Non-Governmental Organizations

Action Aid is an international anti-poverty agency whose aim is to fight poverty worldwide. Formed in 1972, for over 30 years they have been growing and expanding to where they are today—helping over 13 million of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people in 42 countries worldwide. In all of their country programs they work with local partners to make the most of their knowledge and experience.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency was initiated by the Seventh-day Adventist church. The basis for its existence, its reason for being, is to follow Christ’s example by being a voice for, serving, and partnering with those in need. ADRA seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries. The agency’s work seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need. ADRA invests in the potential of these individuals through community development initiatives targeting food security, economic development, primary health and basic education. ADRA’s emergency management initiatives provide aid to disaster survivors.

Africare works in partnership with African communities to promote health and productivity. Africare places communities at the center of development—in the belief that only through strong communities can Africa feed itself, develop and manage its natural resources, provide adequate education and vocational training, address people’s needs for health care and disease prevention, achieve economic well-being and live in peace.

AG Crisis Response provides funds for the most urgent relief needs in the more than 200 countries and territories in which Assemblies of God World Missions works. More than 2,500 U.S. missionaries minister within a network of more than 270,000 local congregations throughout the world.

AmeriCares is an international relief organization whose passion to help is matched by an ability to deliver. Whether it’s an epic disaster or a daily struggle, AmeriCares goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure that medicines, medical supplies and aid reaches individuals in need wherever they are, whenever they need it. In a quarter of a century, they have delivered more than $8 billion of aid to 137 countries. The success of AmeriCares has been characterized by timely response, meaningful impact, high integrity and intense passion for the work. To deliver medicine, relief supplies and health care to the needy, AmeriCares has developed a platform based on strategic partnerships, high efficiency and tight auditing procedures.

The American International Health Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to advance global health by helping communities and nations with limited resources build sustainable institutional and human resource capacity. Through twinning partnerships and other programs, they provide technical assistance using the knowledge and skills of experienced physicians, nurses, administrators, educators, allied health professionals, and civic leaders. Their programs address critical issues such as HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, maternal and child health, primary care, emergency and disaster preparedness, and health professions education and development.

The American Red Cross (also known as the American National Red Cross) is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States, and is the designated U.S. affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; communications services and comfort for military members and their family members; the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products; educational programs on health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. They help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ARC is committed to the delivery of programs that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people they serve. ARC works in 7 countries around the world helping victims of war and civil conflict rebuild their lives. ARC programs in Africa and Asia provided health care, clean water, shelter repair, legal aid, trauma counseling, micro-credit, community development services, and repatriation assistance.

Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. AmfAR-funded research has increased understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $290 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, they focus on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, they seek to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

Bright Hope’s focus is to serve the poorest people in the world—those living on less than one dollar a day. They often serve in remote villages and towns where there are no resources except for loving Christian leaders who want to help lift their communities out of the crushing effects of severe poverty and give them hope for a better future. Their methodology is to find these God-honoring people—indigenous church pastors and ministry leaders who are currently serving the poor in their communities—and doing it well.

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. They are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching.

Child Family Health International is a leading non-governmental organization placing health science students in global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. They model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity.

The mission of Christian Connections for International Health is to promote international health and wholeness from a Christian perspective. CCIH provides field-oriented information resources and a forum for discussion, networking, and fellowship to the spectrum of Christian organizations and individuals working in international health.

The mission of Christian Relief Services is to work through partnerships and in collaboration with grassroots charitable organizations to connect the vast resources of the United States with communities in need to enable the people of these communities to help themselves. Because they believe that the global community is our community, they try to help as many people as they can, regardless of location. They work locally, domestically and internationally, primarily in Africa.

CitiHope International seeks to become the best global Christian humanitarian relief and development service agency by delivering tangible help in the form of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, food for the hungry and training for healthcare providers worldwide.

Concern’s mission is to help people who are living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements that last and spread without ongoing support from the organization. To achieve this mission, Concern engages in long-term development work, responds to emergency situations, and seeks to address the root cause of poverty through work with advocacy and development education.

CORE Group fosters collaborative action and learning to advance the effectiveness and scale of community-focused public health practices. Established in 1997, CORE Group is a membership association based in Washington D.C., comprised of citizen-supported NGOs that work internationally in resource-poor settings to improve the health of mothers, children, and communities. CORE Group’s 48-member organizations work in more than 180 countries.

Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world. They work to strengthen the in-country health efforts of their partners by providing essential material resources—medicines, supplies and equipment.

Formed in 1971, Family Health International is among the largest and most established nonprofit organizations active in international public health with a mission to improve lives worldwide through research, education, and services in family health.

