Global Impact is a non-profit organization that works with international charities based in the United States and manages the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, a program to raise money from federal employees for international causes. Affiliated charities include CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and World Vision.
In 2012, Global Impact raised $108 million and supported 11,000 charities. Global Impact's administrative and fundraising to expense ratio was 4.5 percent during this period.
Global Impact was founded in 1956 as the Federal Service Joint Crusade to serve as the umbrella group for international health and welfare agencies participating in Federal government employee fund-raising campaigns. With the inception of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) in 1964, the organization became known as International Service Agencies (ISA). Until 1980, ISA was one of four approved federations participating in the CFC. After that time, the campaign was opened to include many more agencies and federations. In 2003, ISA changed its name to Global Impact to align with the organization’s evolving mission.
Spending controversy, 2011-2012
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An audit published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 2012 concluded that Global Impact had received $764,069 in reimbursements from the federal government that "could have been put to better use" for the CFC. Global Impact had received funds for neck massages, hotel room service, and movie rentals. Renee Acosta, then Global Impact's chief executive, received a $150,000 bonus following the audit.
Global Impact partners with companies seeking to offer workplace giving campaigns. Global Impact raises funds in nearly 500 public and private sector workplace giving programs and delivers millions of dollars to its partner charities.
Global Impact also administers the Combined Federal Campaign – Overseas (CFC-O), a program allowing international charities to solicit contributions from employees of the United States federal government. Revenue for the CFC-O increased from $47 million in 2003 to $66 million in 2011.
From 2003 to 2012 Global Impact ran the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign, a division of the CFC for federal employees in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Global Impact was succeeded in this role by EarthShare.
In 2011 Global Impact published "Moving Beyond Boundaries," a report that analyzed trends in donations to international charities. The report concluded that such giving had increased at an annual rate of 10.4% since 1987, that 22% of U.S. corporations made donations to international causes, and that 37% of major U.S. companies planned to focus more on such causes. The report concluded that corporate fundraising efforts were having a positive impact on quality of life around the world.
- Olson, Elizabeth (December 7, 2011). "Charity Campaigns Try Gentle Approach to Get Shoppers to Spend on Good Deeds". The New York Times.
- "Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas Structure". Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas.
- Rosiak, Luke (May 19, 2014). "Feds used donations intended for poor for massages, luxuries for themselves". The Washington Examiner.
- Mizell, Vanessa (January 24, 2011). "Helping out: Renee Acosta of Global Impact". The Washington Post.
- Losey, Stephen (January 10, 2013). "Global Impact loses contract to run Washington-area CFC". Federal Times.
- "Giving to global causes grows". Philanthropy Journal. July 7, 2011.