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Emergency relief, Long-term hope... worldwide 24/7, 365 days a year The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. We restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

THE IRC’S rATINGS The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the IRC an A+. Charity Navigator awarded the IRC its highest rating. BBB Wise Giving Alliance notes the IRC meets all 20 standards.


Fundraising Management and General Program Services

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ON THE COVER In 2011, Somalia was devastated by war, drought and famine. One million people fled the country and millions more were displaced. This woman took shelter in Galkayo in central Somalia, where the IRC distributed livestock and provided water and food to tens of thousands of people.

01 Introduction


The year in review

Donors and IRC Leadership

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”Our 2011 annual report demonstrates the custom-tailored approaches the IRC employs in carving out its programs.” George Rupp IRC President

02 WHERe WE WORK the IRC’s impact 04 A Message from the Co-Chairs of the IRC Board and Overseers 05 Letter from the President

Special report 08 SAVING lives in East Africa

12 P  akistan: Sowing the seeds OF recovery 14 Myanmar: RECOVERING FROM THE storm 16 new challenges, new partnerships 20 US Programs 24 Advocacy and public outreach


28 OUR Supporters 37 Board of Directors and Senior Staff 38 Financial Report 39 IRC Events

02 where we work around the world The IRC’s impact

In 2011, 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:

1.7 million 21 million We gave 1.7 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

Our doctors, nurses and community health workers provided 21 million people with primary and reproductive health care.






We vaccinated over 500,000 children against disease and our IRC-supported clinics and hospitals helped 192,000 women deliver healthy babies..

We trained 11,000 educators and supported 2,255 schools attended by 420,000 students, over half of them girls.

16,000 We counseled and cared for nearly 16,000 survivors of sexual violence and educated and mobilized over 590,000 men, women and children to lead prevention efforts in their communities.

16,000 Through our Resettlement Support Center in Thailand, we assisted over 16,000 refugees who departed from camps and cities in East Asia to enter the United States and build new lives with help from the IRC and sister resettlement agencies.
















We created or obtained over 23,000 jobs for beneficiaries and provided skills training to over 7,000 young people.



7,000 In the United States, we helped resettle some 7,000 newly arrived refugees and provided services to over 24,000 refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking.


Offices IRC Programs Surge Programs The IRC manages the Surge Project, which helps the United Nations protect refugees during a crisis. Surge Project staff members are deployed in these countries.









































A Message from the Co-Chairs of the IRC Board and Overseers


Dear Friends,



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 international staff

One of the most striking news images to emerge from last year’s drought and famine in East Africa showed an emaciated seven-month-old baby boy named Minhaj. In July, he was brought to an IRC hospital in eastern Kenya after his family’s long, harrowing trek from Somalia. He weighed less than seven pounds, and his mother feared he would not survive. But thanks to the IRC’s health care staff, he started to recover almost immediately. By November, his image was again on display  by news outlets worldwide. This time, he was smiling, his eyes bright and his cheeks plump — and he weighed 17 pounds. Our work with Minhaj is reflected in the IRC’s Impact that appears on page 2 of this annual report. He is one of the 21 million people who received care in 2011 from IRC doctors, nurses, and community health workers.





We cite the story of Minhaj and his family to underscore an important aspect of the IRC’s mission: Even though we serve large numbers of people, we strive to work with all of them as individuals worthy of respect—individuals with their own fears and worries, hopes and dreams, friends and loved ones. You will meet some of these people in the pages of this report—including Minhaj, whose photos are on page 9. Our focus on the individual is very much in evidence in our programs in the United States, which last year helped resettle nearly 7,000 refugees. We are fortunate to have a dedicated, skilled staff in all of our offices around the country as well as an engaged corps of volunteers. Their contributions are substantial:


In 2011, more than 3,000 volunteers contributed some 170,000 hours of service. They helped newly arrived refugees learn English, navigate public transportation, enroll their children in schools, apply for jobs, and generally adapt to life in America. They also tutored young refugee students or worked in our local offices sorting in-kind donations and delivering them to the homes of new arrivals. The volunteer IRC Board and IRC Overseers do our best to make sure that the IRC staff and volunteers are able to carry out their essential work and that the contributions of our donors are well spent. The Board is responsible for the IRC’s governance and exercises oversight of programs, finances, external relations, legal affairs, and executive succession, while the IRC Overseers assist the board through their advocacy, fundraising, and public relations efforts. A full list of our colleagues appears on page 37. We thank them for their many contributions to the IRC and for their hard work behind the scenes. Once again we’re pleased to note that the IRC continues to earn top grades from leading evaluators of charities: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and the American Institute of Philanthropy. The ratings reflect the IRC’s efforts to use donors’ funds wisely and to meet high standards for transparency and accountability in its finances, operations, and governance. We salute and thank the individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies whose support makes possible the work of the IRC. We and the people of the IRC are proud to have you at our side.


Letter from the President

Dear Friends, Our 2011 annual report demonstrates the range of the IRC’s work around the world and across the United States. It shows as well the custom-tailored approaches we employ in carrying out humanitarian relief and development programs. In this regard, our responses to the two largest international emergencies of 2011 are a study in contrasts.

george rupp President

In the Horn and East Africa, hit hard by the region’s worst drought in 60 years, we responded with basic lifesaving interventions that we regularly employ in emergencies: food, water, sanitation, basic health care to avoid the spread of disease, and programs to protect women and children. Our work has been carried out by our professional staff on the ground in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, composed primarily of men and women who are citizens of those countries. In Japan we followed a different path. Indeed, it is almost unprecedented for the IRC to respond to an emergency in such a wealthy, highly developed country. Yet the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami were so massively destructive that the need for outside assistance was apparent, and both we and our donors—private and corporate—were eager to help. Accordingly, we responded by providing resources and some limited technical support to three trusted and capable Japanese aid agencies that were able to expand their critically important work because of our support. At the same time, our donors had our assurance that their contributions were put to use appropriately and effectively. The IRC’s partnerships with government agencies (such as ministries of health) and with non-governmental and private organizations in other countries warrant some additional comment.

Compared to Japan, most of the countries in which we work are not as economically advanced and not as well equipped to meet the needs of their populations during and after crises. Still, responsibility for development rests with each country’s own institutions: They want to and should drive development in their own nation. The IRC’s role is to provide needed support until they can assume full responsibility for rebuilding their communities. This approach offers mutual benefits. Our partners and their staff benefit from the IRC’s deep multinational experience, our strong technical expertise, and our credibility with donors and policymakers. The IRC gains the advantage of our partners’ deep local knowledge, their experience with local players, and legitimacy. The articles on pages 16 to 19 describe our current partnerships focusing on Japan, Zimbabwe, and Libya. Elsewhere in this report you will find a variety of fascinating stories about our work around the world and across the United States. Be sure to read about our New Roots community farm and garden program for refugees in the United States. And note as well the account about the long, hard journey of a refugee family that ultimately culminated in the start of a new life in Salt Lake City. All of our programs depend on the support of our donors. In particular, contributions from individuals are indispensable to our capacity to respond wherever the needs are greatest. Please know that you have our deepest thanks and appreciation. Sincerely,

George Rupp



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THIS SECTION INCLUDES Special report 08 Saving lives in East Africa 12 Pakistan: SOWING THE SEEDS of RECOVERY 14 myanmar: RECOVERING FROM THE STORM 16 NEW CHALLENGES, NEW PARTNERSHIPS 20 US PROGRAMS 24 Advocacy and public Outreach

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Special Report saving LIVES IN EAST AFRICA Saving

A LIFELINE IN THE DESERT In 2011, a punishing drought swept through East Africa, killing livestock and turning once-fertile farms into fields of dust. Malnutrition and death rates soared in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, and hundreds of thousands of impoverished Somalis embarked on desperate treks across the desert, seeking help in neighboring countries. The IRC, which has been working in East Africa since the early 1990s, responded with an aid effort across the region, providing livestock, water, food, hygiene and medical care to tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people. By the end of the year, the famine that killed as many as 100,000 people in Somalia had ended but millions were still in urgent need of food and assistance. Today, the IRC continues to deliver lifesaving aid to people in all three East African countries.

LEFT At the height of the drought and famine, more than

1,400 Somali refugees arrived daily at the Dadaab camp complex in Kenya. The IRC helped establish reception centers where newly arrived Somali refugees received food and medical aid. Here, people gather outside one of the centers waiting to be admitted.

RIGHT Many Somali refugees arrived at Dadaab

with nothing, stripped even of their clothes by militants or bandits who roam the area near the Kenya‑Somalia border.


09 LEFT Many infants, children, pregnant women and new mothers arrived at Dadaab suffering from severe malnutrition. Once their needs were assessed they were rushed to the IRC hospital in Dadaab where they received medical care and food fortified with micronutrients. BOTTOM IRC physician Dr. John Kiogora examines seven-month-old Minhaj Gedi Farah, who arrived at the IRC hospital weighing only 6.5 pounds and on the brink of death. Admitted into intensive care, he was nursed back to health, and within three months had gained over 10 pounds. RIGHT Three months after arriving at the IRC hospital in

Dadaab emaciated and near death, Minhaj Gedi Farah, held by Dr. John Kiogora, has fully recovered. “Seeing children coming in here sick and near death and then recovering gives me great joy,” says Dr. Kiogora.




LEFT Crowded and unsanitary conditions in Dadaab

made it a breeding ground for infectious disease. To prevent outbreaks, the IRC carried out vaccination campaigns against polio, measles and other scourges.

RIGHT Inside Somalia, the IRC provided desperately needed health care to more than 40,000 displaced people in Mogadishu, the war-ravaged capital where cholera and other diseases preyed upon a malnourished population. In central Somalia, IRC aid workers repaired wells and provided emergency water taps, like this one in Qodax Toole village. Bottom Somalia’s drought devastated livestock—a catastrophe for people who are mainly pastoralists and derive their income from livestock. To prevent further losses, the IRC built water troughs for animals and vaccinated and dewormed some 35,000 livestock.



Top Newly arrived Somali children wait for a health screening and vaccination at the IRC’s reception center in Dadaab. Left The IRC helped dig and build new latrines and sanitation systems in Somalia’s Mudug region to prevent the spread of disease. RIght To help Somalis get back on their feet, the IRC offered them a chance to participate in cash-for-work programs. Some 80,000 people took temporary jobs rebuilding roads, water supplies and health facilities.




Sowing the seeds of recovery 1.9 million

  Homes destroyed by 2010 floods


  Households currently aided by the IRC


Goats and chickens distributed BY the IRC

In Pakistan, a country prone to natural disasters, feeding one’s family can be a daily struggle. Recent earthquakes and floods have not only destroyed bridges, buildings and roads, they have also ruined livelihoods, especially farming. The experience of Anwar Ayaz is typical. For years, Ayaz, a 28-year-old father of five in the country’s impoverished Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, lost half his grain harvest to rats, insects and moisture. In 2010, he and his family – in fact, his entire village – were plunged further into poverty when the country’s worst floods in half a century washed away their crops. To assist farmers like Ayaz, the IRC has been distributing seeds and fertilizer, repairing broken irrigation systems and replacing lost livestock in communities across Pakistan. One pilot program has proved particularly effective. Ayaz and 94 other farmers received impermeable storage bags, the first ever used in Pakistan. Capable of holding a ton of grain, the tough, rubber “cocoons” are designed to withstand insects, rodents and rain – even floods. Last August, Ayaz sat through an IRC workshop, where he learned how to use the bag. He remembers leaving the training with the rolled-up cocoon balanced on his shoulder and a smile on his face. This winter, he proclaimed the bag a great success. “With these cocoons, we haven’t lost a single kernel,” he declared.

LEFT A father and son in an IRC-supported village in

Sindh province.

RIGHT A farmer plows the fields in Camp Korona,

an IRC-supported village in northwestern Pakistan. Opposite Farmers in Camp Korona lost all their crops to the floods. The IRC helped replant their fields. Here, village elder Fazle Khuda weeds his new field.

