InterAction Announces $1.2 billion Refugee and Humanitarian Assistance Pledge

Group of 32 international NGOs commit over $1 billion in private resources to help address global refugee crisis over the next three years.
Release Date: 
Sep 15, 2016

WASHINGTON -- InterAction—the largest U.S. alliance of international nongovernmental organizations—announced a commitment today by 32 of its members* to collectively invest over $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts over the next three years. The pledge announcement comes in advance of President Barack Obama's Sept. 20 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Global leaders present at the summit are also expected to make new and significant pledges to help address the global refugee crisis.

According to the UN refugee agency, there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today, the highest number since World War II. By utilizing donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations, the NGOs participating in the InterAction pledge will work to provide urgent medical assistance, food and nutrition security, shelter, education, and other essential services to refugees and displaced populations across the globe.  

"The American people have a long, proud tradition of aiding others in times of great need. Today's global refugee crisis is no exception," said InterAction CEO Sam Worthington. "InterAction is proud to represent 32 of its members in making this important humanitarian assistance pledge. Today's announcement represents a down payment on the ongoing commitment of U.S. civil society to work together with public and private partners to help displaced populations in a time of historic humanitarian need."

USAID, InterAction, and its members have a strong history of partnering to tackle critical humanitarian challenges. The InterAction pledge is the latest example of U.S. civil society’s ability to collectively harness its resources and partner with public and private sector allies to assist people and communities affected by devastating natural and man-made disasters.

“With today’s global refugee crisis straining the world’s resources and testing our resolve, the American people have once again stepped up through this extraordinary display of generosity from InterAction and its members,” said USAID Administrator Gayle Smith. “This commitment will help galvanize the international community ahead of President Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees and spur further action from governments, businesses, and donors to meet the urgent needs of refugees and displaced persons around the world.”

Over the three-year commitment period, InterAction will track and annually announce the total private investments by participating member NGOs in humanitarian aid related to refugee services and relief. Additional information and updates will be available online at

  1. Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
  2. American Jewish World Service
  3. All Hands Volunteers
  4. AmeriCares
  5. CARE U.S.
  6. Catholic Relief Services
  7. Church World Service
  8. Global Communities
  9. Headwaters Relief Organization
  10. Heartland Alliance International
  11. HIAS
  12. International Medical Corps
  13. International Rescue Committee
  14. Islamic Relief USA
  15. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
  16. Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
  17. Mercy Corps
  18. Operation USA
  19. Oxfam America
  20. Project C.U.R.E.
  21. Relief International
  22. Syrian American Medical Society
  23. Salvation Army
  24. Save the Children U.S.
  25. Stop Hunger Now
  26. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
  27. U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  28. USA for UNHCR
  29. World Food Program USA
  30. World Concern
  31. World Hope International
  32. World Vision U.S.


* Please Note: This number was updated from 30 to 31 on Sept. 15 to include Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. 
** Please Note: This number was updated from 31 to 32 on Sept. 27 to include USA for UNHCR. 

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