Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.

Direct Relief Response in Philippines


Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religious beliefs, or ethnic identities. >>> guiding principles

Direct Relief’s assistance programs focus on maternal and child health, the prevention and treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response, and are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations. >>> programmatic focus areas

This tradition of direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1948 by refugee war immigrants to the U.S. >>> read the history


Direct Relief’s work earns wide recognition from independent charity evaluators, including a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes, the No. 1 spot on Charity Navigator’s list of the “10 Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of,” and inclusion in Fast Company’s list of “the world’s most innovative nonprofits.”  >>> awards, ratings, and recognition

The only humanitarian nonprofit to be designated by The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD) of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies, Direct Relief holds credentials and memberships with a variety of prominent professional organizations, government agencies, and jurisdictions.

Finances & Policies

Direct Relief honors the generosity of its donors by following a firm policy of full transparency in all of its operations. The organization routinely reports on how donations are used and makes its financial documents (e.g., tax returns, annual reports, audits), fundraising practices, and compensation policies open to the public. 


Direct Relief employs 70 professional staff members, is governed by an independent Board of Directors, and benefits from the help of more than 400 volunteers. 

Devastation in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean Following Hurricane Maria. Direct Relief Delivering Aid.

Hurricane Maria has caused major devastation as it’s torn a path through the Caribbean.

Deadly Earthquakes Shake Mexico; Direct Relief Responding

After a massive 7.1 earthquake shook through Mexico City, Direct Relief staff in Mexico continues to respond.

Emergency Response: California Wildfires

Direct Relief is providing emergency supplies in response to fires burning throughout Northern California.

Beyond Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Wildfires: The Other Humanitarian Crises

How Direct Relief is responding to an array of long-term crises throughout the world

Charity Navigator: “Ten of the Best Charities”

Direct Relief ranks No. 1 on Charity Navigator’s 2017 list of top-rated charities, measured by financial performance, accountability, and transparency.


Precisely track Direct Relief’s donations of medical aid on a map. Data updates daily.

Mapping Medical Aid