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About ONE

What is ONE?

ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans – ONE by ONE – to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE is students and ministers, punk rockers and NASCAR moms, Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life, united as ONE to help make poverty history. ONE believes that allocating an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world's poorest countries. ONE also calls for debt cancellation, trade reform and anti–corruption measures in a comprehensive package to help Africa and the poorest nations beat AIDS and extreme poverty.


What does ONE aim to do/change?

ONE aims to help Americans raise their voice as ONE against the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty, so that decision makers will do more to save millions of lives in the poorest countries.


Who supports ONE?

ONE is a broad movement of Americans from every state and walk of life–more than 2 million people have lent their voices to ONE by visiting ONE.ORG and signing the ONE Declaration. More than three million Americans are also wearing white bands as a show of support for ending extreme poverty and global AIDS. ONE is Americans spreading the word in churches, coffee shops, on television, college campuses and the Internet.


Why ONE percent?

Americans have always been a generous people – just look at the outpouring of support for the victims of the tsunami. Yet, most Americans would be surprised to learn that less than ONE percent of the federal budget is currently marked for fighting AIDS and poverty around the world. Surveys show people think it is over 15%.


ONE percent of the U.S. budget is approximately $25 billion, and redirecting that much more money will take time. Directed to honest governments, private charities and faith-based organizations, this support would provide the tools and resources they need to really make a difference.

By directing an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing the most basic needs – and fighting the corruption that wastes precious resources –we can help transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries. If the U.S. were to devote an additional ONE percent – one cent more for every dollar spent by the federal government–to helping the world's poorest people help themselves, America would demonstrate a commitment to the Millennium Goals, an internationally agreed upon effort to halve global poverty by 2015.

One percent is not merely a number on a balance sheet. One percent is the girl who gets to go to school, thanks to you. One percent is the AIDS patient who gets her medicine. One percent is the African entrepreneur who can start a small family business. One percent is not redecorating presidential palaces or money flowing down a hole. This one percent is digging waterholes to provide clean water. One percent is a new partnership with Africa and the world's poorest countries, where increased assistance flows toward improved governance and initiatives with proven track records.

With an additional ONE percent of our budget we can help prevent 10 million children from becoming AIDS orphans; We can help get 104 million children into grade school; We can help provide water to almost 900 million people around the globe; We can save almost 6.5 million children under 5 from dying of diseases that could be prevented with low-cost measures like vaccination or a well for clean water.

America gives less than one percent now. Were asking for an extra one percent to change the world, to transform millions of lives–but not just that – to also transform the way the world sees us. One percent is national security, enlightened economic self interest, and a better safer world for us all.

Who is behind ONE?

ONE is a coalition of 2 million people and over 70 non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations. ONE was founded by 11 of America's most well-known and respected aid groups: Bread for the World, CARE, DATA, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan USA, Save the Children US, World Concern, and World Vision. For the complete list of all coalition partners, please visit our partners page.

ONE is supported by Americans from every state, different ages, many religions and all walks of life, including such notable people as: Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Pat Robertson, Kate Hudson, Rick Warren, Jamie Foxx, Jars of Clay, Penelope Cruz, Dave Matthews, Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Bill Gates and many, many others.

I already give to some of these organizations, so why should I join ONE?

By joining ONE, you show our leaders that you want to do more to respond to the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty. As a "member" of one of the many organizations that support ONE, you likely make some sort of financial contribution. That money is being responsibly and effectively spent in an effort to make the world a better place. ONE is not asking people for their money–we are asking for their voices. ONE aims to bring the voices of every American together with ONE message and ONE purpose: to make poverty history.


What does the white band mean?

From the heartland to Hollywood, Americans are wearing white bands in support of ONE. Over three million Americans and millions of people around the world are wearing the white band, the international symbol of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. You might be a teacher, doctor or mother. You might wear it to school, church or a concert. Whenever and wherever you wear a ONE white band, you say, without even saying a word, that you want more and better international assistance, debt cancellation and trade reform, and that you want to be part of a movement that is calling for America to join as ONE against this emergency.


