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.

Zynga and Players of Mafia Wars Help Prepare for Emergencies


Just in time for National Preparedness Month, which begins September 1, Direct Relief is partnering with social gaming company, Zynga, to help communities around the world prepare for emergencies.

Beginning today, one of Zynga’s most popular games, Mafia Wars, will allow players to get involved in Direct Relief’s preparedness initiatives by featuring a limited edition item for purchase in the game. The virtual item, an Emergency Physician, will be available until September 4 and 100% of the donation will go directly to helping Direct Relief prepare vulnerable communities for emergencies.

In the last couple of years, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, fires, and oil spills have taken hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced millions of people, and caused unprecedented damage to infrastructure and the environment. Whenever disaster strikes, people and companies entrust Direct Relief with money and resources to help people in crisis. While we can’t prevent a disaster from happening, being prepared is the best defense.

Direct Relief has long held that the wishes of these donors are best honored by ensuring 100% of their donations are used for the response efforts that inspired their donations. But Direct Relief can only do in emergencies what it does every day. The support of Direct Relief’s everyday work to strengthen healthcare for people in 70 countries and the U.S. enables Direct Relief to be precise, efficient, and accurate when disaster strikes. Direct Relief works everyday to strengthen healthcare in places like Louisiana, Bangladesh, Haiti, and Indonesia, preparing communities’ medical response in the event of emergency.

For decades, Direct Relief has sought out healthcare providers doing more with less. In the event of an emergency, their front-line perspective helps calibrate Direct Relief’s response. The broader Direct Relief’s everyday work with under-the-radar community healthcare groups, the more immediate and accurate our response during an emergency, the more lives saved, and the quicker the affected community’s recovery.

To donate to these efforts click Direct Relief’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs

Thank you, Zynga and the players of Mafia Wars, for giving direct relief.

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