FY2017 Community Sign-on Letter

Dear Representative,

We, the undersigned members and partners of InterAction, urge you to support funding in FY2017 for poverty-focused international development and humanitarian assistance accounts at no less than the levels outlined in the attached recommendations and our accompanying Choose to Invest FY2017.

With over 60 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, we are facing the largest displacement crisis since World War II. Overwhelming humanitarian needs remain across the globe particularly in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, and in El Nino and Ebola-affected countries.

While pleased with the funding provided in the final FY2016 appropriations to address crises around the world, we are concerned by the continued use of overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds to replace base funding. This practice exposes critical poverty focused programming to future cuts should OCO funds not be available. We urge Congress to move OCO funding into the base International Disaster Assistance (IDA), Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA), and Contributions for International Peacekeeping (CIPA) accounts.

U.S. investments in development and humanitarian programs contribute immensely to our national security, benefit our economy, and fulfill America’s deepest moral values. At less than 1% of the total U.S. budget, these programs build sustainability; fight global diseases; improve maternal and child health and nutrition; help smallholder farmers; educate children; provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; support emerging democracies; foster equitable growth; advance gender equality; empower women and girls, and protect all people from violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

We fully understand the critical need to protect every taxpayer dollar and to ensure these programs generate real and lasting results. That is why we advocate for greater transparency and accountability. The fact is, U.S. foreign assistance delivers results and saves lives.

The FY2017 appropriations cycle represents a unique opportunity to build on U.S. leadership in creation of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nations, donors, civil society and the private sector around the world will join the U.S. in results-oriented partnerships which reduce extreme poverty and help developing countries build self-reliant and independent economies.

We urge you to fund these critical programs in FY2017 at no less than the levels outlined in the following recommendations. Thank you for your consideration.

Community FY2017 Funding Recommendations - By Account


  1. 1,000 Days
  3. Action Against Hunger
  4. ActionAid USA
  5. Adeso
  6. ADRA- Adventist Development and Relief Agency
  7. Advocates for Youth
  8. African Methodist Episcopal Church Service and Development Agency (AME-SADA)
  9. Alliance for Peacebuilding
  10. Alliance to End Hunger
  11. American Academy of Pediatrics
  12. American Hindu World Service
  13. American Jewish World Service
  14. American Red Cross
  15. American Refugee Committee
  16. American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)
  17. AmeriCares
  18. Amigos de las Americas
  19. Amref Health Africa in the USA
  20. AMURT
  21. ANERA
  22. Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development
  23. AVAC
  24. AVSI USA
  25. Basic Education Coalition
  26. Better World Campaign
  27. BRAC USA
  28. Bread for the World
  29. Brother's Brother Foundation
  30. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
  31. CARE USA
  32. Catholics for Choice
  33. CBM
  34. Center for Biological Diversity
  35. Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
  36. Center for Women Policy Studies
  37. ChildFund International
  38. Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
  39. Church World Service
  40. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  41. Concern America
  42. Concern Worldwide (US) Inc.
  43. Congressional Hunger Center
  44. Convoy of Hope
  45. Counterpart International
  46. Creative Learning
  47. Direct Focus Community Aid
  48. Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initative
  49. EDC
  50. Edesia Inc.
  51. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  52. EngenderHealth
  53. EPIC: Education for Peace in Iraq Center
  54. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  55. EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services
  56. Fabretto Children's Foundation
  57. Feed the Children
  58. Food for the Hungry
  59. Franciscan Action Network
  60. Freedom From Hunger
  61. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  62. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  63. Girl Up
  64. Global Communities
  65. Global Health Action
  66. Global Health Council
  67. Global Links
  68. Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
  69. Global Poverty Project
  70. GlobalGiving
  71. GOAL USA
  72. Habitat for Humanity International
  73. Handicap International USA
  74. Headwaters Relief Organization
  75. Heart to Heart International
  76. Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  77. Heifer International
  78. Helen Keller International
  79. HelpAge USA
  80. HIAS
  81. ICCO, USA
  82. IMA World Health
  83. Imagine No Malaria Campaign, The United Methodist Church
  84. InsideNGO
  85. Institute for Sustainable Communities
  86. InterAction
  87. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
  88. International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
  89. International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
  90. International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
  91. International Medical Corps
  92. International Medical Health Organization
  93. International Orthodox Christian Charities
  94. International Relief Teams
  95. International Rescue Committee
  96. International Youth Foundation
  97. Internews
  98. Intrahealth International
  99. Islamic Relief USA
  100. John Snow, Inc
  101. Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  102. Life for Relief and Development
  103. Living Hope Organization (Livhorg)
  104. Lutheran World Relief
  105. MAFRAD
  106. Management Sciences for Health
  107. Medical Care Development, Inc
  108. Mercy Corps
  109. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
  110. Millennium Water Alliance
  111. National Association of Social Workers
  112. National Council of Churches
  113. Natural Resources Defense Council
  115. Norwegian Refugee Council USA
  116. Nothing But Nets
  117. One Acre Fund
  118. Operation USA
  119. Oxfam America
  120. PAI
  121. PATH
  122. Pathfinder International
  123. Pax Christi USA
  124. Perkins International
  125. Plan International USA
  126. Planet Aid
  127. Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  128. Plant With Purpose
  129. Population Communication
  130. Population Council
  131. Population Institute
  132. Population Media Center
  133. Presbyterian Church (USA)
  134. Project C.U.R.E
  135. Project Concern International (PCI)
  136. Refugees International
  137. Relief International
  138. RESULTS
  139. ReSurge International
  140. Sabin Vaccine Institute
  141. Salvation Army World Service Office
  142. Save the Children
  143. Self Help Africa
  144. Seva Foundation
  145. Shot@Life
  146. Sierra Club
  147. SNV USA
  148. Solidarity Center
  149. SOS Children's Villages - USA, Inc
  150. SPOON Foundation
  151. Stop Hunger Now
  152. Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
  153. The Borgen Project
  154. The Episcopal Church
  155. The Hunger Project
  156. The LiftPoint Group
  157. Transparency International - USA
  158. Trickle Up
  159. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
  160. United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
  161. United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
  162. United Methodist Committee on Relief
  163. United Nations Association of America
  164. United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
  165. Universal Access Project
  166. US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  167. US Fund for UNICEF
  168. US National Committee for UN Women
  169. Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
  170. WASH Advocates
  171. Water for South Sudan
  172. WaterAid
  173. Waterlines
  174. WellShare International
  175. West African Academy of Public Health (WAAPH)
  176. Wide Horizons For Children
  177. Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
  178. Women Thrive Worldwide
  179. Women's Refugee Commission
  180. World Concern
  181. World Connect, Inc.
  182. World Education, Inc.
  183. World Food Program USA
  184. World Hope International
  185. World Learning
  186. World Neighbors
  187. World Rehabilitation Fund
  188. World Renew
  189. World Vision
  190. Zakat Foundation of America
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