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Adventist Development And Relief Agency International

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, International Economic Development, Microfinance

Mission: The adventist development and relief agency (adra) international works in more than 130 countries with millions of people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. Adra collaborates with communities, organizations, and governments to improve quality of life by providing access to food, clean drinking water, agricultural assistance, basic health care and disease prevention, education, micro-credits, vocational training, and emergency relief. Adra initiatives develop human capacity, increase self-reliance, meet chronic needs, and empower communities to survive crisis. Adra emphasizes sustainable, community-based programs that improve access to services for women and children and involve local participation in planning implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Programs: Government grantsadra international has more than 20 grants and cooperative agreements in over 12 countries. The awards are comprised mainly of food security and health projects. Food security grants address the cause of food insecurity to vulnerable groups in targeted countries, addressing availability, access and utilization of food. Health projects use a holistic approach and cover a variety of focuses including child health, hiv and aids, family planning and tobacco. Health projects are a guiding factor enabling healthier lifestyle choices.

donated materialsadra supplied forty one (41) containers of donated materials containing books and educational materials worth over $6. 7 million, new shoes worth over $3. 6 million, medical equipment, supplies and pharmaceuticals worth $59 thousand, and food packets worth over $142 thousand in sixteen (16) countries in 2014.

development and relief projects, disaster assistant funding and grant matchadra international supported projects in over 100 countries. Projects included emergency management of disaster relief and long term recovery. Economic development projects aimed to improve the recipients quality of life. Food security projects include famine relief and short term needs from displacement. Long term needs are addressed with agricultural projects and training the recipients in various skills. Adra supports basic education, for both children and adults in literacy and vocational skills. Adra promotes primary health with access, as well as, training for community care.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ADRA is doing an amazing job here in the Amazon! Many lives changed through their work. Congratulations!

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Donor

Rating: 4

Have been sending donations to ADRA for over 10 years now. The overhead is acceptable and the money goes to those less fortunate. I have seen the results of their work through newsletters and communications. I wholeheartedly recommend that ADRA be a part of any systemic giving program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Never heard anything negative about ADRA that would stop me from donating. ADRA goes around the world to help those in need regardless of religious affiliation, political persuasion or other irrelevant considerations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Donors need to know that this organization is in a miss. It has just fired its president and there is widespread dissatisfaction from its global offices about the head office in MD. See this story: http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2012/06/25/adra-board-dismisses-president and

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Donor

Rating: 5

ADRA is highly respected worldwide for the excellent work that they do. Their overhead is extremely low, and they do not over-pay their executives. Their organizational culture is one of MISSION, and they do more than throw food or band-aids at a problem--they seek for ways to make long-lasting changes that will improve lives. It is unfortunate that the "formula" approach to ratings has left them with a lower-than-deserved rating.

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Donor

Rating: 2

The august 2011 review has some mis-information. ADRA receives the majority of it's funding from the government. it is a common perception among Seventh day Adventist members to believe they provide the majority of funding. contributions from members only amounted to 5million in 2009 vs over 33million from the us government. in fact the us government provides over half the revenue of ADRA each year

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Donor

Rating: 5

I too disagree with ADRA's rating. Last time I donated the organization was taking less than 10% of each dollar donated in comparison to other organizations that take up to 30% of each dollar. Their CEO/President compensation is very low and comparable to a normal job where as other charity organizations pay their CEO/President up to or close to One Million dollars a year as well as other compensation. ADRA also uses word of mouth and the churches magazines and publications to do their advertising so they have more money to put toward the actual need. They publish a catalog each year where 100% of your donation goes to the need of your choice. They deserve an excellent rating.

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2 Tom K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have a problem with ADRA's lowered rating. It's revenues are off largely due to the economy. ADRA is funded heavily by church members and the impact of job loss and business slowdown here in the US has limited my ability to donate as I'm sure it has limited others. ADRA's significant income from independent sources allows it to operate more freely of government meddling than it might were it more heavily funded from government sources. This is a good thing, at least the way I look at it. Unfortunately, independent donors can't borrow from China to keep up our "foreign aid" contributions, so income from us will necessarily drop. ADRA still operates on a relatively lean admin budget and its board serves on their own nickel. This is a good organization and deserves far better than two stars.

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Donor

Rating: 4

From my research this group has extremely low overhead, but talented personnel to accomplish productive results under dire condtions world-wide, with onsite trained representatives, under pretty good supervision. Their website has multiple areas of selectable options [for donators], that are well thought out. Their team is extraordinary, in terms of providing 'Bang-for-the-Buck' results vis-a-vis the general public contributions/donations.