Efficiency & Leverage

Direct Relief’s long record of managing its resources in the most efficient manner possible has been a central part of the organization’s success in providing assistance to millions of people when they are most in need. Direct Relief’s financial practices are also why it has earned the continued support of our donors and recognition from the most credible non-profit rating organizations, such as Charity Navigator, as well as members of the media who monitor the best practices in philanthropy.

In Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017—July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017), more than 20,000 individuals, companies, and foundations gave in-kind and cash contributions to Direct Relief including $1.08 billion in-kind (medicines, medical supplies, and medical equipment donations) and $28.3 million in cash donations.

With this support, Direct Relief provided a record $926.6 million in assistance around the world (including $5.2 million in financial assistance).

The following sections describe the financial cost of the organizational activities, how resources are spent, and how donor funds are leveraged to provide assistance to people in need throughout the world.


Program Expenses

To implement its humanitarian programs, Direct Relief spent $20.5 million in FY 2017, $4.9 million of which paid for salaries, related benefits (health, dental, long-term disability insurance, and retirement-plan matching contributions), and mandatory employer paid taxes (Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation, and state unemployment insurance) for 44 full-time and four part-time employees engaged in programmatic functions.

Fundraising Expenses

Direct Relief spent $1.9 million on fundraising in FY 2017. These expenses (other than donated services) were paid from funds received out of the assets of the Direct Relief Foundation. A total of $1.2 million was spent for salaries, related benefits, and taxes for 10 full-time employees and one part-time employee.

Management & General Expenses

Direct Relief spent $4.2 million on administration in FY 2017. Administration expenses are those that relate to financial and human resource management, information technology, communications, public relations, and general office management. A total of $2.2 million was for salaries, related benefits, and taxes for 21 full-time employees and two part-time employees engaged in administration and financial management.

To learn more, please read Direct Relief’s latest annual report.