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August 13, 2014

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Review from Guidestar
August 13, 2014

Direct Relief has not only been a "relief" to all of the free clinics in the U.S. for quite a while now, but it has served as inspiration for hard work on behalf of those most in need worldwide. Our free clinic has received medications, medical supplies, and consumer products that our patients would never have been able to afford otherwise. With Direct Relief's help, we have served thousands of medically needy patients and their families, and we have been able to expand that help when disasters have hit. We are very proud to partner with Direct Relief to help ensure all Americans have health care.

Although Direct Relief is an international organization, its work here at "home" commands respect. It is a quality organization with very dedicated people. In fact, it is such an incredible organization that their most experienced volunteer, Edythe at 106 years old, is still there today. What a fantastic testament to their mission, dedication, and services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Duplicate it a thousand times so no one in the world would have to do without anything!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 1, 2014
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August 1, 2014
1 person found this review helpful

Direct Relief is a great non profit. I have been volunteering with them and I am so impressed at how hard they all work, how much they get done and their passion to do the right things for people in the US and around the world. They are transparent, ethical and use money and donations as effectivly and efficiently as posssible.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More people knew about them!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

January 13, 2012
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Review from CharityNavigator
January 13, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

Full disclaimer - I worked at Direct Relief for a few years. So, while I may maintain some sort of bias, I also know the organization from the inside out. Having worked there, I can say with confidence that I can't imagine a smarter, more ethical group of people than those at Direct Relief - people who on a daily basis work to get medicine to people who need it, and who serve as responsible stewards of donor money. I'm involved with a number of non-profits, but I'd give my highest rating to Direct Relief, and it's the one I donate to.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

They don't spend donor money on advertising or fancy offices (they're in a warehouse by the railroad tracks in an industrial zone). They instead commit 100% of every donated dollar to programmatic work.

February 6, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

When I moved to Santa Barbara in 1966, my mother said, "Oh, that's where Direct Relief is!" As a doctor's wife, she had helped collect medicine samples for DRI from doctors' offices in our town in Kentucky.

DRI has come a long way since then, but still is one of the most effective, and
cost effective, donations around. Who else multiplies your donation by 25 or 30 times? And they make sure the supplies they send actually are what's needed, and get to the people who need and can use them.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Santa Barbara area: disaster supplies for local public schools; particulate masks during local wildfires; other local services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tell them not to change.

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

Wonderful organization, especially thier work in Haiti

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not directly. Their help related to other charitable organizations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

news, word of mouth

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

DRI is a wonderful non-profit organization to donate to help the people of the world who are in the most need right now!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

World Wide Media

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more help from government grants!

February 3, 2011
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February 3, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I first started donating to DRI after the tsunami in Indonesia, because I liked their privacy policy and I liked that they were very clear in how the money would be used (and what they would do if they received too many donations. ) I've given additional funds since then for various disaster relief (Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti, etc.), as well as for my annual CFC Campaign donation. I like helping Direct Relief International as I respect how well they run their organizationi and how much they respect and value their donors.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading about their work, following their updates, etc.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make their work better known to individual donors. I do see DRI as a great alternative to some of the mega-huge charities who don't have sound privacy policies or targeted donation policies (not that they should bad mouth other charities...)

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

I first started donating to DRI after the tsunami in Indonesia, because I liked their privacy policy and I liked that they were very clear in how the money would be used (and what they would do if they received too many donations. ) I've given additional funds since then for various disaster relief (Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti, etc.), as well as for my annual CFC Campaign donation. I like helping Direct Relief International as I respect how well they run their organizationi and how much they respect and value their donors.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading about their work, following their updates, etc.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make their work better known to individual donors. I do see DRI as a great alternative to some of the mega-huge charities who don't have sound privacy policies or targeted donation policies (not that they should bad mouth other charities...)

February 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I doubled my donations after I got a raise at work. A month later someone contacted me because they noticed I had two auto-donations per month set up - they wanted to make sure they weren't over billing me. That's a first.

Great group - awesome place to donate in my opinion. 100% of
your money goes to helping. Their operations are completely supported by an anonymous trust (or something like that)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I haven't traveled to places where they work - but I've read about their work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing.

January 15, 2010
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January 15, 2010
4 people found this review helpful

Approx. 4-5 days after Hurricaine Katrina consumed ou cities A direct relief represetative showed up with a back pack and stated he had been up and down the coast looking for the appropriate physician to handle a massive amount of drug and medical supplies and everyone directed him to our boss, Dr. Alfred McNair. If it not had been for Direct relief during Hurricaine Katrina the Mississippi Gufl Coast would have been without over 5 million dollars in medical supplies and infant products. We recieved medications specific to our needs. We were able to distribute them to over 180 physicians up and down the coast as they were delivered to us. They also provided us with grants to help our physicians that had lost both their homes nad their practice with some funds to help them get back up and running so they did not have to relocate (our practice peronally lost half our staff). They were constantly monitering the supplies to make sure they were going where they needed to go and what else they cound provide that our small building could handle. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization. It is as if you are handing your donation right to the wounded and broken hearted yourself except that they are able with their resources to multiply its worth 21-32% more. (Thank you Forbes Magazine for explaing why they are number one.) If you really have any doubts you can call me at 228-872-6291 and ask for Rhonda. Thank you also for all that you may have done for us during Katrina- if you were not here there was really no way to understand it. And God bless you if you send to this organization over and over again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Patients up and down the coast that could not afford med. Special needs students with supplies. Helping physicians restart their lives so that we were not without medical help for indigent patients.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Thank God for all my contributers. And I know they do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I know, God as my witness, they are what they say they are and they do what they say they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Unbelieveable, kind, caring, unselfesh with their time. Honest I can not say enough.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Multiple it, give it away to the right people, and not waste a penny.

Ways to make it better...

Not one thing. When no one else could get there--they came and stayed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

Once again, thank you for everything anyone has done for Hurricaine Katrina victims. If you have never walked in these shoes you can not understand probably how much we could possbly be so thankfull but we really are to you and Direct Relief.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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