International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
|Founded||992 as the official humanitarian relief agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.|
|In their own words||“In the spirit of Christ’s love, [IOCC] offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.”|
- 2013 annual income of $53,911,175, of which $28,649,349 was received from federal grants and $7,169,249 received from “international agencies.”
- While IOCC does not list donor amounts, it “acknowledges the cooperation and support” of numerous governmental bodies and organizations (many of which are IOCC “partner” organizations) including: ACT Alliance, ECHO, Finn Church Aid, UNICEF, UNHRC, UNOCHA, USAID, U.S. Department of State, and others.
- Serves communities in 14 countries throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
- IOCC “established its presence in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza in 1997, working since then to help those in need to improve their lives, and responding to the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable in times of conflict and increased isolation.”
- IOCC appeals focus primarily on humanitarian purposes, rather than political agendas.
- Regularly partners with Act Alliance to distribute aid in Gaza and has been an active member since APF’s inception in 2008.
- Signed a 2012 Amnesty International petition, “International Pressure Mounts Over Gaza Blockade,” calling to “increase pressure” on Israel to “end the blockade now.” The petition was also signed by a number of other highly biased and politicized NGOs including: American Friends Service Committee, Christian Aid (UK), Christian Peacemaker Teams, DanChurch Aid, Diakonia, Medical Aid for Palestinians, Medico International (Germany), Norwegian People’s Aid, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam International, Trocaire (Ireland), and others.
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