14 November, 2001
NETAID'S COMMITMENT TO ACCOUNTABILITY
In view of recent concerns about
accountability of non-profit organizations, NetAid would like to
state clearly its commitment to accountability.
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 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:
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
- 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
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.
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:
NetAid is committed to the highest standards of transparency
and accountability. Donors to NetAid can:
- 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
- $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
- NetAid has enabled thousands of people to volunteer
their time online to help poverty-fighting organizations in
over 50 developing countries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or:
- Choose where their money goes;
- Follow the progress of projects;
- See project budgets and results;
- Learn how programs work.
267 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
14 October, 2001
NETAID CHANNELS HUMANITARIAN AID TO AFGHAN REFUGEES
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
"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: email@example.com.
For an interview with NetAid President David Morrison or another
NetAid spokespersonand information about NetAid World Schoolhouseplease contact Robyn Stein @ Pro-Media Communications
at 212-245-0510 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.