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Further south, in Sindh province, the IRC delivered one goat each to 4,000 families who had lost their homes and livestock in the floods. A goat can mean many things to subsistence farmers like 32-year-old Shenaz. “I’m going to use the goat to provide milk for my family,” she said. Others have bred the goats to start small flocks. There are similar scenes across much of Pakistan. Widows who lost their husbands to disaster have turned a couple of IRC-supplied hens into flocks that produce eggs for income. In total, the IRC distributed more than 50,000 chickens and goats in 2011, and provided training on how to care for them. To further stimulate local economies, the IRC distributed micro-grants to villagers planning to rebuild small businesses lost to the floods. The IRC also provided short-term employment to subsistence farmers, who were paid a living wage to clean and rebuild eroded water channels – work that benefited them threefold: by providing needed income, injecting cash into the local community and rebuilding essential village infrastructure. “Altogether,” says the IRC’s Pakistan country director Tammy Hasselfeldt, “it’s a holistic response aimed at providing both immediate emergency support and the tools to help rebuild, following one of Pakistan’s worst‑ever natural disasters.”

“The IRC provides emergency support and the tools to help rebuild after one of Pakistan’s worst-ever natural disasters.” Tammy Hasselfeldt IRC Pakistan country director


“After the storm it was impossible to earn money and I had to buy food on credit. Now I earn a living from fishing and the shopkeeper gives me credit whenever I need.” U Maung Htun Thein Fisherman, Minbya township, Myanmar

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Year in Review Myanmar

Recovering from the Storm 50,000

Acres of farmland destroyed by Cyclone Giri


people in the southwest delta affected by Cyclone Giri


Coastal villages aided by the IRC

On Oct. 20, 2010, Cyclone Giri struck the western coast of Myanmar with devastating force. The storm, packing winds of 110 mph lashed the coastal communities of Rakhine state where many poor families live, mostly in bamboo huts. Tens of thousands of people were made homeless and the region’s vital fishing industry was wiped out. “All my fishing equipment was swept away and it was impossible to earn money to take care of my wife and children,” recalls U Maung Htun Thein, a resident of Minbya township. Giri hit Myanmar, also known as Burma, only two and a half years after Cyclone Nargis, one of the deadliest storms in recorded history. The IRC had mounted a large relief effort after Cyclone Nargis, gaining crucial experience that enabled it to respond quickly to Giri. In both cases, IRC relief workers were among the first to respond, providing food, water, health care and sanitation to the most affected communities. But long-term recovery and rebuilding posed a more difficult challenge, especially in one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world and in a region vulnerable to natural disaster. According to government reports, Giri destroyed 80 percent of fishing boats and 50 percent of fishing equipment and supplies in Minbya, where the majority of people make a subsistence living fishing. Many families were forced to borrow money to make ends meet and found themselves deep in debt.

Opposite After losing his fishing boat to Cyclone Giri,

U Maung Htun Thein, (center), was unable to support his family. With the aid of the IRC, Thein bought a new boat and equipment and is now back at work.

Left Cyclone Giri damaged and contaminated

water systems. In response, IRC specialists set up emergency water treatment units and distributed clean drinking water. RIGHT Cyclone victims used any means available to

transport goods or simply to get around.


“Despite my best efforts, I had to buy food on credit,” says Thein. “There were times when I was unable to pay on time, and the shopkeeper began to lose confidence in me and no longer sold food to my family.” In response, in 2011, the IRC launched programs designed to revive the local economy in over 150 cyclone-affected villages. The initiatives included cash grants to fishermen for the purchase of locally made wooden boats and fishing equipment, distribution of fishing nets, support for agricultural production, and rehabilitation and construction of paddy embankments, access roads and water projects. So far, the IRC has helped over 7,000 households in Minbya and Myebon townships return to fishing for a living, says Gordana Ivkovic-Grujic, the IRC’s country director in Myanmar. “The IRC’s cash grants not only enabled families to start fishing again, but had a positive effect on the entire local economy,” she says. “Village boat makers are able to earn additional income from the construction of new boats and vendors are buying and selling more fresh fish at the local market.” Thein experienced the benefits of the IRC’s programmes. After receiving a cash grant of $80, he purchased a small wooden boat and fishing supplies. He soon earned enough to provide for his family’s basic needs and to repay his debts. “Now the shopkeeper is willing to sell me food on credit whenever I need, because I can earn a sufficient living from my fishing activities,” Thein says with confidence.



New challenges, new partnerships $3.5 million

Donated by THE IRC to Japanese partners


People aided by IRC partners

$1.3 Billion

damages SUFFERED BY THE Japanese fishing industry

LEFT Waka Ueno, 86, lost her home in the tsunami.

She now lives in an evacuation center in the fishing hamlet of Hakozaki.

In 2011, the IRC brought rapid emergency relief to uprooted and displaced people around the world. But when conflict subsides or an emergency passes, the IRC is committed to helping lay the groundwork for lasting peace and economic development. That means forging close partnerships with governments, grassroots organizations and the private sector in the countries where we work. Partnering with others and supporting their efforts to rebuild and ultimately take full responsibility for their own development are central to the IRC’s approach. On the following four pages are examples of three vital IRC partnerships.

RIGHT Children at the Karakuwa Elementary School in Kesennuma prepare for a performance. The IRC and its partner, Peace Winds Japan, equipped the school with furniture and other items. Opposite A fisherman harvests abalones in Minami

Sanriku, a once-thriving fishing village where some 9,500 people perished.

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“I’ve lost everything. The most important thing for this community is getting back to work.” Kazumi Goto Fisherman, Minami Sanriku, Japan

Japan: Supporting Tsunami Survivors Rikuzentakata didn’t stand a chance. On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami generated by the largest earthquake in Japan’s recorded history literally wiped the city from the map. The disaster obliterated its downtown, killed almost a tenth of its 23,000 people, and flattened the economy. Over a year later, thousands of homeless survivors still live in evacuation centers in the few public buildings left standing. Bulldozers and trucks clear debris from dawn to dusk. Photos and keepsakes recovered from the rubble are carefully placed near shelter entrances for owners to claim. “Many survivors continue to show signs of severe stress,” says Masumi Honda, a program officer with the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR), which partnered with the IRC to

support relief work in devastated cities and towns on Japan’s northeast coast. After initial efforts to meet emergency needs, the AAR turned to the unfolding problem of unemployment and the loss of livelihoods. “With the IRC’s support, we’ve been able to combine jobs programs with trauma counseling and physiotherapy,” notes Masumi. South of Rikuzentakata, the IRC is working with Peace Winds Japan and other aid organizations to help one particularly hard-hit group get back on their feet: fishermen, who for generations have made their living harvesting urchins, abalones and seaweed in some of Japan’s richest fishing grounds. “I’ve lost everything,” says Kazumi Goto, pointing to the wreckage of his boat marooned offshore. His once-thriving village saw its population cut IRC ANNUAL REPORT 2011

by half. “The most important thing for this community is getting back to work.” Still another IRC partner, JEN (Japan Emergency NGO), is helping fishermen manufacture new nets, oars and other equipment, and working to repair the region’s aquaculture industry. “The support we’ve received from the IRC has allowed us to respond to the needs here very quickly,” says Fumiko Tanaka, a program officer with JEN. “Reconstruction of this region has just started and JEN is committed to supporting the affected people for as long as it takes.” As Shinko Tana, the IRC’s Japan advisor and liaison to Japanese aid groups, sees it, “The revival of the fishery industry is critical economically, but it is also vital to people’s sense of identity as individuals and as a community.”



“We really want to practice farming as a business. We are so grateful to the IRC for putting Us together with businesses that can make this happen.” Tapiwa Sande Farmer, Bvute village, Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe: Harvesting Prosperity


Tapiwa and Anna Sande have never tasted McIlhenny’s famous Tabasco sauce, the fiery condiment that hot-sauce lovers sprinkle on everything from eggs to oysters. Nor has the Zimbabwean couple, in their early forties, visited Louisiana, where the company has manufactured the distinctive seasoning for close to 150 years.

 Average life expectancy in Zimbabwe   Percentage of people living on less than $2 a day


farmers who have profited from IRC supported agricultural partnerships

But the Sandes and other farmers in eastern Zimbabwe’s Nyanga, Mutare and Mustasa districts celebrate this Cajun classic as much as the most ardent pepper enthusiast. For the past year, they’ve been growing chilies exclusively for the McIlhenny Company, the result of an IRC program that partners undercapitalised local farmers with private companies and government agencies to help them access global markets and pull their families out of poverty. “I read somewhere that Tabasco chillies are very good antioxidants, although I had never eaten one!” says Tapiwa, who was looking to improve income from his half-acre farm in Bvute village. In a happy instance of serendipity, the IRC, as part of its economic initiative in Zimbabwe, put the Sandes in touch with Better Agriculture, an international distributor with experience growing Tabasco chillies. Now the Sandes have 3,000 pepper plants spread out over two fields.

OPPOSITE Tapiwa and Anna Sande cultivate 3,000 pepper plants on their farm in Bvute village, Zimbabwe. TOP Tapiwa Sande is able to grow his own crops

all year by tapping the chili project’s irrigation system. Water is provided by the nearby Gairezi river, making the project sustainable.

ABOVE Libyan women and children protest in Tripoli during the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

“This is our second harvest,” explains Tapiwa. “We have been farmers for a very long time, planting mostly corn. But we couldn’t find buyers for our crops and had no real cash flow. So when this project came, we welcomed it.”

The Sandes earn about $1,000 a year from their harvests, a good income in a country where 83 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and they plan to expand. The Sandes have set up a demonstration field where they and fellow chili farmers receive advanced training. “They show us how to plant the chillies, how to apply the fertilisers, how to distance one plant from the other,” says Tapiwa. In addition, the Sandes and other farmers are able to tap water from the chili project’s irrigation system so they can grow their own crops all year round. Farmers are encouraged to be self-sufficient and receive training in growing crops that will enable them to feed their families even as they also grow high-value chillies for sale, says Priscilla Dembetembe, an IRC economic recovery and development coordinator. Enock Chapinduka, Agritex’s horticultual expert for the district, estimates that 200 farmers have benefited from the Tabasco initiative (which generates 450 tons of pepper paste annually) and more than 1,600 others are profiting from similar agricultural partnerships. “With the IRC’s help, we are able to train our farmers, who in turn are very happy to see that the chillies are making them a profit,” says Chapinduka. “We really want to practice farming as a business,” says Anna. “We are so grateful to the IRC for putting us together with businesses that can make this happen.”

LIBYA: PHOENIX RISING With the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, young people have begun to rebuild their country. It’s not an easy task. Libya lacks an independent civil society and since the revolution the country has been without a central authority. This has not thwarted four young women from Tripoli who have shared a dream of empowering Libyan women since they met in secondary school. With the support of the IRC they are working to make their dream a reality by founding a women’s organization, aptly named Phoenix. In less than a year, Phoenix has opened a volunteer-run women’s center with a childcare facility where children can play while their mothers meet, take part in counseling, or discuss job training and opportunities.


“We want this to be a place where women can meet others and share experiences,” says Ibtihal, one of Phoenix’s founders. In addition to funding the women’s center the IRC is providing technical support and advice to Phoenix, despite difficulties imposed by continuing political upheaval in Libya. “During the Gaddafi regime, women in Libya lacked representation and organized presence in the community,” says Daire O’Reilly, an IRC emergency response coordinator. “Now there’s an opportunity to change that, and our support of Phoenix will help achieve the goal.”

“My work allows me to save money for the future. but most of all i know we have freedom and that our child will become educated. life is good here.” Ismail Arafat Refugee from Myanmar

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The Journey of Their Lives 82,000

Refugees from East Asia PROCESSED by the IRC SINCE 2005


IRC resettlement offices in the U.S.


