Awards and Recognition

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Direct Relief  ranks among the nation’s top international charities, according to independent charity evaluators such as Charity Navigator, which gives Direct Relief its highest 4-star rating and the top spot on its “10 of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of” list, and Forbes, which recognizes Direct Relief as “100% efficient.”

Direct Relief is also listed among Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits, is recognized by the National Association of Community Health Centers’ with the Power of Power through Partnership Award, by CECP with their Directors’ Award for Corporate Humanitarian Collaboration, by Esri with the President’s Award for Outstanding Use of  GIS Mapping, and with the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.

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Forbes recognized Direct Relief as 100% efficient in fundraising among nonprofit organizations in the United States, and among the most efficient large charities in the U.S.

CECP LogoDirect Relief and FedEx received CECP’s Directors’ Award for their collaboration to improve the health of people affected by natural disasters and the daily emergency of lacking access to medical care. The Directors’ Award recognizes an exemplary nonprofit/corporate partnership.

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to charities that, on an annual basis, demonstrate the highest standards of accountability and effectiveness.

Charity Navigator Four Star LogoIn addition to being named a 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator, Direct Relief is cited as the No. 1 “Charity Everyone’s Heard Of” with the lowest percentage of funds spent on administrative and fundraising costs of the the charities named. Charity Navigator is America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.

Direct Relief is recognized among the nation’s largest charities in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Annual List of “The Philanthropy 400.”

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance has noted Direct Relief’s efficiency and found that Direct Relief meets the “Standards for Charity Accountability.”

 

2015 Awards & Recognition

2014 Awards & Recognition

  • Directors’ Award, CECP, formerly the Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy  – Recognition for exceptional humanitarian-corporate partnership with FedEx
  • Four Star Charity, Charity Navigator – Rating is for exceptional organizational efficiency and organizational capacity
  • “Top Charity Everyone’s Heard of,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for excelling in the areas of: financial; accountability and transparency; and effectiveness and results
  • Clinton Global Initiative – Part of three commitments to provide humanitarian aid to areas affected by the Ebola crisis
  • Power through Partnership Award – National Association of Community Health Centers
  • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes

2013 Awards & Recognition

  • President’s Award, Esri – For innovation in GIS mapping
  • Four Star Charity, Charity Navigator – Rating is for exceptional organizational efficiency and organizational capacity
  • “Top-Notch Charity,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for excelling in the areas of: financial; accountability and transparency; and effectiveness and results
  • “Charity Everyone’s Heard of,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for exceptional financial management among large charitable organizations
  • “Slam Dunk Charity,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for fiscal responsibility and respecting the rights of donors
  • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
  • “Best Charity,” Independent Charities of America’s “Best in America” list
  • Global Health Partnership Award, BD

2012 Awards & Recognition

  • Laureate in the Innovation Category, Computerworld Magazine
  • Accreditation as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor®, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy – Direct Relief is the first nonprofit organization in the United States to receive this accreditation.
  • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
  • Co-Chair of Medical Sector Subcommittee, California Business and Utility Operations Center
  • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
  • Community Health Partnership Award, Florida Association of Community Health Centers

2011 Awards & Recognition

      • Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation – recognizing Direct Relief’s use of information technology to more effectively and efficiently deliver humanitarian aid to healthcare partners around the world.
      • Four Star Charity, Charity Navigator – Rating is for exceptional organizational efficiency and organizational capacity
      • “Top-Notch Charity,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for excelling in the areas of: financial; accountability and transparency; and effectiveness and results
      • “Charity Everyone’s Heard of,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for exceptional financial management among large charitable organizations
      • “Slam Dunk Charity,” Charity Navigator – Ranking is for fiscal responsibility and respecting the rights of donors
      • Commitment Advisor, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President and CEO
      • Laureate in the Health Category, Computerworld Magazine
      • Accreditation as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor®, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy – Direct Relief is the first nonprofit organization in the United States to receive this accreditation.
      • Top-Rated Charity: International Relief and Development, The American Institute of Philanthropy
      • Community Collaboration Business Star Award, Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce, Given to Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief, President and CEO
      • Honoree of the Year, Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Peruvian American Medical Society, Given to Dan Smith, Direct Relief, Senior Program Officer
      • California State Resolution, commending Direct Relief for work in Haiti after the Earthquake
      • Resolution Proclaiming January 12, 2011 as a Day of Remembrance for the People of Haiti and Honoring Direct Relief in Santa Barbara County, County of Santa Barbara, California
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
      • Co-Chair of Medical Sector Subcommittee, California Business and Utility Operations Center
      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Stepping Up Award, for outstanding work in GIS following the Haiti earthquake, ESRI
      • Community Clinic Health Star Award, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
      • Co-Chair of Medical Sector Subcommittee, California Business and Utility Operations Center (2010 to present)
      • Certificate of Recognition, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Santa Barbara, CA
      • Rapporteur, Health Group – Haiti, Clinton Global Initiative
      • Por Toda la Ayuda Humanitaria, Fedes
      • Outstanding MRC Partner Organization Award, National Medical Reserve Corps
      • Certificate of Recognition, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Goleta, CA
      • Certificate of Acknowledgment, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Manhattan Beach, CA
      • Accreditation as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor®, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy – Direct Relief is the first nonprofit organization in the United States to receive this accreditation.

