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September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

It's such a boon to know an agency that is truly on the up-and-up in its service to people in need and in the way it handles resources. In the flood of junk-mail hustles, the familiar logo of IRC stands out as a place I can put my oar in where it will do some good.

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I am fortunate in not having needed the IRC's services.

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I simply wish them continued success and hope that they can reach more of the people who need them.

September 22, 2011

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September 22, 2011

I have had the unique experience of seeing the IRC at work in the field when I visited a Rwandan refugee camp near the borders of Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania back in late 1994. At the time, it was probably the largest refugee camp in the world. I had already been a donor prior to that; but after that visit I was an absolutely convinced donor for the rest of my life. I was very much impressed with the dedication and expertise of the IRC staff there. IRC works in so many areas of the world where others would not dare to go, and it also does a great job of resettling refugees in the U.S. When disasters strike, IRC is often one of the first to spring into action because they are so often already there with years of on the ground experience. They use a very high percentage of each of my donations for program and services, and I like that. I am an experienced donor, and I know an effective charity when I see it. IRC is an extremely effective charity.

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a Rwandan refugee camp as described above.

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They are doing a great job as is.

September 22, 2011

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September 22, 2011

IRC is one of the charities that I give to consistently, year in and year out. I've lived and worked with a number of refugees here in the United States, so I know from their stories just how important IRC is. I also appreciate that IRC keeps expenses low so more money can go to direct services.

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Minneapolis, where I've known and worked with refugees from throughout the world. IRC has been instrumental in helping them get on with their lives.

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

get the word out to people who don't know about all you do.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I worked professionally with the IRC and was inspired to become a donor. Their work not only saves lives, but changes them for the better.

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The stories of people impacted.

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I don't know, they are doing wonderfully!

September 21, 2011
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September 21, 2011
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IRC has both disaster-centered and stateside programs for refugees, backed by sound financial management, and a long-term view that makes it unique among charitable agencies in international health.

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

helping to set up refugee relief in Somalia in 1981. Today's crisis in East Africa is a repeat of the same problems, much compounded by the acquisition of weapons.

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Give them lots of money to train workers in Arab culture and refugee-camp engineering. Develop an advanced program of communications based on the Internet or cell-phones and solar power so that the camps can obtain current information and share results with the world.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I hear from others in the nonprofit international relief world that contributing to IRC is the best way to insure that your money goes to help people in need. Also, I have recently learned, from an IRC staff member, what IRC is doing in my own state to combat human trafficking. I am very pleased with what I know about how they operate and with the communications they send to contributors.

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Seattle, learning about what IRC does here and elsewhere in Washington state to help refugees and combat human trafficking.

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I am not qualified to recommend changes.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

It resonates with me that the IRC was founded in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein, and their first work was to help those oppressed by Hitler. Their work is inspiring, the difficulties faced by those who need their aid heartbreaking.
My hope is that more people will be moved to give
to the IRC, because so many in the world need their assistance.

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I have not personally seen the IRC at work in Sudan or other places.

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Communicate more effectively with people who would like to volunteer. I wanted to help an immigrant family but was never contacted.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I have contributed to the IRC for seven years after receiving a mailing from the organization. I read the material and was impressed that the administrative costs were kept low and their field work was impressive.

This year I received a personal phone call from a woman who was a refuge
from the middle east and was able to settle in the US thanks to the IRC. A very nice personal touch.

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My only personal experience with the results of the organization was the phone call I received from a woman who was able to settle in the US thanks to the IRC.

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I can't think of any.

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I have been involved in fundraising for the different IRC causes and donating for the past 5 years and have been absolutely pleased at how my contributions are being used. The IRC has provided me with overwhelming knowledge on the different ways they are trying to reconstruct people's lives. I could not ask for a better foundation to support!
Sincerely,
-Paddie Herrera
St. Louis, MO

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

Raising awareness to the issues and devastations that many Americans have forgotten.

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I would do more extensive marketing and let the great work they do be known to a greater audience.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

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

Uprooted families of war.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I had just recently been introduced to the IRC's work and who they help, so I felt my donation would get the most effective use for their services.

What would you tell others about this organization?

I try to tell atleast one person a day about the organization and all throughout college, if I had a speech to give, or a paper to write that had to do with anything remotely close to the IRC's mission, I jumped at the chance to educate others on this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 21, 2011

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September 21, 2011

I donate to the IRC every year and I am totally impressed with the work that they do. Sincerely, Shirlee Lambeth

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news articles

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