RELIEF INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 3.57 stars   23 reviews

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Location: 5455 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1280 Los Angeles CA 90036 USA

Mission: Relief International responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises -- from natural disaster, to civil conflict, to hunger and disease. We are committed to partnering with communities in need and transforming them from victims of vulnerability and marginalization to empowered participants in sustainable development.
Geographic areas served: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Uganda, West Bank/Gaza, Yemen
Programs: Emergency, Health and Sanitation Food and Agriculture Education and Empowerment Livelihoods and Enterprise Shelter and Infrastructure Protection and Human Rights
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EIN 95-4300662
323-932-7888
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Rating: 3 stars  

I have had a good internship with Relief International. I spent two months in north Darfur and I worked, as volunteer, about management of severe and acute malnutrition among children under 5 years old. I passed all my time in Zamzam camp that is located near El Fasher. In this camp are assisting almost 200.000 internally displaced people fleeing from war that is bringing death and destruction since 2003.
My experience was very interesting. I worked very hard and closely with local field staff. They gave me a big support to understand everything. At the same time, my supervisor, Nutrition Coordinator and National Country Director gave me all the instruments to improve my abilities and my skills. Every day, they supported me with responsibility and energy.
What I did during my internship met my expectations, but I am aware that I need to continue to improve my skills. For this reason I could be very happy if there are some possibilities to continue to work with Relief International. RI is very dynamic organization and I like very much its approach.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

Relief International welcomes and values feedback from its stakeholders and the community at-large. However, the statement made in reference to our governance, external audit oversight and management is utterly false, misleading and malicious.

Relief International’s Board is independent of the management and none of the Board members have any personal, business or other relations with any member of staff or management. The Board has multiple active committees including, Audit, Finance, Human Relations, etc. Relief International’s external auditors of record are selected by the Board. The Audit Committee of the Board has a direct line of communication with the Auditors independent of management. Relief International’s Human Resources Office and the Board Ombudspersons have not received any official or unofficial notice nor witnessed indications to support the allegations made in the comment above. Human Resources also has no record of a volunteer with the referenced name “alanharvard9”.

Charity Navigator’s own objective criteria provide Relief International its coveted four star charity rating. More importantly as related to the accusations made by “alanharvard9”, Charity Navigator’s objective criteria of “accountability, transparency, governance and management practices” provide Relief International with a perfect score of 70 out of 70. In Charity Navigator therefore Relief International ranks among the top 2 out of 213 charities in the relevant category of organizations that offer international development and relief services. We regret that Charity Navigator, an organization that aims and claims to serve as an objective rating and evaluation source, has not put in a system in place where subjective comments are minimally vetted and/or verified.

In this case the comments are contradicted by Charity Navigator’s own objective valuation and as such Charity Navigator is knowingly presenting false information. Minimally, we urge Charity Navigator to include a disclaimer to clarify that public comments are not vetted and to adopt the industry standard and clear notice of “transition to another site” when linking to public comments that are indeed hosted by another organization distinct from Charity Navigator, in order to not confuse readers with the false impression that the subjective information presented here enjoys the same standards of valuation and review as do other objective criteria in Charity Navigator’s site.

To the extent that the integrity of our external auditors, our Board and our CEO was called into question we welcome all to contact the following for more information:

Relief International Auditors:
RI’s external auditors of record are Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman (www.grfcpa.com/), one of the largest global audit firms specialized in International NGO auditing.
www.grfcpa.com/contact-us
301.951.9090

Relief International’s Board Ombudspersons:
Ms. Deborah Senior and Ms. Irene Wurtzel
ombudsperson@ri.org

Relief International’s CEO:
Farshad Rastegar, PhD
ceo@ri.org

Thank you,

Relief International Outreach Team

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: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Relief International is the WORST Non-Profit in the world. All poor employees are working hard to obtain Farshad Rastegar's benefits. No board interventions and presence. Board members are Relief International are passive and also under control of CEO (Farshad Rastegar). Auditors of Relief International have a close relation with CEO links. I am sorry for US tax payers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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