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.



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. 



In 2017, Refugees International (RI) continued its impactful work, advocating for critical humanitarian and protection aid for displaced men, women, and children around the world.

RI efforts resulted in increased U.S., UN, and international assistance and funding to improve lives and security for refugees and internally displaced people. RI continued its vital mission without accepting any UN or government funding, which allows us to maintain the independence of our research and policy recommendations.

Throughout 2017, the world witnessed a continuum of events that eroded the rights and status of displaced people globally. From the brutal conflict in Syria to the persecution and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, from Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico to the limits on refugee admissions to the United States, the number and depth of refugee and displacement crises grew to historic levels with 16.2 million people newly displaced in 2017.

With humanitarian and human rights challenges facing refugees and displaced people now greater than ever, Refugees International will not retreat from its core mission—fighting for the protection of displaced and vulnerable people and working to better their lives through greater assistance and protections.



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 2017.
Click here to view a copy of the independent auditor's report for 2016.
Click here to view a copy of the independent auditor's report for 2015.

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. 



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