National Relief Charities

Rating: 4.27 stars   102 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 500 East Peyton Street Sherman TX 75090 USA

Mission: Our mission is: Serving immediate needs. Supporting long-term solutions. Our vision is: Strong, self-sufficient Native American communities.
Results: Our impact is clearly documented in our annual report, effectiveness report, partner and participant stories, and news coverage in our press room at www.nrcprograms.org.
Target demographics: NRC serves remote and isolated reservation communities that are struggling economically but striving to be self-sufficient. To learn more about where we work and how, visit www.nrcprograms.org/site/PageNavigator/howwework.
Direct beneficiaries per year: NRC maintains partnerships with more than 1,000 reservation partners and, working together, we assist 250,000 Native Americans each year.
Geographic areas served: NRC serves 65 American Indian reservations across 11 states in the Northern Plains and Southwest
Programs: NRC's support is designed to fit the diverse needs of reservation communities. Over 70% of donations go toward programs. We focus primarily on: 1) Health & Wellness to counterbalance the necessity of crisis-focused healthcare by the Indian Health Service, and to support community-based initiatives for prevention, detection, wellness, education, and healthy life choices; 2) Food & Water to trim back the predominance of food insecurity and contaminated water, and to offset nutrition-related health risks by providing a variety of fresh, staple, and frozen foods and bottled water; 3) Scholarships & Education Services to create more opportunities for Native American students to complete high school and access college degrees or professional credentials; and 4) Emergency Services as first responders to environmental disasters, and to reduce risk related to winter, summer, housing, isolation, remoteness, lack of access, and lack of transportation. In addition, NRC provides Holiday support to alleviate stress on many Native famlies, and we provide Community support through animal welfare and other initiatives that bring elders and others out of isolation and working together. Our work is funded through our eight programs: AIEF, AIRC, CIN, SNRF, SWIRC, NAA, NRF and ROAR.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I can not say enough about the incredible work NRC does on the reservations in the Great Plains region. I have had the honor and pleasure of working with this organization for many years. I am amazed at the professionalism and genuine compassion expressed by each individual working at the organization. NRC has always put the reservation communities first without hesitation which. NRC is an incredible asset to my people across the region and I thank you for all you do.

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2 people found this review helpful

Olive Grove Consulting has supported NRC over the last two years and its leadership, programs, and values are exceptional. Both the board and staff are committed to true partnership with Native Americans rather than imposing their programs and services on reservations. Their humility, integrity and passion is inspiring and the impact they are making in Native communities will generate positive outcomes for years to come.

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1 person found this review helpful

I have done work for and with NRC for 20+ years and have to say that they are one of the most professionally consistent and caring non-profits out there today. Not only do they give a voice and face to the plight of the American Indian, but they represent very well the pride and honor of these great people. As with all non-profits these days, fundraising efforts are challenged daily - I see numerous non-profits teetering off "mission", but not NRC. That is one thing I've seen over the years with this group is a consistent message of mission to the general public - that is an honorable trait and so respectful to present and future donors. A great group to work with, work for and be associated with in the fundraising industry.

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

Nothing

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?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

At National Relief Charities , I have never seen a group of individuals who do so much with so little. I have been involved with other charities that are bloated with bureaucracy that do 1/10th work with 10 times the people.

They serve a segment of our population that has forever been neglected and underfunded. The NRC has done the smart thing in focusing on very specific needs and purposes within the Native American people.

These people are involved because they care, not because it is chic and trendy. I hope they can continue their good work at a time when non-profit dollars are dwindling.

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

Not sure. They need to be in the various locations that receive the aid, so it would be counter productive to centralize the organization

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I have been working with National Relief Charities for over 5 years in regards to their direct mail fundraising efforts. It is rewarding on many levels in that they are experts in the field of direct mail and very efficient and conscientious, plus it is great working with an organization whose core work in helping the Native American people is so much needed. NRC addresses the relevant concerns and definitely makes a positive impact.

