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Refugees International

CharityWatch report issued
April 2024

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

Refugees International
P.O. Box 33036
Washington, DC 20033-0036

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Advocate for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and solutions to displacement crises

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2022

Program Percentage: 85%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars Refugees International 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
Refugees International IRS Form 990 52-1224516
Refugees International Audited Financial Statements 52-1224516
Entity: Refugees International
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1224516
Entity: Refugees International
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 52-1224516

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?
Refugees International
meets governance benchmarks.
Refugees International
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 Eric P. Schwartz Past President $241,270
2 Joseph Hardin Lang VP for Programs & Policy $202,796
3 Lisa Marie Cantu-Parks Past VP of Philanthropy $187,862
Name: Eric P. Schwartz
Title: Past President
Compensation: $241,270
Name: Joseph Hardin Lang
Title: VP for Programs & Policy
Compensation: $202,796
Name: Lisa Marie Cantu-Parks
Title: Past VP of Philanthropy
Compensation: $187,862

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.

According to Schedule O of the Refugees International (RI) tax filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, RI reports re: "Form 990, Part VI, Section C, Line 19":

"RI does not make its governing documents or conflict of interest policy available to the public. The organization's financial statements are available on the RI website." 

According to the Refugees International audit of December 31, 2022 (Note 5, In-Kind Contributions):

"...Donated legal services are valued based on the attorney's standard hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours donated to work on Refugees International. Donated advertising is valued based on the advertising platform's standard cost to post each type of advertisement multiplied by the number of each type of advertisement posted for Refugees International. To properly reflect total program expenses, the following donations have been included in revenue and expense for the year ended December 31, 2022:."

Donated legal services: $89,387

Donated advertising: $74,653

Total In-Kind Contributions $164,040 

[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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