ANNUAL REPORT 2019

A Year of

Sustained Growth & Amplified Core Competencies

 

A Message From Our CEO

Four years ago, CRDF Global embarked on an ambitious journey to grow the organization, driven by a steadfast belief that our “why”—strengthen individuals, build relationships, improve our world— could address new and emerging global needs. We focused on expanding our relationships with funders, making our programs more efficient, and building a strong organizational culture. These efforts led to significant opportunities to expand our impact. Our 2019 theme, Sustained Growth and Amplified Core Competencies, represent the milestones that we continued to achieve after the transformation and growth of the previous years.

 

In 2019, we delivered over $34M in capacity building initiatives through technical & professional trainings, fellowships & exchanges, and grants & research competitions. Our programs touched over 6,000 participants representing 147 countries. We were able to achieve this through a 42% increase in revenue from 2018 and the support of over 240 partner organizations.

 

Recognizing that this level of growth often presents new internal challenges, we also focused on our people and organizational culture. We defined our culture based on our history and a shared vision for our future. We worked to ensure our culture was reflected in everything that we do, from recruitment and onboarding to program management. This laid an extraordinary foundation for 41%  staff growth in 2019. 

 

As we celebrate 2019 accomplishments, we acknowledge that our world is fighting new threats to the health and safety of our communities. Mitigating the spread of infectious diseases, CBRNE threats, cyber-attacks, and disinformation cannot wait. In high-risk and low-resource environments, we have developed technological solutions to provide remote engagements where in-person activities are not possible. We are amplifying these tools to continue to fulfill our mission in a new post-COVID world. 

 

None of the accomplishments in this report would be possible without our funders and partners. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you in years to come.

Sincerely,

MIKE DIGNAM

President and CEO

Who We Are

In 2019, CRDF Global continued the journey to embody our values in our processes, policies, and interactions. Our intent to do the right thing, strive for excellence together, and show empathy to those we work with was foundational in everything we achieved in 2019.

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OUR CAPABILITIES

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Full-Cycle Grant Program Management

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Curriculum Development

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Risk Detection
& Mitigation

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Institution Capability Development

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Travel &
Logistics

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Physical Security Updates

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Workshops

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Equipment Procurement

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Regional

Programing

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Trainings

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Study Visits

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Fellowships
& Mentorship

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Security Assessments

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Remote
Solution

Peer Review & Competition
Management

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MISSION AREAS

Global Health

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Innovation Ecosystems

International
Exchanges

CBRNE Security

Strategic Trade & Border Security

Cybersecurity

 
 

What We Accomplished

Building on our 2018 transformation, we worked with governments, international organizations, research institutions, and local partners to deliver tailored solutions to global challenges while remaining dedicated to excellence and embracing innovation.

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OUR IMPACT

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Provided over $34M in awards, travel, and procurement

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Increased revenue by 42% to $37M

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Awarded 950 grants and contracts

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We worked with over 240 partner organizations

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Supported over 4900 travelers

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Worked with participants from 147 countries

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Engaged over 6000 participants

SELECT PARTNERS & FUNDERS

Overcoming global challenges can only be achieved through dedication and collaboration. In pursuing our mission, we have partnered with governments, research institutions, local and international organizations to help find outcome-based local solutions to global issues.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR YEAR

 

How We've Grown

We have come a long way from our early days in 1995. With three regional hubs and a growing team of highly specialized employees, 2019 was a year of sustained growth in our core expertise and talent.

How We've Grown

We have come a long way from our early days in 1995. With three regional hubs and a growing team of highly specialized employees, 2019 was a year of sustained growth in our core expertise and talent.

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

As a global organization, we are proud of our cultural diversity. The unique perspective each of our employees bring to each initiative allows us to achieve excellence through empathy and collaboration.

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EMPLOYEE GROWTH AT A GLANCE

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SUSTAINED GROWTH

  • We ended the year with 165 employees in 3 regional hubs
     

  • Increased staff by 41% through 48 new positions in the U.S., Ukraine, and Jordan

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DIVERSE GLOBAL CULTURE

  • 53% Female to 47% Male employee breakdown
     

  • Employees have lived in over 79 countries 
     

  • Employees speak over 29 languages
     

  • Employees traveled to 54 countries in 228 trips 

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EMPLOYEE CULTURAL INITIATIVES

  • Delivered engagement sessions focusing on newly defined organizational culture across all three offices to:

    • Build a shared understanding of our history

    • Help staff live our “why” and values every day
       

  • Standardized and improved the organization’s recruitment and onboarding processes

 

Financial Overview

Building on our 2018 transformation and strong financial performance, CRDF Global's sustained financial growth in 2019 is a result of our "why" and our values.

2019 Board of Directors

 

Anne Petersen

Raymond R. Johnson

Cathy Mannick

Tomas Diaz de la Rubia

E. William Colglazier

Karen Holbrook

Jill Hruby

Raymond Orbach

Gerald W. Parker

Susan Raymond

Alan I. Leshner

Paul Longsworth

Maxine Savitz

Dr. Hassan Virji

 

HEADQUARTERS
Arlington, USA

1776 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300

Arlington, VA 22209 USA

Tel: +1 703-526-9720

 

EASTERN EUROPE & EURASIA REGIONAL HUB

Kyiv, Ukraine

15 Leipzigska Street, 2nd Floor (Letter "V-7-9")

01015 Kyiv, Ukraine

Tel: +380 44 287-00-65

 

​MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA REGIONAL HUB

Amman, Jordan

King Hussein Business Park

Building #7, 5th Floor

Amman, Jordan

Tel: +962 6 5860003

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