Message from the President and CEO

Message from the President and CEO

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Never in our history has CARE been so well positioned to deliver scaled and lasting change in the world’s poorest communities. And it’s because compassionate, committed people for 70 years have stepped forward — giving of themselves, their resources, their time — in order to change our world. Thank you for your past and future investment in our life-changing work and mission.

Last year we worked in 95 countries and reached more than 65 million people through 890 projects. We continued CARE’s long tradition of being on the front lines of emergency response. We supplied food, shelter and services to refugees from Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere. We helped survivors of floods in Malawi, earthquakes in Nepal, Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines.

Beyond the humanitarian aid, we delivered lasting transformation in lives and communities across the globe, placing program participants at the center of CARE’s empowering solutions. We attacked the root causes of poverty, such as gender discrimination, so that more children, particularly girls, can access a quality education — and realize their full potential. We supported people, mostly women, as they took control of their finances and futures. Today more than 5 million women participate in village savings and loan associations, which CARE pioneered 25 years ago in Niger as a way to harness the traditional practice of group savings.

It’s because of the countless contributions from so many before us that CARE can accomplish so much today — and plan boldly for many more life-changing successes like those we celebrate in this report. I am particularly grateful for the leadership and contributions of Helene Gayle, who last year stepped down as CARE’s president and CEO — leaving a tremendous legacy and a strong foundation that I am privileged to build upon.

I’ll do that with a passionate team of smart, talented, dedicated staff and a growing corps of investors, advocates and volunteers. In the coming weeks, months and years, we will invest in areas that will amplify our impact — advocating for changes in laws and policies, sharing knowledge with partners who can then replicate our most successful programs to reach even more families and communities, and using our own platform to partner with social entrepreneurs and change agents to extend our reach. We want to continue investing wisely in innovation, building a movement to overcome poverty and scale up through partnerships.

Those kinds of investments will help shape the future that we imagine for CARE. With more than a billion people in extreme poverty, we can afford to do nothing less. With your support, we’ll do much more.

Michelle Nunn