Action Against Hunger USA

The world needs a better way to deal with hunger. Together, we're creating it.

New York, NY   |  www.actionagainsthunger.org

Mission

Our mission is to save, improve and protect lives by eliminating hunger through the prevention, detection and treatment of undernutrition, especially during and after emergency crises caused by situations of conflict, displacement, poverty, discrimination, inequality, or natural disaster. From crisis to sustainability, we tackle the immediate, underlying and root causes of undernutrition and its effects through a multisectoral approach. By designing our programmes with local communities, integrating them into national systems, and working with partners, we further ensure that short-term interventions become long-term solutions.

Ruling year info

1985

CEO

Dr. Charles Owubah

Main address

One Whitehall Street 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

13-3327220

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Something remarkable is happening: Action Against Hunger has helped lead a movement that successfully cut the proportion of hungry children by half. Yet, every day, more than 5,000 children still lose the fight against malnutrition and its deadly effects. The world needs a better way to deal with hunger. We’re creating it, for everyone. For good. Hungry children struggle to grow, learn, or even survive. When a child younger than five dies, malnutrition is a root cause 50% of the time. Yet, only 1 in 4 children with life-threatening hunger can even hope to access treatment. Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist. We aim to eliminate hunger within our lifetimes. To start, we’re working to double, by 2020, the number of children who receive urgent hunger treatment, and to help countless families realize their goal of never needing hunger treatment at all.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nutrition

Action Against Hunger’s methods for identifying and rescuing populations afflicted with acute malnutrition are internationally renowned, having pioneered revolutionary nutrition products and field tested treatment protocols that have become industry standards.

From rural mountain villages to the confines of refugee camps to ethnically divided cities, Action Against Hunger treats and prevents malnutrition in over 45 countries around the world. Our programs are launched most often during times of crisis and focus on the most vulnerable, including young children and women who are pregnant or nursing.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Every day 1,000 children die from illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. We can’t fight malnutrition without tackling the diseases that contribute to it. As part of our integrated approach to hunger, we’re getting safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services to communities in need all over the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Encompassing a wide array of activities customized to meet a community’s specific needs, our programs are designed to bolster agricultural production, jumpstart local market activity, support micro-enterprise initiatives, and otherwise enhance a vulnerable community’s access to sustainable sources of food and income.

Population(s) Served
Adults

From cholera epidemics sweeping through refugee camps, to catastrophic natural disasters, to spikes in malnutrition rates brought on by drought, Action Against Hunger responds to humanitarian emergencies all over the world, delivering immediate life-saving services to populations in distress.

With emergency teams on call 24 hours a day, and pre-positioned stocks of essential supplies ready for deployment, our internationally renowned rapid response capabilities ensure that life-saving assistance can be delivered anywhere in the world when needs arise.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our mental health and care practices help people in emergencies cope with and overcome trauma, distress, and anxiety, all of which can have an impact on the nutrition of mothers, infants, and young children. Our interventions are varied and tailored to each context, ranging from parental support to behavior change counseling.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Action Against Hunger’s research and innovation work focuses on the prevention, treatment, and drivers of undernutrition. Our portfolio is diverse - in 2019 alone, we contributed to 46 active research and innovation projects across 25 countries, in collaboration with 58 partners and with funding support from 21 different institutional donors.

Our approach to research marries science with pragmatism – providing us with the nuts and bolts required to create tangible change, even in the most difficult contexts. Our initiatives, which are intentionally and explicitly fit-for-purpose, are designed to achieve the standard of evidence necessary for action on critical issues, while abiding by fundamentally strict ‘do no harm’ principles.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Pregnant people
Economically disadvantaged people
Age groups
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Awards

4 star 2018

Charity Navigator

Accredited 2018

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity

A 2018

CharityWatch (formerly American Institute of Philanthropy)

To Rated 2015

Great Nonprofit

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member

Millennium Water Alliance 2019

KickStart International 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of water points improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These figures include the construction and rehabilitation of wells, boreholes, and pumps; water point protection; rainwater harvesting; and spring catchment and protection, among other projects.

Number of hygiene kits distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hygiene kits are distributed in emergency settings and contain items like chlorine tablets, soap, and other sanitary materials to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera

Number of people treated for moderate and severe malnutrition

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Nutrition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More than 90% of individuals treated for acute malnutrition are children under 5 years of age.

Number of health and nutrition education sessions held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Nutrition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Education initiatives range from mother-to-mother support groups, to training community health workers to teach them how to identify, refer and follow-up on cases of undernutrition in their community

Number of emergencies responded to

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Emergency Response

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Emergencies include both natural and man-made disasters; for example, droughts, floods, earthquakes, and responding to the needs of refugees or internally displaced people fleeing conflict.

Metric tons of food assistance delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Security & Livelihoods

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food assistance is delivered as a part of our Emergency Responses and in unstable contexts where people do not have reliable access to markets or other sources of food.

