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.”


Fast Company Most Innovative Nonprofits

10 Most Innovative Nonprofits

Fast Company named Direct Relief among the “10 Most Innovative Nonprofits”

Top 10 U.S. Charities

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

CNBC Charities Changing the World

“Top Charities Changing the World”

CNBC ranked Direct Relief #1 among “The Top 10 Charities Changing the World”

Direct Relief’s humanitarian assistance is provided respectfully, in partnership with local groups, and without regard to ethnicity, politics, religion, gender, or ability to pay.


  • “10 Best Charities,” Charity Navigator
  • Perfect 100 Score, Charity Navigator
  • Four Star Charity, Charity Navigator
  • Winner, Global Health Supply Chain Summit Prize
  • Winner, Qlik Global Transformation Award 2023
  • Finalist, Best Storytelling, Shorty Awards
  • Board Chair’s Award, Texas Association of Community Health Centers
  • Community Partner Award, California Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
  • “World Changing Ideas,” Honorable Mention, Fast Company
  • 10 Best Humanitarian Relief Organizations, Charity Navigator
  • 10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions, Charity Navigator
  • High Impact Giving Guide, Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania
  • “Best Charities For Holiday Giving,” Wallet Hub
  • Oktane Award Finalist, Okta for Good
  • “Top 100 Nonprofits on the Web,” Top Nonprofits
  • 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 worldwide.
  • 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

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