Can ONE person really make a difference?

Over 2 million people have signed the ONE Declaration – and all have signed as a direct result of being asked by ONE friend, family member, neighbor or colleague. All of us have a tremendous opportunity to take action and influence those closest to us by learning and talking about these issues. From Dr. King to Nelson Mandela, history shows us that big changes can start with small actions. Together as ONE, we can start to make poverty history. ONE and the groups behind it have already campaigned effectively to increase assistance against AIDS and also won victories against the massive debts of the poorest countries. We are gaining momentum all the time, and helping save lives and rebuild futures in Africa and around the world with every victory.


What can I do to get involved with ONE?

Start by signing the ONE Declaration and lending your voice to the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. Next, tell your friends by sending an e-mail encouraging him/her to get involved at You can also join millions of Americans and wear the white band. Wearing a white band is something YOU can do, today, in your neighborhood. You can also get involved with ONE locally. ONE volunteers are active across America and are ready to use your voice in your community and beyond. Go to to find out the latest actions – such as writing to the President or your local congressman.


How does ONE link to international agreements to fight poverty?

ONE links directly to the international effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. ONE percent more of the US federal budget would help save millions of lives and be a major commitment towards achieving the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals. If it is delivered, we would achieve 0.35% of national wealth going to Official Development Assistance - half way to the international commitment to achieve 0.7%. Longer term, after demonstrating the money is efficiently and ethically used, the goal is for the US to continue to increase effective assistance until it meets the international commitment to give 0.7% of national wealth. This is an appropriate goals for ten years time, or 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Goals.


Isn't our government doing more than anyone else? Don't Americans give more than other countries?

Development assistance reflects the best American tradition of compassion and generosity. Americans could lead the world in saving millions of lives and restoring stability in the poorest countries in the world, especially Africa. The U.S. has shown bold commitment to Africa and has roughly doubled assistance in the last four years, yet even this funding must continue and expand if we want to make poverty history. Current funding to fight global poverty and disease is about $19 billion total, with about $4 billion of that going to Africa. $19 billion sounds like a lot of money, but it represents less that 1% of the federal budget–currently only .75%. To put this in focus, Americans spend $42 billion on diet and health books each year, almost three times what America gave in official development assistance to the world's poorest people in 2003.


Is fighting poverty part of the War on Terror?

Effective and ethical international aid is national security, not charity. Poverty in the developing world is a serious global security threat, a fact acknowledged by the U.S. when President Bush included development as a priority area of his National Security Strategy. Much like after World War II, when President Truman and General Marshall took a little of our money to build a world that had more friends and fewer enemies, U.S. assistance to the poorest people in the world is vital to our foreign policy–Americans giving our fair share may just be the best money we ever spent.


Why use celebrity spokespersons?

Everyone does what they can–whether it's getting our issues on TV or wearing the white band. From Hollywood to the heartland, Americans are joining the fight against global AIDS and poverty. Celebrities get media attention, attention they can uniquely focus on issues which wouldn't get enough attention otherwise – like the AIDS emergency in Africa. Due to the generous cooperation of some of the biggest names in music, movies, politics and religion, ONE is able to reach and mobilize Americans in an unprecedented manner, across all cultural divides.


Why was the 2005 G8 Summit so important? What happened there?

On July 6-8th, the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations met in Scotland to discuss the major social, political and economic conditions that contribute to poverty. ONE and the Live8 concerts sent President Bush to the G8 on a wave of support for doing more to fight AIDS and extreme poverty, asking for an historic compact for compassion and justice with America doing its leadership share. At Live 8, 1 million people stood in Philadelphia, joining with the 3.8 billion people around the world who turned up, tuned in or logged on to show they were also determined to change the world.

Over 500,000 Americans also signed a letter to President Bush, asking that he support four bold commitments at the G8 summit: more and better international assistance, 100% debt cancellation, trade reform and renewed efforts to fight corruption for the world's poorest countries.

