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CharityWatch report issued
June 2018

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

615 First Ave., NE
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Other Names

American Refugee Committee
American Refugee Committee International

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Works with refugees, displaced people, and those at risk to help them survive crises and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security, and self-sufficiency.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2017

Program Percentage: 89%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $3

How many dollars Alight spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
American Refugee Committee IRS Form 990 36-3241033
Questscope, LTD. IRS Form 990 36-3936979
American Refugee Committee & Subsidiaries Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: American Refugee Committee
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3241033
Entity: Questscope, LTD.
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3936979
Entity: American Refugee Committee & Subsidiaries
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
meets governance benchmarks.
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 Daniel Wordsworth President/CEO $315,689
2 Sarah Hartman VP, Creative $159,343
3 Adan Adar Country Director - Somalia $158,683
Name: Daniel Wordsworth
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $315,689
Name: Sarah Hartman
Title: VP, Creative
Compensation: $159,343
Name: Adan Adar
Title: Country Director - Somalia
Compensation: $158,683

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.
American Refugee Committee changed its name to Alight in June 2019.

For more, please go to: wearealight.org. In addition, links to related news articles can be found by clicking on the "Articles & Alerts" tab.
CharityWatch's rating of American Refugee Committee (ARC) includes the financial activities of the ARC subsidiaries, WikiRelief, Questscope, LTD., and Questscope, which are included in the ARC audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year-ended 3/31/2017. (All material intercompany accounts and transactions are eliminated in consolidation.)

According to Note 1 of the ARC consolidated audit:

"... The international headquarters [of ARC], based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, supports medical relief and settlement programs which, during the two years ending March 31, 2017 and 2016 operated in Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Pakistan, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Jordan and Myanmar.

"ARC became the sole member of Questscope, LTD. and Questscope (a UK charity) and entered into a parent/subsidiary relationship effective April 1, 2015... Questscope, LTD. is a nonprofit organization with registration in the United States. Questscope is a UK registered charity under the United Kingdom Articles of Charitable Companies. Questscope is also legally registered to conduct business in the Heshimite Kingdom of Jordan...

"Based upon the fact that ARC, as the sole member, has controlling interest of the boards of Questscope, LTD. and Questscope, the financial results for Questscope, LTD. and Questscope as of and for the years ending March 31, 2017 and 2016 are included in the accompanying [audited] consolidated financial statements...

"WikiRelief, LLC was established in April 2013 as a wholly owned subsidiary of ARC. The organization is developing a web-based emergency relief tool to enable coordination by worldwide relief organizations. Financial activity of WikiRelief, which is immaterial to these [audited] financial statements, is included with ARC."
According to the American Refugee Committee (ARC) consolidated audit of March 31, 2017 (Note 10, Contingencies, Foreign operations):

"ARC and subsidiaries provide capital assistance, technical assistance and training in numerous developing countries through its field offices in each of those countries. The future results of those programs could be adversely affected by a number of potential factors, such as currency devaluations or changes in the political climate. As of March 31, 2017 and 2016, ARC had cash, property and equipment and prepaid expenses in various countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia, totaling approximately $5,800,000 and $4,400,000 in each year, which represented approximately 17% and 18%, respectively, of ARC's total assets."

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