sustainable development goals

How Your Red Nose Day Donations are Fueling the Global Goals

Last week, the United Nations celebrated Global Goals week.

The seventeen Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide guiding principles for governments, corporations, organizations and others to create a sustainable society and measure progress on issues important to all of us, like ending poverty, improving health and education, and ending inequality, among other things. Throughout the week, major players like Bill Gates, Malala Yousafzai, and even our own Red Nose Day co-founder Richard Curtis shared updates and inspiring stories of progress on how the global community can work together to meet these goals. It made us want to share how your donations are helping make the world a better place, too.

Secretary-General Visits Antigua and Barbuda to Survey Hurricane Damage. // Photo credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
United Nations Secretary-General Visits Antigua and Barbuda. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Here are a few ways your Red Nose Day support is moving the needle for Sustainable Development Goals.



Goal 1 – No Poverty:

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Your donations support:  Ending child poverty.

You probably already know, but here at Red Nose Day our mission is to end child poverty. Your support to Red Nose Day goes to incredible programs that ensure kids are safe, healthy, educated and empowered, both here in the US and around the world.


Goal 2 – No Hunger:

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Your donations support: Programs that provide healthy meals and snacks to kids in need.

It’s estimated that 31.1 million children in the United States are food insecure, which means they may not know where their next meal is coming from. This can lead to poor performance in school and greater health risks, and makes it tough to just be a kid. Through funding to programs at our partner Feeding America, your Red Nose Day donations help provide free meals and snacks to children who may otherwise miss out. These programs are designed to fill children’s nutrition gaps, and specifically target children during the summer, on weekends, and after-school when they do not have access to support systems like school lunches.


Goal 3 – Good Health & Well-Being:

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Your donations support: Programs that prevent HIV transmission to new babies Nicaragua.

In Nicaragua, due to lack of access and resources, not all pregnant women are tested for HIV. Without intervention, HIV transmission rates between pregnant mothers and their unborn children range from 15-45%. With effective treatment transmission rates can be reduced to less than 5%. Through Red Nose Day funding to programs delivered by The Global Fund, expectant moms are getting tested and treatment is being provided when needed, which means new babies are being born HIV-free and given the best opportunity at a healthy life.


Goal 4 – Quality Education:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Your donations support: Programs that curb dropout rates in the United States with targeted tutoring and mentoring.

Within high-poverty communities, kids face a number of extra challenges that make it hard to learn and succeed in school, meaning these kids may never get to reach their full potential. City Year works to bridge the gap for kids in these communities through mentorship and guidance, providing the support they need and in turn increasing graduation rates. Your donations to Red Nose Day have deployed 24 City Year across the country. These teams will provide targeted interventions for children most at risk, and changing lives in the long-term.


Goal 5 – Gender Equality:

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Your donations support: Programs that use sport as a tool for social change, helping girls in disadvantaged communities.

In lots of places around the world, girls are not given the same opportunities as boys. Your Red Nose Day donations are helping partner Laureus connect girls with innovative programs that utilize sport to empower, build confidence, and reinforce behaviors that help young women successfully navigate life experiences. For girls living in New Orleans, these programs can create a transformative change with lasting impact.


Goal 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation:

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Your donations support: Programs that provide access to clean water in Rulindo, Rwanda.

Access to clean water can change everything. Without it, kids are more prone to diseases, and can miss school and study time while walking to collect water that can have long-term effects on their potential. Your Red Nose Day donations are helping change the lives of those living in the mountainous district of Rulindo, Rwanda with partner charity: water where currently only 58% of communities have improved access to clean water. 


Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities:

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Your donations support: Ensuring street children have a voice.

Throughout the world, street children are some of the most vulnerable of all. Thanks to your donations to Red Nose Day, Consortium for Street Children is providing advocacy and direct programming to ensure that street children everywhere are accounted for in data, decision-making, and support services and that their rights are recognized.