  Refugees resettled by the IRC in Salt Lake City in 2012

At the airport in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, Ismail Arafat, 25, and his wife, Safirah Omar, 21, wait anxiously as they prepare to embark on the journey of their lives. The sun has barely risen outside the terminal and the couple’s eight-month-old daughter is still asleep in Safirah’s arms. In less than two hours, they will board a plane bound for their new home in the United States. “I am a little nervous,” Ismail admits as he pushes two weather-beaten suitcases toward the check-in counter. “I have never been on an airplane before.” Their destination is Salt Lake City, Utah, where they will be met by a caseworker from the IRC who will help resettle the family. Ismail and Safirah’s long journey began in 2003 when the couple fled their conflict-ridden native country, Myanmar (also known as Burma), for neighboring Thailand. There they found smugglers willing to transport them south to Malaysia. Life as urban refugees in Kuala Lumpur proved difficult and dangerous. Ismail and Safirah lived in a grimy apartment block crowded with other refugees. They worked whatever jobs they could find at wages far below what native Malaysians earn. Although the United Nations formally recognized the couple as refugees—meaning they could not be deported—and issued them identification cards, they were still constantly harassed by the police. “I often paid the police two weeks salary just so that they would leave me alone,” Ismail says. “I was always looking over my shoulder.”

OPPOSITE Ismail Arafat and Safirah Omar, refugees from Myanmar, with their eight-month-old daughter, Norwana, in downtown Salt Lake City, two weeks after their arrival in Utah. “Life is good here,” Ismail says.

Three years ago, Ismail learned about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, administered by the IRC in East Asia, which helps refugees apply for permanent resettlement in the United States. Since it opened in 2005, the IRC’s Resettlement Support Center, based in Bangkok, Thailand, has helped some 82,000 refugees from the region gain admission to the U.S.

TOP In Kuala Lumpur, the Arafats lived with other refugees in a crowded apartment block. Bottom The Arafats check in at the airport in Kuala Lumpur for their flight to the United States.


After Ismail and Safirah applied to the program, IRC staff members helped them prepare paperwork, facilitated interviews with U.S. government officials and, once they were accepted for resettlement, scheduled medical screening and provided cultural orientation classes. “It was a long process, but now we are going,” Ismail says, smiling, as his wife and child and two dozen other Burmese refugees, boarding passes in hand, are escorted through immigration to their departure gate. When refugees arrive in Salt Lake City and other resettlement destinations, they are greeted by IRC caseworkers who help them find housing, enroll in English classes and begin to look for work. All of the IRC’s resettlement offices provide these essential services to help refugees get off to a good start in their new country. After three months, Ismail landed a 30-hour a week job as a housekeeper at Salt Lake City’s Federal Building Services Company. He and his wife and daughter share a house with relatives who have also resettled in Salt Lake City. Ismail’s English has steadily improved and he is now training newly hired Burmese refugees at his workplace. The couple, meanwhile, are optimistic about their future. “My work allows me to save money for the future,” Ismail says. “But most of all I know we have freedom and that our child will become educated. Life is good here.”


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New Roots related businesses

LEFT The New York City New Roots program is located in the South Bronx, recently called a “food desert” by the city’s planning department. The program plans to provide fresh produce to a population that has limited access to affordable, quality fresh produce.

When refugees arrive in the United States, they leave behind everything familiar. For many that also means losing ties to the land and a tradition of growing their own food. In response, the IRC has launched New Roots, a nationwide program that helps refugees establish community gardens, farmers markets, food pantries and farm-based businesses. The IRC provides agricultural training, tools and seeds, as well as connections to potential buyers. The program brings refugees together to share experiences and plant new and lasting roots in their adopted communities.

RIGHT New Roots enables thousands of refugees

to make an extra income from selling vegetables in local famers markets, and to restaurants and food companies. It also provides access to healthy food in communities that often suffer from poor nutrition. Here, a refugee from Burundi works in a community garden in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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23 TOP LEFT A Somali refugee harvests crops

at a New Roots farm outside of San Diego.

TOP RIGHT Uzaboy Djuraev, 42, a refugee from

Uzbekistan, works his plot at a New Roots farm near Phoenix, Ariz. “I’ve planted watermelon seeds from my home country,” he says. “They have a sweeter taste, I like them best.”

BOTTOM Refugees sell produce grown by fellow refugees at a farmers market in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. Like most other IRC-supported markets, it accepts food stamps and vouchers from WIC, the program specifically designed to help low-income families with children or pregnant women.


24 The IRC has been highly successful focusing the attention of policymakers on the needs of refugees and other displaced people. Because of their hands-on work in countries worldwide, members of our field staff and advocacy teams speak knowledgeably and authoritatively about the issues—and global leaders do listen and respond. Here are the key advocacy efforts on which we focused in 2011.

Advocacy and public outreach

Women and Girls The IRC continued to advocate for more resources and leadership to address violence against women and girls in crisis-affected countries. During the year, the IRC met repeatedly with top government officials in the U.S. and U.K. to convey its views and urge action. The IRC presented evidence to the U.K. Parliament on the need to address violence in South Sudan and Congo, and it helped gather nearly 8,000 signatures on a petition urging the British government to take action. The IRC hosted a meeting for European policymakers to develop practical guidance for preventing and responding to violence against women. In Washington, the IRC briefed members of Congress about violence inflicted on women and girls fleeing Somalia.

The Horn and East Africa The IRC called attention to the region’s devastating drought and the famine in southern Somalia. It led a group of aid agencies that informed the U.N. about the crisis and pushed for quick action. IRC aid workers traveled from the affected areas to Washington to brief officials. The IRC also spoke to hundreds of journalists about the crisis and arranged visits to IRC programs in refugee camps in Kenya.

South Sudan The IRC urged the international community to help South Sudan navigate the transition to independence and meet its many new challenges. The IRC helped draft the agenda for the U.S.-hosted International Engagement Conference for South Sudan held in Washington. It contributed to a strategy paper endorsed by 38 aid agencies that argued for the integration of humanitarian needs into any long-term development strategy for the new nation. When violence erupted on the troubled border between South Sudan and Sudan, the IRC called for vigorous diplomatic engagement as well as a humanitarian response. IRC ANNUAL Report 2011

Haiti On the anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake, the IRC released a report, The Earthquake: The IRC Responds. The IRC met with key U.N., U.S. and Haitian officials on recovery and reconstruction and trained local partner organizations in Haiti in advocacy methods. The IRC helped organize a commemorative photo exhibit on Capitol Hill in Washington and an IRC representative addressed the Congressional Black Caucus’s legislative conference.

Afghanistan and Pakistan The IRC and five other aid agencies published a paper on smart development in Afghanistan and distributed it to officials in Washington, London and Brussels. The paper was the basis for IRC testimony before a congressionally mandated panel in Washington. The IRC continued to press for aid to people affected by the devastating 2010 flooding in Pakistan. In the U.K., the IRC produced a film to mark the anniversary of the floods and screened it for the U.K. Parliament.

Iraqi Refugees An IRC delegation visited the Middle East to review the situation of displaced Iraqis and brought their plight to the attention of the media and U.S. policymakers. As the U.S. military presence in Iraq wound down, the IRC alerted policymakers to Iraq’s continuing humanitarian needs and the dangers facing Iraqis who have worked alongside Americans.

Refugees in America The IRC spoke out about the recession’s impact on refugees in the U.S. and worked with government agencies to improve food security programs for refugees. New security and screening precautions kept many vulnerable refugees, especially Iraqis and Somalis, from reaching the U.S. The IRC urged the Obama Administration to make the screening system more efficient without compromising national security.


donors and IRC leadership

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Our supporters

The International Rescue Committee expresses gratitude to our supporters, who help us restore dignity and hope to those whose lives are profoundly changed by war, violent conflict, oppression and natural disaster. The commitment of individuals, foundations, corporations, volunteers, governments, non-governmental organizations and multilateral agencies enables the IRC to respond swiftly in emergencies and communities to recover.

Lifetime Giving

On the following pages, we salute the generous donors who supported the IRC during the past fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, 2010, and ended Sept. 30, 2011.

$10 million + Anonymous (1) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

The IRC is grateful to many supporters whose compassion and generosity over the decades bring families around the globe from harm to home. $50 million + Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands Refugee Foundation) $30 million + NoVo Foundation $20 million + The Starr Foundation

$7.5 million + Anonymous (1) The Grove Foundation Tides Foundation Judy and Josh Weston John C. Whitehead $5 million + Anonymous (1) Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund Johnson & Johnson The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Square The Peierls Foundation, Inc. Tamara G. and Michael D. Root

Top A Burmese refugee feeds calves at Threemile Canyon Farms near Boardman, Ore. The IRC has helped dozens of refugees get jobs at the dairy. BOTTOM Refugees and IRC staff work in an IRC

community garden in Boise, Idaho.

$2.5 million + Anonymous (3) American Red Cross Cliff S. and Laurel E. Asness Jane and Alan Batkin William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Columbia University Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Theodore J. Forstmann (§) Global Impact Frederick Iseman Ruth and David Levine Open Society Foundations The David & Lucile Packard Foundation The Partridge Foundation, a John and Polly Guth Charitable Fund The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation/ Cynthia and Dan Lufkin Pfizer The Pincus Family Fund Robert T. Rolfs Foundation Cathy Root The Speyer Family Foundation/ Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer Starr International Foundation Ted and Vada Stanley Young Green Foundation

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$1 million + Anonymous (8) Estate of Dorothy Abbe ACE Charitable Foundation Simin and Herb Allison Laurent and Johanna Alpert, in memory of Paul and Sophie Alpert American Express American International Group, Inc. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee American Jewish World Service Alice and Bill Barnett Dr. Georgette F. Bennett and Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky Vera Blinken California Community Foundation The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation The Carson Family Charitable Trust Charina Endowment Fund charity: water Community Foundation of Silicon Valley The Leon and Toby Cooperman Foundation Estate of Richard Corvin Crown Family Philanthropies Dr. Kathryn W. Davis Estate of Harry Fagan, Jr. Marie and Joseph Field Estate of Juanita Friedrichs & Estate of Arthur Friedrichs John B. Gaguine General Electric Goldman Sachs Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation The Hauser Foundation Humanity United Jewish Communal Fund JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mary B. Ketcham (§) Estate of Cynthia Leary The LeBrun Foundation The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Vincent and Anne Mai Paul McCartney Will McClatchy The New York Community Trust Newman’s Own Foundation Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation In Memory of Andrew E. Norman Sarah and Peter O’Hagan Pearson Foundation PepsiCo Foundation The Pew Charitable Trusts The Pincus Family Foundation The Prudential Foundation Elizabeth Rasmussen (§) Nancy and George Rupp Ruth and Julian Schroeder The Schwab Fund For Charitable Giving Estate of Ann Smeltzer Estate of Estelle Smucker Estate of Lieselotte and Friedrich Solmsen Michael W. and Carol A. Taylor Nancy B. Taylor (§) The Robert and Margaret Thomas Foundation Time Warner Inc.

