in both Brazil and Colombia and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. At the 2012 G Meeting, he was appointed by the Obama administration to represent civil society interests on the Leadership Council of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. Ray serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory bodies for a diverse array of both national and international institutions including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Cornell University, Interaction and the Kellogg Center at the University of Notre Dame. He was a co-founder and board member of the ONE Campaign, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the Food Policy Action Network and served as honorary President of Wetlands International.

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Budget:
$73,500,000
Category:
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
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Program Description:

Regional Programs Oxfam works with local organizations, providing funds and empowering poor people to play a central role in the development of their families, communities, and regions. Policy & Advocacy Oxfam combines research, advocacy, and campaigning to engage world public opinion and influence decision makers on behalf of people living in poverty. Public Education Oxfam fosters a broad understanding of the root causes of poverty and injustice and promotes the role each individual can play in a global movement for social change. Humanitarian Relief & Rehabilitation Oxfam provides immediate assistance to save lives in the event of a disaster. Once urgent danger passes, Oxfam continues to help people restore their livelihoods and prepare for future crises. For more information on Oxfam America's programs please click here.

Program Long-Term Success:

Oxfam is one of very few organizations that can effectively catalyze social change by linking our local grass-roots efforts to larger regional, national and global solutions thereby, transforming the legal structures and policies that exclude poor people from opportunity and make existing poverty worse. We continue to fight poverty and social injustice through seven regional offices in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the US. Highlights include working with partners to teach more efficient rice-growing techniques in Cambodia; developing new irrigation systems in drought-stricken areas of Ethiopia; and expanding our innovative community finance program, Saving for Change. As Oxfam has taken a lead role in saving lives by providing emergency relief and humanitarian assistance, we are also working tirelessly to build durable solutions that will enable millions of people live safer, healthier and freer lives.

Program Short-Term Success:

At the start of 2014, over one million people in Darfur were still living in displacement camps when a new violence forced hundreds of thousands more to seek safety even in places that lacked access to food, water, and basic sanitation facilities. A three-month program was launched—aiming to provide 90,000 of them with some of the basics needed. In response to the current crisis in South Sudan, we have helped more than 130,000 people in six conflict-affected areas by providing families with water and sanitation services, emergency food, and other support such as vouchers for charcoal, fuel-efficient stoves. In Uganda, Oxfam has been helping more than 36,000 South Sudanese refugees and members of their host communities. And since our response in Syria began, we estimate that Oxfam has reached close to a million people on the ground. However, there needs to be an immediate end to the fighting to save millions from further misery and pain.

Program Success Monitored by:

Oxfam's approach is about tackling the conditions that cause poverty in the first place, rather than the distribution of material goods. We start by asking questions and challenging assumptions. What are the root causes of poverty? What can we do to change the power dynamics that keep people poor? These questions inform the programs into which our work falls.

Program Success Examples:

In 2013, 2.7 million people received emergency assistance from Oxfam. 719,980 villagers now have access to savings and loan opportunities and thanks to Oxfam America's Behind the Brands campaign, 349,000 activists successfully urged companies like Coca-Cola to respect the rights of small farmers.
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Our vision: A just world without poverty. Our mission: To create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice. Disasters & Conflicts To move efficiently, we partner with local groups who know the people, the land, and the political context of the region in which the disaster strikes. We assist the poorest communities when disaster strikes and also work to ensure greater local resilience and capacity of governments to deliver disaster response. In the Philippines, our teams worked with partners and locals to restore 80% of the water supply to the devastated city of Tecloban just one week after Typhoon Haiyan hit. In 2013, 2.7 million people received emergency assistance from Oxfam. Private Sector EngagementThe impact of the private sector on poor people and public policies is growing, driving new urgency to engage private sector actors in poverty alleviation efforts. Oxfam America's Behind the Brands campaign illustrates our commitment and responsibility to hold the powerful accountable. Last year, Coca-Cola committed to take steps to stop land grabs from happening in its supply chain after more than 225,000 people signed petitions and took actions as part of Oxfam's campaign to urge food and beverage companies to respect community land rights. ""This commitment is further evidence that no company is too big to listen to its customers."" (Judy Beals, Campaign Manager) Community FinanceThrough Saving for Change (SFC), Oxfam takes a different approach to the traditional microfinance model, allowing villagers to form groups that work like community banks; the members save money, make loans, and pay each other interest which grow the group fund. In Senegal, SFC + Business was developed to continue building the capacity of women members by providing business skill training. 333 groups received training in 190 villages; over 7,800 women received training and access to loans. In Mali, 7,247 women have been trained in 220 villages. To date, a total of 719,980 villagers now have access to savings and loan opportunities thanks to Oxfam's efforts.
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Expert Assessment

Most experts are impressed with Oxfam's programs. Their programs have a global reach, are targeted based on need, and are focused on eliminating poverty. They work with local partners and are very effective at responding to emergencies. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

Oxfam has remained one of the most effective organizations globally. They have a very strong track record in delivering humanitarian and development programmes, and use their expertise to make an impact on the quality and relevance of humanitarian work. Their work extends beyond field-level emergency relief into policy and advocacy on the global level.

