Direct Relief (formerly known as Direct Relief International) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a stated mission to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care."
The organization is headed by a 31-member Board of Directors and President and CEO Thomas Tighe. Tighe came to Direct Relief from the Peace Corps, where he served as chief-of-staff and chief operating officer from 1995-2000.
Between 2000 - 2014, Direct Relief's operating budget averaged roughly $11 million. Over the same period, Direct Relief reported delivering more than $1.6 billion in medical resources and supplies throughout the U.S. and the world - a ratio of $36.00 in aid for each $1.00 in operating cost. Medical supplies from Direct Relief come largely through in-kind donations by hundreds of companies such as Ansell, Abbott, BD, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Direct Relief manages logistics and distribution through enterprise systems that include SAP, Esri, and Palantir, and with in-kind transportation support from FedEx.
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