Credentials, Licenses and Memberships

Nonprofit organizations are ranked and rated by many independent observers, watchdog groups, and consumer advocates. Direct Relief continues to receive high ratings among U.S. nonprofits from Charity Navigator (“Four Stars”), Forbes (“100% fundraising efficiency”), Consumers Digest (“99.1% Program Spending Efficiency”), and The Non-Profit Times. Direct Relief also is a member of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

Each evaluator uses a different method to evaluate non-profit organizations. Generally, these ratings organizations review a nonprofit’s finances and the percentage of income devoted to expenses such as fundraising, general administration, and programs.

Accreditation as a Wholesaler of Pharmaceuticals

vawdsealThe National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has designated Direct Relief as a Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor® (VAWD). Direct Relief is the first nonprofit organization in the United States to receive this accreditation. Direct Relief earned this accreditation in January 2009, joining several large pharmaceutical companies, including Cardinal Health, Walgreens, CVS, Teva, and Abbott Laboratories. VAWD accreditation ensures that Direct Relief is operating at the nation’s highest standards for wholesale drug distribution—the same standards with which its donor companies must comply. Learn more.



  • Direct Relief is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)3 tax-exempt organization. Donations to our organization are tax-deductible. View our 501(c)3 Determination Letter from the IRS.
  • Direct Relief’s Federal Identification Number (FIN) is 95-1831116.
  • Direct Relief is registered as a nonprofit public benefit corporation by the State of California (since 1948).
  • Direct Relief holds Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor® accreditation from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
  • Direct Relief holds all of the licenses required to distribute prescription drugs in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has been licensed under California State Law as a wholesale pharmacy since 1962. (To view Direct Relief’s license, click here and enter Direct Relief in the Business Name field). A licensed California pharmacist oversees pharmacy operations.
  • Direct Relief is a registered Private Voluntary Organization with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Direct Relief is approved by the U.S. Government and the Government of India under the provisions of the 1968 U.S-India bilateral agreement concerning humanitarian assistance.
  • Direct Relief is registered with each U.S. State that requires formal registration.
  • Direct Relief is fully compliant with the standards for Council for Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) Standards for Charitable Solicitations.