The Global Health Council works to ensure that all who strive for improvement and equity in global health have the information and resources they need to succeed. To achieve this goal, the Council serves as the voice for action on global health issues and the voice for progress in the global health field. The Council informs and educates opinion leaders, policy-makers, the media and concerned citizens about crucial global health issues. The Council’s efforts in local communities, with national governments, and with multilateral agencies spur greater investment in global health and sound approaches to improving health around the world.

Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition. HKI is headquartered in New York City, and has programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. HKI builds local capacity by establishing sustainable programs, and provides scientific and technical assistance and data to governments and international, regional, national and local organizations around the world.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.

IMA World Health is a nonprofit organization providing health care services and supplies to vulnerable and marginalized people. They are a faith-based organization working primarily in the developing world, where an estimated 30 to 60 percent of health care is provided by FBOs. Incorporated in 1960 as Interchurch Medical Assistance, their work has always supported the international health missions of their Member Agencies. Their expertise has grown, and today IMA helps communities, regions, and even entire nations to build and strengthen their own health care systems. IMA’s goal is not to foster dependence on foreign assistance, but rather to promote self-reliance and sustainable solutions.

Healthcare professionals and civic leaders who recognized an urgent need for a coordinated medical response to the AIDS pandemic established the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care in 1995. At that time, there was no agency exclusively devoted to marshaling the coordinated strength of healthcare professionals worldwide to the benefit of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. IAPAC represents a professional membership of 12,000-plus physicians and other healthcare professionals in over 100 countries.

IRD’s mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. They accomplish their mission by running targeted, cost-effective relief and development programs that improve the lives of these vulnerable groups. They work in regions of the world that present social, political, and technical challenges, and particularly specialize in helping communities going through and coming out of conflict and war to recover and improve.

The IRC is a recognized leader in humanitarian emergencies. When thousands flee war or repression, the IRC is immediately on the ground to make sure lifesaving help gets to those who need it. They provide shelter, clean water, healthcare, and education to displaced people. Most importantly, IRC works with refugees to make sure they survive their exile in dignity.

IntraHealth has served the public health needs of developing countries for almost 30 years. Founded as the Intrah program at the University of North Carolina, IntraHealth was incorporated as an independent non-profit business in 2003. They have worked in more than 50 countries, with the support of the U.S. government, foundations, corporations and individuals.

Lutheran World Relief works with partners in 35 countries to help people grow food, improve health, strengthen communities, end conflict, build livelihoods and recover from disasters.

New Life International, Inc. is a Christian outreach organization dedicated to humanitarian and developmental activities. One of the largest outreach programs of New Life International is to provide safe water to the world.

Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

PATH is an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break long-standing cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, they help provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act.

PHR was founded in 1986 on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to investigate the health consequences of human rights violations and work to stop them. PHR mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all. They are a non-profit, non-sectarian organization funded through private foundations and by individual donors.

Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. Refugees International was started in 1979 as a citizens’ movement to protect Indochinese refugees. Since then, they have expanded to become the leading advocacy organization that provokes action from global leaders to resolve refugee crises.

Rotary International is an organization of service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located worldwide. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed or political preference. There are more than 32,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental organization which advocates for the control of both infectious diseases such as measles, tetanus, pertussis, tuberculosis, and polio, and of Neglected Tropical Diseases such as shistosomiasis, trachoma, and onchocerciasis, diseases of low incidence that occur predominantly in developing countries in the tropics. SVI promotes research and development of low-cost vaccinations and preventable drug therapies for NTDs.

The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasize God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.’ The movement, founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency working with a global network of local churches to help eradicate poverty. Their ten-year vision is to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations is an international organization uniting NGOs worldwide in the cause of advancing peace and global well being. WANGO helps to provide the mechanism and support needed for NGOs to connect, partner, share, inspire, and multiply their contributions to solve humanity’s basic problems. Initiated in 2000 by a handful of international NGOs and prominent visionaries, WANGO has quickly become one of the premier international bodies for non-governmental organizations that are committed to the ideals of universal peace, justice, and well-being for all humanity.

World Concern’s goal is to relieve human suffering and to bring hope and reconciliation to the people they serve. Their inspiration and motivation comes from Jesus, who taught us to care for the poor, the forgotten, the despised and the marginalized. They provide opportunities to the poor, focusing on basic needs, sustainable livelihoods and family stability. They serve through a worldwide staff of professionals who are committed to forging partnerships with the people and communities they serve.

World Hope International is a faith-based relief and development organization alleviating suffering and injustice through education, enterprise and community health. Core values include transformation, empowerment, sustainability, and collaboration.

World Relief works alongside local churches and communities on four continents to serve the most vulnerable.  Partnering with like-minded organizations, World Relief extends its reach into many of the poorest and least developed nations on earth. They empower and assist 2.8 million people annually.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by Christian values, they are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. They serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.