“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. 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

Meeting the Century’s Most Pressing Challenges 


Over the last several years, Direct Relief has experienced dramatic growth, with annual shipments of medical aid increasing from $25 million in 2000 to $760 million in 2015.

The goal of the Campaign is to create an efficient warehouse space, certified for pharmaceutical distribution, that will improve capacity and enable more expansive responses to healthcare challenges. The organization has purchased an 8-acre property north of Hollister Avenue in the Santa Barbara Airport’s commercial industrial area. On this site, Direct Relief is building a state-of-the-art facility, with a 128,000 square-foot warehouse and a 27,000 square-foot office and meeting space.

The impact of the facility will be profound—the four-fold increase in warehouse size will allow Direct Relief to fulfill its vision of serving more people and partner organizations each year, while expanding its network of pharmaceutical and medical supply companies that want to contribute medicines and resources.

The facility will also allow Direct Relief’s technology and research teams to expand their reach and scope. The Campaign will create more sophisticated space for the advanced technologies that support the mission.

In its new home, Direct Relief will be able to meet the growing needs for humanitarian medical assistance all over the world.

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
Patricia Mitchell
Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing
Bobbie & Gerry Rubin
Zegar Family Foundation


($250,000 and above)

Anonymous Rita & Steve Moya
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


($100,000 and above)

Anonymous Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
David H. Anderson Elaine & Herbert Kendall
Zora & Les Charles Siri & Bob Marshall
Carrie Ohly-Cusack & Tom Cusack Mari & Hank Mitchel
Direct Relief Women Lynn & Bob Nakasone
David Lee Gibbs, Ph.D. Jody & Don Petersen
Diane & J. Michael Giles Lynda & Mark Schwartz
Kate & Dick Godfrey Patricia & Jim Selbert
Beth & Steve Green 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 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
Alixe & Mark Mattingly Walter J. and Holly O. Thomson Fund
John and Ellen Pillsbury Carrie & Thomas Tighe
John & Mary Romo Suzanne & Steven Weintraub


($10,000 and above)

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

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