Direct Relief

Direct Relief Earns 100 Percent Efficiency Score in Forbes 2016 Top U.S. Charities List, Highest Rating Among California-Based Charities

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2016 – Direct Relief was the highest-rated California-based charity in Forbes Magazine’s newly-released 2016 annual ranking of the 100 largest U.S. charities.

Direct Relief earned a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency (percent of private donations remaining after fundraising expenses) and a 99 percent rating for its charitable commitment (charitable services as a percent of total expenses).

The Forbes ranking is the most recent of several accolades received in 2016 by the humanitarian medical aid group:

Supported only by private, charitable contributions, Direct Relief this year (FY2016) extended more help to more people in need than ever before in its 68-year history, furnishing $760 million in essential medications, vaccines, instruments and supplies through 11,146 deliveries to all 50 states and 81 countries.

Over the past 12 months, Direct Relief’s activities have included the following:

Since 2000, Direct Relief has provided more than $2.2 billion in medical resources to support health services for low-income people in 88 developing countries and all 50 U.S. states.

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