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December 23, 2014
First Ebola Treatment Unit for Local Health Workers Arrives in Sierra Leone
Direct Relief delivers two 10-bed medical tents specifically for local health staff in Sierra Leone
December 10, 2014
Ten of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of
Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, has ranked Direct Relief No. 1 on its list of “Ten of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of.”
November 13, 2014
The Affordable Care Act: Safety Net Split along Medicaid Lines
Direct Relief releases The State of the Safety Net 2014 report on U.S. nonprofit community health centers and clinics
October 23, 2014
CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics
CVS Health and Direct Relief announced today that they have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance.
Sept. 20, 2014
Ebola Response: Humanitarian Charter 747 Brings 100 Tons of Medical Aid to Fight Outbreak
A Direct Relief-chartered Boeing 747 departed John F. Kennedy International Airport today with 100 tons of emergency medical assistance for communities gripped by Ebola. The West Africa-bound airlift — the largest to depart the U.S. since the outbreak began — arrives in Sierra Leone Sunday morning and Liberia that afternoon.
August 26, 2014
Power of Partnership: Direct Relief Honored At National Community Health Center Conference
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) today honored Direct Relief, a humanitarian medical aid organization, for its unwavering commitment to supporting health centers across the United States that care for the nation’s most vulnerable people
August 25, 2014
Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Teams Up with Airlink, Four Nonprofits to Fill a 737 with 15,000 Pounds of Aid Supplies
In collaboration with Airlink and Fort Worth-based ATX Air Services, LLC, Direct Relief today loaded a charter jet with emergency supplies bound for health workers on the frontlines of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. This shipment, which includes several thousand pounds of urgently requested gloves, masks, gowns, and other medical resources, follows five others from Direct Relief to the region.
August 15, 2014
22 Companies Commit Medical Resources to Fight Ebola
As Ebola marches through West Africa, inadequate supplies of personal protective equipment and medical resources expose doctors, nurses, and their patients to significant risk. In response, more than 20 leading medical companies are stepping up with critically needed items to facilitate a series of emergency shipments with logistical support from FedEx.
July 30, 2014
Direct Relief Joins White House Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day
The White House, through its initiative to advance innovation in disaster response and recovery, held its second annual demo day this week in Washington D.C. The event brought together leading technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools capable of making tangible impacts in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies.
June 11, 2014
Calm before the Storms: Direct Relief Employs Data Analytics and Visualization Technologies to Expand Global Hurricane Preparedness
With the 2014 hurricane season officially underway, humanitarian organization Direct Relief has expanded its extensive medical pre-positioning efforts to safeguard dozens of communities in the U.S. and internationally that are particularly vulnerable to storm-related health risks.
May 20, 2014
Direct Relief Earns CECP Directors’ Award for Corporate Humanitarian Collaboration with FedEx
CECP today presented its 2014 Directors’ Award to humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief at the annual CECP Summit in New York City for its collaboration with FedEx to help tens of millions of people in need in the U.S. and around the world access life-saving medicines and supplies.
May 1, 2014
Sanofi US Donates Record Number of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors to Help People At Risk for Severe, Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions
The Sanofi Foundation for North America has donated more than 90,000 Auvi-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) epinephrine auto-injectors to medical aid organization Direct Relief for distribution to nonprofit health centers, clinics, and allergy camps across the U.S. that care for people at risk of life-threatening allergies.
April 11, 2014
Three New Health Stations to Provide Care for 50,000 Philippines Typhoon Survivors
As part of its ongoing typhoon recovery efforts in the Philippines, medical aid organization Direct Relief announced a partnership with Philippine-based nonprofit Health Futures Foundation, Inc. to build and equip three new health stations that will provide essential care for 50,000 residents of rural communities in Samar.
March 7, 2014
Direct Relief Joins National VOAD as First Associate Member
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) announced today that Direct Relief is joining the network as the first Associate Member. VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization that serves as a forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle – preparation, response, and recovery – to help disaster survivors and their communities.
February 24, 2014
Santa Barbara Vintners Raise $1 Million for Direct Relief in Record-Setting Auction
In its most successful wine auction ever, the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation (SBVF) hit its ambitious $1 million dollar goal to support the work of medical aid organization Direct Relief at the eighth biennial Santa Barbara Wine Auction held at the Bacara Resort & Spa.
February 24, 2014
Chris Harrison Hosts Santa Barbara Wine Auction Benefiting Direct Relief
“The Bachelor” host, Chris Harrison, took a night off from the mansion for a different role Saturday evening. He was the Master of Ceremonies for the eighth biennial Santa Barbara Wine Auction benefiting Direct Relief.
May 31, 2013
Hurricane Season: Preparing for Worst Case Scenario
As the nation braces for the official start of hurricane season on June 1, humanitarian organization, Direct Relief is deploying $2 million of medical essentials in specially designed hurricane-preparedness packs to dozens of its health clinic partners in at-risk communities along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, the Caribbean, and Central America.
May 23, 2013
First-Ever Day to End Fistula Brings Attention to Progress, Challenges
Santa Barbara, Calif. (May, 23, 2013)—Marking the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23, Direct Relief is intensifying its decade-long efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and expand life-restoring surgical treatment for the estimated two million women – overwhelmingly in developing countries – who suffer from the devastating birth injury.
May 21, 2013
Direct Relief Makes $30 Million in Medical Inventory Available for Tornado Relief and Recovery Efforts
As the wide-ranging effects of the Midwest tornadoes continue to be assessed, Direct Relief today committed an initial $100,000 and its entire $30 million stockpile of available medical inventories to support medical relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the storms that hit Oklahoma over the last two days and that continue to threaten millions of people in the central United States.
May 21, 2013
Accreditation Unique among U.S. Nonprofits for Safe Drug Handling, Industry Best Practices
Direct Relief has been reaccredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy© (NABP©) as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor © (VAWD©), through the rigorous national accreditation program developed to help secure the integrity of U.S. drug supply chain, protect public health, and ensure compliance with all national and state licensure requirements, applicable statutes and regulations, and industry-leading practices.
May 10, 2013
Direct Relief Women Raises Funds for 4,000 Safe Births at Annual Mother’s Day Event
Direct Relief Women – a group that supports Direct Relief’s programs targeting maternal and child health – raised more than $100,000 at its third annual Mother’s Day event held Thursday evening at the home of Bryan and Lisa Babcock in Montecito. The amount raised will allow the Goleta-based humanitarian aid organization to support more than 4,000 safe births for mothers and children worldwide.
May 7, 2013
Breezy Point Volunteer Firefighters Receive Emergency Packs, $10,000 to Rebuild After Sandy
Santa Barbara, Calif. , May 7– Humanitarian organization, Direct Relief, equipped the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department with an Emergency Pack for each of its 25 volunteer firefighters as well as donated $10,000 to rebuild their fire house earlier today on Good Morning America.
May 2, 2013
Direct Relief Readies Response to Southern California Wildfires
Santa Barbara, Calif., May 2– In response to fast-moving brush fires that erupted in Southern California over the last 24 hours, Direct Relief activated its Emergency Response Team, who has been coordinating with state and local officials as well as its clinic and health center partners.
April 15, 2013
The Inconvenient Truth Facing Millions Who Suffer From Obstetric Fistula
Santa Barbara, Calif. (April, 15, 2013)— Global data from 42 countries released this week on the Global Fistula Map reflects a grim future for most of the estimated two million women living with obstetric fistula worldwide and the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 who suffer the devastating birth injury and stigmatizing physical condition each year.
January 16, 2013
Direct Relief Joins NetHope as its 38th Member
Washington, D.C., January 11, 2013 – NetHope, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading international humanitarian organizations working together to solve common problems in the developing world with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions, today welcomed its 38th member organization, Direct Relief – an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest through medical assistance.
December 5, 2012
Connie Britton Teams Up With Curel Skincare To Support Direct Relief
New York, Dec. 5, 2012 /3BL Media/PRNewswire/ — For years, Curel® skincare has been the go-to brand for dry skin relief. Now the Curel® skincare experts are partnering with the charitable organization Direct Relief® to offer relief to those who need it most in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. At a moment when many New Yorkers are still without even the most basic personal care essentials, the Curel® skincare team donated its new Intensive Healing Cream for 500 care packages that were distributed by Direct Relief® to a local New York City clinic, giving the city’s disenfranchised women and families staples that are critical to their health and well-being. Connie Britton, star of a new hit television show, joined forces with Curel® skincare and Direct Relief® to give out packages to those in need on December 3rd.
November 21, 2012
NY Family Health Center Receives $250,000 Grant after Suffering Devastating Losses from Sandy
Santa Barbara, CA, Nov. 21 – The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Center learned today that they will receive a $250,000 grant after suffering catastrophic damages caused by Hurricane Sandy to three of their community health centers, two in the Rockaways and one in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
November 16, 2012
Santa Barbara Community Invited to Join New York Native, Billy Baldwin, in Helping Sandy Survivors
Santa Barbara, Calif., Nov. 16 – From 9 to 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), the Santa Barbara community is invited to join Billy Baldwin and Direct Relief in packing 1,000 personal care kits filled with basic hygiene items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
November 7, 2012
Hurricane Sandy: National Groups Join to Support Nonprofit Health Centers and Clinics
Bethesda, Md. and Santa Barbara, Calif., Nov. 7 – Two national nonprofit organizations, The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and Direct Relief, announced today that they have joined together and established a special fund to support the patients and nonprofit health centers and clinics in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
November 3, 2012
Direct Relief Increases Commitment to Sandy Relief to $1 Million Cash
Santa Barbara, Calif., Nov. 3 – Direct Relief has increased its financial commitment of cash to $1 million from its original $250,000 after receiving financial contributions totaling more than $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy over the past 48 hours. The organization’s $25 million in medical inventories also has been made available to assist nonprofit health centers and clinics in affected areas provide care for their patients.
October 31, 2012
Direct Relief Commits $250,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts
Santa Barbara, Calif., Oct. 31 – As the wide-ranging effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to be assessed, Direct Relief today committed an initial $250,000 and its entire $25 million stockpile of available medical inventories to support medical relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the superstorm that hit the East Coast of the United States Monday night after causing significant damage in the Caribbean last week.
