News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
    • Twitter (@DirectRelief)
    • Facebook (@DirectRelief)
    • Instagram (@DirectRelief)

Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

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.

Forbes’s 13th annual rating of the 200 top American charities calculates three major efficiency ratios for each nonprofit: charitable commitment, fundraising efficiency, and donor dependency.  Direct Relief received a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency for ninth time in the past 10 years and a 99% score for charitable commitment.

Forbes noted that the organizations included in the top 200 list represent less than 2/100th of 1 percent of the more than one million tax-exempt organizations in the U.S.

The rating of Direct Relief is based on its 2011 fiscal year, during which the organization responded to emergencies both in the United States and around the world, expanded its support within the United States for uninsured, low-income patients to receive free medications, and worked to improve maternal and child health in developing countries.

Direct Relief is the only nonprofit in the United States to be licensed to distribute prescription medications in all 50 states, and it works with over 1,000 nonprofit clinics and community health centers to furnish free medications to low-income, uninsured patients.

The organization was recently awarded the 2011 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation for networking disparate nonprofit health facilities together, enabling much more efficient distribution of medications and supplies for persons in chronic need as well as in emergencies, such as the tornado in Joplin, Missouri six months ago to which Direct Relief responded immediately with needed vaccine, medications, and emergency supplies.

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