Summer Campaign Nominee Profile: Oxfam
CAUSE: GLOBAL POVERTY
Oxfam has a vision of a just world without poverty. They use a combination of rights-based sustainable development programs, public education, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance in disasters and conflicts.
Founded in 1942, Oxfam is a 501(c) global nonprofit organization that has been working to “end the injustice of poverty” for over 70 years. The organization helps “people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters.” Oxfam’s mission is to “tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.”
Oxfam’s impact focus spans various issues across local, national, and international levels including 90 countries. Some of Oxfam’s impact foci include:
- Saving lives: Oxfam assists the poorest communities when disaster strikes, but is also working to ensure greater local resilience and the capacity of local responders and governments to deliver disaster response.
- Programs to overcome poverty and injustice: Oxfam invests in programs to help people assert their rights so that they can improve their lives.
- Campaigning for social justice: Oxfam works to change the laws and practices that keep people trapped in poverty.
- Public education: Oxfam works to change the way people think about poverty and its causes.
Oxfam challenges the structural causes of the injustice of poverty, working with allies and partners locally and globally.
- Over five years, Oxfam contributed to the shaping of 10 new laws to protect women against gender-based violence in countries such as Uganda, Nigeria and Pakistan.
- Oxfam addresses a wide range of issues including agriculture, education, health, HIV/AIDS, climate change, aid effectiveness, emergency response, gender justice, indigenous and minority rights, natural resources, peace and security, private sector, trade and youth outreach.
What do you get for your donation?
A $500 donation to Oxfam can provide school meal programs to 11 children for one year. If allocated to another project, a $500 donation may provide 7 households with seeds and tools for farming or build 3 latrines to protect the health of families displaced by natural disasters or conflict. A $500 donation may also build 2 washing stations for hand sanitization at rural schools to prevent the spread of disease.
Though Oxfam is big, it relies heavily on individual donations. In fiscal year 2014-2015, individual donations accounted for 36.4% of revenue.
Why is Oxfam Recommended?
- Oxfam publishes its annual and financial reports on its website, along with a large selection of its policies, codes of conduct and evaluations. The national Oxfam bodies publish their own annual reports on their websites. Oxfam America has received the seal of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance for accountability.
- As a large, multi-national organization, Oxfam performs particularly well in their work to fight global poverty in a wide variety of ways and in a wide variety of places.