October 29, 2012
Big Data vs. Big Storm: New Technology Informs Hurricane Sandy Preparedness, Response
Santa Barbara, Calif., Oct. 29 – As Hurricane Sandy barrels up the East Coast, Direct Relief is working with technology partners at Palantir to assess needs, determine likely emergency scenarios, and mount a targeted response for health clinic partners in the path of the storm.
August 27, 2012
Preparing New Orleans, Gulf Coast for Direct Hit from Isaac
Santa Barbara, Calif., August 27, 2012 – As New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast prepare for Isaac to make landfall, Direct Relief confirmed today that more than a dozen nonprofit clinics and health centers in the projected cone of the storm’s path have received pre-positioned Hurricane Preparedness Packs to accommodate emergency health needs that may arise.
July 26, 2012
State of the Safety Net Release: Nonprofit Clinics Face Challenges
Santa Barbara, Calif., July 26, 2012: An alarming majority of U.S. nonprofit health centers, community clinics, and free clinics are seeing increased patient numbers, expect to treat more patients without insurance and predict more challenging conditions in the upcoming year based on funding and patient trends, according to data released today in the largest national survey of these facilities.
June 27, 2012
HIV Testing Milestone: 20 Million Tests Provided
Santa Barbara, CA and Abbott Park, Ill., June 27, 2012: Direct Relief, the global health care company Abbott and its foundation, the Abbott Fund, today announced that they have reached a major milestone of distributing 20 million rapid HIV tests free of charge to HIV testing and counseling programs serving pregnant women and their families in 43 developing countries. Expanding HIV testing for pregnant women is an essential component in helping to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, a key focus in the global effort to combat HIV/AIDS.
June 7, 2012
Computerworld Honors Direct Relief Innovation
Santa Barbara, CA, June 7, 2012: Direct Relief, a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate, was named a finalist in Innovation Monday night at the technology magazine’s award gala held in Washington, D.C.
May 25, 2012
Hurricane Packs Delivered As Season Arrives
Santa Barbara, Calif., May 25, 2012 – As hurricane season officially begins June 1 and communities in the U.S. and neighboring countries prepare for the threat of storms, Direct Relief announced today the delivery of Hurricane Preparedness Packs to nine U.S. states and seven countries most likely to be affected during hurricane season.
May 23, 2012
FedEx Honored for Emergency-prep Leadership
Santa Barbara, CA, May 23, 2012: In recognition of its work with Direct Relief to equip civilian volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) members with specially designed packs, FedEx Corp. today received the 2012 National Leadership and Partnership Award in Nashville, TN.
May 22, 2012
Community Unites for Joplin Memorial Walk
Direct Relief is committed to supporting the needs of local partners
April 24, 2012
Saving the Lives of Moms and Babies in Haiti
Direct Relief launches massive maternal & child health program to improve care for 60,000 expectant women.
April 19, 2012
Supporting Historic Campaign to Vaccinate 2.5 Million Haitian Children
Santa Barbara, CA: Direct Relief is playing a major role in a historic campaign to vaccinate 2.5 million Haitian children under 10 years old. Working with global medical technology company BD, Direct Relief is supplying BD syringes and needles to make these immunizations possible. The vaccination will be provided without cost, and the initial focus will be on measles, rubella, and polio.
April 17, 2012
Building Back Better in Haiti
With assistance from Direct Relief, Healing Hands for Haiti opened its doors Monday at the new Klinik Kay Kapab, Haiti’s largest physical rehabilitation center, offering comprehensive rehabilitation care for adults and children.
April 6, 2012
Cyclone Daphne: Direct Relief Delivering Emergency Aid to Fiji
SANTA BARBARA, CA (April 6, 2012): To help people across the South Pacific nation of Fiji who have been impacted by Cyclone Daphne, Direct Relief is delivering specifically-requested medical aid to healthcare partners caring for persons injured and/or displaced by the severe weather. It is reported that over 11,000 people are staying in evacuation centers while the government works to restore services to the areas affected by the cyclone. A 15-day state of emergency has been declared in Fiji’s west coast areas, as more rains are expected to hit the country.
March 9, 2012
Japan 1 Year Later: Interactive Map of Aid Released
Santa Barbara, CA (March 9, 2012): Direct Relief and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) today released an online, interactive map detailing the expenditure of $3.9 million on more than 250 projects that have been supported with the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund established by the organizations immediately following the devastating earthquake and tsunami 12 months ago with a commitment that 100% of the funds received would be used solely for the support of people and communities affected by the tragedy.
March 8, 2012
Effort to Bring Medicine to People Without Health Insurance
Abbott, Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc., and Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc., expand support through Direct Relief USA’s network of nonprofit clinics and health centers
February 28, 2012
Launch of First-Ever Global Fistula Map
Direct Relief, Fistula Foundation, and UNFPA expand awareness of worldwide fistula treatment capacity
February 8, 2012
Direct Relief and Roche Provide Supplies to Uninsured Patients with Diabetes
Direct Relief and Roche Provide Supplies to Uninsured Patients with Diabetes
January 10, 2012
Direct Relief to Expand Vaccine Capacity in Haiti
Two years after the tragic 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, Direct Relief today announced that it will significantly expand the vaccine-storage capacity in Haiti as part of its ongoing humanitarian health assistance efforts in the country.
December 28, 2011
Direct Relief Receives $500,000 Year-end Donation
SANTA BARBARA, CA. (December 28, 2011) — Direct Relief received a welcome year-end boost with a $500,000 contribution from an individual investor that previously supported the organization’s Direct Relief USA program.
December 5, 2011
Forbes: Direct Relief among Most Efficient U.S. Charities
Direct Relief has been ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the twenty most efficient large charities in the United States in the magazine’s 13th annual ranking of the 200 largest American charities based on private support.
November 22, 2011
JOPLIN: Six Months After the Tornado
Financial support follows $3.8 Million in medical aid provided to 14 states hit by tornados and storms this year.
October 3, 2011
KAITEKI Institute to Donate One Thousand Solar-powered Lights to Direct Relief’s Maternal and Child Health Program
Direct Relief, a leading medical relief organization, today announced that the KAITEKI Institute has donated one thousand solar-powered lights made by the nonprofit organization Unite to Light to support its maternal and child health programs.
September 27, 2011
Med-Packs Donated to County Medical Reserve Corp Units
Los Angeles County’s three Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) units today gathered for a press conference to express appreciation for an unprecedented donation of 360 emergency medical kits (med-packs) from Direct Relief, California’s largest humanitarian aid organization.
September 14, 2011
CVS Caremark Donating $6 Million in Free Flu Shots to Direct Relief USA For Uninsured Patients of Community Clinics and Health Centers
CVS Caremark announced today that it has partnered with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $6 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who lack health insurance. More than 400 participating clinics and health centers across the country will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a free flu shot voucher, which is redeemable at any CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic location.
September 2, 2011
Who is Vulnerable During Hurricanes: 6 Things to Know
Direct Relief engages in significant emergency preparedness and response efforts related to hurricanes and other natural events. The following list addresses several of the questions that often arise in hurricanes regarding who is most vulnerable, what to look for during, and background on the organization’s preparedness and response activities.
August 26, 2011
As Irene Approaches, Direct Relief Helps Communities Prepare with Medical Hurricane Preparation Packs
As communities throughout the East Coast prepare for the threat of Hurricane Irene, Direct Relief has delivered Hurricane Preparation Packs containing medicines and medical supplies to 17 health facilities in four states across the region.
July 13, 2011
Pampers and Direct Relief Join Together to Aid Families Affected by Recent Natural Disasters
Pampers, one of the original diaper brands, to distribute disposable diapers around the globe, is continuing its year-long 50th birthday celebration with the announcement of its most recent mission in its Little Miracle Missions program, which seeks to celebrate, support and protect babies everywhere through acts of kindness to little miracles (babies) and their families, while encouraging parents to “pay it forward” and support others.
June 20, 2011
Direct Relief Honored for Technology Innovation
Direct Relief was named a 2011 Laureate for its innovative use of technology tonight at IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
June 16, 2011
Patient Numbers and Chronic Diseases Surge at America’s Nonprofit Clinics
The increasing pressure on America’s nonprofit community clinics and health centers was documented in a report released today by Direct Relief summarizing the most extensive data assembled on safety net providers who care for the country’s most vulnerable people.
June 10, 2011
Direct Relief Featured as Technology Innovator at The National Health Data Initiative Forum
Direct Relief receives recognition for innovative data site at the second annual National Health Data Initiative Forum in Washington D.C.
May 25, 2011
Missouri Tornado: Direct Relief Delivers Emergency Aid
Direct Relief, the largest provider of medical aid to community clinics across the U.S., has responded to the most recent devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. Direct Relief has rushed medical aid to Access Family Care, a Joplin-based nonprofit community health center treating persons injured and/or displaced, providing them with urgently needed medicines.
May 17, 2011
Google’s Eric Schmidt Visits Direct Relief and Direct Relief’s Use of Information Technology Showcased at Global Conference
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Direct Relief’s warehouse headquarters last week with CNN and Newsweek journalist Fareed Zakaria to review how the organization’s use of information technology is being applied to humanitarian health programs and emergency preparedness and response.
May 13, 2011
FedEx Enables Direct Relief to Deliver Severe Weather Relief Aid
As Direct Relief continues its response efforts to people affected by severe weather across the southeastern U.S., FedEx has donated increased shipping capability to ensure shipments of emergency medical supplies are delivered quickly to the health clinics and shelters that have requested aid.
April 29, 2011
Tornadoes: Direct Relief Delivers Aid to Affected Areas
To help people across the southeastern U.S. who have lost their homes or been injured in tornadoes and other severe weather, Direct Relief USA is delivering specifically requested medical aid to clinics and shelters throughout the south.
April 8, 2011
Direct Relief Japan Response: Expanded Effort Targets Hardest Hit Areas, Most Vulnerable People
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and Direct Relief today announced an additional $1 million in grants to five Japanese nonprofit groups coordinating relief efforts and providing services for the most vulnerable people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
April 5, 2011
Wasserman Foundation Donates $100,000 to Direct Relief’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund
Direct Relief, a leading medical relief organization, today announced that the Wasserman Foundation has donated $100,000 to its Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, established in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League.
