Human Services

Penny Appeal USA

Small Change, Big Difference

Alexandria, VA


We are a relief and development organization with a really BIG vision for the world. We want to create the best societies we can and to break the cycles of need and poverty for good. That’s why we work to turn small change into a BIG DIFFERENCE.

Ruling Year


President & CEO

Oussama Mezoui

Main Address

2461 Eisenhower Ave 2nd Floor

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA


Disaster Response and Economic Development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Globally, the number of people living in extreme poverty declined from 36 per cent in 1990 to 10 per cent in 2015. More than 700 million people, or 10 per cent of the world population, still live in extreme poverty today, struggling to fulfil the most basic needs like health, education, and access to water and sanitation, to name a few. The majority of people living on less than $1.90 a day live in sub-Saharan Africa. Worldwide, the poverty rate in rural areas is 17.2 per cent—more than three times higher than in urban areas. After decades of steady decline, the number of people who suffer from hunger – as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment – began to slowly increase again in 2015. Today, more than 820 million people regularly go to bed hungry, of whom about 135 million suffer from acute hunger largely due to man-made conflicts, climate change and economic downturns. Penny Appeal USA works to alleviate poverty for families and communities around the world.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

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Education First

Thirst Relief – Give Clean Water


Income Generation

Emergency Response

Where we work

Charting Impact

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Our primary goal is to help the international community achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 1. Help as many people as we can escape extreme poverty 2. Help in the fight to end hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. 3. Ensure as many people as possible have access to primary healthcare services 4. Ensure as many girls and boys complete free quality primary and secondary education 5. Give access to safe and affordable drinking water for as many people as possible 6. Economically empower as many families as possible by providing them with the skills and resources they need to earn a sustainable income

1. Provide communities with access to essential life-saving services and supplies when disasters strike 2. Provide communities where we work with access to clean water 3. Provide communities where we work with access to primary healthcare 4. Provide primary and secondary education in communities where we work 5. Provide communities where we work with access to nutritious food 6. Empower communities by providing them with the skills and resources they need to earn a sustainable income

Penny Appeal USA is proud member of a global Penny Appeal family that has member offices in over 8 countries. We work to achieve our goals in partnership with these member offices as well as local and international partners. We are a community of humanitarians who collectively have been working for a better world for many decades.

Penny Appeal USA utilizes a range of monitoring and evaluation tools to measure the impact of our programs. Our trained program and finance staff ensure all funds are properly allocated and spent as well undertaking impact assessments to measure the success of these programs in bringing families and communities out of poverty.

Penny Appeal USA now has a national presence. As well as a growing team of staff, we have hundreds of volunteers all over the country and have a growing number of Penny Appeal chapters on US campuses. To date, over 50,000 Americans have supported our efforts with their generous donations. We have recently joined alliances like InterAction and the Alliance to End Hunger and are working with a range of US partners on both domestic and international programs. We will continue to focus on the quality of our programs while joining those organizations advocating for structural changes to prevent global wealth inequality.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?