Refugees International

Global Voices for Rights and Refuge

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Refugees International

EIN: 52-1224516


Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance, human rights, and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

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Mr. Jeremy Konyndyk

Main address

PO BOX 33036

Washington, DC 20033 USA

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Subject area info

Disaster relief

Right to free movement and asylum

Basic and emergency aid

International relations

Population served info


Immigrants and migrants

NTEE code info

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

International Relief (Q33)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

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Our programs

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

Advocacy on Behalf of Displaced People

In order to identify displaced people’s needs for basic services, RI conducts approximately 15 field missions every year at the site of humanitarian crises, working in Myanmar, the Central African Republic, Mexico, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria’s borders. RI staff spend 2-3 weeks in the field to meet with displaced men, women, and children and interview government officials as well as international and local humanitarian personnel.They then develop a comprehensive assessment of the needs of displaced people with specific recommendations to address those needs. Ultimately, RI advocates for solutions in front of powerful institutions, including the US government, the UN, and non-governmental organizations, which are in a position to improve the situation for displaced people.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Educating the greater public on the issues faced by Refugees and Displaced People

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2015

Our results

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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.

Refugees International was founded in 1979 as a citizens' movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, RI has expanded to become a leading humanitarian advocacy organization that alerts governments, the UN, other international organizations, and NGOs to critical gaps in emergency response during displacement crises and provides policy options for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people. RI aims to improve the lives of displaced people by shining a light on neglected crises and pressing world leaders to respond in a way that safeguards the lives and well being of affected populations. In particular, RI pays special attention to the situation for displaced women and girls as well as victims of climate disasters, where funding, implementation, and coordination of humanitarian assistance has remained weak and inconsistent at a policy level. As a result of RI's efforts, displaced people receive food, medicine, and education; families return home; peacekeepers are sent to protect displaced people from harm; and stateless people obtain legal status.

The fact that RI does not accept government or UN funding allows the organization's advocacy work to be fearless and independent. With increased organizational credibility comes additional responsibility for RI to promote changes in law and policy that will promise a brighter future for displaced populations. Focusing on the most pressing humanitarian crises, RI conducts approximately 12-13 field missions every year to identify displaced people's needs for basic services, such as food, water, health care, housing, access to education and protection from harm. Utilizing this field-based knowledge of humanitarian emergencies, RI challenges policy makers and aid agencies to improve their humanitarian response to humanitarian crises. RI's expert advocacy to senior officials of the U.S. Administration and Congress, the United Nations, foreign governments and aid organizations encourages the adoption of policies and implementation of programs to resolve crises and offer lifesaving solutions to refugees.

Since 1979, RI has advocated for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promoted solutions to displacement crises in more than 80 countries and counting. With such a track record for influencing public policy, RI has developed a time-tested strategy for continuing to serve the best interests of those displaced internally and across international borders by civil conflict and climate-related events. The fact that RI does not accept government funding simply makes the organization more effective as an advocate for the most vulnerable populations around the world – those displaced by conflict, persecution or natural disasters. Also, given that RI does not have operations in-country, field-based staff are able to speak honestly and fearlessly – sometimes criticizing foreign governments directly-- without concern for their security. RI spends two-three weeks in the field meeting with displaced men, women and children; and interviews government officials as well as meets with local humanitarian organizations. Upon return to the US, RI releases a detailed report that outlines proposed solutions and demands action. RI's expert recommendations are valued by the very people whose decisions bring immediate relief and lifesaving solutions to refugees and internally displaced people – the United Nations, the US Congress, senior officials of the U.S. Administration and governments around the world.