March 24, 2011
NBA Basketball Stars Score for the People of Japan
Direct Relief, one of the world’s leading medical relief organizations, today announced that twenty players from the National Basketball Association (NBA) have committed to supporting the organization in their effort to help the people of Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
March 24, 2011
Speaker Pérez, Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, Direct Relief and Japanese American Citizens League Unveil California Aid to Japan
Speaker John A. Pérez and the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus joined Direct Relief — California’s largest international nonprofit — and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to detail the efforts being mobilized by public and private entities in California to help the people of Japan.
March 21, 2011
JACL and Direct Relief Provide $400,000 to Japanese Group for Emergency Humanitarian Efforts
Direct Relief and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) today made an initial cash transfer of $400,000 from its jointly established Japan Relief and Recovery Fund to Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan), a 31-year-old leading Japanese nonprofit and nongovernmental organization.
March 15, 2011
Japanese American Citizens League, Direct Relief Join Together for Japan Relief and Recovery Effort
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and Direct Relief today announced a collaboration to support relief and recovery efforts in Japan – the formation of the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.
December 16, 2010
Direct Relief USA Launches Interactive Medical Aid Distribution Map
Direct Relief launched today its Direct Relief USA Online Medical Aid Distribution Map, featuring a plotted distribution of more than 1,000 clinics and health centers that receive donated pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. In addition, interactive healthcare data for more than 18 million uninsured and low-income patients is available. Combining technologies from SAP, Esri, and
November 24, 2010
Direct Relief Ranked 100% Efficient in Fundraising by Forbes
Direct Relief has received a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency from Forbes, according to a special report on “America’s 200 Largest Charities.” This new rating continues a nine-year period during which Direct Relief has earned a fundraising efficiency score of 99 percent or better, with the organization receiving a perfect score
November 17, 2010
Grant from The California Wellness Foundation to Expand Safety Net Healthcare Program in LA County
Direct Relief has received a grant totaling $175,000 from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) to fund the expansion of Direct Relief USA’s programs in Los Angeles County. Direct Relief USA is the largest and only nonprofit program of its kind to distribute donated medicines and medical supplies free of charge to community clinics and health centers
October 22, 2010
Delivering Urgently Needed Medical Aid to Fight Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
Santa Barbara, CA, (October 22, 2010)—Direct Relief is delivering urgently needed medical aid to its partners in Haiti responding to the fast-moving cholera outbreak. Partner health facilities and news reports have indicated that more than 140 people have already died in the few days since the outbreak began. While the outbreak is currently in the central plateau, about 60
October 1, 2010
Midmark and Direct Relief Celebrate Milestones
Midmark Corporation and Direct Relief today announced two milestones in equipment donations. By partnering in a long-term donation program, the organizations have donated more than 3,000 sterilizers and 6,000 exam tables to more than 71 medical facilities in 35 countries. Direct Relief, a California-based nonprofit organization, provides critically needed equipment, supplies and medicines to local healthcare providers worldwide. Assistance
September 29, 2010
Direct Relief Presents Former First Lady and Foreign Minister of Somaliland
On Thursday, October 7 at 7 p.m., Direct Relief with the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies and the Human Rights Group at UCSB will present a free talk entitled, “Human Rights and Women’s Health” with Edna Adan Ismail, the former First Lady and Foreign Minister of Somaliland at UCSB’s Campbell Hall. The talk is open to all
September 15, 2010
FedEx Joins with Direct Relief to Equip Ventura County Medical Reserve Corps
Santa Barbara, CA, (September 15, 2010)—With a donation of $50,000 from FedEx, Direct Relief is equipping the Ventura County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) with 125 customized backpacks stocked with emergency medical supplies and equipment to enable trained, credentialed, volunteer MRC medical personnel to respond immediately and effectively during local disasters. Today, Direct Relief is presenting Shane O’Connor, Program Advisor
September 8, 2010
CVS Caremark to Offer $5 Million in Free Flu Shots to Uninsured Patients
CVS Caremark announced today that it will partner with Direct Relief USA to offer up to $5 million in free flu shots to community clinic and health center patients who lack health insurance. Direct Relief USA is a non-profit organization that works with 1,100 clinics and health centers in all 50 states, providing them with free medications and supplies for
August 23, 2010
Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later
Five years ago Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged coastal communities throughout the Gulf Coast, affecting over one million people and resulting in the largest natural disaster in U.S. history. Direct Relief was one of the first nonprofit relief organizations to respond. Within one week, through its Direct Relief USA program, the organization furnished over $10 million in medical material
August 10, 2010
Direct Relief Responds to Pakistan Flooding with Up to $5 Million in Aid
Direct Relief announced today that it has made an initial commitment of up to $5 million in medical material aid for emergency flood relief efforts in Pakistan. The organization has been working closely with several longtime partners in Pakistan who are assisting the injured and displaced, which number a reported 13 million throughout the
July 13, 2010
Uganda Terrorist Bombings: Direct Relief Responds
Santa Barbara, CA, July 13, 2010—In response to the July 11 terrorist bombings in Kampala, Direct Relief today authorized an immediate cash grant of $30,000 to cover emergency medical needs of victims. The funds are being provided to AMREF’s (African Medical Research and Education Foundation) Uganda office in response to an urgent request from the Ministry of Health struggling
June 1, 2010
U.S. Gulf Coast, Haiti and Caribbean on High Alert for Hurricane Season
Starting June 1, millions of people in the United States Gulf States, Central America, Haiti and other Caribbean countries will be on high alert as the 2010 hurricane season officially begins. Experts are predicting a significant Atlantic hurricane season, with an expected 15 named storms, eight hurricanes, four Major Hurricanes and a 70 percent probability
May 21, 2010
Direct Relief Teams Up with Music for Relief
Music for Relief has teamed up with Direct Relief to provide grants of up to $25,000 to small Haiti-based nonprofit organizations working in education and reconstruction in Haiti. The funds will allow groups working in their communities long before the earthquake struck to continue to serve the people in greatest need. Direct Relief
December 23, 2009
Five Years Later: Direct Relief Tsunami Disaster Relief Advances Local Medicine
On the eve of this fifth anniversary, Direct Relief is proud to be supporting advances by local healthcare practitioners in the countries hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami – India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand – that are benefitting people who had no or little access to medical services before.
December 4, 2009
Direct Relief Research Data on U.S. Uninsured Cited in New England Journal of Medicine Article
A “Perspective” article in the newly-released December issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, entitled “America’s Safety Net and Health Care Reform — What Lies Ahead?”, cites findings from a 2009 survey conducted by Direct Relief intended to measure the impact of the economic recession on the nation’s clinics and community health centers, who collectively treat a disproportionate amount of the uninsured population.
November 25, 2009
Direct Relief Ranked as 99 Percent Efficient in Fundraising by Forbes
Direct Relief has received a near perfect score of 99 percent in fundraising efficiency from Forbes, according to a special report on “America’s 200 Largest Charities” on the magazine’s Web site.
November 20, 2009
478 Community Clinics in 49 States to Receive Needed H1N1 Protective Supplies from Direct Relief USA
Direct Relief USA, a program of humanitarian medical aid group Direct Relief, is providing 478 clinics in 49 states needed H1N1 protective items to help clinic workers stay healthy and on the job through flu season.
October 26, 2009
Direct Relief Ranked as Largest International Nonprofit in California
Direct Relief is the largest international charity in California during 2009 and the 21st largest in the United States in terms of private support received, out of a total of 53 organizations in the International category, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual Philanthropy 400 survey released today. Direct Relief is ranked as the 98th largest U.S. charity overall by the same measure.
September 28, 2009
Direct Relief Offering Medical Aid in Response to Flooding in Philippines
In response to the massive flooding in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Ketsana, humanitarian medical aid group Direct Relief has made available its standing inventory of over $60 million in medical material inventory as well as up to $50,000 in emergency funds for its partners providing aid for the 450,000 affected people.
August 31, 2009
Donation Helps Fijians Cope with High Cholesterol
Thanks to a generous donation by Merck & Co, Inc., 400 patients at Fiji’s Savusavu Hospital will receive medication to treat their high cholesterol free of charge for one year.
August 26, 2009
Survey: Uninsured Diabetics Increasingly Turning to Free Clinics and Community Health Centers
The nation’s nonprofit community health centers and free clinics saw a 13 percent increase in uninsured patients with diabetes seeking care during the first six months of 2009 versus the same period in 2008, according to the results of a national survey released today by humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief.
August 14, 2009
Santa Barbara Twestival Offers Unique Opportunity to Tweet, Meet, Give
The second Santa Barbara Twestival takes flight Friday, September 11. The event, featuring food, wine, music, local celebrities, and live on-screen Tweeting, will be held—appropriately—at the Canary Hotel’s rooftop, the Perch.
August 4, 2009
BD and Direct Relief Team Up to Provide Free Diabetes Insulin Injection Products to Americans Impacted by the Economic Downturn
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Direct Relief announced today the launch of a new nationwide program to help people with insulin-dependent diagnosed diabetes who have been affected by the current economic crisis to manage the disease.
July 7, 2009
Largay Named Chair of Direct Relief Board of Directors; Seven New Members Join
Direct Relief announced today that its volunteer Board of Directors has selected Dorothy Largay, Ph.D., as its chair, and seven new directors have joined.
June 26, 2009
President Obama Appoints Direct Relief COO Annie Maxwell a White House Fellow
Annie Maxwell, Direct Relief’s chief operating officer, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as one of 15 members of the 2009-2010 class of White House Fellows.
May 19, 2009
Direct Relief Awarded Four Stars by Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year
For a fifth consecutive year, humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief has recognized as a “Four Star Charity” by leading nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator, again earning the highest rating for charities.
May 5, 2009
Teva Respiratory, Direct Relief Support World Asthma Day by Providing Free QVAR® to Those Who Need It Most
In support of World Asthma Day, May 5, 2009, Teva Respiratory has extended its partnership with Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian medical relief organization, to donate thousands of units of QVAR® (Beclomethasone HFA), an Inhaled Corticosteroid (ICS), to its Charitable Medicine Access Program.
April 28, 2009
Direct Relief USA Sends Requested Materials to Safety-Net Clinics in Response to Swine Flu Outbreak
Direct Relief USA is sending specifically requested N95 particulate respirators to five partner clinics in California and Texas today in response to the Swine Influenza A/H1N1 outbreak. The shipments are designed to equip clinic providers should an outbreak of swine flu occur in their areas.
April 24, 2009
Direct Relief Offers Assistance in Response to Swine Flu
In response to reports of swine flu in the U.S., Direct Relief USA today has been in contact with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as well as more than 100 individual clinics in California and Texas to offer assistance.