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2013

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NRC is indeed #1 in our program and in our hearts and we certainly applaud this wonderful organization. NRC had been and continues to be our strong partner in our Community Service on the Reservation in our desire and effort to help provide food supplement to our local people. Our native friends greatly appreciate what we do with the NRC --- they were saying that in a place like this which is almost "out in the middle of nowhere" away from stores, etc., the food boxes and food bags we give out on a regular basis truly helped them in their daily needs. We have some people who came who have lost their jobs and they were truly grateful for this help. NRC does not only help our local people, it helps our Community Service program so much because it provides generous supplement to our other donations and supplies, thus saving us some bucks because instead of buying other food to give out, we can use those funds for other outreach programs that we do. I would also say that personnel at NRC Phoenix office are all very friendly, helpful, accommodating and available to us. We thank God that we have NRC as our program partner, they have made a tremenduos difference in our program and in the lives of the people that our program serves. KUDOS to NRC!

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

expand it more (because of the impact of what they do)

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?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I have another year under my belt with this organization, and I must say, they continue to amaze me.. National Relief Charities is truly about PEOPLE, and that is what sets them apart.. I will continue to help NRC as long as I can, and I feel good about doing so.. As a transportation provider for numerous different companies, none are so fulfilling, as knowing that we are delivering goods to help save lives, and deliver hope.. Thank you NRC for letting me be involved..

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with National Relief Charities, working directly with the traffic manager Rick Miller for over 3 years now, and i must say that this is a company I am very proud to be partnered with.. Their unending desire to help the American Indian Reservations, is a true testimony to the values a charitible organization should uphold.. With products ranging from personal hygeine kits to baby diapers, National Relief Charities helps in all ranges for those in need.. I am VERY proud to work with this amazing company, helping one person at a time..

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

It wasn't long ago that I was growing up, eating food, and using products that were donated goods, because my family could not afford them.. My appreciation for those things that helped my family and I live, has bled over to my approach with National Relief Charities shipments..

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

N/A, this company is efficient.. There is nothing to change..

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the domestic violence coordinator for the Pueblo of Nambe here in New Mexico. The program is under Behavioral Health Social Services and we also provide substance abuse counseling. Our relatives (clients) are community members that come in for services or we transport or follow up on home visits on how they are doing with their well-being. The incentives we get fro NRC is a tremendous assest to our relatives (clients) and they are very much appreciative and thankful for anythiing they get from us. We are a small community and trust is the biggest challenge for us to help those in need. These incentives helps us to open that door to know that we are human and that no one is better than anyone else. We as service providers are here to help change our negative behaviora and thinking to become productive healthy community members that can help others as well. "Passing on positive blessings"

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?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hello. I manage Boys & Girls Clubs of Dine Nation, Tonaneesdizi Unit, in Northern Arizona, the past few years I have worked closely with NRC with great results! After School and Summer programming are sustained thru this collaboration - community events, volunteer efforts, graffitti & community clean ups, Crime prevention activities, Character building activities, Health Education and Recreational activities, Cultural events, Academic success and so much more! Not to mention the incentives for Homework and Reading programs is great! Thank you very much for all the generous donors, wherever they be at.....the youth in my Club benefit greatly, as well as parents and community members!

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Theresa, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review on National Relief Charities. We appreciate having you as a Program Partner and are glad that the youth in your community have someone representing them who is so proactive, engaged, and concerned for their future. - NRC

Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The NRC services had helped our Support Groups and Cooking Classes and large community events be a success. I say this because it has encouraged participation and involvement for our Acoma/non Acoma clients. Most of our cleints or patients in the Support groups are elderly and they live on fixed income and it help them to have the items they can use until they can get their monies to buy needed items. It up lifts the spirits of the people who are out there in the community with no one to turn to. You see a lot of this when we deliver the Christmas elder bags or the Christmas children stockings. We along with the help of NRC bring smiles and sense of being cared for to the many children and elders we come in contact with. I think as a people person who love the work, our work is made easier for the people to trust, accept you and look forward to coming to our events. I could go on with more but all it all I appreciate all the NRC has done for our Health & Wellness Program. God Bless the people who make this posssible and blessings ten time more!

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

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Lucia, thanks so much for posting a review about your work with NRC. One of the things we emphasize is providing material goods that help partners achieve other results in their communities. We are glad that our incentives are helping your health program have increased participation and involvement of Acoma members. We know too that this is due to your good work and partnership, as well as the care you hold for the people you serve. Be well, and thanks again. - NRC