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Direct Relief Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/11/2014: Direct Relief

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: DIRECT RELIEF

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Santa Barbara, CA
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Direct Relief Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/11/2014: Direct Relief

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: DIRECT RELIEF

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Physical Address: Santa Barbara, CA 93117 3214
EIN: 95-1831116
Web URL: www.directrelief.org 
Blog URL: www.directrelief.org/blog 
Video URL(s): Direct Relief 60th Anniversary - A History
About Direct Relief
NTEE Category: M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E99 Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C.
P Human Services
P60 Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Ruling Year: 1949 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individuals - $6,241,391
Corporations - $6,082,643
Foundations - $1,726,489


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Mission Statement

Direct Relief improves the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $388,348,790
Total Expenses $388,784,732

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Mr. Thomas Tighe

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Thomas Tighe came to Direct Relief from the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., where he served as Chief-of-Staff and Chief Operating Officer from 1995-2000. In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Peace Corps' worldwide operations, involving more than 7,000 volunteers in 72 countries and an annual budget of $250 million. During that period, the Peace Corps experienced a resurgence of interest and growth to the highest volunteer levels in 27 years. He negotiated agreements to establish new programs in South Africa, China, and Bangladesh, and directed a revamping of the agency's organizational structure and business systems. In 1998, Congress recognized the improvements and approved for the first time ever a four-year authorization for the Peace Corps to expand to 10,000 volunteers. Tighe was raised in Palo Alto, California, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Thailand from 1986-1988 after completing law school and being admitted to the California State Bar.

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Budget:
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Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
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Program Description:

Direct Relief focuses on providing resources to strengthen fragile health systems and enabling health workers to address the tremendous needs of resource-poor communities. The effect is that healthcare providers can care for people who are sick or hurt, but simply cannot afford the treatment or care they need. By providing essential medicines, supplies, and other essential resources, Direct Relief and its partners around the world are giving men, women, and children in vulnerable situations the chance to receive healthcare and live healthy lives. •Healthcare providers treating the medically under-served often do not have the resources to meet the enormous needs of the population. With Direct Relief’s material support, these organizations and their staff are able to shift limited time and resources away from procuring medicine and supplies, and towards providing expanded and improved services. •Partners on the ground gain access to resources which are sometimes absolutely unavailable to the region or prohibitively priced to receive. •Direct Relief connects partners in the field with donors to create and maintain specialized, highly impactful programs to address specific health issues. •The people served by non-profit facilities are most vulnerable to disasters and have the least ability to recover. Emergencies can also create new poverty and put enormous strain on existing infrastructure. By supporting nonprofit healthcare organizations on an ongoing basis, Direct Relief is also creating a network for preparing for and responding to disasters. •All resources provided by Direct Relief are distributed by partners without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay.

Program Long-Term Success:

In the past five years, Direct Relief has sent life-saving medicine and medical supplies to 2,600 healthcare facilities in 88 countries around the world, including the United States. This was made possible by over 100 manufacturers and healthcare companies who contributed $1.2 billion in medicine, medical supplies, and equipment that Direct Relief delivered around the world to people in need. Other generous supporters, like FedEx and Google, have donated essential technology, logistics, and communications products and services to help Direct Relief work quickly and efficiently.

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Program: Maternal and Child Health (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
None
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Program Description:

Healthy mothers are the bedrock of healthy, productive families and communities around the world. Direct Relief focuses on accelerating the progress toward improved health and wellbeing of mothers and children through three key initiatives: 1. Equipping midwives Having a skilled and equipped provider present at delivery is one of the most critical interventions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. Training and equipping midwives with durable equipment and supplies helps provide clean, safe births. 2. Increasing access to emergency obstetric care When complications arise. In approximately 15 percent of pregnancies, an unexpected complication occurs that requires timely access to emergency obstetric services, such as a cesarean delivery. When women have access to emergency obstetrics care and a skilled birth attendant, rates of maternal death can be reduced by 75 percent. 3. Supporting obstetric fistula repair Obstetric fistula is caused by obstructed labor when women lack access to a skilled birth attendant and emergency obstetric care. Our obstetric fistula programs are created to help find and heal women suffering from this devastating childbirth injury.

