International Rescue Committee

Rating: 4.73 stars   92 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 122 E 42nd St New York NY 10168 USA

Mission: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
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EIN 13-5660870
1-212-551-3000
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Rating: 5 stars  

The work of the IRC is life-saving and life-changing. They are among the best Rescue organizations in the world, having a presence nearly everywhere there is a need. As a donor, I trust them to use my donations for good purposes. They have never let me down.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

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I'm sorry, but the 380,000 dollar salary is simply not justified, regardless of how it is measured as percent of and could make more elswhere and so on.

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

no

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

cut the salary expense to reasonable

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Rating: 5 stars  

The IRC is an organization that caters to the needs of those who need help the most around the globe both in temporary and permanent states of crisis.
With over 90% of the donation monies going to programs in the field and less than 10% spent on administration, the IRC is a charity I feel very good about contributing money to.
The programs run include survival level programs having to do with food, water, shelter and giving children safe environments and go all the way to helping immigrants from crisis zones establish lives in the United States after starting their lives here.

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The IRC lets its donors know what's going on in a monthly newsletter, as well as personal statements from people who have benefited from its programs that are emailed from time to time.

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

I would be happy if there was a summary at the head of every monthly newsletter for those times when I can't read it all.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Looking for ways to impact the lives of those that need help the most on this earth.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I donate to the IRC monthly.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The IRC is one of my top three organizations. I feel they consistently respond rapidly to needs and also follow through on the commitments they make to refugees. When I asked them to just send information by email, they complied, so that less of my donation goes into mailings. All in all, this is an organization that I choose to support after checking out many alternatives.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I almost wholly donate to IRC when I have to disposable income to do so. They are knowledgeable, pleasant, and it's clear that the money goes directly to the source. I like being able to donate in my parents' name for birthdays, Christmas, Mother's and Father's Day. And they like knowing their gifts mean something.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Besides being a wonderful cause to support, the IRC is wise about how they use donations. They don't deluge me with unnecessary solicitations & "gifts". I am so tired of getting mailing labels and greeting cards from charities that aren't as frugal with my contributions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my capacity as an attorney, I was contacted by a Somali woman who, with her family, was resettled in Salt Lake City by the International Rescue Committee ("IRC"). With support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the "Mormons") and other denominations, the IRC has resettled Somalis, Cambodians and refugees from other countries here. I often read about these refugee communities in The Salt Lake Tribune, where the IRC is credited for its compassionate and determined efforts to rescue people caught in life-and-death circumstances around the world.

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

Touring church facility where donated clothing is sorted for shipment to African nations served by the IRC.

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

None. The IRC is doing excellent work, and hopefully al Shabab will allow the IRC to provide relief in Somalia.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The IRC has a long history and great track record of providing life-saving support to refugees and disaster victims around the world -- food, shelter, medical care, counseling, relocation assistance.

It is less well known than many better-funded charities because little of its budget goes to costly advertising campaigns. Instead, most of what they raise goes directly to programs. This only makes me support them more. Well worth your donation dollars.

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After medical school, my brother-in-law was sent to help in Cambodian refigee camps. That's when I learned just how extensive the IRC's support services really are. They do a lot more than just put up tents and deliver food.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IRC is *the go-to place for donations; they get the work done and use the funds well... my sister, who works for International health, highly recommends them; they are reliable and efficient, for the right reasons.

My thanks to IRC for your great work!

Lia Lynn Rosen

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Rating: 5 stars  

Have done a number of evaluations for major donors in the last few years, and thus had an opportunity to see the IRC at work in both Asia and Africa. Their expertise across a wide range of humanitarian needs is impressive, and their persistence is legendary. From educational programs in the most dire refugee camps to reproductive health services for women fleeing violence, the IRC shows up where aid is most needed. Salaries are low, compared to those of the international organizations doing comparable work, but the staff's commitment shows that it's the mission that motivates, not the paycheck....

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

Pakistan, Mozambique, DR Congo, Sudan

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

Change can only come from inside, should it be needed

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