Global Action for Children

Global Action For Children
Founded September 2004
  • Washington

Formed in 2004, Global Action for Children (GAC) GAC was a results-oriented coalition dedicated to improving the lives of orphans and highly vulnerable children in the developing world.

GAC advocated for improved policies and expanded investments in proven interventions, increased effectiveness of programs, and efficient spending of taxpayer dollars to better serve children. GAC lead advocacy efforts to ensure access to low-cost, life-saving medicine and interventions that directly impacted and ensured the survival and healthy development of orphans and highly vulnerable children.

GAC’s unique strength was derived from the effectiveness and diversity of the charitable, faith-based, nongovernmental, and student organizations that comprise its Leadership Council, and the ability to mobilize a broad range of constituencies. GAC was a nonpartisan, independent voice for children that did not accept any government funding. That independence allowed GAC to adhere to its mission, avoid advocating out of self-interest, and take bold action on issues affecting children without fear of financial repercussions. Many in the child health community looked to GAC to be a strong, independent voice.

GAC areas of focus: basic education, keeping children with family and community (community care), child protection, early childhood development, child survival and immunizations, children in conflict, foreign aid reform, HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria; and prevention of child marriage and child sexual abuse.

Advocate Jennifer Delaney led efforts as a consultant from September 2005 – January 2006; US Director, January–October 2006; and founding Executive Director October 2006 – October 2009. Kathleen Guy served as executive director from October 2009 to 2010.

While Global Action for Children ceased operations in December 2010, GAC's impact and work on behalf of OVC continues to impact the lives of millions of children around the globe. GAC effort to serve a 10% earmark in the HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 was reauthorized, and PL-109-95 the Assistance for Orphans and Vulnerablele Children Act of 2005 now has a staffed secretariat, and the comprehensive strategy to address the needs of OVC is constantly evolving and innovating to address the complex issues they face.

Advocacy strategy

Global Action for Children worked to improve policies and increase funding for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in developing countries.











Board of directors

Name Board position Title and organization
Angelina Jolie Honorary Chairperson Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Jennifer Delaney President Executive Director 2006-2009, Global Action for Children
Paul Zeitz Chairperson Executive Director, Global AIDS Alliance
Kathleen Guy President Executive Director 2009-2010, Global Action for Children
Dr. Joanne Carter Secretary & Treasurer Executive Director, RESULTS
Kathy Kretman Director Director, Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership
Susan McCue Director President and Chief Executive Officer, Message Global
Diana Aubourg Millner, Charles Blake Director Executive Director, Save Africa's Children
Richard C. Powell Director Chief Operating Officer, Burson-Marsteller

Advisory board

NameTitle and organization
Trevor Neilson Senior Advisor, APCO Worldwide
Albina du Boisrouvray Founder and President, Association Francois-Xavier Bagnoud
David GartnerGlobal AIDS Alliance
James Haven Youth AIDS Summit, Saddleback Church
Kerry Olson Founder and President, Firelight Foundation
Jack Quinn Founder and Co-Chairman, Quinn Gillespie & Associates
Sara Sievers Co-Director, Brandeis Center for International Development and Director, Nigeria Initiative, Earth Institute, Columbia University


  1. "[ President Signs Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005]". Retrieved 2008-07-29. External link in |title= (help)
  2. "Angelina Takes Global Action for Children". Ecorazzi. Retrieved 2008-07-29.

Angelina Jolie calls for more Funding for Orphans GAC Annual Report 2008 GAC second Jolie-Pitt grant

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