Unbound Philanthropy Maureen White and Steven Rattner The Winston Foundation, Inc. (§) Deceased

IRC’s Generous Donors We are grateful for all the individual donors, corporations and foundations that have provided essential support for the IRC’s lifesaving programs and special projects around the globe. These donors demonstrate their commitment to humanitarian relief while helping rebuild the lives of refugees and displaced people. Gifts given October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011. Donors listed in italics have contributed consecutively for three or more years. $1 million + Anonymous (1) American Red Cross Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation NoVo Foundation Open Square Charitable Gift Fund The Prudential Foundation Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Judy and Josh Weston $500,000+ Anonymous (3) California Endowment Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Crown Family Philanthropies Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund Goldman Sachs Johnson & Johnson Ruth and David Levine Newman’s Own Foundation Nike Foundation The Peierls Foundation, Inc. PepsiCo Foundation The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation/ Cynthia and Dan Lufkin Pfizer Starr International Foundation $250,000+ Anonymous (1) ACE Charitable Foundation Simin and Herb Allison American Express Cliff S. and Laurel E. Asness Dr. Georgette F. Bennett and Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky Lloyd and Laura Blankfein Olga Blessing (§) William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation Bread for the World Institute charity: water Dr. Kathryn W. Davis John B. Gaguine The Grove Foundation Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Klinsky and Maureen Sherry MasterCard Worldwide The Schwab Fund For Charitable Giving The Speyer Family Foundation/ Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer Unbound Philanthropy Young Green Foundation


$100,000+ Anonymous (2) Abraaj Capital Helen S. Akst (§) Allen & Company, Inc. American Jewish World Service Victor and Christine Anthony Family Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. Jane and Alan Batkin The Carson Family Charitable Trust Community Foundation of New Jersey Drago Family Marie and Joseph Field Estate of Juanita Friedrichs & Estate of Arthur Friedrichs Dino Germani Charitable Fund Global Impact Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Frederick Iseman Jewish Communal Fund H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan JPMorgan Chase Foundation Leaves of Grass Fund Vincent and Anne Mai The McMurtry Family Foundation Eduardo and Gillian Mestre Estate of Estella K. Mysels Network for Good Sarah and Peter O’Hagan The Polonsky Foundation Ted and Vada Stanley The Starr Foundation The Robert and Margaret Thomas Foundation Carolyn Van Sant Western Union Foundation Anda and William Winters Catherine and Tracy Wolstencroft $50,000+ Anonymous (4) Alliance Healthcare Foundation Jonathan & Kathleen Altman Foundation American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee American Pakistan Foundation Josephine Au-Yeong and Seek Ngee-Huat Bader Family Foundation Sheri E. Berman and Gideon Rose Leslie and George Biddle Bloomberg Andrew H. Brimmer Judith and Frederick Buechner Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York Roberta and Steve Denning George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Suzanne W. and Alan J. Dworsky Colleen A. Foster Robert Friede Anne and Randall Greene The Marc Haas Foundation Walter and Elise Haas Fund Ralph and Louise Haberfeld Harris MyCFO Foundation Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Hopper-Dean Family Fund Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Estate of Charles E. Kaufman Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman Andrew Kirk The Leon Levy Foundation

Local Initiatives Support Corporation San Diego The Merancas Foundation, Inc. Microsoft Corporation Migration Policy Institute The New York Community Trust Open Society Foundations The Pincus Family Foundation William A. and M. J. Porter Jeffrey A. and Debra J. Resnick Reusing & Cole Family Charitable Fund Riverton High School Nancy and George Rupp Kathleen and Omar Saeed The San Diego Foundation San Francisco Foundation Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund Ruth and Julian Schroeder Stanley S. Shuman Barbara Bartlett Sloan Nancy Starr (§) Tides Foundation Tishman Speyer Properties Christine E. and David P. Trapp Union for Reform Judaism Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation The Wasily Family Foundation Nina and Michael S. Whitman $25,000+ Anonymous (6) AJG Foundation Laurent and Johanna Alpert, in memory of Paul and Sophie Alpert Atlanta Women’s Foundation Benjamin Auspitz Nathaniel A. Back (§) James A. Baker, III Bank of America, N.A. Barnes and Noble, Inc. Alice and Bill Barnett BBDO Worldwide Grant and Shelley Behrman Mary and David Boies Tom and Meredith Brokaw Diane and Dorothy Brooks Foundation Glenda and John Burkhart The C. E. and S. Foundation Catholic Healthcare West Caulkins Family Foundation CINCO Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Community Foundation of Silicon Valley The Leon and Toby Cooperman Foundation Eleanor B. Crook Dancing Tides Foundation Delaware North Judy and Jamie Dimon L. John and Ann Howland Doerr Dr. Scholl Foundation Dina Dublon Helen and Arthur Dunn East Bay Community Foundation Jodie and John Eastman Thomas Ehlers Daniel Eule Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Concepcion and Irwin Federman Foundation Source Christopher P. Gardner General Electric Sarah and Seth Glickenhaus Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund Google

Eugene A. & Suzanne H. Gorab Foundation The William J. J. Gordon Family Foundation Peter and Carol Greenfield Paul S. Grogan H Partners Management, LLC Philip and Alicia Hammarskjold Hess Corporation Willis S. and Cindy Hesselroth HBO Hope Through Healing Hands John Brockway Huntington Foundation The Institute for Socioeconomic Studies J&AR Foundation Carl Jacobs Foundation Junior League of San Francisco JustGive James and Leslie Kalasky Lillian Kalish Irfan Kathwari Foundation James M. and Sue Ellen Kelso William Kennedy and Holly Neal Kennedy Seth Klarman Marybeth Koeze (§) Jennifer Lake and Donald Francis Donovan Ken G. Langone Leibowitz & Greenway Family Foundation Harold F. and Marguerite Lenfest Jerome Levy Foundation Laurie Lindenbaum and Bob Horne The Henry Luce Foundation Macht Fund of THE ASSOCIATED Estate of Jeanne Mallet The Marcled Foundation Mildred Roy McElligott McKinsey & Company, Inc. Bethany and Robert B. Millard Elizabeth and John Monagle Morgan Stanley The Moriah Fund James Mossman Jane F. and William J. Napier Charitable Trust Northern Trust Bank of Florida Estate of Michael O’Callaghan Ashish and Anjali T. Pant Pearson Foundation Scott and Jane Pelley Marc Plonskier Price Family Charitable Fund Lucy Pugh and Michael Kellogg Andrew J. Robertson Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock The Honorable and Mrs. Felix G. Rohatyn Sheldon Rose San Diego County Bar Foundation Jonathan A. Schaffzin and Melissa E. Benzuly Thomas Schick Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Trust Marilyn and Jim Simons Threads 4 Thought $10,000+ Anonymous (20) 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund Stuart Abelson (§) Nancy and Andrew Adelson G. Agron Zahid Ahmed The Ajram Family Foundation Michael J. and Pamela L. Albert Nasimeh Alikhani and Theodore Petroulas The Jeffrey A. Altman Foundation George Alvarez-Correa American Federation of Teachers


The Anbinder Family Foundation Stephen and Madeline Anbinder Mrs. Richard D. Armold Arnhold Foundation Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. Roswitha S. Augusta The Richard Avedon Foundation Estate of C. Edwin Baker Edith Baldinger Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Blythe and Frank Baldwin Baltimore Community Foundation Joseph Balwierczak Steven N. and Beth Bangert David Bassein The Howard Bayne Fund Sir David and Lady Bell The Bengier Foundation Bergen Foundation Leonard and Linda Berkowitz Raj Bhattacharyya and Samantha Heller Susan and Elliot Black Blackie Foundation The Blackstone Group Betsy Blumenthal and Jonathan D. Root Richard Boas Bohemian Foundation Claudia M. Bonnist Serine Bonnist Charitable Trust Bop, LLC Patrick J. Broderick Memorial Foundation Bridgemill Foundation Lewis D. Brounell Charitable Trust Marguerite Buck Charles Butt Charles Cahn California Community Foundation Rachel Cantor John Carroll CDM Raymond G. and Patricia A. Chambers Shung-Ho and Rong Juh Chang Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Tina Chen and Marvin Josephson Alice Cheng and Robert W. Littleton Diane Chesnut Cogan Family Foundation Gregory Coleman Virginia F. Coleman Ruth M. Collins Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Community Medical Group Elizabeth Cooke and Reynold Levy Kathy and Joseph Cottrell Carl Crider and Carol Clause Jocelyn and Richard Cunningham Adah R. Davis Florence A. Davis Edwin W. and Catherine M. Davis Foundation Nina and Casper de Clercq John de Neufville Carol Debord James Degel and Jeanne Berwick Estate of Roy C. Delamotte Delta Dental Susan Dentzer and Chuck Alston Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman Jordan and Megan Dorfman Eve Dorfzaun Susan and Thomas Dunn David F. and Frances A. Eberhart Eddie Bauer, LLC


The Elman Family Foundation Boyd J. Fisher Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation The James A. Folger and Jane C. Folger Foundation Mrs. Helen H. Ford Adele Norman Fox (§) Andrew D. Fredman and Kerin McCarthy Friedland Family Foundation Richard and Louise K. Gabel (§) Treacy B. Gaffney Rebecca Gaples and Simon Harrison Michael Gardner Ina and Jeffrey Garten Donetta George Deirdre M. Giblin and David B. DuBard Cory and Kristin Gilchrist Gilead Sciences, Inc. Dr. Jackie Gnepp and Mr. Joshua Klayman John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Anne Golestani Edith Dee Green Foundation Evan G. Greenberg Maurice R. Greenberg Peter R. and Helen Haje Bruce and Sandra Hammonds John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation, Inc. Jane Hartley and Ralph Schlosstein Leila Heckman and Lowell Robinson Richard Hendin Cheryl Henson and Ed Finn Lucile and Jay Herbert Deirdre and Christopher Hockett Creighton G. and Andrea C. Hoffman Thomas Hollowell The Human Fund Glenn Hutchins IBM ICAP Corporations LLC IDT Corporation Investment Evolution Global Corporation Reuben Jeffery Estate of Walton Jennings Jewish Community Endowment Fund The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland Jewish Community Foundation The Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest JNR Fund – Rockefeller Kelly John Anne Hale Johnson Chris and Leslie Johnson JP Morgan Chase & Co. Alice Kaplan George and Mariana Kaufman Amelia Kaymen and Paul Yopes Avinash Kaza Keating Family Foundation Eric Keatley Kelen Family Foundation Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation, Inc. The Kerrigan Family Charitable Foundation Amed I. Khan Sibyl Kirby KP SCAl-FSO Jill and Peter Kraus Marie-Josée & Henry R. Kravis Foundation Dr. Barbara Kravitz Alex and Leander Krueger Mr. and Mrs. John Kurnik Yong and Raymond Kwok

Our supporters George Landegger Laurel and Lew Leibowitz David W. Locascio Bette Bao and Winston Lord Kristina and Frank Loverro Ruth Norden Lowe and Warner L. Lowe Memorial Fund Nathan Lucash Estate of Paul F. Luenow, Jr. Stephen J. Lynton M.T. Maritime Management (USA) LLC Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Jacqueline J. Mahal and Benjamin E. Segal MainFirst Securities US Inc. John Makinson CBE Scott Malkin Chloe Malle Kathryn and Karen Maloney Henry Mannix III Marin Community Foundation Howard and Nancy Marks Helena and Roman Martinez IV Mason Capital Management LLC Kelly Mateo Maverick Capital Foundation Will McClatchy Janet McClintock and John F. Imle Rosita McDonough Joy and Bill McGinnis The MCJ Amelior Foundation Dorothy McPherson The Melrose Fund Harrison Miller and Clare McCamy Walter Miller Marianne and Steven Mills Jami Miscik Betty and Gordon Moore 1993 Irrevocable Trust of Bette D. Moorman, recommended by Mrs. Albert J. Moorman Mitchell and Rebecca Morgan Mulago Foundation Donald R. Mullen Peter and Kristan Norvig Nova Fisheries Orchard First Source Otto Family Foundation Pareto Securities Inc. Chang K. Park Don Parker Sylvia Parker Parsons & Whittemore, Inc. Susan and Alan Patricof Merle B. Peratis David L. Phillips Michael L. Pitt and Peggy G. Pitt General Colin L. Powell Lorna Power David L. Presotto and Caryl E. Carr Mark and Sue Ann Pugh Vikram Punwani Brian Ratner Eric Reeves/Sudan Aid Fund Renaissance Charitable Foundation Patricia Goss Rhodes Faye and Jere M. Richardson Richter Farms Richard O. and Heidi Rieger The Rivendell Foundation Edward & Ellen Roche Relief Foundation Harriet Rosenbloom Bruce E. and Lori L. Rosenblum Catherine W. Rush Robert and Martha Sachs

Emilie Hall Sandin and Thomas R. Sandin Scott Scheirman Schlosstein-Hartley Family Foundation Mikki and Pete (§) Schmidt-Petersen Thomas W. Schroeder Charles Eric Schulman George Shultz Gil Shiva David Simpson Patricia J. S. Simpson Gordon A. Smith Cyrus W. and Joanne Spurlino Star Hill Associates The Starbucks Foundation for Learning The Staten Island Foundation Susan B. Stearns Stuart Steele Mark and Sarah Stegemoeller Eugene P. and Marilyn L. Stein Peggy Stevens Susan S. and T. Dennis Sullivan, II Ram K. Sundaram Eve Brandis Sundelson and Francis P. Barron Sally Susman Leonard S. Swerdlow Trust J. Bradford Sympson Deborah Sze and Stephen Modzelewski The T. Rowe Price Fund for Charitable Giving Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum in memory of Charles Tanenbaum Paul P. Tanico Jacob Teitelbaum William Thibodeaux Tiger Global Management, LLC Time Warner Inc. Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund Davis and Susan Tunnell The Twig Foundation UCare Union Bank of California United Way of Bergen County United Way of Greater Los Angeles United Way of Larimer County, Inc. United Way of San Diego County Elsie P. van Buren The Vanguard Group Lisa Vantrease and Rizwan Pasha Bernard and Jane Von Bothmer Betsy and Paul Von Kuster The Gertude and William C  Wardlaw Fund, Inc. I. Warshawsky Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. (§) Peter W. Weiss Jed Weissberg and Shelley Roth John A. Weldon Westcliff Foundation Edward J. and Barbara Wilson Robin and Alison Winslow The Winston Foundation, Inc. James Wolfensohn Gregg S. and Beth Wolpert Women’s Empowerment International Martha Wright and Arthur Kuckes Sylvia Wubnig (§) Y & H Soda Foundation John E. Yarnelle Paula and Fareed Zakaria Silvia and Sophocles Zoullas Adnan Zuberi Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

