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Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation
6100 Wallace Becknell Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 82%

The percentage of Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $2

How many dollars Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Direct Relief Foundation IRS Form 990 20-5983698
Direct Relief IRS Form 990 95-1831116
Direct Relief & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Direct Relief Foundation
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 20-5983698
Entity: Direct Relief
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-1831116
Entity: Direct Relief & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation
meets governance benchmarks.
Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Thomas E. Tighe President/CEO $466,358
2 Bhupi Singh Executive VP/COO/CFO $370,431
3 Dawn Long Director, IT & Quality $229,743
Name: Thomas E. Tighe
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $466,358
Name: Bhupi Singh
Title: Executive VP/COO/CFO
Compensation: $370,431
Name: Dawn Long
Title: Director, IT & Quality
Compensation: $229,743

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of Direct Relief & Direct Relief Foundation also includes the financial activities of the wholly owned subsidiaries of Direct Relief, Direct Relief International-South Africa and Direct Relief-Mexico, which are included in the Direct Relief and Affiliates audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

According to Note 1 of the Direct Relief fiscal 2018 consolidated audit: Direct Relief International-South Africa was registered in South Africa as a public benefit corporation in October 2007 and began operations in the Republic of South Africa on July 1, 2009; and Direct Relief-Mexico was registered in Mexico as a public benefit corporation in July 2014 and began operations in Mexico on August 1, 2014.

According to the Direct Relief audited Consolidated Statement of Activities for the year ended June 30, 2018, Direct Relief received in-kind contributed goods and services on which it placed a total value of approximately $1,135,846,000, including approximately $1,133,001,000 in donated pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Direct Relief consolidated audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 5, Property and Equipment):

"On August 5, 2016, the LLC [DR Property 1, LLC] purchased a 7.99 acre parcel of land for $8.7 million for the purpose of building a new headquarters and distribution center. The new building construction was completed in May 2018. As of June 30, 2018, $38 million had been expended on the building. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, the Organization executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the City of Goleta to sell its current facility upon the completion of its new headquarters and distribution center. The purchase and sale transaction closed in May 2018."

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