Why give to the IRC?
When you make a tax-deductible gift to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), you are contributing to one of the best-rated charities in the world. For more than 85 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 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities.
Find out how you can make a tax-deductible donation for 2020:
How can I give online?
Make a donation to the IRC via our secure website by Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 (11:59PM ET) for 2020 tax purposes. Donate now.
How can I give a gift by check?
To make a gift by check, please mail it to the International Rescue Committee, P.O. Box 6068, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9847. Please make your check payable to the International Rescue Committee.
The envelope with your check must be postmarked by Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 (5PM ET) for 2020 tax purposes.
How can I give a credit card gift by phone?
To make a credit card donation by phone, please call +1 855 9RESCUE.
Call before 4:30PM ET on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 for 2020 tax purposes.
Can I make a gift by wire transfer?
Yes. Please reach out to Kharga Gurung at Kharga.Gurung [at] rescue.org or by phone +1 212 551 2982 for wire transfer instructions.
Make your gift by Thursday, December 31, 2020 (5PM ET) for 2020 tax purposes
How can I give monthly?
When you become a Rescue Partner, your monthly gift—charged to your credit card on or about the 15th of each month—ensures reliable support for the IRC and is a convenient way for you to give. Become a Rescue Partner.
If you're already a Rescue Partner and need assistance, please email Rescue.Partners [at] rescue.org or call the IRC's Rescue Partner manager at +1 917 332 0800.
Can I make a tribute gift?
Yes. You can honor a family member, friend or colleague by making a tribute gift online or calling +1 855 9RESCUE.
How can I give a gift to friends and family that supports the IRC?
If you are interested in giving your loved ones gifts with meaning, IRC Rescue Gifts are a wonderful option. Rescue Gifts are symbolic of many of the programs, projects and interventions that compose the IRC's work around the world.
Your donation can help provide school supplies and emergency medical care for children, maternal health care for mothers-to-be or clean water for a family. To purchase your Rescue Gift, and send beautiful eCards or printed cards to your family and friends, visit the IRC Rescue Gifts catalog online at Rescue.org/gifts.
After you submit your credit card information online, you will receive an automatic email acknowledgement from the IRC (IRC [at] Rescue.org). Please print this message and retain it as an official receipt of your online gift.
If you'd like to send the recipient a printed card to arrive by December 25, please order by Friday, December 4, 2020 (11:59 PM ET). eCards can be sent immediately or scheduled on a specific date.
The deadline for gifts made for 2020 tax purposes is Thursday, December 31, 2020 (11:59 PM ET)
If you experience any difficulties in donating, or do not receive a receipt for your gift, please email Gifts [at] Rescue.org or call the IRC’s supporter services manager, Shamini Sathiyaruban, at +1 917 332 0800.
Will my employer match my gift to the IRC?
To find out if your company matches employee contributions to charitable organizations, please visit our corporate matching gifts page. Your generosity could be doubled — even tripled — with a matching gift from your company.
Please have your company email us at Development.Operations [at] rescue.org.
Where can I learn about planned giving options?
Our planned giving website shows ways you can use your estate to help the IRC build a more secure future for refugee families.
How can I make a gift of stock?
To make a gift of stock, please contact us at Stock.Gifts [at] Rescue.org or + 1 212 551 2982 to obtain transfer instructions.
Please be sure to notify the IRC of your gift of stock so we can identify your gift and rapidly send you a receipt for tax purposes. Please note that gifts of stock which cannot be directly attributed to an individual will be returned. Prior to sending an order through, please confirm with us what our current transfer instructions are.
Gifts of stock must be made by Thursday, December 31, 2020 (5PM ET) for 2020 tax purposes.
How can I make a gift of mutual funds?
To transfer shares of a mutual fund, please contact us at Stock.Gifts [at] Rescue.org or 1 212 551 2982.
Mutal fund gifts must be made by Thursday, December 31, 2020 (5PM ET) for 2020 tax purposes.
How can I make an IRA gift?
Learn how to make a tax-free gift to the IRC with an IRA.
IRA gifts must be made by Thursday, December 31, 2020 (5PM ET) for 2020 tax purposes.
Does the IRC accept contributions of Donor Advised Funds?
A donor is permitted to direct gifts to a charitable organization through Donor Advised Funds (DAFs).
How can I fundraise for the IRC?
Visit the IRC on Crowdrise to create a personal fundraising page and raise money for the vital humanitarian work of the IRC.
Does the IRC share donors' information?
Can I donate clothing or other goods to refugees?
Many of the IRC’s offices in the U.S. accept certain in-kind donations of clothing, children’s items and household goods to benefit refugees rebuilding their lives in the U.S. Reach out to the IRC office closest to you for information on the items that are most needed.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept in-kind donations of emergency relief items from the general public for refugees outside of the U.S. These items often include offers of air travel, clothing, tents, food items, etc. Additional information on why the IRC and other aid organizations adhere to these policies can be found on the Center for International Disaster Information website.
Why do aid organizations like the IRC prefer cash donations?
Cash donations are the most efficient way for humanitarian organizations like the IRC to provide assistance to those in need. Read more on the Center for International Disaster Information website.
How can I get updates from the IRC?
How can I volunteer with the IRC?
Look for current volunteer opportunities at an IRC U.S. program office near you. Due to security reasons the IRC does not send volunteers to our overseas programs, even in emergencies.
How can my company support the IRC?
Please visit our corporate partners page to learn more about how companies and their employees can get involved.
How can my foundation support the IRC?
Visit our foundation partners page to learn more about how foundations can support the IRC's work.