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International Rescue Committee

CharityWatch report issued
January 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

International Rescue Committee
122 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10168-1289

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2017

Program Percentage: 89%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $10

How many dollars International Rescue Committee 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
International Rescue Committee IRS Form 990 13-5660870
International Rescue Committee Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: International Rescue Committee
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-5660870
Entity: International Rescue Committee
Document Type: Consolidated Audited 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?
International Rescue Committee
meets governance benchmarks.
International Rescue Committee
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 David Miliband President/CEO $803,560
2 Amanda Seller Senior VP, Revenue $429,032
3 David Johnson CFO/Senior VP, Finance $428,288
Name: David Miliband
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $803,560
Name: Amanda Seller
Title: Senior VP, Revenue
Compensation: $429,032
Name: David Johnson
Title: CFO/Senior VP, Finance
Compensation: $428,288

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 International Rescue Committee (IRC) also includes the financial activities of IRC's subsidiary entities in Greece and Germany, which are consolidated in IRC's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended September 30, 2017.

According to the IRC fiscal 2017 consolidated audit (Note 1(a), Organization):

"IRC operates via an incorporated civil not-for-profit company according to art 741 Civil Code of Greece under the name of IRC Hellas. IRC owns 99% of IRC Hellas. IRC also operates through a separate incorporated and registered not-for-profit company in Germany as IRC Deutchland gGmbh where IRC is the 100% shareholder of this entity under German law."

CharityWatch's rating of IRC does not include the financial activities of its separately incorporated foreign affiliates, International Rescue Committee, UK (IRC-UK) and International Rescue Committee, Belgium ASBL.
According to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) consolidated audit of September 30, 2017 (Note 7, Significant Funders and Concentrations of Credit Risk):

"During the year ended September 30, 2017, 13% and 23%...of revenues from grants and contracts were received from the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the U.S. Agency for International Development, including the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, respectively. The operation of IRC's programs at present levels is dependent upon continued funding from these organizations and from United Nations and European agencies.

"During the year ended September 30, 2017, approximately 56% of the revenues from foundation and private donors was comprised of grants from five donors..."
According to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) audited Consolidated Statement of Activities for the year ended September 30, 2017, IRC received contributions of in-kind goods and services on which it placed a total value of approximately $11,344,000.

[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.]

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