April 14, 2009
Direct Relief CEO Meets With Global Business Leaders in Germany
Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe is joining with 40 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this week in Frankfurt, Germany in event hosted by SAP, the world’s largest business-software firm.
March 3, 2009
Paul B. Thompson Joins Direct Relief as Chief of Programs
Humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief has hired Paul B. Thompson as its Chief of Programs. He will oversee the organization’s work with its partners in 59 countries worldwide, including the United States.
February 4, 2009
Direct Relief Earns Accreditation by National Association of Boards of Pharmacy®
Direct Relief has been approved by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor® (VAWD®). The organization is the first nonprofit organization in the United States to receive this accreditation.
January 15, 2009
Economically Disadvantaged Asthma Sufferers Breathe Easier with FREE ProAir® HFA Donation by Teva to Direct Relief
As part of a transition to new, environmentally friendly inhalers, Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals announced today that it has donated several hundred thousand ProAir®HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol fast-relief albuterol-metered dose inhalers (MDIs) to Direct Relief for its Charitable Medicine Access Program.
December 1, 2008
Forbes: Direct Relief “100 Percent Efficient” in Fundraising for Seventh Straight Year
For the seventh straight year, financial magazine Forbes has given Direct Relief a perfect score of 100 percent for fundraising efficiency, according to the magazine’s Web site.
November 14, 2008
Santa Barbara Tea Fire: Direct Relief, Santa Barbara County Public Health Distributing Free Particulate Masks Today
Direct Relief is coordinating with Santa Barbara County Public Health and the Office of Emergency Services to distribute free N-95 particulate respirators at MacKenzie Park today from 11 AM to 2 PM.
November 13, 2008
Direct Relief Offers Emergency Aid in Tea Fire
Direct Relief has offered emergency assistance to the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services in response to the Tea Fire burning in the foothills of Santa Barbara and Montecito.
November 6, 2008
Direct Relief Named Nation’s Number 1 “Slam-Dunk” Charity by Charity Navigator
Independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator has named humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief as the top “Slam-Dunk” charity in the United States in a newly released list on CharityNavigator.org.
September 13, 2008
Hurricane Ike: Additional Medical Aid Set for Arrival at Clinics, Shelters Tuesday
Humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief is preparing additional emergency medical material assistance to assist health centers and evacuation shelters serving those affected by Hurricane Ike, which made landfall in Galveston, Texas Friday evening as a Category Two storm.
September 8, 2008
Direct Relief Pledges $150,000 to National Association of Community Health Centers to Support Gustav Recovery
Direct Relief today announced a $150,000 partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to support the rebuilding and recovery efforts in the U.S. Gulf States following Hurricane Gustav.
September 4, 2008
Direct Relief Preparing to Assist Those in Haiti Forgotten in Gustav’s Wake
Hurricane Gustav’s deadly impact throughout the Caribbean was especially felt in Haiti, where an estimated 100 people were killed. Now, with storm system Hanna dumping additional flood waters on the western Caribbean nation and poised to hit the Bahamas, Direct Relief is sending additional medical material aid to help meet the needs of affected Haitians.
Top nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator has named humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief to its annual list of “10 of the Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of,” published on CharityNavigator.org on September 1.
September 1, 2008
Direct Relief Makes $250,000 Available to U.S. Gulf Coast’s Medical “Safety-Net”
Humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief today announced it has committed $250,000 in special hurricane response funds to assist the medical “safety-net” – nonprofit clinics, community health centers, and alternate care sites at evacuation and shelter areas – along the U.S. Gulf Coast in response to Hurricane Gustav, which is expected to make landfall Monday.
August 29, 2008
On Anniversary of Katrina, Direct Relief Preparing Clinics for Gustav
With Hurricane Gustav poised to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast after claiming lives in the Caribbean, humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief is sending additional relief materials to complement its pre-positioned hurricane preparedness materials distributed in high-risk areas.
August 26, 2008
As Ranks of Uninsured Remain High, Direct Relief Continues to Expand Unique Program to Help Nation’s Safety-Net Clinics
As the Census Bureau reports today 15.3 percent of Americans are without health insurance, Direct Relief is expanding its unique program to provide bulk medicines and supplies to the nation’s safety-net, nonprofit clinics and community health centers that serve nearly 7 million individuals who lack healthcare coverage.
August 13, 2008
Direct Relief Offers Condolences to International Rescue Committee on Loss of Colleagues in Afghanistan
Direct Relief offers its deepest condolences to our colleagues at the International Rescue Committee, who yesterday lost four of their staff in an ambush attack on one of their vehicles in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
July 22, 2008
Direct Relief Ready to Respond to Hurricane Dolly in Texas
As Hurricane Dolly builds off the coast of Texas, Direct Relief has contacted its trusted partner clinics in the region to offer support.
July 4, 2008
Direct Relief Distributes 25,000 Particulate Masks
To help Goleta and Santa Barbara-area residents protect their lungs from Gap Fire smoke, Direct Relief has distributed thousands of free N-95 masks and will provide more July 5.
June 18, 2008
Direct Relief Offers Aid to Flood-Stricken Midwest
In response to Midwestern U.S. flooding, Direct Relief has offered medical material aid to its Community Health Center partners there.
June 11, 2008
Direct Relief’s Domestic Efforts Receive Funding Boost
Direct Relief today received a gift of $75,000 to support its rapidly expanding program to assist low-income people without health insurance in obtaining prescription medicines.
May 12, 2008
Direct Relief Checking In With Partners In China Following 7.9-Magnitude Quake
In response to today’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake in China, Direct Relief has extended offers of support to two partner facilities in the western region of the country and reached out to colleague organizations working in the area to coordinate efforts.
May 10, 2008
Direct Relief’s Corporate Partners Key To Aiding Cyclone Victims
U.S. corporations providing critical medicines and supplies to help victims of the Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar are relying upon their long-time partner, Direct Relief, to ensure that the aid will reach the people and organizations who need it most.
May 5, 2008
Direct Relief Offers Assistance to Myanmar In Wake of Cyclone
In response to the cyclone that struck Mynamar over the weekend, Direct Relief has offered assistance to regional humanitarian assistance groups.
March 27, 2008
BD and Direct Relief Launch Second Volunteer Service Trip to Improve Healthcare in Ghana
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a leading global medical technology company, and Direct Relief, a humanitarian medical aid nonprofit organization, today announced the second joint volunteer initiative to strengthen healthcare in Ghana.
March 24, 2008
Direct Relief Recognizes World TB Day 2008
Direct Relief joins the global community in recognizing World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, 2008. World TB Day commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of TB bacillus, and its aim or purpose is to create and maintain awareness about one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
March 14, 2008
Direct Relief, Safety-Net Clinics Coordinate for Emergency Response
Santa Barbara, California-based Direct Relief today briefed members of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) about expansive emergency preparedness and response efforts that it has undertaken with safety-net clinics.
February 25, 2008
Bare Escentuals Customers Create Limited Edition Eyecolor to Benefit Direct Relief
Bare Escentuals proudly presents bareMinerals Rebirth Eyecolor, an iridescent denim shade created by customers in honor of BE Cares, Bare Escentuals’ corporate philanthropy program. For every purchase of Rebirth Eyecolor, 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Direct Relief and additional amount equal to 50% will be donated by Leslie Blodgett, CEO, Bare Escentuals. **July 2009 Update: Direct Relief received $28,017.76 through this campaign.
February 7, 2008
Direct Relief Ready to Respond to Aftermath of Storms in Southeast U.S.
In response to the recent storms that swept across the southeast United States on February 5 and 6, Direct Relief has extended offers of support of medical inventories to partner clinics, clinic associations, and emergency officials in affected communities, and has ensured that Direct Relief’s resources, if needed, are coordinated with other responding agencies to best serve any affected residents.
January 14, 2008
Direct Relief Opens the Santa Barbara International Film Festival With Second Annual Red Carpet Toast to Givers and Shakers on January 24
Two Santa Barbara institutions will join together on Thursday, January 24 as humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief kicks off the start of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with its Red Carpet Toast to Givers and Shakers, an opening night celebration benefiting Direct Relief to be held at Cafe Buenos Aires in Santa Barbara.
December 19, 2007
Direct Relief Presents $400,000 to Safety-Net Clinics
On Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., Direct Relief will present a check for $400,000 to the Council of Community Clinics on behalf of their 17 San Diego County member clinics for the outstanding services they provided during the October 2007 wildfires.
November 27, 2007
Forbes: Direct Relief 100 Percent Efficient in Fundraising
For the sixth straight year, financial magazine Forbes has given Direct Relief a perfect score of 100 percent for fundraising efficiency.
November 15, 2007
California Fires: Direct Relief Commits $400,000 Cash to Safety-Net Clinics
Direct Relief today announced that the more than $400,000 in cash commitments it has received for the California wildfires would be granted to nonprofit health centers and clinics in fire-affected areas.
November 3, 2007
Direct Relief Reaches Out to Partners in Caribbean Affected by Noel
Tropical Storm Noel hit the island of Hispaniola on October 29, flooding the island with 30 inches of rain last weekend. Noel, since upgraded to hurricane status, is predicted to affect weather patterns for several days. In response, Direct Relief has reached out to partners on the island, in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with offers of medical material assistance to support victims of Noel.
October 29, 2007
Direct Relief Largest International Nonprofit in California, New Survey Says
Direct Relief was the 11th largest international charity in the United States during 2006 in terms of private support received, and the 55th largest charity overall by the same measure, according to the Philanthropy 400 survey released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy today.
October 25, 2007
San Diego Fire Department Distributing Direct Relief-Supplied Breathing Masks
Through a donation from Direct Relief the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is able to offer 80,000 particulate masks, free of charge, to residents of the City.
September 17, 2007
Something to Smile About: California Honors Direct Relief’s Martha Angeles for Helping Children Obtain Dental Care
Direct Relief’s Martha Angeles will be honored by the State of California’s Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program with an Outstanding Achievement Award for her extensive contributions to dental health over the past 17 years.
September 12, 2007
Direct Relief Ready to Respond to Quakes in Indonesia
Direct Relief is in touch with its network of partners in Indonesia, where two powerful earthquakes shook the island of Sumatra and triggered a still-active tsunami warning for the country.
