Invisible Children Inc. recently released a very biased and very misleading video regarding Joseph Kony and the LRA.
The Invisible Children Inc. claims to be a non-profit organization but their financial records seems to suggest they are a corrupted and greedy for-profit corporation. In fact a majority of their profits are not related to Uganda or the LRA.
Only 32% of profit went to direct services. The rest went to staff salaries, travel and transport, film production, lobbying, and “professional services”. (Source)
Invisible Children’s accounts show it is a cash rich operation, which more than tripled its income to $9m (£5.68m) in 2011, mainly from personal donations. Of this, nearly 25% was spent on travel and film-making. Most of the money raised has been spent in the US. The accounts show $1.7m went on US employee salaries, $850,000 in film production costs, $244,000 in “professional services” – thought to be Washington lobbyists – and $1.07m in travel expenses. Nearly $400,000 was spent on offices in San Diego. (Article)
Invisible Children Inc. is known for their lack of transparency despite being a registered not-for-profit and for their biased ‘documentaries’ that fails to give all the facts. Ex.:
- In 2006, Joseph Kony has fled Uganda after the UN mounted a covert operation to capture or kill Kony and he has since been in hiding.
- In October 2011, Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to central Africa. Their goal is to remove senior LRA leaders from the battlefield and help find and capture Kony.
- Uganda is now rebuilding and the LRA still has little to no influence in Africa since October.
Here are some alternatives not-for-profit organizations that received 4/4 stars for accountability and transparency. Each operates in Central Africa: