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Causes: Human Services

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 We believe that a worldview bound by borders is outdated and that stopping injustice anywhere is the responsibility of humanity everywhere.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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73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

For those concerned regarding false reports that they have not been subject to external audit, see (pdf file): http://c2052482.r82.cf0.rackcdn.com/images/737/original/FY11-Audited%20Financial%20Statements.pdf?1320205055 . Also, I have confirmed the validity of this report with the auditor, Considine & Considine, who had this to say: "Yes, Considine & Considine can confirm we have audited Invisible Children. Our last report was for the year ended June 30, 2011. Please see the IC website for their response to recent questions regarding their work. Philip Smith CPA"

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I disagree with IC's approach to fight violence with violence. It will never reach the end. Furthermore, I express disbelief that that so much money is placed in executive aspects. Most are in fact used to create "awareness" and "advocacy" neither which will help solve problems.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I first became aware of Invisible Children last night on Facebok. It touched me in many ways. I commend the three individuals that first brought this serious issue to light in 2005. Yes, the salary of a few is high to the average person, but it is only .99 percent as someone else has mentioned. This is their job as well as their mission. I believe three things need to happen: 1) Kony needs to be captured! 2) This organization needs to hire an external auditor to avoid scrutiny which will lead to more public trust and an increase in funding. 3) Focus needs to stay on the children and how we can rehabilitate them from their life as soliders, sex slaves... to live a life free of violence and fear.

Review from CharityNavigator

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

The issue here appears to be more about the viral effect on rousing people into action. In 2012, we should accept that precious few people intelligent enough to create stirring propoganda, whether for good or bad, will work for free. Maybe it is time to drop the cynicism and try to get something different moving and worry about the accounting and motivations afterwards.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

i believe Kony should be stopped. PERIOD. This organization, yes, has been under scrutiny but seems to be trying to do the right thing. Why can't we ever believe in the good in people?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

i believe accountability and transparency should be one of major things we look for in a charity and the fact this charity is not very transparent at all lead me to severely distrust this organization, i think this most recent campaign is just a way of bringing in more more money for executive bonuses and "expenses". the money the do donate is given to a dictator led army and a peoples revolutionary army that has been accused of similar attrocities to that of Kony's LRA. i don't think we should trust this charity with our hard earned money when there are so many others that deserve it more and will tell us exactly how our donations are spent.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Their financial records are misleading and don't provide explanations for large relative sums being spent on indirect or specifically non-program expenses (e.g. salary and travel). Do some research before you make your own decision as to whether or not to support any organisation, including this one. Of course they have recently done well to advocate and make the conflict in Central Africa more known, however their claims of direct aid are not well documented and their financial and political support of the war are perhaps making the conflict worse.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I support the cause not the charity. That's how I see it anyway. I believe that Kony should be stopped but the whole thing seems fishy to me. A charity is not for profit and all of it should go towards helping the children not making tons of merchandise and salary. Regardless, And I can't say it enough I DO THINK KONY SHOULD BE STOPPED. AND I'M GLAD THEY'RE SPREADING AWARENESS AND ALL, I just think their going about it wrong. So get your posters and bracelets or whatever but personally I'm not giving them a penny. I don't mean to come off ass rude so sorry if I did. Just my two cents on the matter.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from CharityNavigator

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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