About Us

Our vision is to empower Syrian voices, both in Syria and in the diaspora. We envision a world where Syrian voices are heard, and their dreams are empowered to become a reality.
The American Relief Coalition for Syria

 

 

Who We Are

The American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS) is a secular, non-political coalition of Syrian diaspora led humanitarian organizations that provide multi-sector relief inside of Syria, as well as assistance and services to Syrian refugees in regional host countries and in the United States. Together the efforts of ARCS organizations help millions of Syrians, both those who remain in Syria and those displaced as refugees.

ARCS is dedicated to building a model network of diaspora organizations in the United States that will be an impetus for positive change, social welfare and development in their homeland. Guided by its values of humanitarianism, advocacy and collaboration, ARCS and its member organizations shall pursue this mission with compassion, transparency, and generosity.

 

Mission

The mission of ARCS is to be a voice for US-based Syrian diaspora organizations who are providing humanitarian and development services for Syrians worldwide, through advocacy and empowering local humanitarian actors. ARCS serves as an impetus for positive change, social welfare, and progress through serving as a platform for coordination and organizational development.

 


 

Food delivery from Rahma Relief Foundation
A classroom sponsored by Syria Relief and Development
Drinking water being provided by Syrian Forum's Ihsan Organization
Coalition Impact in 2015
  • Individual donors contributed over $51.9 million, including grants $70.9 million
  • Total estimated number of beneficiaries over 5.69 million people (4.17 million inside Syria)
  • Members work in all governorates in Syria except for Tartus and Suwayda
  • Organizations are represented in 21 US states (and DC)
  • Member organizations provide for all of basic needs of refugees.
  • 119 schools and 145 hospitals were supported and their doors kept open thanks to member organizations
Coalition Impact in 2016
  • Coalition members rasied over $55 million
  • Total estimated number of services provided over 8.75 million (mostly inside Syria)
  • Organizations are represented in 26 US states (and DC)
  • Member organizations provide for all of basic needs of refugees.
  • 140 schools and 200 healthcare facilities were supported and their doors kept open thanks to member organizations
Board of Directors (ARCS Executive Committee)
  • Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, Chair (Syrian American Medical Society)
  • Mohamad Al Bardan, Vice-Chair (Syrian Expatriates Organization)
  • Adib Chouiki, Secretary (Rahma Relief Foundation)
  • Mohamad Rachid, Treasurer (Syrian Forum USA)
  • Jomana Qaddour, Officer/Director (Syria Relief and Development)
Staff
  • Matthew Chrastek, Coordinator/Program Manager
  • Shane Smith, Administrative Assistant
Financial Information
2017 Annual Report
501c3 Letter
Document: 
2017 Form 990
Document: 
2016 Form 990