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Comic Relief Inc.

Comic Relief US is committed to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

aka The Red Nose Day Fund   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.comicrelief.org

Mission

Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity that operates the annual nation-wide fundraising campaign, Red Nose Day. Comic Relief US invests in nonprofit and community-led organizations with programs focused on tackling the root causes and consequences of poverty and social injustice. We support initiatives and policies that advance economic opportunity and leadership development in communities directly impacted by intergenerational poverty. As a connector and convener, we engage the public, corporate and nonprofit partners to raise awareness and funds to address the world's most pressing social issues.

Ruling year info

2007

Chief Executive Officer

Alison Moore

Main address

120 Broadway 22nd Floor

New York, NY 12071 USA

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Formerly known as

Charity Projects Entertainment Fund

America Gives Back

EIN

01-0885377

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising campaign to end the cycle of child poverty and ensure a healthy future for all children. Through the power of entertainment, we bring people together to laugh and have fun, while raising money and awareness to ensure all children are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered in the U.S. and abroad. Since our debut in 2015, we have raised over $330 million and have positively impacted over 30 million children in America, and around the world.



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Charting impact

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Comic Relief, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity and grant making organization. The Vision of Comic Relief, Inc. is a just world, free from poverty, and its Mission is to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. In order to do so, Comic Relief, Inc. focuses its attention and resources on addressing the basic needs and aspirations of children and young people living in poverty in the United States and internationally.

Comic Relief, Inc. raises money through a variety of fundraising campaigns, corporate partnerships, and events, including the Red Nose Day Special on NBC, and distributes funds primarily in the form of grants to organizations whose work addresses various poverty-related causes —effectively connecting donors to those organizations driving positive change.

Comic Relief, Inc., through Red Nose Day, harnesses the power of high-profile celebrities and mass media to raise awareness of poverty-related causes and money for poverty-focused charities working both in the United States and around the world, and in so doing, changes and saves lives.

Throughout the live TV Special and accompanying pre-promotional campaign for Red Nose Day, the public across the U.S. will be encouraged to make donations by phone, text and online.

Money raised will go to the Red Nose Day Fund and will be used to address the basic needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Through grants available to our pre-selected charity partners, funds raised will be dispersed between domestic and international causes—50% of grants will be allocated towards implementing programs which help lift children and young people out of poverty here in the United States and 50% of grants will do the same internationally in some of the world's poorest communities.

The two main charitable objectives of the Red Nose Day Fund are:

1. Raise meaningful funds to create real and lasting change in the lives of children who are most in need in the US and the poorest communities of the world through effective grant making

2. Engage the nation in a new giving movement and corral public support for the fight against childhood poverty

The work of Comic Relief, Inc. in the U.S. is modelled on the success of Red Nose Day UK, an established and highly successful fundraising event in the U.K. and one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Comic Relief UK, an independent sister organization of Comic Relief, Inc., has distributed over one billion dollars in grants from funds raised by Red Nose Day since it began in 1988. The team who created Red Nose Day UK is working in partnership with NBCUniversal to produce the inaugural Red Nose Day US in May 2015. Members of the U.K. team are providing strategic and practical guidance and direction to the organization in the U.S..
One of the most important strengths of Comic Relief, Inc. is our ability to leverage our heritage and relationships in order to develop a wide range of partnerships with the media, comedians, musicians and other celebrities, philanthropists, design and PR agencies, and corporations and businesses.

Comic Relief, Inc., through the inaugural Red Nose Day US, will engage a massive audience on poverty-related causes, possible solutions, and the organizations working towards them. Our pre-selected charity partners, chosen by a team of experts based on specific criteria to ensure their ability to deliver against the Vision, Mission, and Campaign objectives of Red Nose Day, have proven track records of programmatic success and positive impact in the communities which they serve.

The Red Nose Day Fund empowers charity partners to invest in and implement poverty-focused programs. Each charity partner will submit proposals against a set of grants guidelines jointly created by Comic Relief, Inc. and our partners at NBCUniversal in order to receive money from the Red Nose Day Fund. Proposed programs must address the basic needs of children and young people living in poverty, reach a number of communities, work with local people wherever possible in order to strengthen local capabilities and organizations, and demonstrate clear, measurable results within twelve months of initiation. Monitoring and evaluation processes are agreed upon with the charity partners to ensure learning and continued efficacy.

The inaugural Red Nose Day US in May 2015 introduced Comic Relief, Inc., and the poverty-related causes it champions, to millions of Americans who donated on the night of the TV Special, bought and wore Red Noses, and participated in fundraising activities organized through groups and associations. Ultimately, Red Nose Day US is all about how together we can Have Fun to Raise Money and Change Lives.

So far, our accomplishments include:
- Red Nose Day returns to the USA in 2016 better and bigger than ever. NBC hosts their second live television event, Walgreens sells over 10 million Red Noses, an estimated 20 million Americans support the campaign, and Red Nose Day in School launches. Red Nose Day raises over $36 million to help children in need.
- Red Nose Day returns in 2017 with a brand new look and call out: Noses On! NBC airs a special night of primetime TV, including the Red Nose Day Special, the first-ever celebrity-edition of American Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day, and Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day, which features Julia Roberts and Bear Grylls delivering live-saving vaccines to children in rural Kenya. A partnership between The Bill & Melinda & Melinda Gates Foundation and Red Nose Day helps to reach millions. By the end of May, Red Nose Day raises over $38 million.
- After the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Comic Relief US joined SB Projects for Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, a television event to raise funds and help those affected by the recent hurricanes. The one-hour special is broadcast live across multiple networks and streamed internationally on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
-For Red Nose Day 2018, millions tuned in for a special night celebrating Red Nose Day on NBC. Together, we raised more than $42 million to help end child poverty.
- Red Nose Day 2019 introduced The Everyday Hero Red Noses and the #HeroHighFive at Walgreens locations nationwide, launched our first-ever live-streaming campaign with celebrity friends like Jack Black and Stephen Colbert and social influencers like Jacksepticeye and CriticalRole, held the world's biggest Joke-Ha-Thon in Schools across America and on social media platform Tiktok, said "Good Morning" with Alexa in millions of homes, and much more! Red Nose Day 2019 raised more than $50 million.
- For the sixth annual Red Nose Day, the Red Nose went digital for the first time ever in response to COVID-19. Thanks to countless Americans showing their support and the continued efforts of our partners Walgreens, NBC, Mars Wrigley, and more Red Nose Day 2020 has raised more than $37 million for the world's most vulnerable children affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
- In 2021 we expanded Red Nose Day beyond our broadcast television moment with NBC The Wall: Red Nose Day Edition, to dynamic digital activations from an exclusive concert on TikTok with Coldplay to a one-of-a-kind streaming event, Red Nose Day LIVE. All in, we raised $35 million in 2021.

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Comic Relief Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
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Board chair

Randy Newcomb

Richard Curtis

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Richard Hofstetter

Comic Relief Inc.

Austyn Biggers

TV One

Michelle Ganeless

David Horne

Comic Relief Inc.

Alison Moore

Comic Relief Inc.

Yvonne Moore

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Randy Newcomb

The Omidyar Group

Natalye Paquin

Points of Light

Ida Rezvani

dentsu Americas

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