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Direct Relief

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Vice President – Partnerships and Philanthropy: Heather Bennett


Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.

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The Fire Protection District deeply appreciates the dedication and partnership of Direct Relief’s staff and donors to support the acquisition and modification of the Firehawk.
Mark A. Hartwig
Fire Chief/Fire Warden, Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Global Coverage, Local Commitment

Vice President of Partnerships and Philanthropy Heather Bennett says there is an increasing need to improve access to medicine throughout the world. As the world’s largest provider of charitable medicine, Direct Relief has a presence in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries. 

That coverage enables the organization to provide coverage not just for the biggest and best-known disasters, but also the “underfunded, under-reported” crises. “No matter what size gift, Direct Relief takes that responsibility extremely seriously to be a good steward of funds and make sure that each dollar is spent as efficiently as possible,” Bennett says. 

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