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$5,000+ Anonymous (36) The Honorable and Mrs. Morton I. Abramowitz Advanced MP Technology Aetna Foundation, Inc. Nasser Ahmad and Romita Shetty Munira and Mumtaz Ahmed Gassan Al-Kibsi David Altshuler American Institutes For Research American International School in Abu Dhabi Myrtle L. Atkinson Foundation Atlanta Foundation S. Balolia Family Foundation Zubin and Silvia Balsara The Barrington Foundation, Inc. Baton Rouge Area Foundation Ben Bayer Beeswing, Inc. Robert Berezin and Sharyn Stein Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Michael J. Berner and Arlene F. Covney Bernheim Foundation Tom and Andi Bernstein Peter J. and Nancy K. Bickel Vera Blinken John Bloom Blum & Poe W. Michael Blumenthal Susan G. Boorse and Michael J. McGirr Gary Bottone The Bowman Family Foundation Ann Brayfield and Joseph Emerson John R. Breitenoeder Caring Trust Barbera Brooks and Henrik Jones Alice C. Brown Walter Cain Callaway Golf Company Calvert Foundation John Y. Campbell and Susanna Peyton Martha L. Campbell The Sam and Louise Campe Foundation, Inc. Robin Fray Carey Jonathan Carp Candace M. Carroll and Len Simon Mr. and Mrs. Alan W. Carter Ogden Carter Jeremy Carver CBE Castilleja School Chaffetz Lindsey LLP Anne C. Chambers The Chicago Community Foundation Classic Tattoo Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP William and Janet Langhart Cohen Geoffrey J. Colvin and Marcia A. Eppler-Colvin Courtney B. Combe The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Renee Conforte Connecticut General Life Insurance Company Cordes Foundation John and Elena Coumantaros Crescenta Valley High School Margaret O. Cromwell John Dalenberg Elizabeth B. Dater and William Jennings Drs. Andrew G. Dean and Consuelo M. Beck-Sagué Mr. and Mrs. Andre Denis Mr. and Mrs. David Dettinger


RESCUE PARTNERS When a powerful tsunami struck Japan in March 2011, resulting in widespread death and destruction, The Prudential Foundation generously awarded $1 million to the rescue effort, becoming the largest donor to the IRC’s Corporate Rescue Partners program. “Because Prudential has thousands of employees in Japan, and a call center in Sendai, it was especially important to us to join forces with a trusted partner to make sure that our local resources and talent were leveraged effectively,” says Shané Harris, foundation vice president who coordinated Prudential’s response with the IRC and its local Japanese partners: JEN (Japan Emergency NGO), Peace Winds Japan, and Association for Aid and Relief Japan. “The three organizations the IRC partnered with have a deep knowledge of the affected communities and expertise in meeting the specific needs of the elderly and other vulnerable populations,” says Harris. “The IRC drew together an impressive team.”

Some 95 Prudential employees traveled 265 miles by bus from Tokyo to Ishinomaki to help JEN clear tons of rubble and debris from houses, factories and temples.

Katrina Griessman and Jeffrey Dinkle Trinh D. Doan and Michael Jermyn Ron and Nancy Doerge Monica P. and Mitchell F. Dolin John D. Donahue Donald Devine Company Glenn Dubin Dunn Family Charitable Fund David DuPont Dennis J. Eakin Paul and Silvia Edwards Jennifer Eplett and Sean E. Reilly Andrea Escher and Todd Tibbals Essilor International Falcon Family Fund Amy C. Falls-Rogers and Hartley R. Rogers Don Fanslow Charles D. Farber Memorial Foundation, Inc Judith Feiner Evelyn R. Ferguson Richard and Gina Fish John J. and Laura Fisher June Fisher Edward B. Fiske and Helen Ladd Nancy & Thomas Florsheim Foundation David I. and Victoria L. Foley Gary Ford and Nancy E. Ebb Harold and Emily Ford Four M Investments, LLC Francesco Mari and Leslie Freilich Gary Friedman Robert Froelich Arlene H. Gage Marie Lee Gaillard Marion Galison Mary and George Garvey Jane Gelb James Gilligan Bill Glavin Joseph and Carson Gleberman Emily Goldblatt Estate of Eileen R. Gordon Ken Gottesman Eric Greenshields Andre Gregory Michelle Griffin and Thomas Parker Eric Grosse Mrs. Henry Grunwald Guilford Publications, Inc. Albert R. Gurney Jr. Regina A. Hablutzel Janet M. Harris Francis and Serena Hatch Hawaii Pathologists Laboratory LLP Sue J. Henry and Carter G. Phillips Toni D. Gelston and Douglas C. Herbert Herson-Stirman Family Foundation Bente Hirsch Christine Hoang and Paul Nakada Robin and Brad Holmgren Dennis Hunter Carole Corcoran Munib Z. Islam and Kamila Mirza-Islam Thomas and Barbara Israel Dana Ivers Jennifer Jacobs Mitchell B. Jacoby Todd S. and Tatiana James Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund


Aly S. Jeddy Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven Hilary and Alex Joel John Legend Touring, Inc. Olivia Jones Lina Jun Martin R. and Carla Kaatz Andrew J. Kaiser Derek and Leora Kaufman Henry Kaufman Mary Kay and Larry Prior Shirin Keen Karen A. and Kevin W. Kennedy Paul Kenworthy Kim Killion Jennifer and Tim Kingston Kirkland & Ellis Foundation Henry A. Kissinger Kitschen, Inc Mr. and Mrs. and John P. Klinke, Sr. James M. Klosty Marianne and Raymond Kluever Michael and Nancy Knight Anne Kolar Frances Koltun (§) Koppel Family Charitable Foundation Gary J. Kornblith and Carol S. Lasser Susan Kotcher and Steven Carbo Marian Kretsch Peter and Sally Kunstadter Nancy and Howard Kurz Jim Laudon Patricia Lehrburger Carole A. Lengyel and Satori Iwamoto Naida W. Lessin The Leon Levy Foundation Jan Van der Liden Diana D. Lidow Evan Lindsay Don and Margaret Locke Thomas and Mary Longfellow Carol Loomis Coltrane and Christopher Lord Lucky Strike Custom Tatoo Verna MacCornack and Keith Roberts Maggie and Carter Mack Nelkin Real Estate Company Chester and Maureen Maliszewski Gerard M. Manning Maynard and Elinor Marks Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Linda Marshall John Marvin Brian K. and Anne S. Mazar Rosemary McAllister Katherine M. McConvey Marjorie McGahren John and Helen McLaughlin Carmen McReynolds Barbara J. Meislin Constantin Melinte Richard and Ronay Menschel Merck Tierra Miguel Foundation Sharon and Daniel Milikowsky Anne Mize Leo Model Foundation Robert and Karin Moe Lewis Moore Alexander Morgan Mario and Dana Morino Harold E. Morris Cecilia and Garrett Moss

Muchnic Foundation, Inc Raza Mujtaba Austen and Sally Mulinder David J. Murphy and Ping Lee Nalluru Murthy Usman S. Nabi National Bank of Arizona Denis and Britta Nayden Dean A. Neumann and Penelope McMorris Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Newman Eve Niquette and Charles Pohl Helen Forster Novy Foundation Nancy and Morris W. Offit Jacqueline O’Flanagan Adebayo and Amelia Ogunlesi Brian O’Kelley Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. Robert and Martha Parke Susan and Jeffrey A. Parker Sandip Patel Elizabeth R. and William J. Patterson David and Laurie Pauker Norman Pearlstine Roy and Cynthia Pearson Perry Peine Meme and Arthur Peponis Peter G. Peterson and Joan Ganz Cooney Mary Ann Petrilena and Jonathan Wiesner Sarah D. Plimpton Annalu Ponti and Geoffrey Hoguet James Posner Posner-Wallace Foundation Thomas J. Powell John R. Powers John Poyer Daniel and Lisa Rudikoff Price Aaron M. and Arleen Priest Qualcomm Elizabeth Rasmussen (§) John and Katya Redpath Refugee Transitions REMAX Gold Coast Realty Missie Rennie and Zach Taylor Carl Riehl Estate of James R. Rose Edward Rosen Saralee Rosen and Gary Blumsohn Michael Rosenfeld Edgar Rosenthal Francie Rutherford and Fred Wardenburg (§) Estate of Evelyn Ryan Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. Sage North America The Saint Paul Foundation Foundation Anne M. and Joseph A. Saloom, III Rae Sanchini Sandra Atlas Bass and Edythe and Sol G. Atlas Fund, Inc. Satori Laser Hair Removal Tom and Linda Savage Anne Marie Schorn Charles Schulze Bernard and Irene Schwartz Philip E. and Toni M. Scully Seabrook Foundation Select Equity Group Katherine Seligmann Brian Shanahan Sarah and Kent Shoemaker Matthew Shucker


Our supporters

FREEDOM AWARD DINNER SUPPORTERS The IRC gratefully acknowledges leading supporters of our 2010* Freedom Award Dinner who enabled us to celebrate the courage, hope and determination of refugees. Vice Chairs ($100,000+) Bank of America Katherine Farley & Jerry I. Speyer Marie & Joseph Field H.R.H. Princess Firyal Maurice R. Greenberg & The Starr Foundation Frederick J. Iseman Judy & Josh S. Weston Catherine & Tracy Wolstencroft Golden Benefactors ($50,000+) ACE Group Jane & Alan Batkin Vicki & David Foley Vickie A. & Kenneth R. French Jurate Kazickas & Roger Altman Newman’s Own Foundation Sarah & Peter O’Hagan Kathleen & Omar Saeed Benefactors ($25,000+) Simin & Herb Allison American Express Company Hilary Ballon & Orin Kramer Leslie & George Biddle Bloomberg Andrew H. Brimmer Toby & Leon Cooperman Roberta & Steve Denning Jodie & John Eastman Christopher P. Gardner Suzanne & Eugene Gorab HBO Aly S. Jeddy & Kulsoom Saeed, McKinsey & Company Laurie Lindenbaum & Bob Horne The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation/Cynthia and Dan Lufkin Open Society Foundations Mary Ann Petrilena & Jonathan L. Wiesner Pfizer Inc.

