Concern Worldwide US, Inc.

Ending extreme poverty, whatever it takes

aka Concern   |   New York, NY   |  www.concernusa.org

Mission

Concern Worldwide U.S. (www.concernusa.org) is an affiliate of Concern Worldwide, a non-governmental, international humanitarian aid organization dedicated to reducing suffering and working toward the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty. With nearly 4,000 highly skilled and committed staff, Concern has an on-the-ground presence in 23 of the world's poorest countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Together, with those communities, Concern saves lives every day through emergency response programs and longer-term solutions including health and nutrition, climate resilience and disaster risk reduction, as well as primary education, water and sanitation, and livelihoods support.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Colleen Kelly

Main address

355 Lexington Ave. 16th floor

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-3712030

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Health & Nutrition

For most of our 50+ years as an organization, Concern has led the way with standard-setting programs that strengthen local health systems and provide quality nutrition support and education to the world’s most vulnerable communities. Zero poverty is only achievable if we also reach zero hunger. We work towards this by addressing malnutrition, along with the overall health and wellbeing, in the communities we serve. Specifically we focus on those most vulnerable to malnutrition, including children and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or of age for pregnancy. We balance rapid response with long-term solutions that address many of the root causes of hunger.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of disaster
Victims of conflict and war

Concern's livelihoods programs address some of the underlying problems experienced by people trying to earn a living while also dealing with the challenges and setbacks of extreme poverty. Concern’s aim is to help people gain increased control over their natural resources and gain the skills and knowledge they need to work. We provide small-scale credit to invest in business development and train people in vocational skills that create employment opportunities. We also work with communities to improve the productivity and nutritional value of crops using practices that help mitigate against the impact of climate change.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of conflict and war
Victims of disaster

Concern integrates our education programs into both our development and emergency work to give children living in extreme poverty more opportunities in life and supporting their overall well-being. Concern has brought quality education to villages that are off the grid, engaged local community leaders to find solutions to keep girls in school, and provided mentorship and training for teachers.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of conflict and war
Victims of disaster

When an emergency strikes - from natural disasters to conflict; famine to health crises - we seek out the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach communities to meet their immediate needs, and work with them to design innovative, fast, and effective responses. We stay with them to help rebuild their lives and to ensure that they are more able to cope with future crises.

Population(s) Served

The UN estimates that 70% of disasters are now climate related. By 2030, climate change could force more than 100 million people into extreme poverty. By that same year, half the world’s population is expected to live in a water-stressed area. We promote eco-friendly farming techniques that are tailored to local environments and designed to improve food security and nutrition, helping communities sustainably manage water and other natural resources.

Population(s) Served

Every program that Concern implements is designed to be not only gender sensitive, but gender transformative. We don’t simply work around existing gender differences or inequalities. Instead, we critically examine and challenge gender norms and dynamics in order to build equity and make greater, more sustainable progress towards ending extreme poverty. Where it makes sense, we also build and strengthen systems to support that level of equality.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of conflict and war
Victims of disaster
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of conflict and war
Victims of disaster
Extremely poor people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of conflict and war
Victims of disaster

Where we work

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 beneficiaries served by our health and nutrition programs.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Health & Nutrition

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of beneficiaries served by our emergency response programs.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergencies, Displacement, & Refugees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of beneficiaries served by our livelihoods programs.

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

Livelihoods & Financial Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of beneficiaries served by our education programs.

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries. We envision a world in which no-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression; in which all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy and creative life; and in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern.

Concern Worldwide US accomplishes this by:
• Providing financial and technical support for emergency relief and development programs in 26 of the world's most impoverished countries
• Facilitating the recruitment of personnel
• Raising public awareness of humanitarian and development issues and building the public will to support Concern's mission
• Increasing our influence among key donors and policy makers on critical advocacy issues related to our work
• Investing in educating youth in the US to think more critically about international issues
• Building the capacity of local civil society actors to address poverty

Further, Concern Worldwide US must…
• As part of its niche market strategy, increase public visibility and thought-leadership recognition to dynamically engage and influence key US audiences and thereby attract and retain vital financial and strategic partnerships.

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Key areas of strength for Concern Worldwide US that will be built on to accomplish our goals are:
• Alignment: Concern Worldwide US governing board and staff are deeply aligned with the mission and vision of the organization and are passionate and resolute about the quality and impact of Concern's work in the field. Concern Worldwide programming is aligned with and informed by How Concern Understands Extreme Poverty, which explores how assets, return on assets, inequality, risk and vulnerability interact to keep some poor while others prosper.
• Performance: Concern Worldwide US is acknowledged to date for raising significant government, private and foundation funding with limited resources and has one of the lowest administrative expenditure rates among its competitors.
• Effectiveness: Concern Worldwide US is proficient in leveraging talent across the global organization including in-house specialist expertise in key areas of corporate fundraising, communications, media, health, education, and nutrition. Our technical advisors ensure that we meet the standards of the technical networks of which we are members, such as the International Network for Education in Emergencies, InterAction, CORE, and the IASC.
• Development: Concern Worldwide US CEO, senior management team and Board members are recognized for productively capitalizing on relationships with key donors (e.g. USAID, Foundations), corporations, media and policy makers (e.g. UN).

Some of Concern's most notable achievements have been in the field of nutrition. Concern, in partnership with Valid International, pioneered Community Management of Acute Malnutrition, now accepted as the gold standard in care by the international community. Concern has also been an important member of the Scaling Up Nutrition movement and 1000 Days movement to advance child nutrition. Every year, Concern works with IFPRI and Welthungerhilfe to publish the Global Hunger Index. Concern has built on lessons learned on what works to introduce a graduation model and implemented the Innovations for Maternal, Newborn, and child Health (MNCH) project with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Innovations worked with entrepreneurs and innovators in 8 countries to conduct rapid prototyping and piloting of new approaches in MNCH.

Financials

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Operations

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Concern Worldwide US, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/12/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data