About IOCC

Our inspiration, mission, and work to help those in need.

Inspired by Faith. Driven by Purpose.

As the humanitarian aid and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, IOCC works in cooperation with the Orthodox Church and other partners to serve people in need, in the spirit of Christ’s love. By God’s grace, IOCC strives to equip those we serve to continue to improve their own lives and communities.

Our Mission

IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.

Since 1992: Orthodox Christian Philanthropy and Service

IOCC has provided more than $800 million in humanitarian relief and sustainable development programs to people facing hardship. Current programs focus on five sectors: emergency preparedness and response; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); sustainable livelihoods; food security and agriculture; and health.

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Addressing people’s immediate needs amid natural disasters, human-caused calamities, conflict, and more while building resilience to mitigate the effects of future humanitarian emergencies.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
Improving access to clean, safe water and minimizing public health threats in vulnerable communities to improve WASH conditions worldwide.

Sustainable Livelihoods
Offering education, training, and resources that assist people in developing skills that will lead to meaningful careers and create long-term change in their communities.

Food Security and Agriculture
Providing rural families with the training, equipment, and mentorship necessary to improve their nutrition, raise their standard of living, and grow their agricultural productivity and income.

Protecting the well-being of communities through prevention, intervention, and education services while connecting people in difficult situations with the care they need.

Where We Work
IOCC provides emergency relief and development assistance in communities around the world.

How We Put Your Donations to Work

As a nonprofit humanitarian aid and development organization, IOCC assesses and identifies needs, develops plans for appropriate and effective responses, manages operations, tracks grants, guides programs, and ensures reporting and transparency. IOCC is governed by an elected Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director and an Executive Team. IOCC applies the highest professional standards to its work and renders itself fully accountable to the public and its donors. In all programs, IOCC seeks to support local communities to address the needs they prioritize for themselves and to leave behind local structures better able to manage future developmental challenges.

Our Finances

How We’re Funded

IOCC funds programs and activities through a combination of its own resources and grants. We receive donations from private individuals, parishes, Church-affiliated and other groups, as well as grants from foundations and institutional donors such as UN agencies. We’re registered with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and eligible to receive funds for foreign assistance from the US government. IOCC is also a member of InterAction, a coalition of US-based nongovernmental organizations that provide humanitarian assistance programs overseas.

In all programs, IOCC is committed to abiding by international humanitarian law, including global humanitarian standards and principles.

IOCC Strategic Plan: 2022–2026

The strategic plan outlines IOCC’s vision, mission, and principles that guide its global operations and provide humanitarian aid and development assistance to millions in need worldwide. Click here to view.

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