Donor FAQs

  1. How can I donate to or help ADRA International?
    You can assist ADRA International with your time, prayers, and donations. If you'd like to support ADRA International as a monthly donor, call 1.800.424.2372 and ask for information about ADRA Angels or sign-up online. For activity ideas, call 1.800.424.2372 and ask for our "Do Something" kit. To donate call 1.800.424.2372, donate online, or mail your donation to ADRA International, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA. To donate to ADRA through workplace campaigns (e.g., United Way, Combined Federal Campaign), designate ADRA #10654.
  2. Are donations to ADRA tax-exempt?
    Yes. ADRA International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are deductible for income and estate taxes. Anyone giving a qualifying donation directly to ADRA by calling 1.800.424.2372, donating online at, or mailing the donation 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 ADRA from these organizations as a lump sum and donor names are kept confidential by these organizations. If you want an ADRA receipt, want to respond to a particular appeal, or want to help a specific area, you must make your gift directly to ADRA International.
  3. What is the best way to help ADRA's response to a disaster?
    Monetary donations online or offline are the best, as they allow ADRA to immediately purchase specific items that survivors need. Most essential relief goods, such as medicines, temporary shelter, tools, clothing, blankets, and latrines, can be purchased locally or in neighboring countries at a lower price. Purchasing them locally not only helps provide these items quickly but also helps stimulate the economy in the disaster area. Often, unsolicited goods (such as used clothes, canned goods, etc.) clog transportation routes, hindering needed supplies from gaining clearance at shipping ports.
  4. Does ADRA accept clothing?
    ADRA no longer accepts used clothing due to the decline of requests from countries. In addition, the cost of shipping has become so expensive that it is no longer affordable. ADRA is also concerned with the affect that importing used clothing has on the local economies. However, ADRA's Gift Catalog has a number of options allowing you to choose your preferred program, region or price.
  5. Why doesn't ADRA collect offerings in churches?
    ADRA International's donors have said they wish to receive mailings from ADRA that keep them informed about its ministry and updates on how donations are being used. Adventist churches have an established list of monthly offerings that are collected. Once each year, on the second Sabbath (Saturday) of May, the Disaster and Famine Relief Offering (DFRO) is collected in Seventh-day Adventist churches. ADRA receives a portion of this offering.
  6. I donate to ADRA through my church. Why doesn't ADRA send me a receipt?
    Your church keeps confidential all the donations given to ADRA International through them. In other words, ADRA is not informed of any individual donor's name or the project you select when your church sends a lump sum offering to ADRA. Because your church does not inform us of the individual donor names, ADRA cannot issue a receipt to you, nor is your name on our donor list. If you wish to receive an ADRA International receipt or to specify an area for your donation, you must make your donation directly to ADRA International by calling 1.800.424.2372, donating online, or mailing your donation to: ADRA International, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA.
  7. Does ADRA accept government funding?
    While ADRA International partners with governments on projects, ADRA is free to determine what projects and initiatives it will undertake. That decision is based on what will best meet the needs of the people it is serving. The acceptance of funds places ADRA in a mutually beneficial partnership. ADRA designs a proposal in cooperation with a community, which is then reviewed and accepted by the government funder. The program's objectives and activities are developed by ADRA, and once the government funder has approved them, they become the results that ADRA agrees to achieve. Government-funded projects are independently audited and regular financial reports are submitted. They are also independently evaluated. This assures you that your tax dollars are being used to meet the needs of the people as intended.
  8. Can I sponsor a child through ADRA?
    ADRA aims to benefit whole communities rather than focus on individuals, as this builds up intra-community relationships. As such, ADRA has chosen not to do child sponsorships. Children are major beneficiaries of ADRA International programs that seek to integrate health, clean water, sanitation, food production, small businesses, and basic education including literacy.
  9. Can I give a donation specifically to help only Adventists members?
    We don't have any projects in which we help ONLY one group or another. If we discriminated, you'd have a village where some children would get food, medical care, and clean water, and other children would be hungry, sick, and thirsty. Instead, we follow Christ's example of helping those who need it most, no matter their background. That way, we demonstrate His unconditional love. ADRA's mission is to provide assistance without regard to religious, political, or ethnic background. Because we follow this mandate faithfully, we are sometimes the only humanitarian agency able to reach people in need.
  10. How much of private donations is used for direct humanitarian services?
    For every $1 given to ADRA, 90 cents goes directly to supporting our lifesaving programs around the world. Each gift you make is a contribution to the entire mission of ADRA, to be used wherever the need is greatest.
  11. From whom does ADRA receive its funding?
    ADRA International's disaster relief and development programs are funded with resources received from private individuals like you, governments and the United Nations [e.g., World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)]. In addition, corporations and other entities often donate material such as medicines, medical equipment and supplies, and free transportation to disaster and development areas.
  12. How does aid reach ADRA's beneficiaries?
    ADRA has a worldwide infrastructure in 120 countries that enables the agency to preposition and store aid, such as food, medicines, equipment, emergency supplies, etc. Depending on the type of program and needs, ADRA uses a wide variety of transportation methods to get needed aid to its 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.