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What is the Disasters Emergency Committee?

The Disasters Emergency Committee (“DEC”) is a registered UK charity that acts as an umbrella fund raising organisation for 15 large charities. It was originally setup in 1963 and since then has coordinated appeals for most international emergencies. When an appeal is made the DEC management will determine which of the 15 charities is best placed to respond effectively.

What does it cost?

Over the last 5 years DEC’s fundraising costs have averaged 11% of income. check out more information here

DEC Members

The current members are:

  • Action against Hunger
  • Action Aid
  • Age International
  • British Red Cross
  • Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
  • CARE International
  • Christian Aid
  • Concern Worldwide
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Islamic relief
  • Oxfam
  • Save the Children
  • Tear Fund
  • World Vision

The most recent addition, International Rescue Committee, was made in 2021.

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