As we come together with friends and family to celebrate the joining of our lives, it's important for us to remember those who are separated from their friends, family, and homes by famine, war, natural disaster, and political instability.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization focused on helping these displaced persons.
In lieu of a traditional wedding gift, we encourage you to consider giving to the International Rescue Committee in whatever capacity you are able.
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient. It focuses mainly on health, education, economic wellbeing, power, and safety.
Consisting of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933. In 2016 alone, the IRC resettled 84,995 refugees from several countries around the world.
The IRC has been awarded high marks by charity watchdog groups and major publications for the efficient use of its financial support and the effectiveness of its work. The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the IRC an A+ rating; the Forbes Investment Guide named the IRC one of 10 gold star charities, and in its 2009 review of American charities, Forbes magazine gave the IRC high ratings for program and fundraising efficiency; Charity Navigator gives the IRC its top rating of four stars; and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance reports that the IRC meets all of its 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
You can learn more about IRC by visiting their website rescue.org.