People received unrestricted cash

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Security & Livelihoods

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017, Action Against Hunger implemented integrated cash and nutrition program, providing financial support to households with children under treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

People received mental health support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mental health support is vital in emergency responses and other unstable contexts. Our programs consist of individual counseling and support, support groups, and care practice activities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Action Against Hunger knows what works, and we are single-minded in our determination to save lives. We can double the number of children who receive urgent hunger care over the next two years, from three million to six million by the end of 2020. That’s roughly equivalent to saving the life of every single child younger than five across all of New York state and Texas.

To achieve this goal, we urgently need support to scale-up proven programs in more than 45 countries. We are expanding our top-rated hunger prevention and screening programs, and making hunger treatment more available in places where the need is greatest.

We’re also creating new systems that prevent hunger and give more parents access to simple, effective materials to diagnose their kids for dangerous malnutrition and treat them close to home.

To prevent hunger, we team with local leaders to understand what drives malnutrition in their area. Once we see patterns of risk, we collaborate with communities to create sustainable new solutions. For example, where periodic drought threatens family gardens, we may form local water committees to create and manage cisterns. It’s a better way, letting everyone access the water they need to reduce hunger and environmental impact over the long term.

Action Against Hunger is continuously developing and evolving in response to humanitarian and undernutrition crises across the globe.

To address the complex and escalating humanitarian needs while increasing our impact, we need to adopt a
new mix of interlinking approaches alongside our proven technical expertise. Our commitment to this approach
uniquely positions Action Against Hunger to mobilize and empower others over the next five years and to
maximize our shared potential to achieve unprecedented and sustained gains in the fight against hunger.
The priorities of our International Strategic Plan 2021–2025 (ISP3) outline how we will achieve this and they are as followed:

1. We save lives: Lives are saved and immediate needs are met in an effective and inclusive manner in emergency contexts.

2. We collectively build resilience: People and communities are better able to withstand future shocks. Mitigation
of the climate crisis and of gender inequality is embedded in the fight against hunger.

3. We connect and mobilize: Citizens, communities, civil society and actors at all levels are mobilized as part of a collective movement to end hunger.

4. We create and share knowledge: Best practice in the fight against hunger is developed collaboratively by a diversity of actors and shared for the empowerment of all.

We have over 8,000 staff who assisted 17 million people in 45 countries in 2019, and we have 40 years of experience saving lives during conflict, disasters, and food crises. Our global team is on the ground, operating in close collaboration with national governments, local communities and other leading international agencies.

1979 was a year of crisis. Famine threatened Uganda, and refugees from Cambodia and Afghanistan were malnourished. The world needed a better way to deal with hunger. A group of scientists, doctors, and humanitarians mobilized to create Action Against Hunger, the first and only NGO exclusively dedicated to this issue.

Since then, Action Against Hunger invented the first formula to effectively treat malnourished children. We have created effective new models for diagnosing and treating more people. We have conducted groundbreaking research. We have been the leader in a global movement that successfully cut the number of child deaths in half. We deliver:

Scale. Action Against Hunger works in more than 45 countries, providing 20 million vulnerable people with life-changing assistance. Malnutrition makes the burden of grinding poverty that much harder, and we aim to unlock human potential at scale. We are powered by nearly 8,000 passionate people, and more than 95% of our staff come from the places where they work. That allows us to harness local insights and partnerships while strengthening the capacity of communities to tackle hunger themselves.

Efficiency: Action Against Hunger is one of the highest-rated nonprofits in the world. For the fourteenth year in a row, we have been awarded a ‘four-star’ rating from Charity Navigator—the highest ranking and a distinction only the top 1% of nonprofits earn. 93 cents of every dollar go directly to programs that help strong, resilient people overcome life-threatening circumstances.

Effectiveness. Action Against Hunger has created breakthrough nutrition products and better protocols for treating hunger. When children complete treatment, our evidence-based programs cure life-threatening hunger 90% of the time. Every day, our highly-trained teams save lives in some of the world’s most difficult places.

Focus: Action Against Hunger delivers extraordinary results because we are exceptionally focused: Our primary focus is creating and delivering better ways to deal with deadly hunger.

Financials

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Action Against Hunger USA

Board of directors
as of 12/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Raymond Debbane

The Invus Group, LLC

Term: 2003 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Thilo Semmelbauer

Insight Venture Partners

Term: 2018 -

Burton Haimes

Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Raymond Debbane

The Invus Group. LLC

Yves-Andre Istel

Rothschild, Inc.

Thilo Semmelbauer

Insight Venture Partners

Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge

Ketty Maisonrouge & Company, Inc.

Karim Tabet

TAP Advisors LLC

Sandra Tamer

Sylvain Desjonqueres

L'Occitane

Christophe Duthoit

Boston Consulting Group

Shabrina Jiva

ghSMART

David Van Zandt

The Invus Group LLC

Amy Schulman

Polaris Partners

Jean-Pierre Chesse

Bleu Capital

Robert Spatt

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/21/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.