September 4, 2007
Direct Relief Watching Tropical Storm Felix and Hurricane Henriette, Ready to Respond
Direct Relief is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Felix, downgraded from hurricane status earlier today, and Hurricane Henriette, currently at Category 1 strength. Direct Relief is prepared to respond with medical aid to partners in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua should additional resources be needed.
August 27, 2007
Direct Relief Honored at National Community Health Conference
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) today honored Direct Relief, an international relief organization, for their unprecedented assistance to Community Health Centers and their patients in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supplying $26.8 million life-saving medicines and supplies to the Gulf region and funds to aid in providing health care services to evacuees.
August 18, 2007
Direct Relief Monitoring Hurricane Dean, Taking Measures to Respond to Potential Emergencies
Direct Relief is closely monitoring Hurricane Dean, currently a Category 5 hurricane, and has taken proactive measures in both Jamaica and the U.S. Gulf Coast to respond to any potential emergencies.
August 16, 2007
Direct Relief Sending Resources to Aid Victims of Peru Earthquake
Direct Relief is moving quickly to respond with medical aid and cash resources to the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Peru yesterday evening.
August 15, 2007
Response to Peru Earthquake
A strong earthquake estimated in initial reports to be as high as 7.9 on the Richter scale hit the coastal Peru on August 15, 2007. The quake triggered tsunami warnings, later cancelled, for coastal areas from Chile to Central America.
August 10, 2007
Direct Relief Supports South Asia Partners Dealing With Heavy Flooding
In response to the recent monsoons and subsequent flooding in South Asia, medical aid group Direct Relief is collaborating with partners in the affected countries to meet pressing healthcare needs compounded by contaminated and stagnant floodwaters.
August 8, 2007
Indonesia Earthquake: Direct Relief Monitoring Need for Medical Aid
In response to the 7.5 magnitude earthquake 20 miles off the coast of Java, Indonesia, Direct Relief has contacted its healthcare outreach partners in the region to evaluate what medical resources may be needed.
August 7, 2007
Direct Relief Positioned to Respond to Zaca Fire in California
In response to the Zaca fire currently burning in Santa Barbara County, California, Direct Relief is cooperating with the Emergency Operations Center to ensure that Direct Relief’s resources, if needed, are coordinated with all other responding agencies to best serve any affected residents.
August 3, 2007
Direct Relief Calls Santa Barbara County to Action to Fulfill Need for Baby Care Items
Direct Relief is calling on its neighbors in Santa Barbara County to help newborns in impoverished countries live healthier, better lives by donating time or needed baby-care products for Direct Relief’s Infant Care Project.
June 20, 2007
Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe Addresses International Audience on Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Geneva
Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe spoke on a panel today in Geneva, Switzerland to an international audience of security experts, diplomats, and private industry at the inaugural Geneva Security Forum (GSF) hosted by the Canton of Geneva, Palexpo, and WISekey.
June 5, 2007
Direct Relief Reports Record Support, New Initiatives
Direct Relief announced over $244 million in financial and in-kind revenue — all from private sources — and having furnished over $141 million in humanitarian assistance during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.
April 30, 2007
500,000 Inhalers to Be Distributed to Uninsured Asthma Patients Around the Country
Community health centers and clinics across the country will be distributing asthma inhalers free of charge to their uninsured and underserved asthma patients beginning this week.
March 26, 2007
BD and Direct Relief Launch Volunteer Service Program to Improve Healthcare in Ghana
BD, a leading global medical technology company, and Direct Relief, a humanitarian medical aid nonprofit organization, today announced a joint volunteer initiative to strengthen healthcare in two areas of Ghana.
March 26, 2007
Direct Relief Responds to Severe Flooding in Bolivia
Direct Relief is responding to the severe flooding that has plagued Bolivia since January.
March 23, 2007
Direct Relief Announces Five New Board Members
Direct Relief announced today the names of five new members to its Board of Directors.
March 16, 2007
Hatch Named Chairman of Direct Relief Board of Directors
Direct Relief announced today that its board of directors has elected Stanley C. Hatch as its chairman.
March 13, 2007
Direct Relief Awarded Four Stars by Charity Navigator For Third Consecutive Year
Direct Relief has once again been recognized as a “Four Star Charity” by leading nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator, the organization’s highest rating.
February 27, 2007
Direct Relief Announces Bhupi Singh As Chief Financial Officer
Direct Relief announced today that Bhupi Singh has recently joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President.
January 30, 2007
Direct Relief Receives Bequest
Direct Relief has received a gift of $32 million from the trust of a long-time donor who passed away last year at the age of 91.
January 10, 2007
Direct Relief’s Annie Maxwell Named Marshall Memorial Fellow
Direct Relief’s Chief Operating Officer Annie Maxwell has been named by the German Marshall Fund of the United States as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow for 2007, joining an elite group of 56 other emerging American leaders.
January 9, 2007
Direct Relief to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival With “A Red Carpet Toast to Givers and Shakers” on January 25
Two Santa Barbara institutions will join together on Tuesday, January 25 as Direct Relief kicks off the start of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with “A Red Carpet Toast to Givers and Shakers,” an opening night celebration benefiting Direct Relief to be held at Cafe Buenos Aires in Santa Barbara.
December 12, 2006
Direct Relief Wraps 2006 With Widespread Acknowledgement From Outside Groups and Publications
As the year comes to a close, Direct Relief has again earned accolades for its financial and programmatic practices from all major U.S. charity ranking publications and organizations.
December 5, 2006
Direct Relief and FedEx to Enhance Disaster Preparedness Capacity in California
Direct Relief, in partnership with FedEx, is helping California’s safety-net clinic system prepare for natural or medical disasters through a statewide telemedicine videoconferencing system with the California Primary Care Association (CPCA).
November 23, 2006
California’s Direct Relief Is ‘100%’ Efficient In Fundraising
Forbes has given Direct Relief a perfect score of 100% for fundraising efficiency for the fifth straight year in the magazine’s annual evaluation of America’s leading nonprofit organizations.
October 24, 2006
Direct Relief Helps India Combat Lethal Chikungunya Outbreak
In response to an epidemic of the chikungunya virus that is sweeping through India, Direct Relief is providing cash support to its health partners in the region to combat the virus and treat infected patients.
October 9, 2006
Direct Relief Supports Pakistan Throughout Year After Quake With $8.7 Million
One year after being rocked by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake, relief groups in Pakistan have received nearly $8.7 million in total aid from Direct Relief, according to a new special report from the medical material aid organization.
October 3, 2006
Direct Relief Reports Record Assistance in Fiscal Year 2006
Direct Relief furnished a record $190 million (wholesale value) worth of medical material aid in their Fiscal Year 2006 and is in excellent fiscal shape, according to the organization’s annual report released this week, and is now California’s largest private non-academic charity.
September 14, 2006
Unique Corporate, Nonprofit Partners Collaborate to Eradicate Vitamin A Deficiency in El Salvador
A partnership of the United States’ largest private vitamin manufacturer, California’s largest humanitarian aid organization, and one of El Salvador’s leading nonprofits have begun an initiative to eradicate vitamin A deficiency among poor youth in El Salvador.
September 8, 2006
3.9 Tons of Medical Aid Delivered Securely to Lebanon, Put to Immediate Use
In response to humanitarian needs caused by the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanese organization Hezbollah, Direct Relief has provided $1.1 million in medical material aid to support Hammoud Hospital and the Rafic Hariri Foundation, two partner organizations in Lebanon.
August 21, 2006
Direct Relief Issues One-Year Report on Katrina Efforts
In the year since the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, Direct Relief has furnished over $30 million in direct aid to the Gulf States and remains intensely involved in efforts to address both current and long-term health needs.
August 16, 2006
10,000 Miles Away, Bacara Linens Help Direct Relief Support South Africa Clinics
Local hotelier Bacara Resort & Spa has begun a relationship with Direct Relief, supplying bed sheets and robes to aid the global medical aid nonprofit group’s mission of helping medical clinics in South Africa.
July 28, 2006
Direct Relief Continues Support of Relief Effort in Tsunami-Ravaged Indonesia
Continuing its aid to Indonesia in the wake of the July 7 tsunami, Direct Relief has authorized three grants to assist on-the-ground partners in the country.
July 17, 2006
Direct Relief Offers Medical Assistance For Indonesia Tsunami
In response to a tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island on Monday that has killed at least 80 people, Direct Relief has contacted its local partner networks to advise them of available inventories of medical supplies and offer Direct Relief’s disaster response capabilities. Direct Relief is in contact with its corporate partners and is poised to provide medical material assistance if requested.
July 17, 2006
Medical Relief Organization Looks to Improve Environment While Saving Lives, Money
Seated in the heart of California’s environmental movement, Direct Relief, California’s largest private non-profit organization, has taken two large steps in 2006 to make their operations more ecologically friendly, and saving money in the process.
July 14, 2006
Direct Relief Provides Additional $2.1 Million of Emergency Medical Aid to Java
Nearly 50 days after the Indonesia earthquake in Yogyakarta, Direct Relief this week provided two additional provisions of medical material aid worth over $2.1 million (wholesale) to Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s largest civic organization for its earthquake relief response.
June 26, 2006
Direct Relief Gives Additional Half-Million Dollars for Asian Tsunami Aid
One and a half years after Southeast Asia was devastated by the tsunami of December 26, 2004, humanitarian assistance non-profit organization Direct Relief has announced it is disbursing an additional $595,551 in grants to host country partners in the still-recovering region.
June 14, 2006
Direct Relief Sends $1.7 Million Worth of Emergency Medical Aid to Java
Direct Relief this week provided two of its earthquake relief partners Australian Aid International (AAI) and CHF International with $1.7 million (wholesale) worth of medical material aid. The four tons of medical material was flown to Indonesia on Tuesday, June 13 and will be distributed on Thursday, June 16 in Indonesia.
June 7, 2006
Amgen Partners With Direct Relief to Assist Indonesian Earthquake Survivors
Direct Relief this week received a pledge from the Amgen Foundation for an emergency grant of $100,000 in response to the deadly May 27 earthquake that struck Java. In turn, Direct Relief provided the entire amount to fund emergency needs for patient transport and surgical items to a frontline hospital caring for victims of the quake.
May 28, 2006
Direct Relief Commits $100,000 In Cash and $500,000 In Medical Material Aid to Indonesia Quake Relief Effort
Direct Relief today committed an initial $100,000 in cash and $500,000 in medical material to assist victims of the devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Indonesia on May 28.
