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14 November, 2001


In view of recent concerns about accountability of non-profit organizations, NetAid would like to state clearly its commitment to accountability.

NetAid Mission
NetAid is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping to end extreme poverty. It provides direct connections — for companies and their employees, schools, community groups, and individuals around the world — to actions and ideas that measurably improve the lives of the poorest.

NetAid Origins
NetAid raises money from the general public, as well as from corporations, private foundations and other funding agencies. Its policies for the use of this money are as follows:

  • 100% of all donations raised from the general public go directly to the anti-poverty projects for which they were intended. Not a penny goes to NetAid's overhead.
  • All donations from corporations, private foundations and other funding agencies are governed by standard donor agreements, which include regular reporting by NetAid on how the funds are being used. To date, and in keeping with the explicit wishes of its donors, NetAid has used these funds to provide direct support to anti-poverty projects, to develop its own anti-poverty initiatives, and to support its ongoing operating costs. The portion of these donations that goes to operating costs is mutually agreed by NetAid and the donor, and ranges from 10-100%. Certain donors have directed that 100% of their money supports NetAid overhead precisely so that NetAid can pass 100% of donations from the public directly to anti-poverty projects in the field.
As part of the United Nations' commitment to halving world poverty by the year 2015, NetAid was launched as an Internet-based public education and advocacy initiative in the fall of 1999. Three rock concerts in October 1999 raised $11 million in corporate donations ($10m from Cisco Systems, and $1m from KPMG) and approximately $1m from individuals.

In January 2000, NetAid granted $1.4 million to 16 poverty alleviation projects in Kosovo and Africa — well over the $1m that had been raised from the public to that point. In keeping with the intentions of Cisco Systems, NetAid's primary corporate donor, the remaining $10.6 million was dedicated to creating an innovative institution that will generate new support for reducing global poverty over the long term. Since January 2000, NetAid has used approximately $2 million to catalyze new support and partnerships for fighting global poverty.

NetAid Today
Since April 2000, NetAid has drawn on the initial seed funding provided by Cisco and KPMG to develop and launch programs in pursuit of its advocacy and poverty-fighting mission. NetAid and its partners' successes include:

  • Through donation programs, since April 2000 more than 10,000 people have contributed over $1.5 million to anti-poverty projects in 22 countries. 100% of all funds raised from the public have gone directly to the projects for which they were intended, including:
    • $493,285 to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa and Asia;
    • $336,254 to reunite families in war-torn parts of Africa and Asia;
    • $308,998 to improving the life chances of mothers and babies in Rwanda;
  • As a leader in the Global Movement for Children, NetAid has enabled over 40 million people around the world to participate in the interactive global campaign for child rights, Say Yes for Children;
  • NetAid has launched relief efforts for Afghan refugees, and a Kids Can Help initiative for children;
  • NetAid has launched NetAid World Schoolhouse, raising $338,555 to date to educate the world's poorest children;
  • NetAid has enabled thousands of people to volunteer their time online to help poverty-fighting organizations in over 50 developing countries.
NetAid is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. Donors to NetAid can:
  • Choose where their money goes;
  • Follow the progress of projects;
  • See project budgets and results;
  • Learn how programs work.
In keeping with its obligations as a registered nonprofit (501c3) institution, NetAid submits full financial information (form 990) to federal and state tax authorities on an annual basis. Copies of this information are available from NetAid at info@netaid.org, or:

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14 October, 2001


New York, NY—NetAid is channeling donations to two humanitarian agencies with extensive experience of working with Afghan refugees in Northwest Pakistan. Both agencies have stepped up their operations to respond to the latest humanitarian crisis to strike the people of Afghanistan and have partnered with NetAid to provide the public with an opportunity to get involved.

"NetAid offers a direct channel for the global public to help," says NetAid's President David Morrison. "It links concerned people directly to trusted, effective nongovernmental humanitarian aid organizations on the frontlines." 100% of funds donated by the public go to the projects on the ground and regular updates are provided on www.netaid.org so that people can see how their money is being used.

The International Medical Corps (IMC) was founded in 1984 by volunteer American doctors who went to Afghanistan to provide emergency care and training to civilians. Since then, the IMC has helped to train a new generation of Afghan doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Led by a dedicated Harvard-trained Afghan doctor, the team has been one of the few groups that has provided medical services to people living in refugee camps in northwest Pakistan, as well in Afghanistan itself.

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) opened its office in Pakistan three years ago to work with refugees with special needs, including unaccompanied children, the elderly, the disabled and female-headed households. On October 6, 2001, ICMC sent an emergency response team to Pakistan to begin to assess the urgent needs of the most vulnerable Afghan refugees and to provide specialized medicines and equipment, shelter and supplemental food.

To learn more about these organizations or to contribute via NetAid please click on http://app.netaid.org/programs/Crisis/index.html.

Since April, 2000, NetAid - a New York based nonprofit – has mobilized more than $1 million in contributions for projects to help end extreme poverty in 22 countries. Almost 7,000 individuals have applied for NetAid online volunteering assignments in 60 countries.

NetAid is based on a range of public-private partnerships that include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Cisco Systems.

Those wishing to donate by check should send their contribution to NetAid, 267 Fifth Avenue 11th Floor, NY, NY 10016 and indicate that it is to support the Afghan Refugee Crisis Response.

News agencies are requested to add a link to NetAid to their web sites.

In addition to NetAid's founding partners, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Cisco Systems, NetAid maintains active working relationships with leading international organizations including UNICEF, UN Volunteers, CARE and Save the Children.

To arrange to interview NetAid program staff, some of whom have coordinated crisis field operations for UNICEF, UNDP and other respected multinational relief organizations, please contact Ian Steele Tel: 212 537 0512 email: media@netaid.org.

For an interview with NetAid President David Morrison or another NetAid spokesperson—and information about NetAid World Schoolhouse—please contact Robyn Stein @ Pro-Media Communications at 212-245-0510 or e-mail info@promediacomm.com.