Direct Relief Reaches $1 Billion in Donations, Ranked 7th Largest U.S. Charity by Forbes

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2017 — Direct Relief grew into the seventh largest charity in the United States in 2017, according to Forbes Magazine’s newly released annual ranking of the 100 largest U.S. charities. The medical aid group received $1.1 billion in donations in its 2017 fiscal year, surpassing $1 billion for the first time since the organization was founded in 1948.

The growing support from donors came in a year when Direct Relief extended help to more people in need than ever before in its 69-year history, furnishing essential medications, vaccines, instruments and supplies through 13,554 deliveries to all 50 U.S. states and 86 countries. Direct Relief is supported only by private, charitable contributions, and accepts no government funding.

In the Forbes ranking, 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).

Direct Relief has also earned a place on the Perfect 100 list published by Charity Navigator, one of only 65 charities to achieve 100 percent scores out of the nearly 8,000 organizations rated by the charity watchdog for accountability, transparency and financial health.

From July 2016 through June 2017, Direct Relief’s activities included the following:

The full list of Forbes’s ratings and methodology for The 100 Largest U.S. Charities of 2017 is available here.

Rank Charity Private Support Fundraising Efficiency
1 United Way Worldwide $3.54 B 91%
2 Task Force for Global Health $2.668 B 100%
3 Feeding America $2.376 B 99%
4 Salvation Army $1.883 B 87%
5 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $1.369 B 85%
6 Habitat for Humanity International $1.173 B 88%
7 Direct Relief $1.104 B 100%
8 YMCA of the USA $1.041 B 87%
9 Food for the Poor $987 M 97%
10 Americares Foundation $915 M 99%