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International Rescue Committee Receives $15 Million Gift From the SNF

Nov 03, 2016
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) receives a $15 million grant over five years from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to support its emergency response efforts and organizational infrastructure systems. This is the largest foundation award the IRC has ever received for its infrastructure programs.

This historic gift will transform the IRC’s organizational infrastructure systems, and provide the critical resources needed to sustain the organization’s lifesaving emergency response work globally, including supporting continued refugee relief efforts in Greece.

The generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will not only enable the IRC to respond quickly when emergency strikes, but will also provide the foundational support necessary to sustain our response when the world’s attention has moved on to the next crisis,” said David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. “This increased commitment from SNF, which builds on the Foundation’s longtime support of the IRC, will help us achieve even more during this time of unprecedented humanitarian need.”      

The IRC’s response to the global refugee crisis not only in our home country of Greece but throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa has been remarkable,” said Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President and Director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “All of us at the Foundation, we are proud to make this commitment and look forward to seeing the impact this gift will undoubtedly have on the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

The $15 million grant will be invested equally in the IRC’s emergency assistance programs and organizational infrastructure development, disbursed as $3 million installments annually for five years.        



The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. Learn more at