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Program: Disease Prevention and Treatment (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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None
Adults

Program Description:

Direct Relief is committed to helping our health care provider partners around the globe respond to critical health issues faced by their communities. In many countries where Direct Relief works, the rise of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular and respiratory disease are starting to become issues of serious public health concern. There continues to be a significant burden of communicable disease such as HIV/AIDS in low and middle-income countries. Direct Relief is uniquely positioned to identify the leading healthcare providers in low-resource settings that are meeting these public health challenges and to equip them with essential medicines and medical supplies from leading healthcare companies to enable them to better serve their patients. Three Key Initiatives: 1. Diabetes Prevention and Treatment: Supporting comprehensive programs that target all groups of people, from children with Type 1 diabetes to rural outreach and nutrition services. 2. HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment: Focusing resources to increase access to HIV testing, prevention, care, and treatment in 60 countries worldwide. 3. Cancer Screening and Treatment: Helping increase access to life saving oncology drugs as well as early screening and diagnostic services.

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Program: Emergency Preparedness and Response (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Population Served:
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Program Description:

Direct Relief works daily to equip healthcare providers who care for vulnerable people on an ongoing basis and during emergencies. Our strong network of trusted partners enables Direct Relief to assess immediate healthcare needs, understand the situation on the ground, and respond quickly and efficiently when a disaster strikes. This solid and extensive network is the foundation of our emergency principles and preparedness work. Direct Relief’s approach to disasters is to support the immediate needs of people by working with local partners that are best situated to assess, respond, and prepare for long-term recovery. Each emergency is unique and has specific characteristics that are dependent upon local facts and circumstances. Coordinating with local, national, and international responders to avoid duplication of efforts and logistical bottlenecks, Direct Relief’s efforts are always in direct response to specific requests from partners and are coordinated to ensure the most efficient use of resources. Direct Relief understands the importance of preparedness and works to equip its partners in numerous ways. Based on years of experience responding to large-scale emergencies worldwide, Direct Relief has developed programs that help address the needs of vulnerable communities before a disaster strikes. Our two main emergency preparedness programs are: 1. Hurricane Preparedness Program Since 2007, Direct Relief has equipped partner healthcare facilities in areas vulnerable to hurricanes with emergency medical materials. Informed by the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Hurricane Preparedness Program began in the U.S. Gulf States and has expanded each year to include nine states in the U.S. as well as seven countries in Central America and the Caribbean. These materials are delivered annually before hurricane season starts in June and, if not needed for emergency response, are absorbed into regular inventory for patient care. 2. Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Packs In the U.S., Direct Relief equips MRC volunteers with the basic supplies they need to provide medical care during an emergency. These “grab-and-go” packs contain products, supplies, and medicines that these trained healthcare workers need to respond to emergency situations in their communities.

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Direct Relief is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that improves the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. Thanks to generous material and financial contributions from individuals, healthcare companies, and foundations, Direct Relief is able to work with healthcare facilities in over 70 countries and in all 50 U.S. states and equip them with the essential medical resources they need to provide care to the most vulnerable people in their communities. Health has intrinsic value for every person, and it is essential for people to learn, work, and make a living. Sick people who don’t receive care can’t work, and they become poor or stay poor; and people who are poor are at higher risk of getting sick. Breaking this cycle is an enormously complex endeavor requiring change in many areas other than health services. But under any scenario, better access to health services is essential. Direct Relief’s programs equip health professionals working in resource-poor communities to care for people without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay. With the high level of in-kind contributions of medical resources, transportation, and other donated goods and services it receives, Direct Relief is able to leverage every dollar raised into $37 (wholesale) worth of medical supplies for healthcare professionals to use in caring for their patients.
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They have a long term history of work all around the world. Because of their established relationships and ongoing work, they are able to respond quickly to disasters. They also will be there long after the emergency response. Foundation Professional

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They collaborate with many other organizations to do the work. Their work extends much further than relief, they address many other issues facing children. Foundation Professional

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Since United States Fund is so large it is hard to know how a small or modest donation can help. Foundation Professional
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