2010 Awards & Recognition

      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Outstanding MRC Partner Organization Award from the Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
      • Friend of Community Clinic Health Star Award from Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
      • Stepping Up Award, for outstanding work in GIS following the Haiti earthquake, ESRI
      • Community Clinic Health Star Award, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
      • Co-Chair of Medical Sector Subcommittee, California Business and Utility Operations Center
      • Certificate of Recognition, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Santa Barbara, CA
      • Rapporteur, Health Group – Haiti, Clinton Global Initiative
      • Por Toda la Ayuda Humanitaria, Fedes
      • Outstanding MRC Partner Organization Award, National Medical Reserve Corps
      • Certificate of Recognition, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Goleta, CA
      • Certificate of Acknowledgment, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Manhattan Beach, CA

2009 Awards & Recognition

      • Rating is for exceptional organizational efficiency and organizational capacity
      • 99 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Guardian Award from Louisiana Primary Care Association
      • MSICS Training Program Award, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
      • Guardian Award, Louisiana Primary Care Association
      • Accreditation as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor®, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy – Direct Relief is the first nonprofit organization in the United States to receive this accreditation.
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

2008 Awards & Recognition

      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Community Clinic Champion Award from California Primary Care Association
      • No. 1 “Biggest Mover” Among Top 100 Charities in the U.S., The NonProfit Times
      • Top Nonprofit CEO, Chronicle of Philanthropy editorial by Trent Stamp
      • Community Clinic Champion Award, California Primary Care Association
      • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, Lois Capps, Member of the United States Congress
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

2007 Awards & Recognition

      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Power through Partnerships Award from National Association of Community Health Centers
      • RPHCC Partnership Award, Rapides Primary Health Care Center, Louisiana
      • American Marshall Memorial Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Appointment of Annie Maxwell, Direct Relief Chief Operating Officer
      • Power through Partnerships Award, National Association of Community Health Center
      • Plaque “For extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the humanitarian mission”, Batery Relief Alliance (October 2007)

2006 Awards & Recognition

      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Eighth Most Efficient Charity in America (99.1%), Consumers Digest
      • Ventanitas de Luz, Fudem
      • Plaque of Citation, expressing gratitude for relief measures taken in Tamil Nadu, India following the 2005 tsunami, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, Given to Susan Fowler, Direct Relief, Senior Program Officer
      • RPHCC Partnership Award, Rapides Primary Health Care Center, Louisiana
      • One of “The Top 25 International Charities”, Chronicle of Philanthropy
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

2005 Awards & Recognition

      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • Certificate of Recognition, California State Assembly
      • Healthcare Heroes Award, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
      • Partnerships and Outreach Officer for the United Nation’s Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, United Nations, Appointment of Annie Maxwell, Direct Relief, Chief Operating Officer
      • Plaque of Appreciation, Medical Superintendent and Staff of General Hospital – Ampara, Sri Lanka
      • Salud y Vision, Fudem, San Salvador
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

2004 Awards & Recognition

      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

2003 Awards & Recognition

      • 2003 Award of Excellence, Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Charitable Trust, Mumbai, India, Given to Susan Fowler, Direct Relief, Director of Programs
      • 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising, Forbes
      • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Pre-2002 Awards & Recognition

      • One of “The 100 Best Charities,” Worth Magazine (2001)
      • Innovation in Business and Community Based Organizations, California Resource Recovery Association (1994)
      • Plaque of Appreciation, Republic of the Philippines

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