Invisible Children Inc.

Rating: 2.73 stars   120 reviews

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Location: 1600 National Avenue San Diego CA 92113 USA

Mission: Invisible Children exists to bring a permanent end to LRA atrocities. The mission is supported by our program areas - Media, Mobilization, Protection and Recovery.
Results: 81.48% of our revenue went to our programs in FY 2012
Geographic areas served: Worldwide
Programs: ETHOS We believe in the equal and inherent value of all human life. We believe that a worldview bound by borders is outdated and that stopping injustice anywhere is the responsibility of humanity everywhere. CONTEXT Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have been abducting, killing, and displacing civilians in East and central Africa since 1987. We first encountered these atrocities in northern Uganda in 2003 when we met a boy named Jacob who feared for his life and a woman named Jolly who had a vision for a better future. Together, we promised Jacob that we would do whatever we could to stop Joseph Kony and the LRA. Invisible Children was founded in 2004 to fulfill that promise. MODEL Invisible Children focuses exclusively on the LRA conflict through an integrated four-part model that addresses the problem in its entirety: immediate needs and long-term effects. MEDIA We create films to document LRA atrocities, introduce new audiences to the conflict, and inspire global action. MOBILIZATION We mobilize massive groups of people to support and advance international efforts to end LRA atrocities. PROTECTION We work with regional partners to build and expand systems that warn remote communities of LRA attacks and encourage members of the LRA to peacefully surrender. RECOVERY We work to rehabilitate children directly affected by the LRA and invest in education and economic recovery programs in the post-conflict region to promote lasting peace.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Im glad that this is finally being heard, honestly i didn't know a thing about this until about an hour ago. I can't wait till kony is actually stopped and there will be one less thing to worry about for all the people who live there

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Bracelet-$10, Action Kit-$30, S&H-$8. Raising my 14 year old's awareness to the most wanted international criminal and the crimes he has committed against humanity: PRICELESS. $88,000 a year is a good salary but it isn't that exorbitant. I think this organization is making a difference by raising awareness on a global level and that's what is most important. If their campaign is successful it sends a very strong message to the people committing this type of atrocious crimes--watch out-you may just be next.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

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The CEO's salary is .99 percent of the operating costs. Overall, that's not too awful. 88 thousand dollars a year is not spare change for most people, but he's also not rolling in money. I do a job, I expect to get paid for it. So do the organizers of this charity. Any organization raising awareness of something so awful (and obviously, ignored by those with the power to stop it) with no guarantee of a profit deserves some attention.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 1 stars  

This is just awful. I cannot believe people are using these reviews as a basis for argument when anybody can post one.

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

don't trust Jimmy N's comment. He copy and pasted it. It was originally posted in 2007. Here is the source of his comment http://www.topix.com/forum/city/stuart-fl/TQJSGHMES035Q6OI0

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was very disappointed to find out my donations went to the sole use of the program coordinator to secure a first class ticket for travel. They seem to have a personal burn rate of program money well outside what one would think is the norm.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

First of all as a person from Northern Uganda, I would like to thank you, the Martin County Children for your effort to assist the children of Northern Uganda.
How ever i am also sad to say that Organisation like 'Invisible children' have turned from caring organisations to Fraudulent and scam. The directors of Invisible children forgot what they stated back in 2005 and have now turned to greed. Only less than 25% of money they have been raising in the name of the children of Northern Uganda gets there to the children.
The directors of Invisible children have turned this money to become their very personal money. The directors now drive expensive cars and refer to themselves as Movie directors. They have been shunned by all international Northern Uganda associations in Canda, UK, Sweden and even in Sandiego USA.
Associations such as "acholi in diaspora"(canada) Acholi association(UK) Freinds for Peace in africa(USA). Peace in Northern Uganda group(Sweden). "Campaign to end genocide in Northern Uganada)(USA) and many more.
"invisible children' functions are boycotted by many ugandans who are aware that they recieved bribes from General Salim Saleh to focus the suffering of the Northern Uganda Children to the Rebels...rather than tell the whole truth that both the rebels and Uganda government ave comitted atrocities and Genocide againts the acholi people of Northern Uganda..
Northern Uganda members of parliament have added 'invisible children' to their list Of NGO's under investigation for fraud.
They have been requested to publicly declare their accounts since 2005 however untill today that has not been done.
Your contributions are better off being sent directly to the children in Northern Uganda rather than to enrich the directors of 'invisible children'
However we leave it to God to be the judge. Thank you and God bless all of you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As a teacher, we utilized the Invisible Children organization to collect books to aid in the building of a small school in Uganda. The organization was very professional to work with and they were in constant contact with the students to motivate them to pursue their common goals. It was an amazing journey, the students will not soon forget!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We collected over 9000 books with this organization! The journey was amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move the headquarters closer to Washington DC for political impact

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The students truly understand what Civic Responsibility means!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very genuine and helpful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build schools all over the world to help children with an equitable experience!

Ways to make it better...

We knew where the drop off location really was....

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Student outreach

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I was also part of the Santa Clara University group, and the more I learned about Invisible Children the more I wanted to get involved and do all I could to help. It is an amazing cause and the founders have done a great job putting it in such a light that brings compassion out of all those that see the movie.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact it has had on the children and the joy on their faces knowing that there is hope.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it has opened my eyes to conflicts going on in the world that I would have otherwise never known about.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

This is a great nonprofit with a truly wonderful mission. They have released the invisible children movie which explains in the form of a documentary the horrible, yet sometimes invisible, truths that children in countries like Uganda face on an day to day basis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great message, great audience and great fundraising ideas

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

significantly improve their status and help a lot of children in Africa

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-3-01

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