May 27, 2006
Indonesia Earthquake – Direct Relief Coordinates With Indonesians to Provide Emergency Aid
Direct Relief is responding to the May 27 earthquake that hit Yogyakarta Indonesia. The 6.2 scale quake scale has reportedly killed as many as 3,000 people in the region.
May 19, 2006
Direct Relief’s Fourth Annual Shareholders’ Meeting
On Thursday, May 18th, Direct Relief held its fourth annual Shareholders’ Meeting at the Fess Parker DoubleTree in Santa Barbara, California. The annual meeting provided the opportunity for Direct Relief to report to its “investors” – both Direct Relief’s in-kind and cash donors about what services the organization provided, who ultimately benefited, the cost-effectiveness of Direct Relief’s work, and its plans for the future.
May 12, 2006
Chronic Shortage of Anesthesia Prompts Direct Relief Response in Niger
The country of Niger, a landlocked country directly south of the Saharan desert, is the world’s poorest, ranking 177 out of 177 on the UNDP Human Development Index (2005). Cycles of drought in the last two years have exacerbated the poverty of Niger’s 12.5 million people, the majority of which are engaged in subsistence farming. Though the Ministry of Health operates a countrywide public health system, facilities are often chronically short of supplies needed to provide adequate care to patients.
May 11, 2006
Direct Relief Provides Vital Funding to Improve Patient Care For Rural Louisiana Hospitals
Direct Relief announced today a cash grant award of $150,000 to support three rural hospitals in Northeast Louisiana that have provided extensive services to residents following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
April 12, 2006
Direct Relief Announces Three Katrina Grants Totaling $435,000
Direct Relief today announced three cash grants totaling $435,593 to support frontline health services in hurricane-affected areas of the Gulf Coast.
March 4, 2006
Children in Isla Vista Receive Free Dental Treatment
On Saturday, March 4 and Saturday March 11, Santa Barbara County children will receive free dental care at the UCSB Dental Clinic. This Give Kids a Smile Day Free Clinic will take place over two clinic days as part of Direct Relief’s year round Healthy Smiles Dental Program, which provides treatment, bilingual oral health education, and dental hygiene supplies to children and families.
February 21, 2006
Direct Relief Joins With Rotarians In Leyte and Cebu to Deliver Emergency Aid
Direct Relief on Monday sent an emergency air shipment containing a Johnson & Johnson disaster module and other supplies to assist people victimized by the tragic mudslide in the Philippines Leyte province.
February 18, 2006
Philippine Mudslide: Direct Relief Extends Aid Offer and Prepares Shipment to Region
In response to the mudslide on the central Philippines island of Leyte, Direct Relief has contacted the Filipino embassy in Washington, DC and the Operations Center office at the State Department to advise them of available inventories of medical supplies and offer Direct Relief’s disaster response capabilities and coordination.
February 17, 2006
Direct Relief Announces New Board Members
Nine new members will be named to Direct Relief’s Board of Directors, it was announced today. Frank Blue, Jon Clark, Brandt Handley, Dr. Priscilla Higgins, Ellen Johnson, Natalie Orfalea, James Selbert, Dr. Ayesha Shaikh, and Dr. Richard Steckel will be joining the Board, each for a term of three years. Direct Relief’s already prestigious Board will further benefit from the diverse experience each of the nine bring from the philanthropic, corporate, and medical fields.
December 21, 2005
Santa Barbara County Vintners Go ‘Sideways’ for Direct Relief
The Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Foundation has announced their highly anticipated wine event…
December 2, 2005
Direct Relief Cited as Largest Charitable Organization in California
Direct Relief is the largest non-university charitable organization in California and one of the 10 largest international non-profit organizations in the country, based on private support, according to the Philanthropy 400 rankings, published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. For the sixth year in a row, Direct Relief is ranked among top U.S. charities on the list, which also includes private universities and foundations.
November 9, 2005
Direct Relief Provides $5.7 Million to Pakistan Recovery Efforts in One Month
Direct Relief has furnished $5.7 million in emergency medical material aid over the past month in response to the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Pakistan and Kashmir on October 8.
October 29, 2005
Direct Relief’s Operations Manager Reports on Current Relief Efforts in Pakistan
Direct Relief’s Operations Manager, Brett Williams (who also is an Emergency Medical Technician) reported today that the situation remains urgent for the estimated 2 million or more people left homeless after the October 8th earthquake. Williams is overseeing the coordination and distribution of emergency medical material provided by Direct Relief, which has exceeded $2 million over the past month.
October 19, 2005
Direct Relief Commits $250,000 in Cash to Pakistani Relief Effort
Direct Relief today announced that it has committed an initial $250,000 in cash to assist victims of the devastating earthquake in Pakistan and India. The organization has already furnished over $500,000 of antibiotics, antifungal creams, casting material, personal care items, stethoscopes, and surgical equipment to support emergency health services to quake victims.
October 18, 2005
Major Tsunami Relief Effort Brings Together Unique Partnership
In an extraordinary collaborative partnership of the public, private and non-profit sectors, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre in Tamil Nadu, India will receive a Mobile Cat Scan that will significantly improve medical diagnostic services for tsunami-affected populations.
October 17, 2005
Direct Relief and Community Clinics Create Long-Term Health Safety Net for Uninsured Hurricane Victims
Direct Relief has furnished $24 million in emergency medical material aid and $1.5 million dollars in emergency cash support to assist people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita over the past six weeks.
October 9, 2005
South Asia Earthquake: Direct Relief Response
In response to the reported magnitude 7.6 earthquake near the India-Pakistan border, Direct Relief is preparing an emergency response to health needs with local and international partners in the quake-affected countries.
September 29, 2005
Direct Relief Provides $15 Million to Gulf Coast Health Services in One Month
Direct Relief has furnished $14.3million in emergency medical material aid and over one million dollars in emergency cash support to assist people affected by the storms in the past month.
September 21, 2005
Hurricane Relief: $465,000 in Emergency Grants for Frontline Health Services
Direct Relief today made three cash grants totaling $465,000 to support frontline health services in hurricane-affected areas of the Gulf Coast.
September 8, 2005
Hurricane Relief Update: Four Tons of Emergency Medical Supplies Flown to Three Hurricane Affected States
Direct Relief today sent nearly four tons of emergency medicines and medical supplies worth $762,000 to five hospitals and clinics treating evacuee patients in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
September 6, 2005
Emergency Medical Assistance to Gulf Coast ‘Safety Net’ Clinics and Medical Shelters
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Direct Relief will send an emergency shipment of more than $8.9 million of medicines and medical supplies (wholesale value) to community clinics and ‘special needs’ shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi. This weekend, the number of large ‘special needs’ shelters in Louisiana, established to care for evacuees needing medical attention, was expanded from nine to 23 shelters.
September 4, 2005
Direct Relief Preparing 10 Tons of Emergency Medical Supplies
Today Direct Relief worked with New Jersey-based BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), which drop-shipped an emergency supply of products to treat diabetic patients being treated in a Louisiana clinic that had requested assistance.
September 2, 2005
Direct Relief Emergency Medical Supplies and Funds to Louisiana Community Clinics
Direct Relief today provided an initial cash grant of $15,000 and two targeted emergency supply shipments worth over $30,000 to Louisiana clinics serving evacuees from New Orleans.
September 1, 2005
Katrina: Direct Relief Commits $250,000 in Cash to Relief Effort
Direct Relief today announced that it has committed an initial $250,000 in cash to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.
August 31, 2005
Hurricane Katrina: Direct Relief Response Update
Since Sunday afternoon, Direct Relief remains in close communication with federal officials, emergency services agencies, and other nonprofits in the hurricane-affected states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, to advise them of Direct Relief’s capacity to provide emergency medical material relief.
August 28, 2005
Hurricane Katrina: Direct Relief Extends Aid Offer
In anticipation of damage from Hurricane Katrina, Direct Relief has offered assistance to Louisiana state and federal officials to replenish medical inventories or provide emergency medical material if needed. Direct Relief maintains medical inventories to support health services in developing countries and to respond to emergencies.
August 18, 2005
Santa Barbara Celebrity ‘Bachelor’ Andrew Firestone Plays ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’ for Direct Relief
Santa Barbara will be cheering on our ‘bachelor’ starting Thursday, August 18th, as Andrew Firestone premieres in Game One of Bravo’s new season of ‘Celebrity Poker Showdown’. The winner from each round will advance to the championship sixth game finale to compete for the $100,000 cash prize to be donated to charity. Firestone has chosen Direct Relief as his charity of choice.
August 10, 2005
Direct Relief Chief of Staff Selected to Assist United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami
Direct Relief Chief of Staff Annie Maxwell has been selected to join the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery to serve as a liaison to nonprofit and corporate organizations worldwide involved in tsunami recovery efforts.
August 4, 2005
Direct Relief Response to India Flood Disaster
In response to the flood disaster in Mumbai, India, Direct Relief is preparing an emergency shipment of medical goods to the affected region. Direct Relief’s in-country coordinator, who is located in Mumbai, contacted the Public Health authorities to offer assistance and was immediately provided with a specific needs list and asked to have the products sent as soon as possible.
June 24, 2005
Tsunami: Six Months Later
California organization has furnished 126 tons of essential medical material, including 3 million courses of treatment to region’s survivors. Over $5.6 million in cash grants to meet emergency needs and jumpstart long-term improvements
May 18, 2005
Direct Relief Shareholders’ Meeting
On Friday, May 20, 2005, Direct Relief held its third annual Shareholders’ Meeting to report the results of the fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2005.
January 18, 2005
PQMD Urges Caution, Coordination on Medical Donations for Tsunami Relief
The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) convened a meeting among representatives of its corporate and nonprofit members to ensure their responses to the Asian tsunami meet the region’s medical needs fully, quickly, and consistent with the highest world standards.
January 7, 2005
Direct Relief Medical Supplies Arrive in Sri Lanka with Help from FedEx Cargo Plane
A plane loaded with 26 pallets of Direct Relief medical supplies that were specifically requested, weighing over 7 tons, arrives in Colombo Airport Saturday afternoon, local time (16:00 hours or 4:00 pm) via a donated FedEx cargo plane. The medicines, medical and surgical supplies provided are in response to specific requests from local Sri Lankan health organizations. The FedEx plane also carries additional emergency medical supplies that were contributed by U.S.-based colleague organizations Heart-to-Heart International and World Vision, which are also members of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations.
