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International Rescue Committee

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Causes: International, International Development, International Migration & Refugee Issues, International Relief

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.

Programs: Irc is operational in 18 countries throughout africa providing relief, rehabilitation and post conflict support to communities in the midst of, or recently recovering from, conflict, violence, and natural disasters. Throughout west africa, in nigeria, ivory coast, liberia, and sierra leone, irc works in close cooperation with government and local communities to provide postconflict assistance that rebuilds communities and institutions devastated by decades of civil war. Irc was recently one of the foremost organizations in the ebola crisis response. In burundi, rwanda, uganda, tanzania, and zimbabwe, irc works with refugees, returnees, and host communities to ensure that critical support reaches those most in need. Irc programs in south sudan,car and dr congo help communities recover from conflict, chronic poverty, and government instability. Irc provides relief and post conflict development in kenya,somalia and ethiopia. Irc programming in mali,niger and chad provides lifesaving assistance during drought emergencies as well as periods of political instability and armed conflict.

irc also worked in the middle east, northern caucasus, and haiti in fy 2014. Irc is present in yemen to provide support for those whose lives and families have been disrupted by the ongoing political tumult and ensuing violence in the country, particularly with respect to sanitation and child nutrition. In the northern caucasus irc assists women and girls by partnering with local organizations that raise awareness of gender-based violence and provide care for survivors. In the middle east, irc is calling attention to the plight of those uprooted by turmoil in syria and doing our part to support thousands of syrian refugees in iraq, jordan, lebanon and turkey. Additionally irc implements programs in iraq for internally displaced individuals. Irc provides medical aid, helps women and girls who have been victims of violence, and ensures that refugees have access to their legal rights. In haiti, the irc is focused on providing education and support to children and youth, as well as attending to programs of water and sanitation.

in fy 2014, irc worked in afghanistan, pakistan, myanmar, thailand, malaysia, and philippines. In afghanistan, irc focuses on providing returning refugees and internally displaced afghans with shelter, water and sanitation, and restoring the nations health, infrastructure and economy. In myanmar, irc provides humanitarian assistance focusing on health, water and sanitation, livelihoods and social development. Irc aids over 140,000 refugees in camps along the thai myanmar border, providing drinking water and food as well other basic services. Support for displaced individuals and families in irc centers throughout thailand and malaysia. In pakistan, irc is rebuilding homes, schools, roads and other infrastructure, in addition to providing educational programming through the pakistan reading project. In philippines, irc works through partnership with local organizations to provide economic and reconstruction assistance to people affecting by recent devastating typhoons.

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Loretta F.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRC is one of my top two charities, the other being Drs. without Borders. This group does such wonderful work in so many places and manages to keep its overhead and fundraising expenses to a minimum. I think they are one of the most effective rescue organizations around. I like that they email updates on what has been happening.

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Valerie25

Donor

Rating: 4

We have been supporting IRC at a pretty substantial level for years (compared with other groups we give to) and I've always felt very secure that our support is used well. This world is such a difficult place for so many less fortunate than we are. It feels that something very concrete is happening when I get notices about families that are being settled close by to our own neighborhood. The local office is always responsive and frankly I wish I could respond more frequently. It is such a major transition to make a life here in the US and the office really seems to try to be proactive in the care that is forthcoming. Please keep up this important work.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Whenever there is a crisis somewhere (earthquake in Haiti, Sudan refugees, etc.), I feel the need to do something. However it is too challenging to figure out who to give to, and I noticed that the IRC always seems to be there. Therefore, I contribute to them on a monthly basis and feel that somehow, somewhere my money is being put to good use.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am delighted to report that I support the IRC in all of its rescue efforts around the world. I recently visited with a resettled refugee in Erie PA and he was just a wonderful individual and a real asset to the community. How nice that he is able to be here in the US contributing to our culture, We benefit from his being here and he benefits from being here - a win win situation! I think IRC spends their funds wisely and I love their Roots gardening projects. I have recommended IRC to many friends and acquaintances when they are looking for an efficient, effective organization to receive their hard earned money donations.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I've done some benchmarking and feel this charity works hard to match donations when and where possible and I feel the CEO salary is actually reasonable for an organization that is successful. If you want talent, you have to pay for it. As some others mentioned, many charities have far higher pay for their CEOs.

