International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Our Impact

Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

In 2014 the International Rescue Committee and our local partner organizations restored hope and opportunity for millions of people uprooted by war, conflict and natural disasters. Here's a look at some of our recent achievements:

In 2014, the IRC and our partners: 

  • Helped 17.6 million people whose lives and livelihoods were shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

  • Provided 16 million people with primary and reproductive health care

  • Gave 3.3 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation

  • Vaccinated over 364,000 children under the age of one against disease

  • Helped 331,000 women deliver healthy babies in IRC-supported clinics and hospitals

  • Treated 104,000 children under the age of five for acute malnutrition.

  • Provided schooling and educational opportunities to more than 1 million girls and boys, and trained nearly 23,000 educators

  • Provided counseling or cared for 32,500 vulnerable children 

  • Counseled and provided essential services to some 11,000 survivors of gender-based violence and educated and mobilized over 1.2 million men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities

  • Created 1,530 village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that benefited some 36,000 members in 8 countries

  • Provided 18,000 farmers with agricultural or agribusiness training

  • Provided job-related skills training (entrepreneurship, business and financial literacy, vocational training) to 18,000 people

  • Provided legal assistance to 22,000 people through IRC-supported legal centers

  • In the United States, the IRC helped resettle 10,900 newly arrived refugees and other immigrants

Our ratings

  • The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the IRC an A+. 
  • Forbes gives the IRC high ratings for program efficiency and fundraising efficiency. 
  • The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance notes the IRC meets all 20 of its standards. 
  • Charity Navigator awards us four stars, its highest rating.

Our efficiency

Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by war or disaster.

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