News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
    • Twitter (@DirectRelief)
    • Facebook (@DirectRelief)
    • Instagram (@DirectRelief)

Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.

The Direct Relief Foundation and the Board-Restricted Investment Fund

In 1998, Direct Relief’s Board of Directors established a Board-Restricted Investment Fund (BRIF) to help secure the organization’s financial future and provide a reserve for future operations. The BRIF, established with assets valued at $774,000, draws resources from Board-designated unrestricted bequests and gifts, and returns on portfolio assets.

In October 2006, the Direct Relief Foundation was formed and incorporated in the State of California as a separate, wholly controlled, supporting organization of Direct Relief. Effective April 1, 2007, assets in the BRIF were transferred to the Foundation. The Foundation’s investments are managed by SEI Private Trust Company, an investment firm under the direction of the Foundation’s Investment Committee, which meets quarterly and oversees investment policy and performance.

The Board has adopted investment and spending policies for the BRIF assets that attempt to provide a predictable stream of funding to Direct Relief while seeking to maintain the purchasing power of these assets. Under this policy, as approved by the Trustees of the Foundation, the BRIF assets are invested in a manner that is intended to produce results that provide a reasonable balance between the quest for growth and the need to protect principal. The Foundation expects its BRIF funds, over time, to provide an average rate of return of approximately five percent annually. Actual returns in any given year may vary from this amount.

The Foundation, to satisfy its long-term rate-of-return objectives, relies on a total return strategy in which investment returns are achieved through both capital appreciation (realized and unrealized) and current yield (interest and dividends). The organization targets a diversified asset allocation balanced between equity and fixed income investments to achieve its short-term spending needs as well as long-term objectives within prudent risk constraints.

The Foundation has a policy of appropriating for distribution each year at least five percent of the assets of the BRIF. In some instances, the Board may decide to appropriate an amount greater than its stated policy if it is specifically deemed prudent to do so. For Fiscal Year 2020, the Foundation Trustees approved a distribution of funds to pay for Direct Relief’s fundraising expenses and the salary of the President and CEO. Upon a majority vote by the Board, the BRIF may also be utilized to meet other general operational costs, extraordinary capital expenses, and advance emergency relief funding as determined by the President and CEO.