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.

Donor Privacy

Direct Relief is committed to respecting donor privacy, and will not sell, share, or otherwise disclose information about you to any outside party. Direct Relief also has a policy of not sending mail or email on behalf of other organizations. Direct Relief may occasionally send you a thank-you message or news and insights about the organization’s efforts, but will never send fundraising solicitations. If you prefer not to receive mail or email you may notify Direct Relief of your preference by contacting us via telephone or email.

It is Direct Relief’s practice to recognize donors by listing them in the organization’s annual report and on the donor wall at its headquarters. If you prefer not to receive recognition, you may notify Direct Relief of your preference. Direct Relief will honor your request and your name will not appear in any annual reports or public displays.

Anonymous Donations

Some people prefer to donate without revealing their identity to the charities they support to avoid being spammed with fundraising solicitations or other unwanted communication, or having their personal information sold or disclosed to other organizations. Direct Relief will never do either of those things, but if you wish to remain anonymous Direct Relief will gratefully accept your gift and honor your preference. Some common ways to make an anonymous gift include:

  • Donate Through a Donor-Advised Fund: If you want to conceal your identity, you may decide to work with a donor-advised fund that will contribute on your behalf. Direct Relief would not know your name, address, or any other personal information. Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, Vanguard, and Schwab Charitable are three of the largest donor-advised funds.
  • Donate Through a Community Foundation: Similar to a donor-advised fund, you can set up a fund through your local community foundation. You can to this anonymously and the community foundation will not share your personal information with Direct Relief.
  • Donate Online: You can make a gift through a third-party website that serves as a clearinghouse for charitable donations. Two examples are PayPal Giving Fund and Network for Good. Both of these options function much like a donor-advised fund, except that they process donations through the donor’s credit card. You can choose whether to remain anonymous or be identified to the recipient charity. Either way, you get a tax receipt from PayPal Giving Fund or Network for Good.
  • Mail a Money Order: You can go to your bank, credit union, the U.S. Post Office, or other convenient location and purchase a money order. Unlike a cashier’s check that you get from a bank that must have your name on it, money orders can be bought and sent anonymously.

The information on this page is for general information only and should not be taken as legal, tax, or financial advice. There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these options, and there are other options not included here. You should discuss your objectives and personal situation with a trusted professional advisor before making any decisions about how to donate anonymously.

Questions, comments, or concerns?

If, at any time, you have questions or would like to review, correct, or remove your personal information collected by Direct Relief, please contact us via email or telephone and a member of the team will be happy to assist you.

California residents may access the NAVEX Global Data Subject Rights web intake site for information on how to make a report to request deletion of their personal data.