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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: INVISIBLE CHILDREN INC

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Invisible Children Inc Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/28/2013: Invisible Children Inc

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: INVISIBLE CHILDREN INC

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Physical Address: San Diego, CA 92113 
EIN: 54-2164338
Web URL: www.invisiblechildren.com 
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R99 Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 2006 


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Mission Statement

Invisible Children is a youth for youth movement that uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities to peace and prosperity.

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Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2011

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Ben Keesey

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Since Jan 2004

Profile:

Ben received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics, Management & Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. The day after senior finals, he hopped on a plane to Africa and unknowingly rerouted the course of his life. Prior to officially joining the organization in 2005 as CFO, he worked with Deloitte and Touche LLP, JP Morgan & Associates and Brentwood Associates Private Equity. Ben now serves as Executive Director and CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. He embraces the impossible and plots the course of our daring future. His hard work is unmistakably evident; a previously unheard of grassroots documentary film has transformed into an international movement that is revolutionizing culture, policy and lives.Ben received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics, Management & Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. The day after senior finals, he hopped on a plane to Africa and unknowingly rerouted the course of his life. Prior to officially joining the organization in 2005 as CFO, he worked with Deloitte and Touche LLP, JP Morgan & Associates and Brentwood Associates Private Equity. Ben now serves as Executive Director and CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. He embraces the impossible and plots the course of our daring future. His hard work is unmistakably evident; a previously unheard of grassroots documentary film has transformed into an international movement that is revolutionizing culture, policy and lives.

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Programs

Program: Schools for Schools (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$938,355
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Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

The Schools for Schools (S4S) program emerged from our overarching goal to raise the standard of education in northern Uganda back to a nationally competitive level. S4S links more than 1,000 schools worldwide with 11 secondary schools in Northern Uganda. Each of the schools abroad competes to raise money for its Ugandan sister school. With the money raised, we work on ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ projects at our partner schools. Hardware projects focus on renovating and/or building things like classroom blocks, latrines, water pumps, libraries, and science labs. Software projects provide schools with things like teacher capacity workshops, curriculum development, and scholastic materials. Campuses at each Ugandan sister school are being transformed, and student achievement is on the rise. This year, Layibi College was ranked 54th of 3,149 schools in the country, making it the first school in the north to be ranked in the top 100 since the LRA left Uganda.

Program Long-Term Success:

Through Schools for Schools, Invisible Children seeks to raise the standards of secondary education in northern Uganda by developing existing institutions and catering to their specific educational and structural needs.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short-term successes of this program are the immediate improvements in our partner schools' infrastructure and learning environment.

Program Success Monitored by:

Our partner schools are monitored regularly and if they are deemed to not be progressing as they should, will be removed from the the program.

Program Success Examples:

This year, Layibi College was ranked 54th of 3,149 schools in the country, making it the first school in the north to be ranked in the top 100 since the LRA left Uganda.

Program: Legacy Scholarship Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$957,346
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Program Description:

The Legacy Scholarship Program (LSP) is an ongoing initiative started in 2005, which aims to increase access to secondary school education for children in northern Uganda. LSP is unique because it not only pays tuition, but also connects students with mentors in the community to provide psychosocial support and guidance in all aspects of student life. Pioneered by our Country Director, Miss Jolly Okot, and managed entirely by Ugandan leadership, LSP currently provides scholarships and mentoring to 700 secondary students and 250 university students from across five districts in northern Uganda (as of September 2012).

Program Long-Term Success:

The long term goal of the Legacy Scholarship Program is to empower the youth of northern Uganda through education and help them develop into capable future leaders of their country. By investing in these students, Invisible Children believes the cycle of violence will be broken and Uganda will flourish.

Program Short-Term Success:

Short-term success in this program is measured by the retention of talented students and fostering meaningful relationships between mentor and student.

Program Success Monitored by:

The mentors are our primary source of feedback and student progression. The mentors foster the parent-teacher-student relationship and ensure its strength by utilizing open communication and regular school and home visits. The strength of this program comes from its grassroots approach and Invisible Children relies on feedback from our Ugandan office to assess this.

Program Success Examples:

Since its inception, LSP has expanded to include 590 secondary students and 195 university students.

Program: The Village Savings and Loan Association (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$186,386
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Population Served:

Program Description:

The Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) program, was born as people began to make the transition from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps back to the their original homesteads. VSLA is a localized banking system, which provides members with three immensely valuable benefits: a way to save money, a way to earn interest, and a way to access previously unavailable capital to start small businesses. As members save and loan money, interest is generated. At the end of a six or eight-month cycle, the savings are returned to individual group members, along with each member’s percentage of the group interest. As of August 2012, VSLA is comprised of 95 savings groups consisting of 30 members each. With structured support and financial instruction from VSLA staff, villagers who have never saved money before are learning life-changing personal finance practices.

