“More than ever before in its 69-year history, Direct Relief is being called upon to assist people who are vulnerable – who endure poverty or crisis situations, and who often confront both. This is a pivotal moment in Direct Relief’s history and essential to its future.” — Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President and CEO

The Campaign for Direct Relief

Building a Better World

Direct Relief is building a new facility—and this project is about more than the walls, windows, and roof that make a building.

It is about the organization’s continued ability to pursue its mission of improving the lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.

It is about expanding humanitarian activities for the benefit of thousands of communities throughout the United States and the world.

And it is about extending health services to millions of people for the first time, helping them to realize their inherent potential and to live fulfilling lives.

Learn more about Direct Relief at directrelief.org

Setting the Standard for Charitable Medical Aid

Direct Relief is setting the standard for humanitarian medical aid in the 21st century. The organization is committed to meeting the highest commercial and regulatory standards for all of its health and humanitarian initiatives.

New federal legislation has been enacted that will guarantee the security of the drug supply chain in the United States. Compliance with the new law will require major upgrades to the infrastructure and systems used for handling, tracking, and transporting pharmaceuticals by Direct Relief. The new facility will meet these requirements with state-of-the-art systems and structures.

A new facility is essential to the future of Direct Relief and will ensure that the organization continues to operate at the highest standards.

Leading the Campaign

“The Campaign for Direct Relief is a tremendous opportunity for the organization to develop the essential capacity to do what it does best and extend the benefits of health to more people throughout the United States and the world.”
— Dorothy Largay, Campaign Co-Chair

Tom Cusack

Co-Chair, The Campaign for Direct Relief

Dorothy Largay

Co-Chair, The Campaign for Direct Relief

Thomas Tighe

President and CEO, Direct Relief

Board of Directors

Angel Iscovich, M.D., Chair David Brown  J. Michael Giles
Mark Schwartz, Vice-Chair Les Charles Bert Green, M.D.
Linda Gluck, Treasurer Dante Di Loreto Michael Kelly
Jim Selbert, Secretary Charles Fenzi, M.D. Mark Linehan
Beth Green, R.N., Assistant Secretary Patrick Fitzgerald Siri Marshall
Steve Ainsley Gregg Foster Jane Olson
Patricia Aoyama Pamela Gann Byron Scott, M.D.
Bitsy Becton Bacon Ernest Getto Steven Weintraub
Ken Bishop David Lee Gibbs, Ph.D.  Thomas Weisenburger, M.D.
Jeffrey Branch

Campaign Executive Committee

Tom Cusack, Co-Chair
Dorothy Largay, Co-Chair
Bitsy Becton Bacon
Dorothy Gardner
Stan Hatch
Siri Marshall
Rita Moya
John Romo
Mark Schwartz



Direct Relief is grateful for the extraordinary support of volunteers, individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations.

Honorary Chairs

($1,000,000 and above)

Bitsy Becton Bacon
Otis and Bettina Chandler Foundation
Betty & Stan Hatch
Ellen and Peter O. Johnson
Fredrick and Janice Leutheuser
Patricia Mitchell
Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing
Bobbie & Gerry Rubin
Thomas and Heather Sturgess
Zegar Family Foundation


($250,000 and above)

The Abbott Fund Rita & Steve Moya
Anonymous Jane and Ron Olson
Patricia Aoyama & Chris Kleveland June G. Outhwaite Charitable Trust
The California Endowment Raintree Foundation
Madelyn & Gregg Foster Nancy Schlosser
Hutton Parker Foundation Edgar Schollmaier
Linda & Fred Gluck Anne & Michael Towbes
Ann Jackson Family Foundation  WWW Foundation
Siri & Bob Marshall


($100,000 and above)

Anonymous Beth & Steve Green
David H. Anderson Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
BD Elaine & Herbert Kendall
Zora & Les Charles Mari & Hank Mitchel
Carrie Ohly-Cusack & Tom Cusack Lynn & Bob Nakasone
Direct Relief Women Jody & Don Petersen
David Lee Gibbs, Ph.D. Lynda & Mark Schwartz
Diane & J. Michael Giles Patricia & Jim Selbert
Kate & Dick Godfrey  Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation


($50,000 and above)

Anonymous Mosher Foundation
Diane & Ken Bishop Alan Porter
Otis Booth Foundation Turpin Family Charitable
Alexandra Brookshire & Bert Green West Coast Financial, LLC
Lisa & Angel Iscovich Dana White
Betsy Jones & Larry Dam


($25,000 and above)

Arnold and Jill Bellowe John & Mary Romo
Jeff and Michelle Branch Santa Barbara Foundation
Bill Burtness Maryan Schall
Kate & Brooks Firestone Deborah & Byron Scott
Judy & Ernie Getto Sandy & Eric Seale
Hollye & Jeffrey Jacobs Bhupi Singh & Gurinder Kaur
The LaMothe Kaplan Family Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Fund
Alixe & Mark Mattingly Carrie & Thomas Tighe
John and Ellen Pillsbury Suzanne & Steven Weintraub


($10,000 and above)

Anonymous Carolyn & Roger Horchow
B & B Foundation Joanna Kerns & Marc Appleton
California Community Foundation Janice & Fritz Leutheuser
Carolyn Chandler Mark Linehan
Sheila & Tom Cullen Orfalea Foundation
Sally & Patrick Enthoven Jim & Ingrid Shattuck
Roger S. Firestone Foundation Tana Sommer-Belin
Kee & Paul Flynn Carole and Sebastiano Sterpa
Penelope Foley Karl Weis and Kristen Klingbeil-Weis
Pamela Gann

Progress Updates

Direct Relief will move into its new facility in early 2018.

Direct Relief Investing $40 Million to Strengthen and Expand Supply Chain for Humanitarian Medical Aid

“More than ever before in its 68-year history, Direct Relief is being called upon to assist people who are vulnerable – who endure poverty or crisis situations, and who often confront both,” said Thomas Tighe , Direct Relief President and CEO.

Direct Relief Plans New Hollister Avenue Facility in Goleta

Nonprofit organization is looking to build a 128,000-square-foot warehouse as it grows and looks to maintain its medication distribution license Direct Relief, one of the most prominent nonprofits in the country, has plans in the works to build an expansive new facility at 6100 Hollister Ave.

Goleta-Based Direct Relief Planning Move

The more than 60 year old local non-profit is in the planning stages of moving from its S. La Patera Ln. location in Goleta to an 8 and a half acre parcel blocks away on Wallace Becknell Rd. off Hollister Ave., which is Santa Barbara Airport property.

Direct Relief Headquarters Project Gets Warm Reception for Santa Barbara Airport Site

Planning commissioners laud proposed state-of-the-art facility on property once considered for a Target One of the world’s largest humanitarian aid organizations wants to build a modern campus on City of Santa Barbara-owned property near Goleta – on a site once considered for a proposed Target store.

Give Now

Direct Relief must expand its current operational capacity to fulfill its unique role in providing people across the globe with the essential help they so desperately need.

Please join the Campaign to ensure Direct Relief’s future and further its mission of improving health and lives.

Check Donations

If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it payable to The Campaign for Direct Relief. A donation receipt for your tax records will be mailed to you. Please mail checks to:

The Campaign for Direct Relief
27 S. La Patera Ln.
Santa Barbara, CA 93117