Our Accountability and Financials

Refugees International (RI) is committed to operating at the highest standards of accountability, transparency, and ethics. We seek to earn your trust by sharing information about how we operate and use donated funds to achieve our mission. The following details reflect our commitment to our donors, volunteers, and the people we serve.

 

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL OVERSIGHT

The Directors who serve and oversee Refugees International help to develop and advance the interests of our donors in ways that go beyond just raising money. Good governance is more than just supporting the organization - it also means representing the community's interest in what we do.  Working in partnership with RI's professional staff, the Directors also cooperate with key legal bodies and various independent organizations that evaluate charities on a number of factors, not the least of which is an organization's degree of accountability and transparency.

Our Board of Directors has two fundamental legal obligations, or fiduciary duties, that apply to everything we do:

  • Duty of Loyalty - Keeping the interests of Refugees International in mind at all times when making decisions on behalf of the organization;

  • Duty of Care - The amount of care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances. This describes the criteria our Directors must give to making decisions on behalf of Refugees International.

 

ORganizational and Financial information

  • Tax Exempt Status - Refugees International is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax-exempt organization. Our IRS Determination Letter confirms this information.

  • Volunteer Governance - Our Board of Directors provides internal oversight of the organization.

  • Professionally Staffed - Our Key Employees provide the services needed to achieve our mission.

  • Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy - RI maintains and enforces a Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy. Its annual disclosure practice ensures ethical behavior among our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.

  • Annual Independent Audit - Our financial statements (see below) for the past three years provide details on our use of donor funds and assets

  • IRS Verified - Our IRS Form 990 documents (see below) for the past three years confirm the annual tax filing information that we are required to maintain for our tax exempt designation.

  • Stewardship Publicly Reported - Our Annual Report of activities for each year provides details on our accomplishments and the impact we make with your support. 

 

Annual Report AND RELATED DOCUMENTS

We're shining a light on the critical challenges faced by those who have been forced from their homes.

In 2018, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes has surpassed the highest levels ever recorded. Borders are closing, political rhetoric demonizes and rejects the displaced, and humanitarian crises are chronically underfunded. 

Refugees International is doubling down on our mission to advocate for the well-being of displaced communities—to present solutions and demand action.

We do not accept any government or UN funding, ensuring the independence and credibility of our work.

The need for lifesaving advocacy on behalf of refugees has never been greater.

Click here to view a copy of RI's IRS Form 990 for 2017.
Click here to view a copy of RI's IRS Form 990 for 2016.
Click here to view a copy of RI's IRS Form 990 for 2015.

Click here to view a copy of the independent auditor's report for 2018.
Click here to view a copy of the independent auditor's report for 2017.
Click here to view a copy of the independent auditor's report for 2016.


Please contact us if you would like to receive a hard copy of our annual reports.
Refugees International is committed to transparency.
To learn more about RI's financial information, visit GuideStar.
For more on Refugees International's IRS tax exempt status, click here.