Nancy & George Rupp ZC & Tom Schick Jean Kennedy Smith H. Peter Stern/Ralph E. Ogden Foundation Georgia & Peter Travers Maureen White & Steven Rattner Nina & Michael S. Whitman Patrons ($12,000+) Johanna & Laurent Alpert BBDO Worldwide Georgette Bennett & Leonard Polonsky Sheri E. Berman & Gideon Rose Vera Blinken Glenda K. Burkhart Trinh Doan & Michael Jermyn Goldman Sachs Mary Shaw Halsey & Robert Marks Janet McClintock & John Imle J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Kathwari Family Foundation Jennifer Lake & Donald Francis Donovan Bette Bao & Winston Lord Helena & Roman Martinez IV Morgan Stanley Peggy & Neil Otto Susan & Alan Patricof Scott Pelley PepsiCo Protégé Partners, LLC Peggy Stevens Jeffrey Tarrant Western Union John C. Whitehead Anda & Bill Winters Challenge Donation Matching Partners Newman’s Own Foundation Johnson & Johnson Media Sponsor Financial Times

Rose L. Shure Brendon Shvetz Gene and Judy Siegel Elinor and Joel Siner David Sivak Anne Smiddy Kathryn Smith Stephen Sollins Carla M. Solomon and Antonio Magliocco, Jr. David M. and Mary C. Solomon Peter and Susan Solomon Carol and Harold Sox Brian L. and Stephanie Spector Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Stainman STANY Elizabeth Steele Walter Steinemann Leo Strauch Leila and Melville Straus Pegge and James Strickler, M.D. Michael B. Stubbs Sun Hill Foundation The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation Alexandra & Martin Symonds Foundation Inc Starr Taber Jeffrey Tarrant Benmont Tench Gracie Terrill Samuel E. and Mary W. Thatcher Foundation Lee Copley Thaw George Thomas, Jr. Elizabeth and Stirling Tomkins, Jr Barbara and Stephen Turley Liv Ullmann and Donald Saunders Mr. & Mrs. Ulrich United States Tennis Association United Way of Salt Lake US Bank Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Usher David S. Van Denburgh The Hon. William J. vanden Heuvel Norman H. Volk Jerry Walsh Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Anne Wattis Robin Weinberg Michael and Susan Weiner Henry Weitzner Linden and Judith Welch Wells Fargo Bank — Greater Bay Area Community Development John C. Whitehead Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation Julia Winiarski Joan Wofford Carl H. Wolf Kenton D. Wood Ken and Megan Wright Regina Wyles The Zellerbach Family Foundation (§) Deceased

*FY 2011

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Partners for Freedom Partners for Freedom are individuals who, in addition to their annual support, offer a legacy of hope for the future. We are grateful for these stalwart supporters who have included the IRC in their estate plans. Planned gifts made through Sept. 30, 2011. Donors listed in italics have contributed annually for three or more consecutive years. Anonymous (114) Estate of Dorothy Abbe Charles A. Abela Stuart Abelson (§) Daphne Achilles Ruth E. Adame Nancy F. Adams Leone Adelson Dorothy D. Aeschliman Kathleen L. Agena Sandy Agrafiotis Helen S. Akst (§) Elizabeth Franz Albert Beverly Alexander Ellen J. Alexander Katharine S. Almy Laurent and Johanna Alpert, in memory of Paul and Sophie Alpert Alfred C. Ames Estate of William Anders a.k.a. Willi Isaak Joseph Doris E. Anderson Jim and Carlotta Anderson Dorothy B. Angell Judy and John Angelo Mary R. Angulo Richard H. Annis Alan M. and Helen C. Appleford Walter and Miriam Arndt (§) Annette and Arnold Aronson William J. Arzbaecher Ardyce Asire Estate of Edmund F. Bacas Edwina M. Baehr Mr. and Mrs. Leo Baer Dr. and Mrs. Arthur D. Baldwin Blythe and Frank Baldwin Harriet and George Baldwin Margaret and Rick Baldwin David and Karen Ballon Judith Bardacke Thomas J. Bardos Richard D. Barrows Jean and Ralph Baruch June C. Bashkin Richard and Marilyn Batchelder Jane and Alan Batkin David R. and Suzanne G. Baty John Baum Irenus J. Baumler (§) Barbara Beasley Eric Bebernitz Stephen David Becker, in honor of his parents, Dr. Saul V. Becker and Augusta W. Becker Herman(§) and Micheline Becker-Fluegel James Bell Vivian H. Bell

Lawrence A. Benenson Cindy Benner Dr. Georgette F. Bennett and Dr. Leonard S. Polonsky Nora Benoliel Nan B. Bentley Bella Berlly Annabelle Bernard (§) Dene K. Bernstein William Besselievre Rose S. Bethe Madelyn O. Biggs Kristin A. Birkness Doris Kolb Bivens David L. Black Mr. and Mrs. Wayne T. Black Peter and Patricia Blasco Olga Blessing Vera Blinken Estate of Dorothy Bloch Charles Bloomstein Charlotte K. Boardman Norma Boecker Mary Louise Bolz Daniel I. Bonbright Joan V. Bondurant Gladys S. Borrus Robert Borstel (§) Nan Borton Marjorie A. Bosher Erika Bourguignon Ward Bouwsma Robert E. Bower Edith B. Bowles Mr. Hugh Bowman Elizabeth Braham Arline Bray Henry Brecher Hilda M. Brennand Betty and Charles (§) Breunig Mary Louise and Graham Bright Peter R. and Alice Broner Arthur P. Brooks Olive J. Brose (§) Bruce M. Brown Emily L. Brown Harley P. Brown Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Brown Maxine Brown Mr. and Mrs. Paul Browning Willa Brunkhorst Nancy Frick and Richard Bruno Margret Buchmann Mary Buck L. Buddenhagen Estate of Frances E. Bullock William C. Bullock Glenda and John Burkhart Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Burns Kenneth Burrows Wallace and Therese Burton Charles M. Butler Margery Byers Odette Cadart-Ricard Joyce Calhoun (§) Mary Lou Callahan (§) Babbie and Stuart Cameron Ruth H. Campbell-Duffy Helen R. Cannon Robert J. Carlson Eleanor Carlucci


Eva-Maria E. Carne Carol A. Carr Isabel Lane Cascella Grace Castagnetta Kicab Castaneda-Mendez Dr. and Mrs. Cejpek Constance J. Chandler Gloria and Elliot (§) Charney Leo Cherne (§) Ruth M. Cherniss Akosh Chernush Ingrid Christiansen Jane P. Church Judy Cirillo Sarah B. Clark June M. Clase Estate of Adele Clement Ruth Allison Coates Berenice Cohen (§) Joseph P. Cohen Sheila Cohen Howard F. Cohn Olive Cohn Ursula Liebrecht Colby Myra A. Coles Joan A. Gruenberg Cominos Peter A. Cook Sophie C. Cook Brigitte M. Cooke Estate of Marcia W. Cooley David Cooper and Maxine Hairston Dr. Harriet Y. Cooper Hazel and Alan Cope Kathryn Corbett Virginia Hulbert Cori Constance C. Cornog, M.D. In Memory of Barbara Cotton Frances Ellen Coughlin Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Cozzi Patricia Cravens Mary C. Crichton Estate of Adelia H. Croley Janet M. Cross Ralph H. Cryesky June Curtis Nita Daluiso Estate of Josephine Dalven Vincent Daly John and Louise Daniels Margaret G. Darland Herbert A. and Ruth David Phyllis B. and Peter J. Davies Billy Davis Ethel G. Davis Aila G. Dawe Heinz Dawid Gabrielle R. Dawson Marjorie E. De Hartog Dr. Clarence A. De Lima Margaret De Rivera Frances de Usabel Drs. Andrew G. Dean and Consuelo M. Beck-Sagué Patricia A. Dean and William D. Dean Roy C. Delamotte (§) Yvonne Delnis Nicholas and Dolly Demos Florence E. Denholm Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Dentz Betsy (§) and Bob DeVecchi

Dr. and Mrs. Stanley C. Diamond Frances A. Dimond Doris Virginia S. Dort Ruth Draper Jane C. Drorbaugh Doris and Peter F. (§) Drucker Barbara Du Bois, Ph.D. Louise and Robert Dudley Nancy Hagle Duffy The Hon. Robin Chandler Duke Louis Dupre Horace and Dorothy Dutill Estate of Robert Eagle John P. Eberhard Marilyn E. Eck George A. Eddy Ivan H. Edelfelt Merle J. Edelman Julia Spalding Edwards Dr. M. William Edwards Edward Eggert Thomas Ehlers Estate of Barbara T. Eisendrath Robert Eisner Dean V. and Patricia F. Ekstam Bettina Elliott Dr. Arthur S. & Dr. Rochelle Elstein Ann B. Emery Larry Enders Bjorn Engberg Susan Enzle Esther Ernst Sara L. Esgate Estate of David O. Hammond Estate of Edna M. Newby Estate of Emily Evans Julie Evans Madlyn H. Evans John A. Evert, M.D. Judy H. Fair-Spaulding Lee Falcone Caroline H. Farquhar James E. Farster Robert J. Fassbender Matthew A. Feigin Helen Fein Mr. and Mrs. James H. Feldman Marguerite Felice Karl R. Feller Margaret T. Ferguson Joan M. Ferris Emily Filling Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Fine Carole A. Finkel Elizabeth E. Finkler Charlotte Firstenberg Anna Fisher Marvin Fisher Dudley Flamm Estate of Ethel J. Flanagan Glenn R. Fleischman Muriel R. Fleischman Susan H. Fleming Nell Fliehmann Helen R. Fogelquist Marie E. Forster Ella M. Forsyth Jeannette Foss Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Foster

Loren W. Fowlow Adele Norman Fox (§) Nancy G. Frakes Estate of Elizabeth H. Freeman Vera Freeman Marta and Jack (§) Freidin H. Karl Frensdorff Johanna Friedenstein Clara H. Friedman Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Friedrichs (§) Arthur Fry (§) Peggy J. Crooke Fry Estate of Cheryl Furey Richard and Louise K. Gabel Marie Lee Gaillard Mary E. Gaines Carl T. Gaiser Julia Galosy Estate of Dorothy I. Garfein Roger Garms James P. Garon Anonymous J. Edward and Marion M. Gates Victor A. Gauthier (§) Marjorie Gebhart Helen Geffen-Roht Anonymous Robert Gerloff (deceased) Dino Germani Charitable Fund Creighton E. Gilbert Viola C. Gilbert Paul Gilmore Mirra Ginsburg Steven L. Ginzbarg The Rebekah Gisnet & Maurice Mandell Trust George Glan Teresa Gloster Dr. Jackie Gnepp and Mr. Joshua Klayman Harold and Rachel Goers Louise Goines Eleanore S. Goldberg Hilda H. Golden David and Irma Goldknopf E. Stanley Goldman Caroline Goldsmith Susan Goldsmith Dietlind Goldstein Pearl and Jerry Golubow Allison Goodheart Trust Paul Goodman Paul D. Goodman, Jr. Robert W. Goodman Bruce and Eva (§) Gordon Mary Jane Gorton Richard and Judithanne Gosnell Gabriele M. Gossner Dragica Grabovac P. Grad and M. Boris Marianna Graham Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Granett Ann Green Sylvia B. Greenberg Estates of Thomas and Caroline Griffith James Grindlinger Alan Gross and Sarah Davies Mrs. Henry Grunwald Donna A. Gushen Estate of Richard Gutman


Paul and Beverly Guyot Ruth B. Haas Walter M. Haas (§) Regina A. Hablutzel Helen M. Hacker Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Hajek Estate of Elizabeth G. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hanauer Eleanor Stone Hancock Robert and Joan Handschumacher Kathleen Hanold Harvey A. Hansen Jayne Hansen (§) Charles Hanson Virginia M. Hardman Estate of Peter Harris Pahle Hausmann Eva Havas Clara L. Hay Ruth and Rolf Hayn Mr. and Mrs. John F. Hayward Helmut R. Heilner Jean Heinig Eugene R. Heise Vivian C. Hendrickson (§) Heinrich Henel Lucile and Jay Herbert Joanna Herlihy Laurette Herman Dr. Annette Herskovits Hannah Herz (§) Jeanne Hess Robert W. Hewitt Juliane Heyman Estate of Mary Hickey Ordelle G. Hill Susan L. Hill Don Hines Bente Hirsch Donald B. Hirsch Abraham Hirsch Cynthia K. Hobart Virginia Hofmann Estate of Helen S. Hohenhaus Sylvia Holcomb Frances Hollander Mrs. Gerald (Nisha) Holton V. Holzapfel Grace S. Hopkins Helen M. Hough Esther Alice Howard Maedell Howard Marjorie Howard-Jones Wentworth Hubbard Patricia Hudson Mrs. Walter Hulen Marjorie Hull Estate of Alberta Humble Estate of Ruth Adrian Hunken Marsha Hunt Christopher (§) and Hilda Hunter Katie Hunter James and Colleen Huntley Yorick G. Hurd Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Eugene Hurtz Jeffrey A. and Cheryl Hylton Leah Ice (§) Estate of Marcia D. Walden Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Ingle Mary J. Insalata


TOP Refugees and IRC staff plant vegetables at an IRC-supported community farm near Salt Lake City, Utah. BOTTOM Children play at an IRC-supported school

near Mae Sot, Thailand.

