Learn more about IOCC's mission and inspiration to help those in need.

Our Purpose


Inspired by Faith. Driven by Purpose.

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. We envision that, by God’s grace, IOCC will enable those suffering and in need to continue to improve their own lives and communities and to have means to live with dignity, respect, and hope. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC and its partners have provided more than $600 million in relief and self-help programs to people in more than 60 countries. Current programs focus on emergency relief, agriculture and food security, education, health, water and sanitation, and economic opportunity in places including Syria, Greece, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Balkans, and the United States. 2017 marks IOCC’s 25th anniversary celebration.

How We Work—And Put Your Donations to Work

IOCC staff identifies needs, develops plans, manages operations, tracks grants, guides programs and assures reporting and transparency. IOCC is accountable to the Assembly of Bishops, governed by an elected Board of Directors, and managed by an Executive Director and Executive Team.

IOCC is committed to working with the most affected communities to identify the appropriate short and long-term responses to their needs.

How We're Funded

IOCC funds programs and activities through a combination of its own resources and grants. We’re registered with the U.S. Agency for International Development and eligible to receive funds for foreign assistance from the U.S. government. We’re members of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and relief agencies as well as InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations that provide humanitarian assistance programs overseas. In carrying out its programs, IOCC is committed to abiding by the International Humanitarian Law including humanitarian standards and principles.

IOCC Strategic Plan: 2017–2021

The strategic plan outlines IOCC's vision, mission, and principles that help guide its global organization and bring relief and aid to millions. Click here to view