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