Our supporters Estate of Dr. Edith Neumann Estate of Irma Heinz Frederick Iseman Milda E. Isenberg Joan Isserlis Glenn Ista (§) Mary H. Jacker Bruce E. Jackson Reed and Marge Jacob Karen J. Jacobs Walter J. Jacobs (§) Bernice H. Jacobsen (§) Evelyn Jacobsen Margaret M. James Miriam E. Jencks David Jenness Dorothy Jenney Ada Jeppesen Eric D. Jernigan Estate of Catherine P. Jervey Elin M. Johnson Marilyn Johnson Patricia K. Johnson Elizabeth H. Jordan Stephen R. Judge Sylvia Juran Estate of Otto Kadmon John E. (§) and Gloria J. Kaemmer Sophie Kalina Mark I. Kalish Estate of Fannie W. Kaplan Roland N. Karlen Ms. Mary B. Kasbohm Alton Kastner Robert (§) and Nancy Katzman Margaret G. Keeton Frances V. Kehr Anne Kelemen Rose Mary and Robert A. Kennedy William Kennedy and Holly Neal Kennedy Miriam Kerpen Stanley S. Kertel Chelsea R. Kesselheim Mary B. Ketcham (§) Maurine King Nathalie King Lois Kirschenbaum Richard W. Kirschner Rev. Jean L. Kiskaddon Doris M. Kling Marybeth Koeze Estate of Mary S. Kogan R. N. Kohman Estate of Mary Kohr-Aalto Eva B. Kollisch Frances Koltun (§) Estate of Dr. Gisela Konopka Estate of Truus Wanningen Koopmans Susan Kotcher and Steven Carbo Georgia E. Koyl Roger Krouse Mr. and Mrs. Carlos E. Kruytbosch Robert E. Kuhl (§) Estate of Donna M. Kuhn Robert Kurlander (§) and Susan Reisbord Anita M. La Placa William D. Lamdin, Jr. Ernest A. Landy

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Carl E. Langenhop Arthur A. LaRose Trust Margaret and David Lauder Kirk and Marjorie Lawton Leonard Lazarus Estate of Cynthia Leary Rosamond Lebeau (§) David Hank Lee Viola F. Lehnen Mr. Milton Leitenberg and Ms. Nicole Ball Estate of Richard H. Lent Olga Leskiw and Nori Suzuki Mark and Suzanne Levinson Dr. and Mrs. H. Richard Levy Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Levy Nancy E. Lippincott Sidney Lipshires Anna H. Lisle Anita J. Lobel Marie and August (§) Lobre Dorothy C. Loehrer Edward E. Loewe Marion Lonsberry Warren LoPresti Bette Bao and Winston Lord Lisel Lowen Anthony Luchek Mary Ruth Lyle Kathleen M. Lynn Dorothy M. Macaulay Suzanne H. MacRae Marilyn I. Madden Florence Magassy Patricia Makely Herbert J. Maletz Mantle Family Trust Elizabeth Marco Ned N. and Francoise Marcus Robert F. Marino Carol L. Markewitz Connor Markey Dr. Grace E. Márquez Mrs. Winifred Marsh J. Laird Marshall Lucretia Martin Margaret Martin Elizabeth T. Mathew Janet Matson Beatrice Mattison Richard and Joan May Arlene I. Mayers Pauline M. Mayo James A. Mc Devitt Margaret K. McElderry (§) Albert Lavern McAllister Estate Margaret McCallion Walter J. McCarthy Will McClatchy Janet McClintock and John F. Imle Elizabeth N. and James M. McCutcheon Rosita McDonough Francis H. McFarland M. Rosalind McGehearty Ann McHugh Mary McKay Joanne and George McKray Norman H. McRae Estelle Meadoff Ms. Jerrie M. Meadows Catherine V. Meehan Mr. and Mrs. Warren C. Meeker John V. Meeks

Barbara J. Meislin Harriet R. Meiss The Meledandri Family Trust Charles W. Merrels Edgar G. Merson and Dr. Beverley Bayes Merson Rosalyn M. Mervis Jule Meyer Margery Meyer Nada Mijanovich Leonard F. Milgate Rudolf Millendorf Estate of Doris Miller Mr. and Mrs. John S. Miller III Larry D. Miller Marilyn and Aaron Miller Pauline and Norman Miller Mr. and Mrs. William Read Miller Dorothy E. Millon Robert Miner Anita and Morton Mintz Saul and Ezra Mizrahi Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Moller Cecile and Frank (§) Moore Estate of Mason Moore John R. Moot Frank M. Moreno (§) Katharine B. Morgan Harold E. Morris Georgiana K. Morrison Roy and Rea Moss Elisabeth Moulton Hannah F. Moyer Betty J. Mullendore Elaine L. Muller (§) Philip Mulqueen Donald and Ann Munro Thomas A. and Emily L. Murawski Eleanor and Rhoads Murphey Ann Murray Elise Wendel Murray Francis T. Murray Mayette Murray Leila Mustachi Natalie L. Myerson Estella K. Mysels (§) Michael N. Nagler Mrs. Theodore J. Naman Marilu A. Nashel Estate of Lori Needler Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Neff Nancy L. Neiman-Hoffman Marion J. Nelkens Lederer Merlin E. and Janet Nelson Estate of Claire Nemser Carole A. Nesbitt Dorothy S. Newell Virginia Newes Mrs. Mariette Newhagen Jerry Newman Dorothy L. Noble Pieter Noomen Estate of Ms. Jane Toplitt William E. Nunn Estate of Gail K. Nutku Trust Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Nyhuis Barbara B. Oberle Michael O’Callaghan (§) Rena A. Odzer Eileen L. Oehler Quentin and Paula Ogren (§) Mimi O’Hagan Frank V. Olivero Margaret Olsen


BOTTOM Two participants in an IRC program designed

to empower young girls in the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp, Thailand.

Carol G. Olson Floyd C. Olson Margaret Ann Olson Velva J. Osborn Lawrence Osgood Daphne A. O’Sullivan Mary K. Oswald India K. Ourisman Elaine R. Owens Irene M. Pace Susan C. Page Estate of Andrew C.K. Pan Gustav and Hanna Papanek Kathryn E. Parke Evelyn D. Parker Sylvia Parker Lorraine Parmer Sandip Patel Lucile B. Patrick Susan and Alan Patricof Dr. and Mrs. James L. Patterson, Jr. Estate of Linda Paul Kermit and Judith Paulos Dr. Nadine Michéle Payn Paul Peabody Edgar and Phyllis Peara Judith Peck Leonard Pellettiri Vangie Pepper Dr. Gwen K. Perkins Christian Deming Peterson Mr. and Mrs. W. James Peterson Mary Ann Petrilena and Jonathan Wiesner John C. Phan David L. Phillips Naomi Phillips Beth Phinney Anonymous William G. Pickrel Diana Pierce (§) Estate of Ruth G. Pike Margaret E. Platts Sari Podhorsky Estate of Harold E. Pollack Harvey J. Pommer Alvin W. Post Jo Ann Potashnick Mary Jane Potter Thomas J. Powell Lorna Power Milton E. Powelson George O. Pranspill Alice M. Prestwood The Robert O. Preyer Charitable Lead Unitrust William Prusoff Charitable Lead Unitrust Pin H. Pu, M.D. (§), and Rose Pu Kay Puttock Estate of Francoise G. Queneau Susan Quillman Patricia B. Raines Maurice M. Rapport (§) Elizabeth Rasmussen (§) Barbara Rayson Margaret L. Read Mary V. Reed Jo Beth Rees


Nancy E. Reid Konrad Reisner Hilde Reiss Sandra A. Remis Pamela R. Rendeiro (§) Heidi Rentería Naomi Replansky Augustine J. Rhodes Beverly Rhodes Marianne Rich Jean-Paul Richard G. Edith Richardson John and Thelma Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Riddering Bernard and Barbara Ries Gwen Cheryl Rigby Diana Rigg Margaret R. and Carl J. Rigney Daniel L. Riley Elizabeth Rispoli Revocable Trust Eleanor A. Robb Evelyn L. Robert F. David Roberts Gilda M. Roberts Betty and Warren Robinson Elizabeth Rodgers (§) Nancy Rodrique Estate of Edward Rogers Elizabeth Rogers Cathy Root Tamara G. and Michael D. Root W. Crosby Roper, Jr. Hedy and Peter Rose Estate of James R. Rose Mr. and Mrs. Donald D. Roseberry Bernt Rosen James Rosen Claire Rosenstein Edgar Rosenthal Janine and Mark Rosenzweig Keith Ross Robert S. Ross Chester Rowland James E. and Elizabeth J. Royster Davina L. Rubin Gerald M. Rubin Ruth M.C. Ruby Lisbeth and George P. Ruderman Nancy and George Rupp Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Rupp Carol Anne Ruppel Catherine W. Rush Patricia Rush Doris Myrtle Ryall (§) Evelyn Ryan (§) James Saakvitne David R. Sacks Aimee Saginaw Estate of Annis Sandvos George Sarlo Giovanna Castelfranco Schamberg Naomi Schecter Susan Schiff Estate of Hilde Schlesinger Renee and Carl Schlesinger Betty J. Schlosser George Schmidt Paul Lambert Schmitz Karen Schneider M.G. Schoene

Estate of Erna Landsberger Estate of Merle Schram Mary Anne (§) and Douglas Schwalbe Estate of Dr. Jane Schwartz Mary Jean Scott Donna Sekhon (§) Estate of Isle Selmer Mr. and Mrs. William R. Sengel Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Shanker Gerry Shapiro In memory of Richard Barry Shapiro Marilyn Sharp Estate of Bernice Baruch Shawl Mary Shay Kathryn and Jay Schulberg Martha P. Sherman Hiroko and James T. Sherwin Stuart D. Shipe Irwin and Renee Shishko Mary Jan Shor Jerry A. Shroder Mark Sibley, Jr. Selma R. Siege Kay Silberfeld Abraham C. Silberman Mr. and Mrs. Richard Silberstein Philip Silver Gabriella and Aladar Simko Elizabeth Léonie Simpson Patricia J. S. Simpson Irene Siroskey Mary Robinson Sive Charles Skubitz (§) Mary Genevieve Slear Estate of Ann Smeltzer Edith Jayne Smith Estate of Jeanete L. Smith Estate of Jeannette F. Smith Linnea Smith Louisa Smucker Mr. and Mrs. George W. Smyth, Jr. Barbara E. Snyder Jessie L. Soars Murray and Joan Socolof Ronni Solbert Yvonne and Mark A. Soltz Rosalie Scott Soons Harriet Spagnoli Margaret R. Spanel Maj. Gen. Herbert G. Sparrow, USA (Ret.) (§) Mr. and Mrs. Moncrieff J. Spear Estate of Helen A. Sperry Anne Spillar Evelyn R. Spletter Estate of Margaret P. Spoor W. W. Staats Estate of Julian C. Stanley Sidney Stark, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Stark Nancy Starr (§) Estate of Grace Stebbins John H. Stein Lew Steinbach Robert L. and Christine Steiner Milton A. Steinmetz Evelyn Stern Estate of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Stern Beverly B. Sterry Peggy Stevens Richard L. Stevens Herbert O. Stiefel Ann Stillwater


TOP A Somali refugee in her home in the Eastleigh

section of Nairobi, Kenya.

BOTTOM An IRC aid worker sprays insecticide in the

Tham Hin refugee camp, Thailand.

