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Expert-Identified Emergency Response Nonprofit Countdown: Highlighting Nonprofits #6-#11

December 28th, 2011

In addition to the organizations highlighted above, there are many more nonprofits that are working in emergency response internationally. These 5 other expert-identified nonprofits were noted for their high impact work.

#6 International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The International Rescue Committee does high quality, evidence-based work in geographic areas where others will not. They have a track record of strong programming, particularly with with schools in refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) settings. Read more about them here.

#7 Mercy Corps

Emergency response experts praise Mercy Corps for consistently having a high quality impact in disaster settings. Their work is of high quality, centered on indicators and benchmarks that demonstrate impact on activities undertaken. Experts also cite the huge impact of their post-crisis development work, which has improved long-term access to basic needs like food and health care services. Read more about them here.

#8 Save the Children

Save the Children does high quality, technically strong work with a special focus on the welfare and development of children. Moreover, through sharing their knowledge, they have made a strong impact on the international NGO emergency community. Read more about them here.

#9 Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide’s has lifesaving impact in acute emergencies, and very effective health programs, particularly in the area of malnutrition. Read more about them here.

#10 International Medical Corps (IMC)

Multiple experts noted International Medical Corps ability to mobilize quickly and rapidly respond to sudden onset emergencies. They have also done excellent work in building up primary & secondary health care systems and mental health systems in disaster affected countries. Read more about them here.

#11 Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger covers an impressive number of countries, and takes a rigorous, evaluation-based approach to targeting beneficiary populations. Read more about them here.

Remember, these top 11 organizations are only a few of the great emergency response nonprofits! View our entire list of  international emergency response here and dig deeper to review what experts had to say about each organization. These organizations are doing important work to help victims of disasters worldwide, so please consider donating to them to show your support. You can feel confident that your donation is going to support an outstanding group of nonprofits making a real impact in communities globally.



International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC): #1 Top Emergency Response Nonprofit

December 28th, 2011

Today we recognize the #1 expert-identified international emergency response nonprofit: International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The IFRC is a large organization with national societies/chapters worldwide. Read to find out more about this top nonprofit:

Founded in 1919, the IFRC comprises 187 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. There are more societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.

The IFRC vision: To inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.

The role of the IFRC The IFRC carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The IFRC’s work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community care.

The unique network of National Societies – which cover almost every country in the world – is the IFRC’s principal strength. Cooperation between National Societies gives the IFRC greater potential to develop capacities and assist those most in need. At a local level, the network enables the IFRC to reach individual communities. The role of the secretariat in Geneva is to coordinate and mobilize relief assistance for international emergencies, promote cooperation between National Societies and represent these National Societies in the international field. The role of the field delegations is to assist and advise National Societies with relief operations and development programmes, and encourage regional cooperation. The IFRC, together with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, make up the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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According to experts, the International Federation of the Red Cross is a well respected, established leader among global humanitarian agencies. Over the past ten years they have focused on increasing impact and working in some of the most difficult countries worldwide. IFRC’s work is highly regarded and well documented in many countries. They are veterans at emergency response, and have developed a strong network of connections, and an exceptional data driven approach to evaluating their own work. Read more about why so many experts recommended the IFRC here.

OXFAM International: #2 Top Emergency Response Nonprofit

December 27th, 2011

The #2 top emergency response nonprofit was awarded to OXFAM International. The purpose of Oxfam is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. We are part of a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. Learn more about how they are structured:

Oxfam is an international confederation of 15 organizations working together in 98 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

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According to experts, Oxfam has remained one of the most effective organizations globally. They have a very strong track record in delivering humanitarian and development programmes, and use their expertise to make an impact on the quality and relevance of humanitarian work. Their work extends beyond field-level emergency relief into policy and advocacy on the global level. Read more about what experts have to say here.

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Medecins Sans Frontiers: #3 Top Emergency Response Nonprofit

December 23rd, 2011

Ranked by our experts as the #3 top international emergency response nonprofit, Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 60 countries. Learn more about their organization:

MSF provides aid to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Experts confidently expound on the lifesaving impact of Medecins sans Frontiers professional, high quality work. They have an amazing ability to provide emergency medical services in conflict zones, and due to massive public support, are able to operate independently and go where the needs are greatest, regardless of the funding opportunities. Learn more about what experts have to say are their strengths and evidence of impact by reading the expert reviews here.

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CARE: #4 Top Emergency Response Nonprofit

December 22nd, 2011

Ranked by our experts as the #4 nonprofit for international emergency response, CARE is an internationally recognized nonprofit  in which emergency relief is a vital part of their work to create lasting solutions to poverty. Learn about CARE’s emergency relief program:

Many poor communities in the developing world lack the basic resources to cope with the struggles of everyday life. When disaster strikes, that struggle becomes all but impossible without assistance. CARE’s mission has expanded greatly since our founding as a relief organization in the wake of World War II. But we remain a world leader in providing lifesaving assistance, as well as the tools for long-term rehabilitation, to survivors of natural disasters, armed conflict and other emergencies. Our Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance Unit (EHAU) helps communities create plans to deal with emergencies and works to ensure they receive food, water, shelter, healthcare and other emergency relief supplies when they need them most. In addition, CARE helps communities recover and rebuild after disaster strikes. In 2010, CARE’s emergency response and recovery programs reached more than 4.5 million people in 37 countries.

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Experts repeatedly praised CARE for their careful, comprehensive emergency response interventions. CARE has a focused strategy which hones in on reducing poverty and protecting women’s and children’s needs and rights. They take a holistic, sustainable, multi-sectoral approach which fortifies their impact.

To learn more about CARE’s holistic and sustainable approach to emergency relief, find out what experts have to say about the organization’s work by reading the expert reviews here.

International Rescue Committee (IRC): #5 Expert-Identified Emergency Response Nonprofit

December 21st, 2011

Ranked by our experts as the #5 nonprofit for international emergency response, International Rescue Committee was founded in 1933. The IRC is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. Learn about their impact below:

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. For over 75 years, we have offered lifesaving care and life-changing help to refugees forced to flee from conflict or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

In 2010, the IRC restored hope and opportunity for millions of conflict-affected people around the world. Here’s a look at some of our recent achievements:

  • We gave over 4.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation.
  • Our doctors, nurses and community health workers served nearly 14.5 million people with primary and reproductive health care. We vaccinated 210,000 children for measles and other childhood diseases and our IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 152,000 women deliver healthy babies.
  • We trained over 6,000 educators and supported 2,300 schools attended by 373,000 children, over half of them girls. We provided and supported skills training for over 11,500 young people while nearly 12,000 children participated in IRC sponsored child-friendly spaces and children’s clubs.
  • We counseled and cared for nearly 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and educated and mobilized over 2.5 million men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities.
  • We assisted over 17,200 refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter the United States and build new lives.
  • In the United States, we helped resettle some 9,600 newly arrived refugees and provided services to over 24,500 refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking.

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According to experts, the International Rescue Committee does high quality, evidence-based work in geographic areas where others will not. They have a track record of strong programming, particularly with with schools in refugee and internally displaced persons (IDP) settings.

To learn more about the IRC’s work and to find out what the experts have to say about the organization’s work. Read the expert reviews here.


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