The G8 leaders reached an unprecedented agreement: $50 billion more a year in international assistance per year by 2010; AIDS drugs to all those who need it, and care for all AIDS orphans; Primary schools for ALL children by 2015; A commitment to protect 85% of vulnerable Africans against malaria; and 100% debt cancellation for 18 of the world's poorest countries. These promises, if kept, are a historic opportunity to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty and save millions of lives. As ONE, we'll need to keep up the positive pressure and make sure they keep them in 2006.

Why is ONE in my city/state/region?

ONE is working in communities across the country, creating a nationwide constituency of Americans interested in and knowledgeable about the issues of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE believes that Americans working at the local level can beat extreme poverty and AIDS globally. From Des Moines to Chicago to Portland, you may have met a ONE organizer in your community, handing out flyers, asking for ONE Declaration signatures and urging you to act locally to create change internationally.


What can I do locally?

Get involved immediately! Take Action You can get friends to join the campaign, volunteer in your neighborhood, wear a ONE campaign white band and ask friends to wear a white band. Visiting is the best way to get plugged in locally to this unprecedented national and international effort.


Are you asking for money?

ONE isn't asking for your money, we're asking for your voice.


Why is the faith community supporting ONE?

From concert venues to church halls to voting booths, the voices of faith communities are stronger and more relevant than ever in America. With compassion and commitment, religious leaders have both guided their congregations to and been spokespersons for taking action in the fight against AIDS and poverty in Africa. The emergency of global AIDS and poverty calls out to all of our hearts, and these faith leaders believe that God has charged us all with ensuring dignity for his or her neighbor.

Is ONE a partisan coalition?

ONE is a campaign in which Americans do not have to take a side–there is only ONE side in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE believes that millions of Americans agree that we can reach across political divides to do something extraordinary, together. It is in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, as well as in American long term interest, to beat AIDS and poverty.

Americans are united across the political spectrum: ONE's recent national survey found that 86 percent of Americans believe it is important for the United States to put forward "a new effort to work together with other countries to help the poorest people in the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty." Large majorities of those who voted for President Bush (88 percent) and Senator Kerry (87 percent) support such an effort, with the difference within the margin of error. Among born-again Christians, 55 percent say such an effort is very important, with another 35 percent saying it is somewhat important.

Does ONE work on domestic concerns as well as international issues?

There is an humanitarian emergency in Africa and around the world that is unlike anything we have seen in the United States in 100 years. ONE partner organizations are at the forefront of fighting poverty, hunger and HIV/AIDS–both at home and abroad. From South Africa to the rural American south, we are all united in our shared work to end AIDS and extreme poverty.

Volunteer and Career Opportunities

Can I volunteer for ONE?

If you would like to volunteer, please see Take Action and find your local ONE group to find out how you can become involved in the campaign in your area.


Can I intern for ONE?

If you would like to intern, please see Internship Application to find out more information.


How do I apply for a job to work at the ONE Campaign?

Please see Employment Opportunities for a list of openings and information on how to apply.

Donations and Fundraising

How is ONE funded?

ONE is funded through private and public foundations, as well as sales of ONE merchandise.


Can I donate to ONE?

The ONE Campaign is not asking for your money, we're asking for your voice.

ONE does not accept donations. Instead, we hope that you'll take action with ONE by contacting Congress, the President and other elected officials and ask them to do even more to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. We encourage you to sign the ONE declaration and help by spreading the word about the ONE Campaign by talking about it with your friends, family and co-workers. Additionally, you can show your community that you support ONE by purchasing ONE merchandise on our website.

If you still want to make a donation, most of our ONE partner organizations work in the world's poorest countries and may have opportunities for your donations. Please visit our partner page where you will find a list of our partners and you can then search for an organization that matches your interests.

Can ONE fund me?

ONE is an advocacy organization, and as such, doesn’t provide funding for development projects or facilitate trips, grants, or scholarships.


What if I am a company or corporation that would like to get involved?

Please see our Contact Us page and go to the corporate contact us form.


Wait! I still have a question. How can I contact ONE?

Please see the Contact Us page to find out the best way to reach the department you need.


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