Our supporters Eleanor H. Stoddard Erika Stone Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Stone Raymond W. Storck Stover Foundation Helen A. Strand Eileen K. Strang (§) Albert B. and Carol M. Straus Family Trust Walter Straus Evelyn Stults Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Stycos Jennifer C. Su Maria Sugulas Marcia A. Summers Theodore J. Susac, II Leonard S. Swerdlow Trust Ruth E. Swim Rupert A. Sympson David Tabatsky Eve M. Tai Vivian Talbot (§) Joseph Tanen and Nancy Phillips Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum in memory of Charles Tanenbaum Edward C. Tarte Ann M. Tattersall Jean G. Taylor Michael W. and Carol A. Taylor June L. Temple Millie and Marcel Tenenbaum Marjorie A. Thatcher Lee Copley Thaw Dr. and Mrs. Theo G. Thevaos Sue Thollaug Fran Thomas and Harry Friedman George Thomas, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Burton R. Thorman Gladys Duff Thornton James R. Thornton James F. Thornton, Jr. Esther E. Thorstensen James H. Tipton Mary Delmer Tooker Sarah Waring Toomer (§) Estate of Joseph J. and Lillian D. Torlucci John Train Emily Turk Ruth Turner Roy and Hope Turney Lila Tyng Carolyn T. Underwood Spiro C. Vallis Elsie E. Van De Maele George Van Deusen Hutton Dee L. Van Leeuwen Ursula A. Van Raden Dr. and Mrs. Ron Vander Kooi Dr. and Mrs. John A. Vandrick Constance Vanvig Bella Verkhovsky Mr. and Mrs. Marcello L. Vidale Jose T. Villate Lucia Vinciguerra James Visser Donald Wacks Jane S. Wagner

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Jeffrey Waingrow Gordon R. Wallis Gloria Walters Aileen Ward Steve F. Warkany Roxanne Warren I. Warshawsky Jane W. Waterhouse Estate of Dorothy R. Watson Monique Weil Louis Weinberg Ingeborg B. Weinberger Ira W. Weiner Eric W. Weinmann (§) Arthur S. Weinstock Jed Weissberg and Shelley Roth David Welden Lynne Wells Estate of Karl Wendel Charles P. Wennermark Judy and Josh Weston Ginia Davis Wexler Estate of Edwin Weyer Barbara Whan Betty Wheeler Michael and Judy L. White John C. Whitehead Dora Wiebenson Elizabeth P. Wiesner Don and Sally Wild Cheryl Wilfong John H. Will Brent S. Wille Joseph Williford David P. Willis Douglas L. Wilson Janet B. Wilson Jean M. Wilson Julia A. Wingard Stephen Winter Mary Porter Wise (§) The Estate of Gretchen Wolf Richard B. and Edith Wolf Robert and Gay Worthing Arthur F. Wortman James B. Wozniak (dec) Janet A. Wright Betty and Roger Wrigley Sylvia Wubnig (§) Max P. Wurf (§) Warren Wyss Julia C. Xeros Michael Yanowitch John E. Yarnelle (§) The Reverend Lois F. Yatzeck David W. Yeats James Yee Seymour Yudkin Stephen A. Zach Grace Zahn Estate of Phyllis J. Zamorski Gabriel Zepecki Dewey K. Ziegler Verena K. Zimmerman Kathleen G. Zingaro Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Zucker Joseph T. Zylla (§) deceased

In-Kind Donors ADP Apollo Group, Inc. Baby Buggy Inc. Bloomberg Markets Magazine Business Civic Leadership Center Church by the Side of the Road Earnest Eats El Dorado Furniture Expressive Computing FAME Assistance Corporation Figenza Financial Times Gilt Group Google Hulu Manhattan Mini-Storage Meritex LLC, a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide Microsoft Corporation MLB Parkview Gardens Pearson Foundation Pfizer Redbook Samara Hubner Inc. San Francisco Magazine San Francisco Wine Trading Company Scholastic Stonecrop Target Threads 4 Thought Uptown Magazine Vickery Meadow Ministry Welcome to America Project


BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND SENIOR STAFF AS of February 22, 2012 IRC Board of Directors and Overseers The International Rescue Committee is governed by a volunteer, unpaid Board of Directors. The Overseers provide advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and public relations. Sarah O’Hagan and Thomas Schick Co-Chairs, Board of Directors Tracy R. Wolstencroft Treasurer Jean Kennedy Smith Secretary George Rupp President and Chief Executive Officer Glenda Burkhart and Scott Pelley Co-Chairs, Overseers Liv Ullmann Vice Chair, International Alan R. Batkin Winston Lord James C. Strickler Jonathan L. Wiesner John C. Whitehead Chairs Emeriti

TOP A boy makes his way home on a raft during

Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century.

BOTTOM Bossn Gumaa, a Sudanese refugee,

feels at home working in a New Roots farm in the desert outside Phoenix, Ariz. Built with an IRC micro‑enterprise loan, the farm raises goats and sheep.

Board of Directors Laurent Alpert Cliff S. Asness Christoph Becker Mary Boies Andrew H. Brimmer Glenda K. Burkhart Florence A. Davis Trinh D. Doan Kenneth R. French George F. Hritz M. Farooq Kathwari David Levine Robert E. Marks Eduardo G. Mestre Sarah O’Hagan Anjali Pant Andrew Robertson Gideon Rose George Rupp Omar Saeed Scott T. Scheirman Thomas Schick Gordon Smith Sally Susman Michael VanRooyen, M.D. Josh S. Weston William T. Winters Tracy R. Wolstencroft Overseers Morton I. Abramowitz Madeleine K. Albright Kofi A. Annan Lila Azam Zanganeh F. William Barnett Alan R. Batkin Georgette F. Bennett Vera Blinken Betsy Blumenthal W. Michael Blumenthal Jennifer Brokaw, M.D. Tom Brokaw Glenda Burkhart Frederick M. Burkle, M.D. Néstor Carbonell Robin Fray Carey Jeremy Carver


Geoffrey Colvin Karen Cook Robert M. Cotten Jocelyn Cunningham Susan Dentzer Robert P. DeVecchi Dina Dublon Robin Chandler Duke Jodie Eastman Katherine G. Farley H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan Harold Ford, Jr. Jeffrey E. Garten Evan G. Greenberg Maurice R. Greenberg Andrew S. Grove Morton I. Hamburg Karen Hein, M.D. Lucile P. Herbert Frederick Iseman Aly S. Jeddy Howard Jonas Marvin Josephson Alton Kastner Henry A. Kissinger Yong Kwok Reynold Levy Winston Lord Dan Lufkin Vincent A. Mai John Makinson Lucretia Martin Roberto Martinez Roman Martinez IV Kati Marton Jay Mazur W. Allen Moore Kathleen Newland Indra K. Nooyi Sadako Ogata Catherine O’Neill Susan Patricof Scott Pelley Alexandra L. Peters David L. Phillips Colin L. Powell Milbrey Rennie Condoleezza Rice John Richardson Felix G. Rohatyn George S. Sarlo Jessica T. Seinfeld James T. Sherwin Jean Kennedy Smith H. Peter Stern James C. Strickler, M.D. Lee Thaw Georgia Travers Liv Ullmann William J. vanden Heuvel Ronald J. Waldman, M.D., M.P.H. Rhonda Weingarten Edwin J. Wesely Anne Whitehead John C. Whitehead Elie Wiesel Jonathan L. Wiesner James D. Wolfensohn

Patricia Long Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

Senior Staff George Rupp President and Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Costa Executive Director

George Biddle Executive Vice President

Carrie Simon General Counsel John Keys Senior Vice President, Programs Carrie Ross Welch Senior Vice President, External Relations Kay Bellor Vice President, US Programs Edward Bligh Vice President, Editorial Director Robert Carey Vice President, Resettlement and Migration Policy Sue Dwyer Vice President, Programs Mary Jane Jamar Chief Human Resource Officer Susan Kotcher Vice President, Development Michael Kocher Vice President, International Programs Ellen C. O’Connell Vice President, Administration and Board Relations

International Rescue Committee-Belgium Nathalie Stiennon Director Board of Directors Laurent Alpert Jeremy P. Carver CBE Liv Ullmann Jonathan Wiesner

International Rescue Committee-UK Carolyn Makinson Executive Director Board of Trustees Jeremy P. Carver CBE Kathleen O’Donovan Co-Chairs George Biddle Mary Blewitt OBE Glenda Burkhart FX de Mallmann Jeremy Greenstock GCMG John Holmes GCVO, KBE, CMG Trish Malloch-Brown Richard Sharp Diane Simpson

Women’s Refugee Commission

Board of Directors Robin Fray Carey Jocelyn Cunningham Co-Chairs, Board of Directors



Financial Report


Fundraising Management and General Program Fundraising Services


CONDENSED AUDITED STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES Management and General for the Services years ended Sept. 30, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2010 (in thousands) Program

3% 4% 93%






3% 4% 93%

Contributions Contributed goods and services Grants and contracts Investment return used for operations Loan administration fees and other income Total Operating Revenues







3,064 391,256

2,730 316,095







4,656 355,623

4,257 286,296



11,549 28,711 384,334

10,553 26,622 312,918


International relief and assistance programs US Programs Emergency preparedness, technical units and other Women’s Refugee Commission

Fundraising Management and General Program Services

Total Program Services Supporting Services


Management and general Fundraising

32% 32% 32%

Total Supporting Services Total Operating Expenses

13% 13% 13%


9% 9% 9%

Excess related to unrestricted funds Excess/(Deficiency) related to temporary restricted funds* Endowment, planned giving and other non-operating activities (net)

6% 6% 6%

Increase in Net Assets 18% 18% 18% 11% 11% 11%

Net assets at beginning of year NET ASSETS AT END OF YEAR





2,463 (2,376) 4,546 124,560 $129,106

(402) 7,319 10,496 114,064 $124,560

* Unspent temporarily restricted funds are carried forward and therefore may produce deficits in the years when expended. 11% 11%

Complete financial statements, audited by KPMG LLP, are available on

Health Health Health Resettlement Resettlement Resettlement Community Development Community Development Community Development Water Sanitation Water &&&Sanitation Water Sanitation Education Education Education Distribution Distribution Distribution Other Programs* Other OtherPrograms* Programs* * Includes protection, shelter and livelihoods * Includes protection, shelter and livelihoods * Includes protection, shelter and livelihoods

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39 IRC events, forums and fact-finding trips inform the public, honor courageous individuals and raise vital financial contributions.

IRC Events HONOR, INFORM, Educate 1





1 Tom Brokaw accepts the 2011 Freedom Award

on behalf of the Brokaw family at the IRC’s annual Freedom Award Dinner.


2 Grammy Award winning artist and IRC Voice John Legend performed his hit song “Wake Up” at the Freedom Award Dinner. 3 Sarah Wayne Callies, IRC Voice and star of the AMC

TV series “The Walking Dead,” with refugee children at the IRC’s offices in Atlanta.

4 Actress and IRC Voice Rashida Jones visited the Tham Hin Camp to help raise awareness about the humanitarian needs of Burmese refugees in Thailand. 5 CBS Evening News anchor and IRC Overseer Co-Chair Scott Pelley greets IRC caseworker Abdin Al Dulaimy at the annual “Rebuilding Lives” dinner in Seattle.


6 Gaby and Susie Sarlo present the Sarlo Distinguished Humanitarian Award to the IRC’s Amir Music at the IRC’s annual fundraising dinner in San Francisco. 7 David Letterman tosses off a few one-liners while paying tribute to his friend Tom Brokaw at the Freedom Award Dinner.

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IRC Events Continued 10



8 General Colin L. Powell introduced his friend

Tom Brokaw at the IRC Freedom Award Dinner.


9 Actress Susan Saint James (left) with NBC News

correspondent Ann Curry at the Freedom Award Dinner. 10 John Legend, with New York City schools

chancellor Dennis Walcott, visited students at the Refugee Summer Youth Academy in New York.

11 NBC News’ David Gregory was master of ceremonies of the Freedom Award Dinner. 12 Award-winning singer and IRC Voice Jencarlos Canela visited IRC programs in Haiti. 13 Over 200 people gathered in New York to launch GenR—Generation Rescue—a group of young professionals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to supporting and spreading the word about the IRC’s mission.

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Publications Director and Editor: Steven Manning Deputy Editor: Peter Biro Contributors: Ned Colt, Sophia Jones-Mwangi Copy Editor: Rex Roberts EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Edward Bligh

All photos by Peter Biro except: p9 top right: Edward Macharia; p14-15: The IRC; p18-19: Paolo Cernuschi; Libya: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra; p24 top: Christopher Scott; middle: Gerald Martone; bottom: Sophia Jones-Mwangi; p25: top: Melissa Winkler; refugees in America: Misha Cohen; bottom: Jiro Ose; p31: JEN; p39 1,2,7: Michael DeVito; 3: Joeff Davis; 5,6: The IRC; p40: 8,9,11: Michael DeVito; 10: Eric Williams; 12: Antonio Pinares; 13: The IRC.

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