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December 3, 2012

There is no other charity that has done more to support the end of the LRA conflict in the last 10 years. I've watched this organization's work since 2005 and also have been to N. Uganda to see their Rehabilitation and Recovery work first hand (FYI - the conflict is now in Congo, CAR, Sudan but they still work in the regions heavily hit my the LRA in the past). The organization is not just about rehabilitation work they also spend money on Advocacy and Awareness and some have pointed this out as a problem but to me that is a nearsighted evaluation. The political players that have the power to influence this conflict need to feel the pressure from the people so that is why advocacy campaigns are so important. If you want to put a band aide on the situation you can give money to groups that only do rehab work in Africa but i would advise to evaluate if the there is more needed for lasting change, which is what i feel is the case with the LRA that started in N.Uganda and now have spread to CAR, Congo and Sudan.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 30, 2012

I have known IC since 2004 when I moved to Uganda. I have see several weaknesses in the organization: 1. They have bought the Uganda govt line about the conflict totally. In fact, the conflict could have ended long ago except that the Uganda govt sabotaged peace efforts several times either by attacking the meeting site or setting unreasonable/arbitrary deadlines. There is blood on the hands on both sides and to side with the govt in this conflict puts IC in bad company. 2. They spend a lot of their money on salaries in the US and not directly helping the people of Central Africa. 3. They send naive young people to Uganda for short stints to "do good". Having lived in other cultures for many years I know that it takes at least 6 months just to begin to get a feel for the culture--at which time these young people come back to the US as "experts." The whole approach is naive. 4. They advocate a military solution to the conflict with the LRA ignoring the fact that there are religious leaders in Uganda who have been working to establish dialogue between the Uganda govt and the LRA. IC should be pressuring the Uganda govt to talk instead or just listening to one side of the issue--again blood on everyone's hands. The military option will only succeed in killing the children who had been abducted. This is a very short-sighted approach.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 24, 2012

If you want a comparison of IC to a well run, peerless, philnthropic charity, then compare to the V Foundation which oversees a similar amount of money raised annually. They have small admin expenses because the CEO and staff don't take egregious amounts of money. As a comparator - their CEO gets $171, 000. per year. Their financials are completely transparent and they have an active independant board. nNot so with IC. I only support peerless charities with complete transparency and 4 stars from Charity Navigator.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 22, 2012

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March 22, 2012

The amount that the president and CEO are paid is perfectly reasonable. They are overseeing a $10 million budget and living in Southern California. The "overhead" costs that many are complaining about are also reasonable as they are spending their revenue on their stated mission to use film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities to peace and prosperity." You should not give to this organization if you want most of your money to end up in Uganda. That's not IC's mission. If you want to be a part of raising the world's awareness of Kony and the LRA, then this seems to me to be an excellent organization to give to.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 19, 2012
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March 19, 2012
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First, I watched the video which is as good of a piece of promotion of an individual and his ability to procreate as I've seen. Second, I reviewed their financial statements from 2007-2011. The first thing one notices (besides the substantial $90,000 salaries the 3 film makers pay themselves, is the expenses associated with film, video production and computers. The apparent totals spent on film/video/(computer) production for: 2008= $1,230,000; 2009=$1,974,000; 2010=$1,862,000; and 2011=$1,780,000. Travel for 2008-2011 ranges from $659,000/ year - $852,000/ year (so maybe it is first class). They spent $9K, $40K, $43K and $45K on office furniture each year. (all figures rounded). So that means in the last 4 years they've spent about 7 million mostly on their film stuff, 2.7 million on travel, 1/4 million on furniture and a million or so more on offices and rent. Then they have a loan for $300,000 @ 7.55% while they have $600,000 in the bank earning 1%. Meanwhile their website promotional videos are slick, fact free, but with the appropriate development buzz words. P.S they need to learn what a tailor does.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 8, 2012

To the reviewers who complain about executive salaries on the page of EVERY organization on charity navigator: A CEO making less than $90,000 per year and yet you still complain and leave negative reviews? Ask yourself what a CEO with the same skills and experience would be making at Merril Lynch or DuPont before you say that they are only out for money. If they didn't care about the mission they would work in the commercial sector for ten times that.

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Okay

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

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 8, 2012
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March 8, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

From time spent in DRC (Ituri, Haut Uele, Bas Uele), I have a very poor opinion of IC. This poor opinion is shared by many colleagues in Congo. IC is known to have a lot of money at their disposal, so much that they don't spend it in an effective manner. Their radio transmitter idea sounds good, but also makes host communities ready targets for LRA attacks. There are an estimated 50 LRA in Congo, but based on statements from IC, you would think the problem is much greater. There are also about 5,000 troops (UN, FARDC, UPDF, US) in northern Congo, supposedly looking for those 50 rebels. The LRA are a problem, but IC is just wasting money and sustaining their existence. They should publish a full accounting of how much money they raise, from where it comes, and where the money is spent (i.e. how much in the USA versus how much in Congo). Think twice before giving your money to this group.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 30, 2009
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September 30, 2009
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!

The Great!

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

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

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

Move the headquarters closer to Washington DC for political impact

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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!

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

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

Student outreach

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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