Established in 1985, United Support of Artists for Africa is best known for its 1985 recording of “We Are The World” and the “Hands Across America” event in 1986. In these 30 years, USA for Africa has raised more than $100,000,000 to help ease the pain of poverty in Africa and the United States. While the challenges seemed insurmountable, our commitment stayed strong. We have accomplished our goal of creating opportunities and impacting real change.
We Are the World generated $75 million dollars for famine relief and recovery and development programs in Africa. More than 500 African organizations in 21 African countries have received funding from the We Are the World project.
Our vision today matches our vision in 1988. Hunger still exists, our climate is challenged, conflicts rage around the world. The need for people to care and act still exists, perhaps more urgently than ever before. While progress has been made, there is still abundant need. And we remain committed. We honor our past and those who led our early efforts, those who made our initial efforts so impactful, and salute those dedicated visionaries and volunteers who are spearheading our efforts today.
To take action that will help demonstrate the importance and power of individual participation and collective action in helping to solve the problems, address issues and challenges that presently confront our global society.
“We Are The World” is an anthem inspiring the world to focus on the needs of Africa and Africans.“Hands Across America” galvanized seven million people, both superstars and ordinary folks, to come together and highlight the problems of hunger and homelessness in America. These extraordinary events helped pave the way for pop culture to impact on issues of social significance; a trend that has helped millions of people and continues to prosper today.
United Support of Artists for Africa made a difference in many lives.
- Raised more than $75 million to fight poverty in Africa
- More than 6 million people joined hands to fight poverty in America
- More than $25 million was raised across the US to fight hunger and homelessness in America.
These efforts touched the lives of more than hundreds of millions of people globally.