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Annual Reports

ADRA 2017 Annual Report

ADRA 2016 Annual Report

ADRA 2015 Annual Report

ADRA 2014 Annual Report

ADRA 2013 Annual Report

Financial Statements

2017 Financial Statement

2016 Financial Statement

2015 Financial Statement

2014 Financial Statement

2013 Financial Statement

Irs 990 Forms

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

Sustainable Development Goals

ADRA’s holistic integrated approach to programming is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in that we aim to bring a collective focus to the way we contribute to greater wellbeing in the lives of the women, men, and children we serve.
This concept of wellbeing is the cornerstone of ADRA’s work. We believe that people have been created to thrive in the plurality of their dimensions – physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual – and that wellbeing constitutes the process of living these out to the full. By empowering others to live their lives fully and attain the goals they value, they become capable to pass on that same empowerment to others, thus establishing transformative change in the wellbeing of people and communities for the long term.

Through community-based programming, ADRA seeks to establish this holistic wellbeing. This involves designing and implementing sustainable, community-led projects that support each of the 17 SDGs, with three of those being core to the collective work of ADRA: SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), and SDG 4 (Quality Education). Thanks to our unique network structure, we at ADRA are not only able to report individual project impact on any given SDG but are also committed to recording our network-wide collective impact through these three core SDGs most relevant to us.


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.


Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.


Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Love is who you talk with

ADRA’s greatest partner is you.

Because of you, communities around the world are experiencing real and lasting change. Your advocacy delivers justice, your prayers provide compassion, and your support puts love into action when it’s needed most.

partnership organizations

ADRA’s mission is to serve humanity so all may live as God intended. To reach a world in need as effectively as possible, we pursue strong, equitable relationships with community-based and grassroots organizations to ensure that our work directly impacts those who need it most.

We also rely on the invaluable partnerships with governmental and nongovernmental partners—on all levels—to foster lasting change in the countries we work. For a full list our partners, please see our Annual Report.

united nations

For decades, ADRA has maintained a strong partnership with agencies of the United Nations. By supporting UN initiatives and implementing programs on the ground, ADRA and the UN work jointly to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. Through our membership in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), we participate in discussions on innovative thinking and sustainable development.

Throughout the years, ADRA has forged partnerships with the WFP, UNHCR, WHO, UNICEF, and other UN Agencies. Together we reached 2,441,270 people around the world in 2016 alone.

Government partnerships

ADRA builds partnerships with public organizations that play an integral part in fulfilling our mission. By teaming up with government aid agencies and humanitarian organizations around the world, ADRA expands its reach and deepens its capacity.
ADRA International’s partnerships encompass both emergency response and development projects spanning multiple countries and sectors. ADRA receives support from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the United States Agency for International Development Food for Peace (USAID FFP).
With the ongoing support of our partners, ADRA responds to people living in poverty and distress by creating real change through responsible action.

Committed to accountability

At ADRA, we remain committed to implementing a high standard of transparency and financial accountability in business practices, as well as in the design of our programs. The ADRA International annual and financial reports are available and provide an overview of the global impact of our worldwide network.


We love hearing from people who want to learn more about ADRA, our work, and so much more. Below are answers to many of the questions we receive regularly. If your question isn’t covered here, send us an email at and we’ll respond as soon as possible.


What does the name ADRA stand for?

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Founded in 1956 as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service and renamed ADRA in 1984, the agency has a long and successful history of providing humanitarian relief and implementing development initiatives.
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What does ADRA do?

Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 130 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, ADRA is able to improve the quality of life of millions.

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How is ADRA funded?

In 2015 ADRA’s program expenses totaled $190 million—made possible through private contributions from private individuals like you, corporations, foundations, and other entities. We also obtain funding and commodities from governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as USAID and the United Nations.

Does ADRA proselytize?

ADRA does not proselytize. God’s love in ADRA’s programs is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. We work in harmony with a broad array of cultures, traditions, and people of non-Christian faith, respecting the human dignity of all. The positive impact of ADRA’s contribution globally validates our heritage and belief in benevolent giving, as well as introduces the Adventist name to communities.

Can ADRA accommodate interview or research requests from university students?

We receive a large number of requests from university students to participate in interviews, surveys, or research projects. While we will assist with these requests when we can, our staff are very busy and cannot accommodate all requests. ADRA has offices in more than 130 countries, so in some cases it might be more appropriate or useful to contact your local ADRA office.


How does aid reach ADRA's beneficiaries?

We have a worldwide infrastructure in more than 130 countries that enables the agency to pre-position and store aid, such as food, medicine, equipment, emergency supplies, etc. Depending on the type of program and needs, ADRA uses a wide variety of transportation methods to get aid to our beneficiaries— a boat on the Amazon, a truck, a train, a solar-powered refrigerator in a local clinic, mobile units, and even volunteers on foot.

Are ADRA International projects audited?

