Forbes Ranks Direct Relief Among Nation’s Ten Top Charities



Direct Relief became the ninth-largest U.S. charity this year, according to Forbes Magazine’s annual ranking of the 50 largest U.S. charities.

In addition to ranking the top American charities by size, the magazine evaluates the financial efficiency of each nonprofit. Direct Relief received a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency.

Top Ten U.S. Charities

Rank Charity Revenue Efficiency
1. United Way $4.14 B 91%
2. Salvation Army $4.11 B 90%
3. Feeding America $2.06 B 99%
4. Task Force for
Global Health
$1.66 B 100%
5. St. Jude $1.3 B 83%
6. YMCA $6.60 B 86%
7. Goodwill $5.37 B 97%
8. Food for the Poor $913 M 96%
9. Direct Relief $892 M 100%
10. American Cancer Society $886 M 79%

Direct Relief’s Forbes ranking is based on its revenue of $892 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015, nearly twice the $455 million received by the nonprofit in the year prior. The vast majority of Direct Relief’s revenue came in the form of donated medications and medical supplies, which the organization provides, at no charge, to support humanitarian health efforts throughout the United States and internationally.

Direct Relief is being called upon more than ever before to assist people who are vulnerable – from poverty or emergency situations, and often both,” said Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President and CEO. “The Forbes ranking reflects an expansion in private support – mainly in the form of donated essential medications – which are critically needed by people stuck in the huge gaps that remain in both the U.S. and around the world.”

Direct Relief’s cash revenue of $27 million came from private contributors, whose financial support enabled the organization to deliver of 1,837 tons, or 278 million defined daily doses, of requested medications and supplies to health centers and clinics in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide, including in response to the Ebola crisis that occurred in West Africa and the earthquakes in Nepal.

Top Charity Ratings

Forbes joins other independent charity evaluators in giving Direct Relief high marks for its efficiency. This includes Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent evaluator of charities, which assigns Direct Relief an overall score of 99.4/100 and the No. 1 spot on its list of the “Ten Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of.

The Ten Best Charities in The U.S. – Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of U.S. charities, ranks the 10 top charities from the more than 8,000 organizations it reviews each year. Charitable givers should feel confident that these national institutions put their donations to good use. – Charity Navigator.

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