Who we are

The Oxfam America Action Fund uses legislative lobbying and political advocacy to bring the voices of the world’s poorest people to US leaders in Washington, DC. By challenging the national and international laws that keep people trapped in poverty, we aim to create lasting solutions.

Oxfam and the Oxfam America Action Fund: What’s the difference?

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. We created the Oxfam America Action Fund because we urgently needed a partner organization that would attack the problems of poverty and injustice from a different perspective: one that focuses on challenging unjust laws and policies in the US and around the globe. Learn more about Oxfam.

As a separate organization, the Action Fund works together with Oxfam, but has fewer limitations on spending. This gives us the ability to pursue vital and effective advocacy work—crucial to the success of Oxfam programs around the world. Because our efforts are focused primarily on legislative action, donations to the Action Fund are not tax deductible.

Our board of directors

  1. Kitt Sawitsky

    Director, Goulston & Storrs

    Kitt is a member of the Oxfam America board of directors and chairman of the board of the Oxfam America Action Fund. A lawyer and former managing director of Goulston & Storrs, he practices general corporate and business law. The bulk of his practice involves mergers, acquisitions, shareholder and partnership agreements, debt and equity financing, and other general corporate matters. He coordinates Goulston & Storrs’ pro bono representation of Oxfam America, counseling the organization on its international relief and development efforts. He was a co founder of Boston Employment Service (“Strive”) and currently serves on the board of directors of Strategies for Children and on the board of overseers of the New England Aquarium. Kitt did his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.

  2. Bennett Freeman

    Senior vice president for sustainability, research, and policy, at Calvert Investments

    Freeman is the treasurer of the board of the Oxfam America Action Fund and a former member of the Oxfam America board of directors. As senior vice president for sustainability, research, and policy at Calvert Investments, he leads the environmental, social, and governance analysis; shareholder advocacy; and public policy work of the largest US family of sustainable and responsible mutual funds. During the Clinton administration, Freeman served as a presidential appointee to three different positions in the US State Department, including deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor. He is chairman of the advisory board of Global Witness, a trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, board secretary of the Global Network Initiative, and a member of the board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute.

  3. Elizabeth Becker

    Author and journalist

    Becker is the author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, which was selected by Amazon.com as one of the best books of the year in 2009. As a journalist, Becker covered national and international affairs from the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America for more than 30 years, and was the international economics correspondent at the New York Times covering trade, development, and globalization. Before joining the Times, Becker was the senior foreign editor at National Public Radio. She began her career at The Washington Post as a war reporter in Cambodia, eventually writing When the War Was Over, the classic history of modern Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge. She is also the author of America’s Vietnam War (1992), and Bophana (2009). Becker serves on the advisory board of the Harpswell Foundation and is a graduate of the University of Washington.

  4. Gina Glantz

    Founder, genderavenger.com

    Gina is a member of the board of directors of the Oxfam America Action Fund. In 2014, Gina founded genderavenger.com, an online community dedicated to ensuring that women are always part of the public dialogue. During her career in politics and organizing, Gina served in multiple capacities at the Congressional, state, and presidential levels, and was national campaign manager for Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Gina worked as senior advisor to Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). After retirement, Gina served as a Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, followed by a stint as an HKS adjunct lecturer. She is a board member of Dēmos and TurboVote. Gina is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

  5. Raymond C. Offenheiser

    Former president, Oxfam America

    "Oxfam America distinguishes itself because they ask the right questions. They ask hard questions. Not just of the US government, corporations, and political leaders in the countries where they work—but of ther partners around the globe and, most important, of themselves. We also pursue answers vigorously and develop innovative approaches to reducing poverty."

A copy of the latest financial report, registration filed by Oxfam America Action Fund, and a description of our programs and activities may be obtained by contacting us at: Oxfam America Action Fund, 226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA  02114-2206, 800-77-OXFAM.  Oxfam America was formed in Massachusetts. If you are a resident of one of the following states, you may obtain financial information directly from the state agency.

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State Nonprofit Disclosures

Certain states require written disclosures for nonprofit organizations soliciting contributions. Individual state disclosures are below.

Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-435-7352 (800-HELP-FLA), OR VISITING www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Florida Registration #CH21899

Georgia: A full and fair description of our programs and our financial statement summary is available upon request at our office and phone number indicated above.

Maryland::For the cost of copies and postage, from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Oxfam America Action Fund, Inc. may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office by calling 1-888-236-6167. Registration by the Secretary of State does not imply endorsement.

New Jersey:: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT.

New York: Upon request, from the Attorney General Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the state.

Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Oxfam America Action Fund, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.

Virginia: From the State Office of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

Washington: From the Secretary of State at 1-800-332-4483 or http://www.sos.wa.gov/charities/

West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305.

Wisconsin: A financial statement of the charitable organization disclosing assets, liabilities, fund balances, revenue and expenses for the preceding fiscal year will be provided to any person upon request.

REGISTRATION WITH A STATE AGENCY DOES NOT CONSTITUTE OR IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THAT STATE.

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