Why give to the IRC?

When you make a gift to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), you are contributing to one of the best-rated charities in the world. For over 90 years, the IRC has been providing effective — and efficient — humanitarian aid to millions of families caught in crisis worldwide. We help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures in more than 50 countries around the world.

Can I get a tax receipt for my donation?

IRC is a not-for-profit charity formed in New York, United States. Donations to IRC are not tax deductible outside of the USA. 

The IRC is also a registered charity in the UK, Germany, South Korea and Sweden. To make a donation, please visit:

How can I make a donation to the IRC?

There are lots of ways to donate to the IRC, you can choose from any of the methods below:

How can I give online?

Make a donation to the IRC via our secure website. Donate now.

How can I give by mail?

Please make your check payable to the International Rescue Committee and send it to the International Rescue Committee, P.O. Box 6068, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9847, USA.

Can I donate via wire transfer?

Yes. Please reach out to Kharga Gurung at [email protected].

Can I donate to the IRC in my local currency?

We can accept donations in the following currencies via our website:
US dollar, Pound Sterling, Canadian dollar, Euro, Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar, Hong Kong dollar,
Swedish krona, South Korean won, Argentine peso, Brazilian real, Colombian peso, Danish krone, Hungarian forint, Mexican peso, Norwegian krone, Polish zloty, Romania leu. 

To make a donation, please visit help.rescue.org/donate 

Depending on your country and device, you may also be able to make a donation using PayPal, Google Pay or Apple Pay.

Can I make a monthly gift?

Monthly giving is the most effective way to support our work globally. Your regular contribution ensures reliable support for the IRC and is a convenient way to give. When you become a monthly donor, your gift is charged to your credit card on or around the 15th of each month. To become a monthly donor today, please visit help.rescue.org/donate and select ‘Monthly’. 

For questions or to update your monthly gift, please contact our team anytime via email [email protected]

How can I get help with my supporter account?

To get help with any supporter enquiries, change your details or update your contact preferences please email your enquiry to [email protected] or call +1(212) 551-3000 and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Where do my donations go?

At the International Rescue Committee, we know it is important to our supporters that our donations are spent wisely. Currently, we spend: 87% on programme services, 8% on administration and 5% on fundraising. That means of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 87 cents goes to programmes and services that directly benefit refugees and communities affected by conflict or disaster. You can find detailed information about our financials on our website: https://www.rescue.org/report/2022-annual-report.

Can I donate to a particular country or project?

We know that certain causes can hold a special place in supporter’s hearts. If you would like to discuss restricting your donation, please email [email protected] and a member of the team will get back to you within 2 working days.

Can I donate supplies?

We are grateful for offers of donations of supplies. However, we are not able to accept gifts of goods or supplies. Wherever possible we try to procure goods and services close to the communities we serve; this helps us to make sure our projects are good value for money and can keep the local economy moving after a crisis. 
If you would like to support refugees in other ways, why not make a donation or fundraise on behalf of the IRC.

Can I get my donation refunded?

For donations made to the IRC in error, please contact us at +1(212) 551-2982 or via email to [email protected].

Please note that all refunds are returned using the original method of payment. We will review and process refund requests for donations made within 90 days of your initial gift to the IRC.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What does the International Rescue Committee do?

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, we now work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas.

How can I find out more about what you do?

There are lots of great ways to stay connected to IRC’s work around the world:

  1. Follow us on social media:
  2. Do you have a specific question about our work? If so, email our Supporter Care team at [email protected] 
  3. Browse our website:
    Where we work
    What we do
    Latest news, articles and reports


Who is your Executive Director?

Our President and CEO, David Miliband oversees the IRC's humanitarian relief operations. David is an employee of the IRC’s global headquarters in New York, USA.

How can I find out about a job / volunteer position with the IRC?

Thank you for your interest in working with us! Please visit our careers portal to learn more about current opportunities: https://www.rescue.org/eu/careers.

How do I get in touch with media or communications enquiries?

Please visit our media centre for key contacts from our teams around the world.

Does the IRC share donors’ information?

Read our privacy policy.

Why do aid organisations like the IRC prefer cash donations?

Cash donations are the most efficient way for humanitarian organisations like the IRC to provide assistance to those in need. Read more here to learn about the benefits.