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Donor

Rating: 3

I've been donating to the IRC for several years and have to admit that I too find the salary of the CEO obscene. I'd truly like to hear the rationalization for any salary of a charitable organization above the average of 98% of Americans. I will continue to look for efficient and effective organizations in which the administrators are more selfless, and when I find one, I will redirect my donations; recommendations are welcomed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you think this salary is high, please check out other reputable (better to say "well known" as in American Cancer Society whose head makes $2,000,000/yr) charities for comparison. This salary is not high considering. I will definitely keep IRC among the charities to whom I regularly donate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

This salary is obscene. $380,818 George E. Rupp President, CEO

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization works hard to make sure their clients are taken care of. The few staff members I have gotten to know will go out of their way to go up and beyond the call of duty. I have seen staff drive very far for just a few items to give to a client that was not in dire need of these items, but it would make their transition to America easier. Some staff members have worked OT to ensure clients will be home at a certain time for donation deliveries, to ensure the clients are receiving the basic items they need and more. This organization strives to provide refugees with the tools they need to make them self-sufficient and hearing feedback from refugees, I can attest to what a great job IRC is doing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The IRC guides refugees through their resettlement transition with tremendous care, support and empowers these people to rebuild their lives. I first volunteered as an American Friend in Phoenix, Arizona and was assigned to a Somali family just arriving to embark on their new life in the U.S. Their journey was heartbreaking, but their resiliency was inspiring. My volunteer efforts with the Farrah family ranged from coordinating appointments, communicating with school administrators, helping their children with homework and ESL studies, assisting Mr. Farrah in his job seeking efforts, teaching them to make change while shopping for groceries and learn how to use public transportation. Our visits were often spent tackling the myriad of challenges a complete language and cultural barrier presented for this family. It was an enriching experience to bare witness to their progress and to see how much the IRC focuses on ultimately providing the tools for them to thrive. The long term relationship the organization has with the refugees makes evident their true dedication to the refugee cause. I was impressed by the hard working and genuine staff I interacted with. It was easy to see the powerful impact that the IRC has on my community, which is why I chose to involve my employer with additional volunteer efforts. We held a financial literacy workshop for a group of refugees from Myanmar. We taught them how to plan household budgets and other financial basics. I can't speak highly enough about my experiences with the IRC, it's staff and the grateful people they service. My experiences were meaningful in so many ways and I believe wholeheartedly the IRC is doing work that is changing the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I volunteered once with IRC and it was a great experience. However, i am still awaiting more duties and its been two months already.

Donor

Rating: 5

Educating girls in underdeveloped countries is really important to both my mother and me, so I gave my mom a "year of school" Rescue Gift for her birthday and she was so touched. She said it was the best gift she'd ever gotten. I love that the International Rescue Committee offers this special way to give in someone's honor. I call it two-for-one-giving because you're giving to both the IRC and the person in whose name you make the donation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IRC provides many opportunities to volunteer. I enjoyed working with them on a furniture drive. We gathered used furnishings from around the community and gave them to refugee housing. It was good to see the impact of my volunteer work.

Jeffrey F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered and donated to IRC in Texas. What a great experience! Everyone who works there is great and they really care about what they're doing. There has never been a time when I was in the office and someone was rude or negative. They love their job and they love people. IRC is an organization I hope I can be a part of for a long time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to the International Rescue Committee when I learned of the important work that they do where I live, assisting refugees in the San Diego area. Everything I've read and heard about them is positive, from their impact to their efficiency. I'm glad to contribute to my community and to the wellbeing of its newest members while also giving to an organization that assists the most vulnerable around the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Interning with the IRC in my hometown, San Diego, as an after-school tutor/ESL assistant let me meet some incredible refugee youth (including some resettled for under a year) and the wonderful staff and fellow volunteers who helped them master academics, sports, and their own identity in their new country. The dedication and skill of the IRC staff was incredible -- it was about stepping back and letting those kids tell their own story.

Jim_8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer ESL instructor, I get immeasurable satisfaction when my students tell me that they have passed the US citizenship test. And I have had the privilege of meeting courageous and fascinating people from all over the world.

Donor

Rating: 4

There is an IRC office right here in my hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia. Having such an interestingly multi-faceted, trustworthy, and effective nonprofit in my area has had an incredible impact on the community. This past Christmas I was able to direct friends and family to the IRC fundraising website as an "alternate gift" idea. Not only was my personalized fundraiser easy to set-up and track, everyone who donated can be assured that their money is going to an established, capable group.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

In volunteering with the IRC, I had the opportunity to interact on a very personal level with refugees from all over the world. I did things like take them to get library cards, pick them up from doctors appointments, and help them get their State ID cards. The IRC makes the transition to life in the US very easy for refugees by being there for them every step of the way. I would recommend this organization to anyone who has a sincere desire to serve others and make a positive impact in someone else's life.