Program Long-Term Success:

The long-term goal for VSLA is to pave  a path for economic growth in the post-conflict environment and allow individuals to create self-sustaining ventures to develop the region.

Program Short-Term Success:

Short-term successes enjoyed by VSLA participants include the establishment of their own business ventures and the realization of a self-sustaining and independent lifestyle.

Program Success Monitored by:

Each VSLA group is self-regulated after receiving months of SITI (Savings and Investment Training Initiative) training.

Program Success Examples:

At end of first savings cycle in VSLA, new participants made an average of 20% returns on investment. Each group that invested incentive money into an IGA (Income Generating Activity) earned an average of 62.9% return.

Program: The Early Warning Radio Network and LRA Crisis Tracker (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$1,271,368
Category:
Population Served:

Program Description:

The Early Warning Radio Network connects towns in theDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) andCentral African Republic (CAR) to security forces and surrounding villages, limiting the LRA’s ability to move from town to town undeterred. Twice daily, communities report security incidents into a central base in the regional hub of Dungu, DRC. The security information is then distributed back to the communities and to local humanitarian groups providing services to vulnerable communities. The first of its kind, the LRA Crisis Tracker draws on the Early Warning Radio Network and reports from the UN and organizations working on the ground, aiming to create a near real-time account of LRA attacks on civilians. This enables governments and humanitarian organizations to identify and respond to those most in need. The data is pulled into our custom designed mapping tool and iPhone application, displaying the incidents by type and date. This data will give humanitarians, actors on the ground and legislators access to life-saving information.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long terms goals are to facilitate communication between communities in Central Africa, ensuring their safety and allowing for the acquisition of accurate data on attacks. We hope that this program will eventually lead to the capture and removal of Joseph Kony and other top LRA commanders.

Program Short-Term Success:

Short term goals are to facilitate communication in Central Africa, acquire accurate data on LRA attacks, establish rehabilitation and family reunification programs and attract more media attention to this conflict.

Program Success Monitored by:

The success of this program is measured by Invisible Children Mission Department and our partners at Resolve, DDRRR, Digitaria, and the Dungu-Doruma Diocese.

Program Success Examples:

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Program: MEND (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$120,045
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Program Description:

The MEND Project was launched in 2007 as a social economic venture geared toward facilitating financial independence and development for women formerly abducted by the LRA. In a sewn product workspace in northern Uganda, these women produce handcrafted designer handbags, which each carry the name of the seamstress who made it. Consumers of these products, which are sold in the US, are able to watch introductory video bios online and see how their simple purchase has positively impacted a Ugandan woman’s life.   As of September 2011, the program is employing 22 women who have each received SITI (Savings and Investment Training Initiative) training. The seamstresses have been given lessons in literacy, numeracy, budgeting and are assisted in their development of sustainable income-generating activities for the future. The seamstresses have opened individual savings accounts, which allow them to receive necessary medical care, as well as pay school-related fees for their children.

Program Long-Term Success:

Through employment and education, MEND seeks to help reduce poverty, as well as assist in improving the livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable members of the northern Ugandan community.

Program Short-Term Success:

The short term success of MEND is measure by the financial and social stability that the seamstresses are able to reach as a result of the employment and education opportunities.

Program Success Monitored by:

The success of this program is monitored by both our staff on the ground in Uganda and our staff in San Diego.

Program Success Examples:

During the fiscal year 2011, the MEND seamstresses produced over 5,000 bags for retail.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Invisible Children entered into this year with incredible plans and, thanks to our supporters, we were able to translate those plans into groundbreaking initiatives and tangible results. Summer 2010 marked the implementation of our Protection Plan in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the LRA is continuing it’s 25year long reign of terror by actively killing and abducting innocent children. Our holistic plan to protect community members from LRA attacks is well underway, and we are already seeing promising results. One integral component of this plan is the LRA Crisis Tracker, a multimedia platform that creates a near real-time account of LRA attacks on civilians. This tool reduces the time it takes for news of major attacks to be reported—from months to just hours, enabling the efficient and effective deployment of humanitarian aid.   We continued to focus on rebuilding schools in post-conflict northern Uganda; and the success of our partner schools is evident. Before our involvement, many of them had become some of the lowest ranking schools in Uganda due to the physical and mental damage caused by the LRA conflict. However, this year, due to our efforts, Layibi Secondary School ranked 54th in the entire country. These types of results can be seen at all 11 of partner schools. Additionally, the number of Legacy Scholarship Program beneficiaries is up to 850 students. Each of these students is paired with a mentor who provides psychosocial support and guidance in all aspects of student life and facilitates communication between the student, their families, and their teachers.     We take very seriously the responsibility that our supporters entrust in us when they invest time and resources in our organization. It is our commitment to continue to build and develop our programs with integrity and compassion in 2012.
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