Charity Rating

Efficiency & Effectiveness

Direct Relief’s work earns wide recognition from independent charity evaluation agencies, including a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes, a spot on Charity Navigator’s list of the “10 Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of,” and inclusion in Fast Company’s list of “the world’s most innovative nonprofits.”
Charity Navigator - Top Charity Rating - Four Stars - Direct Relief

Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, gives Direct Relief a 4-Star rating and a top ranking on its list of the “Best Charities Everyone’s Heard Of.”


Fast Company Most Innovative Nonprofits

"10 Most Innovative Nonprofits"

Fast Company named Direct Relief among the "10 Most Innovative Nonprofits" for its use of mapping technology during the 2015 Ebola outbreak.
Forbes Top Charities

Top 10 U.S. Charities

Forbes recognized Direct Relief as 100% efficient in fundraising and among the top 10 charities in the U.S.


  • “World Changing Ideas,” Honorable Mention, Fast Company
  • 10 Best Humanitarian Relief Organizations, Charity Navigator
  • 10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions, Charity Navigator
  • 2019 High Impact Giving Guide, Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania
  • “2018’s Best Charities For Holiday Giving,” Wallet Hub
  • 2018 Oktane Award Finalist, Okta for Good
  • “Top 100 Nonprofits on the Web,” Top Nonprofits
  • 2018 Finalist, Best Campaign on a Shoestring, Shorty Awards
  • Healthy10 Award, BD Helping Build Healthy Communities, US Chamber Foundation
  • Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Los Angeles, Ernst & Young
  • The Best Charities to Give this Holiday Season, Good Housekeeping
  • First Place, Story Map, Esri User Conference
  • Directors’ Award, CECP, formerly the Committee for Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy – Recognition for exceptional humanitarian-corporate partnership with FedEx
  • Power through Partnership Award – National Association of Community Health Centers
  • President’s Award, Esri – For innovation in GIS mapping
  • “Best Charity,” Independent Charities of America’s “Best in America” list
  • Global Health Partnership Award, BD
  • Laureate in the Innovation Category, Computerworld Magazine
  • National Charity Seal, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
  • Community Health Partnership Award, Florida Association of Community Health Centers
  • Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation – recognizing Direct Relief’s use of information technology to more effectively and efficiently deliver humanitarian aid to healthcare partners around the world.
  • Top-Rated Charity: International Relief and Development, The American Institute of Philanthropy
  • Community Collaboration Business Star Award, Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Honoree of the Year, Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Peruvian American Medical Society
  • California State Resolution, commending Direct Relief for work in Haiti after the Earthquake
  • Stepping Up Award, for outstanding work in GIS following the Haiti earthquake, ESRI
  • Community Clinic Health Star Award, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
  • Outstanding MRC Partner Organization Award, National Medical Reserve Corps
  • Friend of Community Clinic Health Star Award from Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
  • Certificate of Acknowledgment, for response to Haiti earthquake, City of Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Guardian Award. Louisiana Primary Care Association
  • Community Clinic Champion Award, California Primary Care Association
  • Healthcare Heroes Award, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

Active Emergencies

Disease Outbreaks

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Direct Relief is equipping health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, the U.S. and around the world with protective gear and critical resources.


Fire Relief

Direct Relief is responding after a series of major fires erupted around the world, including in Australia, the Amazon and throughout the U.S.

Designed for Disaster

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