The ADRA office in each country is responsible for coordinating audits for the projects they are funding. Responsibilities of the Internal Audit Office at ADRA International include monitoring and arranging external audits for projects funded by USAID. The General Conference Auditing Service audits ADRA country and administration accounting. All audit reports are submitted to ADRA International Internal Audit Office. These reports are presented to and reviewed by the ADRA Audit Review Committee, which reports directly to ADRA’s International’s Board of Directors. ADRA International is audited yearly by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Does ADRA help in the United States?

As the international headquarters for the ADRA network, ADRA’s office in the US supports projects managed by national offices, but does not operate projects in the United States. We have a close partnership with Adventist Community Services (ACS), local organizations, and other trusted partners that enables us to provide assistance at the request of our partners to those who have been affected when a disaster strikes within our borders.

I’m experiencing financial hardship. Can ADRA offer me financial assistance?

ADRA cannot provide financial assistance to individuals. ADRA works directly with communities through projects implemented by our national offices. If you are experiencing difficulties and need assistance, we suggest you contact your local ADRA office to enquire if there are any programs that can help you.

Does ADRA accept grant or fundraising proposals?

ADRA is not a foundation, and as such does not make donations or grants.

I have a product or offer a service I think ADRA would be interested in.

ADRA receives a large number of product and service enquiries and unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to respond to or consider every unsolicited enquiry. If you email, your request will be forwarded to the relevant department but we are not able to follow up if you do not receive a reply.


Does ADRA participate in workplace campaigns?

Yes we do. To donate to ADRA through workplace campaigns such as the United Way or Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), please designate ADRA #10654 on your workplace form.

Are donations to ADRA tax-exempt?

Yes. ADRA International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible for income and estate taxes. Tax deductibility only applies to donations given by individuals and entities filing for taxes within the United States. Anyone giving a qualifying donation directly to ADRA will receive a receipt from ADRA after each donation and a year-end tax statement. If you make a donation through United Way, Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), or through your local church, you cannot receive receipts from ADRA because donations come to us from these organizations as a lump sum and donor names are kept confidential.

What is the best way to help ADRA's response to a disaster?

Monetary donations are best, as they allow ADRA to immediately buy items that survivors need. Most essential relief goods are purchased in country to help reach the disaster zone quickly and to help stimulate the local economy. We do not accept material donations.

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How do I make a donation in a currency other than US dollars?

ADRA has offices in more than 130 countries, so you may be able to donate in your local currency. Donations to ADRA International given in foreign currencies are subject to variable exchange rates and, in some cases, bank processing fees.

Does ADRA accept material donations?

In most circumstances, ADRA does not have the capacity to accept material donations. Often, unsolicited goods like used clothes and canned goods clog transportation routes, hindering supplies from receiving clearance at shipping ports. You might want to consider selling the item and donating the proceeds to ADRA.

ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog

I donate to ADRA through my church. Why doesn't ADRA send me a receipt?

Your church keeps all donations confidential. We receive donations received through churches in a lump sum with no individual donor information so are not able to issue receipts or provide you with donor stewardship. If you wish to receive receipt from ADRA, you can mail your gift, donate by phone at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372), or give online anytime at

Can I sponsor a child through ADRA?

Children are major beneficiaries of our programs, designed to benefit entire communities rather than focus on individuals. As such, ADRA has chosen not to do child sponsorships.

Does ADRA have a gift catalog?

We are so glad you asked because yes, we do! The gift catalog is powerful way for you to give a gift with meaning that helps to transform a life in the developing world. ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog is filled with many ideas on how your friends, family, or church can be part of ADRA’s mission together.

Browse the gift catalog to see how your donations can help families living in poverty and distress.


How can I volunteer with ADRA?

ADRA Connections is our short-term volunteer program that allows you to get hands-on with ADRA projects around the world.

Learn more about ADRA Connections.

For longer-term support, we rely on the service and skills of local volunteers to implement our programs. Volunteering is coordinated through the national offices where the volunteer would be placed.

To inquire about potential volunteer opportunities in an ADRA office, please contact that office directly.

How can I work for ADRA?

Please visit our careers page to view current job openings and to apply for open positions. Unfortunately, applications and resumes sent via email will not be considered.

How can I become involved in ADRA's programs?

We rely on the support of private individuals, churches, and schools to fulfill our mission. We’re working on new ways for supporters to represent ADRA in their communities. Email if you’d like more information.

Working at ADRA is more than just a job—it’s an opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Our work is making a difference in the lives of millions around the world. Through hard work, perseverance, and deep commitment we turn limited resources into life-changing solutions.

Working at ADRA is more than just a job—it’s an opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Our work is making a difference in the lives of millions around the world. Through hard work, perseverance, and deep commitment we turn limited resources into life-changing solutions.

We love to hear from you!

You are important to ADRA and we welcome your support, questions, prayer requests, and everything else. We do receive a lot of messages, calls, and emails so thank you for your patience as we respond.



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