Impressive Water/Sanitation Capacity
They quickly respond to water and sanitation needs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their capacity in water and sanitation programming in emergencies around the world is consistently impressive. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Effective Programs
Oxfam takes a very professional technical approach focused on water and sanitation, protection, health and advocacy on current humanitarian issues, climate change, demographics, collaboration, etc. Other
Their programming in relief scenarios is very effective. The caliber of staff and management that Oxfam brings to each scenario are consistently impressive. Their programming is consistently adapted appropriately to the assessed needs of each disaster scenario. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Oxfam is a highly professional international humanitarian organization that delivers fast and high quality aid to stricken areas and people affected by natural and man-made disasters. Oxfam undertakes regular studies and research and makes an impact on humanitarian work, on its quality and relevance. It specifies areas of expertise of its contributions and takes the lead amongst the humanitarian communities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Global Impact; Well Respected
Oxfam has remained one of the most effective organizations globally. They have a very strong track record in delivering humanitarian and development programs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Effective At Providing Overall Relief
They are very effective in providing overall relief in crises, especially after conflict. They are well organized, and put emphasis on women's and children's needs and rights. Other
Focus on Children's Welfare
They tend to especially focus on impact that translates into the welfare and development of children, in the areas of disaster response that include both the safety/security of children and their families. Researcher and Faculty

Organizational Strengths

Experts cited OXFAM's large capacity, effective implementation of programs, strong advocacy, and high quality staff as its greatest strengths.

Capacity
Oxfam has a good breadth of experience. Oxfam has the resources to affect change. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Oxfam has impressive technical capacity. Researcher and Faculty
Their size and scale are impressive. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Good Advocacy
They are good at developing good humanitarian practice. They do strong advocacy on development and humanitarian issues. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are great at making partnerships with national organizations. Advocacy is a big strength of the organization. Other
Their technical capacity is strong. Their advocacy capacity is strong, and they are oriented toward future preparedness. They are consistently strong and have professional contribution. They have selected areas of technical expertise and collaborate well with other professional humanitarian agencies. Other
Their strengths are their advocacy and leadership. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Leader in Sector
They are highly regarded in the areas of water and sanitation. They have solid management and lead the way in many areas across the sector - leadership, staffing and finance. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They do dedicated research which makes Oxfam a leader, with specialist knowledge on areas of intervention. They have high rates of implementation of projects. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I know them particularly for their technical expertise in WASH. They are a technical "authority" on how to do emergency WASH well. Nonprofit Senior Staff
High Quality Staff
They are distinctive for the quality and character of their management and staff. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The technical expertise of staff is strong. They are the thought leaders in the sector. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Inter-Agency Collaboration
CARE plays a strong international advocacy role, e.g., through its work at the UN, and partnership in consortia such as Interaction and the UN's Interagency Standing Committee. Other
Strong Institutional Policies, Comprehensive Approach, Productive Collaboration
They have strong institutional policies and systems. They have a strong multi-sectoral and holistic approach to programming, working along the continuum of response-recovery-long term development. They belong to a federation that gives them depth and global reach. Researcher and Faculty

Areas for Improvement

Oxfam could better its work on the local level by focusing more on downward accountability to affected populations investing more deeply in local capacity. They can also collaborate more, work on balancing advocacy and action, and further extend their focus. Like other emergency nonprofits, Oxfam faces a dilemma between providing immediate relief and tackling long-term development.

Diversify
They should broaden their reach: they are not always involved in smaller scale disasters and are slow to respond outside of areas they're currently working in. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They need to continue to seek innovation and be nimble to organizationally adapt to the increased uncertainty and vulnerability. Other
Build Local Capacity
They need a greater commitment to, and investment in, local capacity. They need to ensure that current changes in the organizational structure don't weaken it longer-term for shorter-term benefits. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They need to become less risk averse and excessively concerned with security to be effective in multiple contexts. The organization could further participate and take a lead role in emergency capacity building and other quality and accountability initiatives. In-country, Oxfam could position itself as an organization that strengthens the capacity of national NGOs. Other
Increase Collaboration
They should be more open to adaptation, to listening to the voice of others and seeing the value in stronger joint working and collaboration. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Oxfam's aspiration is very ambitious and it is trying to connect with other actors to contribute to UN MDG in reducing poverty and tackling injustice. They need to work on humanitarian diplomacy with big actors such as UN agencies and the Red Cross, and deepen their economic involvement with international banks and development institutions. Oxfam needs to specialize to do what they are best at and support others dealing with what they are good at (e.g. advocacy vs.. humanitarian response).The challenge that Oxfam is facing, like other humanitarian organizations, is the dilemma between direct action to relieve and attend to urgent needs and tackling long-term development. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Become More Independent
They need to diversity their funding sources to become more independent. Other
Improve Inter-Federation Cooperation; Make More Objective Decisions
Although the federation they belong to has been a strength, it has also been a weakness and until recently not as well coordinated in country programming as it effectively/efficiently should be. Although they have a performance management systems in place, their senior level to executive level staff have often been accused of not respecting the hard work and talent of their staff, with decisions often made on the basis of personal relationships instead of objective results and performance based. Researcher and Faculty
Improve Operations
They can improve on their operations, and human resource management. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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