In 2014, RI achieved a number of successes advocating for improved humanitarian responses for displaced populations in countries across the globe. For example, the U.S. government announced nearly $51 million in humanitarian support to the Central African Republic and neighboring countries in addition to pledging an additional $291 million for South Sudan, five percent of which funds protections programs including those focused on gender-based violence. RI spoke out, and the United Nations deployed additional peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect vulnerable civilians. In the United Kingdom, the foreign aid agency responded to the lack of programs to address and prevent gender-based violence among displaced Syrians by providing £8.6 million in new funding. RI's targeted, high-level advocacy urges policymakers to act, and, in the end, get results. Of course, there is always more work to be done, given that the number of refugees and internally displaced people across the globe is at its highest level-- 60 million – since the United Nations began tracking these data (UNHCR 2014 Global Trends Report). This figure does not include the number of citizens affected by natural disasters, which is estimated at approximately 30 million. RI hopes to travel to more countries in 2015-2016 to make sure that the world keeps its promises to the most vulnerable men, women and children around the world.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.65 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Refugees International

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Refugees International’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,051,214 -$103,201 $192,462 $1,031,971 $1,133,250
As % of expenses 29.5% -2.8% 4.5% 25.5% 25.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,044,876 -$112,305 $177,924 $1,014,525 $1,116,988
As % of expenses 29.3% -3.0% 4.2% 24.9% 25.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,492,367 $6,237,971 $3,419,720 $4,155,562 $5,108,347
Total revenue, % change over prior year 21.8% 38.9% -45.2% 21.5% 22.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 1.9% 4.4% 5.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.7% 1.8% 3.5% 2.4% 2.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 11.4% 9.4%
All other grants and contributions 97.8% 98.1% 93.9% 78.8% 81.7%
Other revenue 0.5% 0.2% 0.7% 3.0% 1.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,560,801 $3,725,272 $4,235,986 $4,054,792 $4,372,920
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.6% 4.6% 13.7% -4.3% 7.8%
Personnel 68.9% 70.1% 70.0% 71.8% 69.1%
Professional fees 4.0% 8.0% 6.5% 9.2% 12.0%
Occupancy 8.1% 7.0% 7.9% 8.8% 8.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
All other expenses 19.0% 14.8% 15.5% 10.2% 10.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,567,139 $3,734,376 $4,250,524 $4,072,238 $4,389,182
One month of savings $296,733 $310,439 $352,999 $337,899 $364,410
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $25,124 $19,161 $33,272 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,888,996 $4,063,976 $4,636,795 $4,410,137 $4,753,592

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.1 1.3 2.5 3.9 3.7
Months of cash and investments 14.6 13.6 13.2 17.8 19.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.7 8.9 8.3 11.7 14.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,215,365 $395,503 $869,481 $1,308,161 $1,357,482
Investments $3,120,099 $3,839,797 $3,791,589 $4,696,279 $5,660,440
Receivables $503,433 $2,750,061 $2,071,975 $640,709 $366,457
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $74,071 $74,769 $99,774 $100,762 $90,603
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 57.1% 44.0% 39.3% 53.4% 64.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 26.1% 18.3% 21.8% 25.2% 19.4%
Unrestricted net assets $2,921,335 $2,809,030 $2,986,954 $4,001,479 $5,118,467
Temporarily restricted net assets $645,785 $2,912,296 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $100,000 $100,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $745,785 $3,012,296 $2,418,274 $1,091,843 $940,191
Total net assets $3,667,120 $5,821,326 $5,405,228 $5,093,322 $6,058,658

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

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Mr. Jeremy Konyndyk

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/11/2023
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Board co-chair

Mr. Jeffrey Tindell

Board co-chair

Ms. Maureen White

Elizabeth Galvin


H.M. Queen Noor

Queen of Jordan

Amb. L. Craig Johnstone

Jeffrey Tindell

Joy Lian Alferness

Sarah Bacon

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Sophal Ear, PhD

Darya Nasr

George Valanos

Maureen White

Elena Kvochko

Erika Lee

Kati Marton

Augustin Ntabaganyimana

Elizabeth Stern

Alexia von Lipsey

Ai Wei Wei

Artist & Humanitarian

Erika Lee

Anne-Marie Grey

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/10/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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