RELIEF INTERNATIONAL

Washington, DC   |  www.ri.org

Mission

Relief International specializes in relief and development programs that benefit people in acute distress. A registered non-profit in the US, UK, and Belgium, our work targets those fragile countries or communities that suffer from recurrent man-made or natural crises that impede human development. The people that we serve live in sixteen countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia where the debilitating effects of political instability, forced displacement, and natural disasters are pervasive. Often, RI is the only organization providing healthcare, education, logistics, energy, capacity building, economic development, sanitation, and many other forms of assistance to these highly vulnerable communities.

Ruling year info

1995

President & CEO

Ms. Nancy E. Wilson

Main address

1101 14th St. NW Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

95-4300662

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RI focuses its investments in four program sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, Health and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). We support solutions that reinforce and improve upon existing in-country systems. Where such systems do not exist or are chronically underperforming, our emergency response lays the foundation for long-term, sustainable change.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education

Education is the cornerstone of strong, productive communities and the engine of social and economic resilience. Relief International enables partner communities affected by conflict and other disadvantages to have safe, quality education for boys and girls alike.

Our programs focus on the whole child, caring for their academic, social and emotional well-being. RI programs let communities:

-Restore educational opportunities for displaced and refugee children
-Build libraries and internet centers
-Create improved classrooms and other learning spaces
-Train educators and develop teaching materials
-Improve monitoring and evaluation systems
-Strengthen overall education systems
-Coach students through required exams
-Offer sports and recreational activities
-Foster social learning
-Overcome resistance to the education of girls and women

Population(s) Served

Relief International teams with communities to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and restore dignity. Creating stable jobs, improving household returns from agriculture, finding value for communities who protect the environment — these are the tools we use to help communities achieve these goals.

Natural disasters, conflict, shaky market forces, all can create economic insecurity. We partner with vulnerable communities to develop valuable products and services, and access to the markets that want them. Our programs:

-Create enterprises and jobs by offering business development services
-Connect workers to markets through training, technology and marketing support
-Increase the value families achieve from their farm products
-Train women and widows in marketable skills
-Protect livelihoods after emergencies with cash infusions, feed for livestock and crop redevelopment
-Link environmental protection to financial gain through items such as fuel-efficient cookstoves or eco-tourism projects

Population(s) Served

A community’s health can be threatened suddenly — by disease or disruption — or little by little, as access and services fall away.

Relief International teams with communities to provide healthcare when, where and to whom it’s needed. Our field teams operate clinics and train community health workers who deliver services to the men, women and children who need them most.

Through primary healthcare services, nutrition education, and disease awareness and prevention programs, RI offers vulnerable communities the tools to reduce serious illness and improve well being.

RI programs empower communities to:

-Launch disease prevention campaigns
-Treat and prevent malnutrition
-Educate families about heath and nutrition
-Provide maternal care (pre-natal, delivery and post-natal)
-Offer sexual and reproductive health services
-Train health care workers
-Deliver acute care treatment, primary health care, and hospital treatment services
-Train veterinarians and medical staff to recognize and prevent diseases spread by livestock

Population(s) Served

Healthy communities start with clean and safe water, appropriate sanitation and improved hygiene. Relief International partners with communities to develop clean water sources, build sanitation facilities such as latrines and washing stations, and create locally relevant messages about healthy practices such as washing hands.

Our WASH programs:

-Run hygiene campaigns to control and decrease disease outbreaks
-Create water and sanitation services
-Teach and promote behavior change, such as hand washing
-Harness community resources — both financial and in-kind — to establish water and sanitation infrastructures
-Train local leaders to provide, manage and repair water and sanitation services through continual mentorship and start-up funding

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of vital services provided to people in 2018

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes all services provided by Relief International including health consultations, emergency distributions, rehabilitation of water points, livelihoods trainings, among others.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Relief International specializes in relief and development programs that benefit people in acute distress. A registered non-profit in the US, UK, Belgium and France, our work targets those fragile countries or communities that suffer from recurrent man-made or natural crises that impede human development. The people that we serve live in seventeen countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia where the debilitating effects of political instability, forced displacement, and natural disasters are pervasive. Often, RI is the only organization providing healthcare, education, logistics, energy, capacity building, economic development, sanitation, and many other forms of assistance to these highly vulnerable communities.

We do things our way — The RI Way. That means empowering communities to find and implement the solutions that work best for them. We build four elements into every project:

Partnerships

We partner with communities, influential local groups and leading international organizations. These relationships let us harness valuable skills and perspectives, and ensure that each community gets what it wants and needs.

Participation

At Relief International, beneficiaries are not recipients of aid. They are participants in their own solutions. We engage local communities at the program design stage, because programs designed, built and judged by the community they serve are more likely to succeed. And to last.

Integration

Relief International designs projects to cover more than just once slice of life. Because lives are complicated. Education boosts health. Better health improves livelihoods. Stronger livelihoods let families invest in education. Integrated solutions help people living in the real world.

Civic Skills

People are powerful when they are heard. By engaging communities in project design and execution, Relief International fosters skills such as transparency, accountability and free public debate - the cornerstones of effective civil society. And a strong civil society supports good governance, the critical force behind long-term development and stability.

RI’s work is most effective when we partner with communities, national governments, peer international organizations, local civil society, public institutions and the private sector. Collaboration enables us to harness complementary expertise and networks that ensures the people we serve receive the best solutions available.

Over the organization's more than sixty year history, Relief International has grown to include programs on emergency response, protracted relief and recovery, and development. We are always seeking new ways to support our community partners in rebuilding and sustaining. The organization established a European headquarters in London, UK, and followed this with a merger with EnterpriseWorks, a development organization with more than sixty years of experience, uniquely bringing together a development approach with a focus on crisis settings. Together, these organizations have grown under the Relief International name to become an international organization operating in seventeen countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RELIEF INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 1/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Levengood

Overseas Vote Foundation

Term: 2012 -

Steve Hansch

Georgetown University

John Gage

KPCB

Ellen Frost

Institute for National Strategic Studies

Irene Wurtzel

Playwright

Paul Levengood

Overseas Vote Foundation

Amanda Barnes

Oxford Global Media

Beverly Armstrong

Independent Consultant

Dan Bader

Bader Philanthropies

Debra Davis

Women in the Informal Economy Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO)

Dana Freyer

Global Partnership for Afghanistan

Julia Guth

The Oxford Club

Dave Hardman

Warburg Pincus LLC, Goddard Investment Group

Leon Irish

International Center for Civil Society Law

Irene Wurtzel

Playwright

Stéphane Crescitz

President & CEO of ETS CRESCITZ

Philippe Oberlin

Former Chief of Surgery, Villeneuve Saint Georges' Hospital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No