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 16.1 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 331,448 women deliver healthy babies in IRC-supported clinics and hospitals
  • Treated 104,096 children under the age of five for acute malnutrition.
  • Provided schooling and educational opportunities to over 1 million girls and boys, and trained over 23,000 educators
  • Provided counseling or cared for over 32,499 vulnerable children and provided skills training or access to financial services to another 10,917 young people
  • Counseled and provided essential services to over 10,809 survivors of gender-based violence and educated and mobilized over 1,255,877 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities
  • Created 1,531 village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) that benefited some 35,752 members in 8 countries
  • Provided 18,338 farmers with agricultural or agribusiness training
  • Provided job-related skills training (entrepreneurship, business and financial literacy, vocational training) to 18,417 people
  • Provided legal assistance to 22,000 people through IRC-supported legal centers
  • Through our Resettlement Support Center in Thailand, the IRC assisted over 14,488 refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter United States and build new lives with help from the IRC and sister resettlement agencies
  • In the United States, the IRC helped resettle some 10,922 newly arrived refugees other immigrants

Video: the IRC's impact in 2014 

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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