Healthy People. Better World.

That means all people — regardless of politics, religion, or ability to pay. Improving their lives is Direct Relief’s mission.

Workers unload medical supplies from a helicopter.

Humanitarian Relief

Direct Relief works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources to care for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone in Need.

Amid ongoing drought conditions, much of the Western U.S. is at risk of extensive wildfires., Experts in health and emergency response are working to determine how to better to respond to health impacts resulting from wildfires, like the Thomas Fire, pictured here in the hills above Santa Barbara, California, in Dec. 2017. (Photo by Donnie Hedden) Disaster relief

California Fire Relief

Direct Relief is responding to wildfires throughout the Western U.S. and in its home state of California.

Volunteers with Mountain Heart Nepal prepare to provide medical support to an airlifted patient. (Photo courtesy of Mountain Heart Nepal) covid-19 pandemic

Coronavirus Outbreak Response

Bolstering Covid vaccine distribution, supplying PPE and medicine for critical patient care – in the U.S. and internationally.

Dr. Khadijah Lang, president of the Golden State Medical Association, stands in front of a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Los Angeles. (Direct Relief) Health Equity

Direct Relief Establishes “Fund for Health Equity”

The Fund supports communities in which the effects of racism and socioeconomic disparities persist.


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Giving is Good Medicine

Everything Direct Relief does, every person whose life is improved or saved, stems from an act of generosity that’s purely voluntary. You don’t have to donate. That’s why it’s so extraordinary when you do.

Efficient. Effective. Transparent.

Nongovernmental. Nonsectarian. Apolitical.

Get Involved

Three Ways to Make a Difference

Invest in a healthier world.

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Rally your community to help others.


Put your business to work for humanity

In Focus

Direct Relief's 155,000-square-foot warehouse. (Lara Cooper/Direct Relief) Charity Ratings

Direct Relief Ranked 3rd Largest U.S. Charity

Growth occurred in a year when Direct Relief extended more help to more people in need than ever before in its 70-year history.

Disaster Relief

Ready When Disasters Strike

A trusted international network enables Direct Relief to assess immediate healthcare needs and respond quickly and efficiently when a disaster strikes.

Doctor treating a young patient in Puerto Rico. Issues & Solutions

Advancing Health Globally

Direct Relief equips health professionals in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing, treating and caring for people in need.

Charity Navigator

Direct Relief Earns Top Charity Ranking

Direct Relief’s leading financial performance and efficiency earn it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and top ranking on its “best charities” list.

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