2004 Press Releases
December 7, 2004
Forbes Magazine Lists Direct Relief Among Top U.S. Charities for Efficiency
Direct Relief is one of only twelve U.S. charitable organizations to receive a 100% fundraising efficiency rating by the Forbes Magazine annual survey of major U.S. charities.
December 2, 2004
Kids Volunteer to Help Direct Relief Assist Local Families for 2004 Holiday Season
Elementary and junior high school students and local volunteer groups will gather outside the Old Mission Santa Barbara to assemble 2,250 Personal Care Packs for families and people in need in local communities on the California Central Coast.
October 30, 2004
Direct Relief Listed In Top U.S. Charities Fifth Year In A Row
Direct Relief is included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the top 400 charities ranked by amount of private support in the past year.
October 12, 2004
Direct Relief Rated As “4-Star” Charity
Direct Relief has been recognized as a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is a top independent evaluator of nonprofits’ financial health and performance, and currently reports on more than 3,500 U.S. based charities.
August 30, 2004
International Development Leader Joins Direct Relief As Vice President
Direct Relief today announced that Chris G. Brady, a leader in innovative international development activities, has recently joined Direct Relief as Vice President, Programs.
August 19, 2004
Direct Relief Reaches More Than 600 Seniors, Vulnerable Residents In First Year of Free Disaster Preparedness Program
On Thursday August 19, Maravilla Senior Living Community will become the latest local organization to make emergency preparedness a priority for its 363 residents through Direct Relief’s Vulnerable Populations Program.
August 2, 2004
Direct Relief Receives Largest Vitamin Donation In Organization’s 56-Year History
Direct Relief today announced that it has received a donation of 44 million multi-vitamins from fellow California non-profit organization, Global Partners for Development, based in Rohnert Park, CA. This is the largest such donation of vitamins in Direct Relief’s 56-year history.
May 22, 2004
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: Isla Vista Children to Receive Free Treatment For Severe Dental Needs In Expanding Countywide Oral Health Collaborative
Santa Barbara County has the highest rate of medically uninsured families in the entire State of California.
May 1, 2004
Direct Relief Announces New Chief Medical Officer, Bill Morton-Smith MD
Direct Relief is pleased to announce Bill Morton-Smith, MD as the organization’s new Chief Medical Officer.
March 23, 2004
Medical Relief Supplies Reach Liberia, First Lady Bryant Welcomes U.S. Private Assistance
ELWA Hospital was one of two Monrovian hospitals to remain open and functioning since last June when civil strife turned into widespread violence in the Republic of Liberia in West Africa.
March 11, 2004
Direct Relief Receives $300,000 From Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Foundation’s Wine Auction
During a ceremony today at Direct Relief today, the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ presented a check to the non-profit medical relief organization for a record-breaking amount of $300,000.
March 3, 2004
Direct Relief’s New Identity Revealed
Lipson Alport Glass & Associates (LAGA), one of the world’s leading brand and identity consultancies, unveiled Direct Relief’s new brand identity at our Shareholders’ meeting on March 3, 2004.
March 1, 2004
First Ever Public Briefing By Partnership For Quality Medical Donations; Nonprofit and Corporate Alliance Announces 2003 Results and Pledge 2004 International Assistance
On Wednesday, March 3, the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) will hold its first-ever public briefing in conjunction with the organization’s West Coast membership meeting.
February 26, 2004
Direct Relief Shareholders’ Meeting 2004, March 3, Santa Barbara, California
On Wednesday, March 3, Direct Relief will hold its second annual Shareholders’ Meeting to announce its record-setting 2003 results and brief investors on its finances and humanitarian health programs.
February 21, 2004
Direct Relief and DART Take On Number One North County Children’s Health Crisis, Dental Health
On Saturday, February 21, forty North Santa Barbara County children with severe dental needs received free dental care in Santa Maria.
February 12, 2004
Direct Relief Announces 2004 Incoming Board Members
Direct Relief today announced the selection and approval of three new board members.
December 26, 2003
IRANIAN EARTHQUAKE: Direct Relief Offers Assistance
Direct Relief has offered assistance in response to the December 26 earthquake that occurred in southeastern Iran today. Early press reports from Bam indicate that several thousand people were killed, and perhaps tens of thousands more injured or missing in the resulting rubble.
December 10, 2003
HELPING AT HOME: Direct Relief Provides $600,000 In Medicines and Supplies to Community Health Centers of the Central Coast
Direct Relief announced that it has provided $586,000 worth of medicines (wholesale value) and several thousand dental instruments to Community Health Centers (CHC) of the Central Coast.
December 3, 2003
Kids Volunteer to Help Direct Relief Assist California Central Coast Families In Need This Holiday Season
Elementary and junior high school students and local volunteer groups will gather outside the Old Mission Santa Barbara to assemble 2,250 Personal Care Packs for families and people in need in our local communities.
October 31, 2003
Direct Relief Brings Relief to Firefighters in Southern California
Direct Relief is responding to the Southern California wildfires emergency today with thousands of units of ophthalmic solution for firefighters battling major blazes in the San Diego area.
October 31, 2003
Direct Relief Listed in Top U.S. Charities Fourth Year in a Row
Direct Relief is included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the top 400 charities ranked by amount of private support in the past year.
October 30, 2003
Consumers Digest Magazine Ranks Direct Relief Among Top U.S. Charities for Efficiency
Direct Relief, the California-based international medical relief organization, is one of only five of the leading U.S. charitable organizations evaluated to receive 99% or better efficiency ranking in the in Consumers Digest’s 2003 survey of major U.S. charities.
October 21, 2003
Members of Congress Deliver Direct Relief Medical Aid to Iraq
Direct Relief announced today that on Saturday, October 18, a U.S. congressional delegation (CODEL) visiting Iraq delivered a Direct Relief shipment of medicines and supplies to the St. Raphael hospital in Baghdad.
October 17, 2003
Direct Relief Calls on Santa Barbara for Toys to Bring Joy to Children In Iraq
Direct Relief is leading a drive to quickly collect toys and school supplies to be delivered to needy children in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Basra, and Nazarieh.
September 12, 2003
Direct Relief to Lead Effort to Educate Vulnerable Residents on Disaster Preparedness
Direct Relief announced that it will coordinate a county-wide education and outreach effort to prepare vulnerable county residents for emergencies and disasters.
September 4, 2003
Direct Relief Featured In National Ad Campaign
Direct Relief is featured in a national advertising campaign appearing in TIME Magazine this week (September 8 edition).
September 2, 2003
Direct Relief and UNICEF Establish Memorandum of Understanding to Reduce Costs of Medical Supplies
Direct Relief and UNICEF have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing Direct Relief to procure medicines and supplies priced approximately 40% lower than world market prices.
August 20, 2003
COMMUNITY NEWS: Direct Relief Provides 2,250 Personal Care Packs to Central Coast Families In Need With the Help of Girls Inc. Volunteers
Girls Inc. members of elementary school ages, and adult volunteers assembled 2250 Direct Relief Personal Care Packs for people in need in our local communities. A Direct Relief Tradition for ten years now, this year’s ‘summer packs’ were assembled at the Santa Barbara Center of Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara.
July 25, 2003
Direct Relief Emergency Airlift Reponds to Pneumonia Outbreak in El Salvador
Direct Relief today announced it is responding to an urgent request to provide medical assistance to El Salvador, where outbreaks of bacterial pneumonia have affected 45,000 persons this year and caused 297 deaths.
July 21, 2003
Direct Relief Provides $5.5 Million In Medical Supplies to Iraq
Direct Relief announced today the shipment of high-value medical relief supplies to be delivered to hospitals in Baghdad, Nazarieh, and Basra.
June 26, 2003
SPECIAL EVENT: World Renowned New York Interior Designer Mario Buatta Brings “Magic of Mario” to Santa Barbara
Direct Relief announced today that world renowned New York interior designer, Mario Buatta, is bringing the “Magic of Mario” to Santa Barbara.
June 19, 2003
PQMD Survey Shows Humanitarian Agencies’ Overseas Medical Donations Reach $812 Million, Nearing Government Health Aid
Medical product donations distributed overseas by private humanitarian organization members of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) exceeded $812 million in 2002, 44% above 2001’s $564 million, newly released data show.
June 5, 2003
Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President & CEO, Selected to Aspen Institute 2003 Class of Henry Crown Fellows
The Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program today announced the selection of Thomas Tighe to its 2003 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. Tighe is President & CEO of Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief.
May 30, 2003
Direct Relief Calls for Local Pediatricians to Train Doctors at Cambodian Children’s Hospital
Direct Relief has selected the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, as a new recipient of medical assistance starting this month.
May 8, 2003
Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell to Receive Honorary Doctorates From Hobart and William Smith Colleges
On Sunday, Thomas Tighe, president and CEO of Direct Relief will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
May 8, 2003
Medical Supplies Leave For Iraqi Children’s Hospital From Direct Relief
Direct Relief on Wednesday shipped humanitarian medical relief supplies to Erbil Children’s Hospital in northern Iraq.
April 5, 2003
Volunteers Construct Emergency Response Container at Local Public School
Direct Relief’s Preparedness Response Emergency Program (PREP) has enabled the construction and filling of containers at every public school in south Santa Barbara County.
March 28, 2003
Bacara Resort Donation Helps Direct Relief Assist Hospitals Around the Globe
Direct Relief will receive a large donation of linens and garments from Bacara Resort & Spa today.
March 6, 2003
Direct Relief Shareholders’ Meeting Takes Business Approach
On Thursday, March 6, Direct Relief will hold its first-ever Shareholder’s Meeting and Symposium at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California for supporters and people interested in the organization’s work.
January 22, 2003
Direct Relief’s Susan Fowler Receives Renowned Humanitarian Award In India
Direct Relief announced today that its Director of Programs, Susan Fowler, is the recipient of a prestigious 2003 Award of Excellence from the Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Charitable Trust in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
November 27, 2002
Forbes Magazine Lists Direct Relief Among Top U.S. Charities For Efficiency
Direct Relief is one of only four U.S. charitable organizations to receive 100% or better efficiency ratings in all categories by the Forbes Magazine annual survey of major U.S. charities.
