International Rescue Committee

Rating: 4.73 stars   92 reviews

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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I worked at the IRC as a fundraiser for five years and had the pleasure of seeing its invaluable programs up close as well as meet many of the wonderful donors who make its work around the world and across the US possible. During my time at the IRC, I quickly came to realize that it is one of the most passionate, effective, professional, intelligent, thoughtful, and efficient humanitarian aid organizations dedicated to saving and rebuilding lives devastated by conflict and natural disaster. Its staff on all levels is phenomenal and represent the best in the field, and its holistic approach ensures that families and communities have access to innovative and wide-ranging programs that are based on research, best practices, and decades of experience. Many of the IRC's donors have generously supported the organization for years--their unwavering commitment is a testament to IRC's remarkable accomplishments and the important role it continues to play in improving lives and communities around the world.

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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

n 2010 Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that cost more than 230 000 lives, leaving thousands homeless and injured, thus touching the lives of most people in Haiti. In the meantime, whilst strong global humanitarian efforts have helped to improve the situation, other circumstances like storms, rainfall and flooding have prohibited the recovery of infrastructure and many people are still suffering. The subsequent onset of the cholera disease has further amplified the difficulties.

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

Very Well

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

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a nurse, humanitarian aid worker and writer and it has been my privilege to work with the IRC in their programs, both emergency and ongoing, around the world. For me, the IRC is the "real deal" delivering time and again, the purest form of humanitarian assistance imaginable. In the darkest corners of the world, it is invariably the IRC staff who will shine a light of hope by providing a myriad of necessary programs to allow refugees and displaced to survive chaos and destruction with their dignity, health and courage intact.
The IRC challenges all of us to be better, and by meeting that challenge, the world is a little more restored, a little more recovered each day.

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

Kakuma refugee camp, the Balkans, Iraq and Darfur

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

I would bang the drums loudly about IRC's many successes.

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