November 7, 2002
Direct Relief in Top 200 U.S. Charities Third Year In A Row
Direct Relief is included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the top 400 charities ranked by amount of private support in the past year.
October 4, 2002
FedEx and Direct Relief Airlift Emergency Aid to Mexico
Direct Relief announced today it has sent an emergency shipment of medical aid in response to an appeal from officials in Mexico’s Yucatan State, which was devastated by Hurricane Isidore last week.
September 26, 2002
Ohio Companies Become Leaders in International Humanitarian Medical Efforts
Direct Relief today announced extraordinary cash and in-kind medical equipment donations from two Ohio-based corporations.
August 20, 2002
Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe to Address First-Ever Humanitarian Healthcare Forum at Senior PGA Event
Direct Relief President and CEO, Thomas Tighe, will speak to executives from the top U.S. medical manufacturers and healthcare companies in a series of presentations on economics, industry, and government roles in global medical and humanitarian aid.
June 21, 2002
Direct Relief Sponsors Santa Maria Dental Clinic For Low-Income Kids
Direct Relief, in partnership with the Healthy Start programs of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Lompoc and the Santa Maria Valley DART Dental Task Force, is sponsoring a free dental clinic to low-income school-age children with severe dental needs.
June 4, 2002
Direct Relief and Johnson & Johnson Join to Provide $10 Million In Requested Medical Aid to Afghanistan
Direct Relief today announced that Johnson & Johnson has committed $10 million in medical product contributions in response to urgent needs in Afghanistan.
April 9, 2002
Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for the Peace Corps Cites Direct Relief President
Direct Relief President and CEO, Thomas Tighe, is cited in a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination.
March 25, 2002
Top International Humanitarian Organizations Meet in Santa Barbara
On Monday, March 25, Direct Relief will host the West Coast Meeting of InterAction, a coalition of more than 160 U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in international humanitarian and development work.
March 11, 2002
Thomas Tighe to Speak in Palo Alto
Thomas Tighe, President & CEO, Direct Relief and former Peace Corps Chief-of-Staff and Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Tighe is an alumni of UC Berkeley and graduate of Palo Alto High School.
February 22, 2002
Major Pharmaceutical Corporations and Non-Governmental Organizations Meet to Discuss Response to Afghanistan
Representatives from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies will meet early next week with leading U.S. international relief organizations at the Santa Barbara, California headquarters of Direct Relief.
January 21, 2002
Direct Relief Announces 2001 Results
Direct Relief today announced its year-end results for 2001.
December 26, 2001
Martin Sheen and Anthony Edwards Throw Star Power Behind Direct Relief
While many celebrities are raising money for events related to 9-11, two stars are also putting their weight behind and raising awareness for the established international medical relief agency, Direct Relief.
December 1, 2001
Direct Relief Named One of Best U.S. Charities
Direct Relief, a California-based nonprofit organization that provides international medical aid and emergency relief, has been named by Worth Magazine as one of the best charities in the United States. The magazine’s December 2001 issue lists “The 100 Best Charities”, which is based on empirical data, peer review, philanthropy experts’ opinions, and an assessment of impact.
November 27, 2001
Direct Relief Recognized in the Chronicle of Philanthropy Top 400 Charities
Direct Relief has been included in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the top 400 charities ranked by amount of private support raised in the past year. Direct Relief raised $80,044,190 in private support, included in their $80,635,963 of total support from all sources raised during the fiscal year 2000. Direct Relief ranked number 165 overall, and ranked 17 of 41 organizations in the International category.
November 26, 2001
NEWS UPDATE: Additional Direct Relief Medical Aid to Afghanistan
Direct Relief has now completed nine shipments of medical supplies to help the refugee relief effort along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.
November 7, 2001
100 Low-Income Area Kids Get Free Dental Care at Direct Relief’s “Healthy Smiles” Clinic
Santa Barbara kids and Direct Relief will be joined by Congresswoman Lois Capps and other business and community leaders to kick off a week-long dental clinic at the Direct Relief headquarters, located in Goleta. Four mobile dental clinics will be set up to treat the 100 children throughout the week, who have been identified by Santa Barbara County Schools. Dental disease is one of the foremost health problems affecting children in Santa Barbara.
October 8, 2001
NEWS UPDATE: Medical Relief to Afghanistan Refugees
Direct Relief has now completed three shipments of medical supplies to help the refugee relief effort along the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.
September 27, 2001
Direct Relief Supplies Aid to Refugees From Afghanistan
Direct Relief has redirected a shipment of medical supplies and medicines intended for distribution in Afghanistan to the Pakistan border town of Peshawar to handle the influx of Afghani refugees along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Originally planned for three facilities in the poorest sections of Kabul, the supplies include antibiotics, sulfa drugs, anti-fungal agents, pre-natal vitamins, cardiovascular medications, and analgesics.
September 19, 2001
Fund for Survivors & Families Affected by Attacks Set Up Through Direct Relief
Direct Relief, a 53 year-old International relief agency, has set up a fund to direct money specifically to the families of last week’s terrorist attacks on the World trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon, in Washington, DC. All funds will go directly to disaster victims and affected families and will be distributed by American Jewish World Service, based in New York.
September 17, 2001
Acclaimed Dance Troupe From India to Perform
The upcoming performance on Saturday, September 22 by the internationally acclaimed JANAVAK, National Folk Dance Troup of India, is helping to raise funds for Direct Relief, which has participated in India earthquake relief efforts and is currently part of the recovery effort for New York City’s terrorist attack. The Asha For Education, Silicon Valley and the Literate World Inc., are also sponsoring the event for Computer literacy in India.
April 27, 2001
Casa Dorinda Donates Hospital Beds for El Salvador Quake Victims
With the country of El Salvador still reeling from the after-effects of two devastating earthquakes in January and February, Santa Barbara’s Casa Dorinda retirement community is pitching in to help out. Casa Dorinda has donated 28 state-of the-art, motorized hospital beds for Direct Relief to send to charitable health care facilities in El Salvador. DRI will send the beds through the Salvadoran-American Foundation, a long-time partner which operates 34 hospitals and clinics in the Central American nation.
April 16, 2001
Effectiveness of Drug Donations in Crisis Areas Examined
Direct Relief Development Advisor Christopher Brady has just returned from East Timor, where he was taking part in a World Bank and World Health Organization study of drug donations in emergency settings. As a member of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), an alliance of relief agencies and health care firms, DRI is one of four represented non-government organizations that was asked to participate in this study. DRI, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit humanitarian aid organization, has sent a large amount of emergency medical supplies to East Timor, where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by civil strife. Brady says he witnessed scenes of utter devastation there, with practically every building in the areas he traveled to reduced to rubble.
April 6, 2001
Direct Relief Announces First Quarter Results
Direct Relief today announced the results of its 1st quarter activities for 2001. The Santa Barbara-based humanitarian relief and development agency provided more than $27 million in assistance to 27 countries in the first quarter, the most expansive level of assistance in any quarter in its 53-year history.
March 6, 2001
‘Window on the World’ to Be Installed at Direct Relief
Nadya Penoff, a world-renowned stained glass artist, has spent the past six months guiding her local Adult Education class through the creation of a magnificent new stained glass window to be installed at the headquarters of Direct Relief, Santa Barbara’s own global humanitarian aid organization. The window, measuring 40″ x 69″, is a colorfully rendered representation of a map of the world. It will be installed at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 22 in a mahogany frame in the reception area of Direct Relief headquarters at 27 South La Patera Lane.
February 16, 2001
Direct Relief to Airlift Emergency Aid to India
Direct Relief will airlift to India next week more than 35 tons (71,000 lbs) of medical and relief supplies worth more than $1.4 million, the largest such airlift in the agency’s 52-year history.
February 14, 2001
Direct Relief Names New Board Members
Direct Relief, the Santa Barbara-based humanitarian aid organization, has named four new members to its Board of Directors. Andrea Capachietti, Morgan Clendenen, Catherine (Cate) Firestone and Richard (Dick) Johnson will each serve three-year terms on the Board, through 2004.
February 7, 2001
Ambassador Henry Catto Joins Direct Relief Board
Henry E. Catto, a Texas business leader and prominent U.S. diplomat who has served as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and held key positions in Washington and at international posts for more than three decades, has joined the International Advisory Board of Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian assistance organization based in Santa Barbara, California.
February 5, 2001
Direct Relief to Host Conference on Worldwide Medical Aid
Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit humanitarian medical aid organization, will host a two-day conference bringing together corporate donors of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies with the end recipients of those goods from such countries as Sierra Leone, Guyana and Bulgaria. The Strategic Alliances conference will be held on Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9 at Direct Relief headquarters, 27 South La Patera Lane in Santa Barbara. The sessions will provide the first opportunity for major corporate givers to engage in dialogue with health-care providers who use the companies’ donated product in the developing world.
January 31, 2001
Direct Relief Sends $1 Million Shipment For Victims of India Quake
Direct Relief has airlifted its largest shipment yet of aid for victims of the earthquake in India—more than 13 tons of medical supplies worth well over $1 million. The emergency shipment was made possible as a tribute to an immigrant from Pakistan who rose from poverty to found the world’s third-largest cargo airline.
January 26, 2001
Congresswoman Capps Confers With Direct Relief President Tighe on India Earthquake
Congresswoman Lois Capps met today with Direct Relief President and CEO Thomas Tighe to discuss the Santa Barbara-based aid organization’s plans for shipments of medical aid to the Indian state of Gujarat, hit by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake this morning that killed more than 2,000 people.
January 1, 2001
Direct Relief Announces Year-End Results
The year 2000 marked a major turning point in the 53-year history of Direct Relief, Santa Barbara’s own global humanitarian aid organization. The agency sent a record-setting $67.1 million in medical relief shipments to 53 countries worldwide, topping its previous high of $52.8 million in 1999 by more than $14 million. Some 10 million people were directly helped by these aid shipments, including victims of the earthquakes in Turkey, civil unrest in Sierra Leone, Zambia and Eritrea, and deadly floods in Mozambique and Cambodia.
Forbes Names Direct Relief One of America’s Ten Most Efficient Charities
Forbes magazine has cited Direct Relief, a Santa Barbara-based humanitarian aid organization, as one of the ten best charities in the United States with regard to fundraising efficiency. The ranking, reported in the December 11 issue of Forbes, is based on the magazine’s comparative study of U.S. nonprofit organizations to assess which made the most efficient use of donations received.