Alight is pioneering a new kind of humanitarian organization.
Our purpose is to inspire and unleash abundance in every person by being the best at co-creating with displaced people. Together, we aim to unlock new pathways to redefine quality in the industry.
Our work is guided by two world truths:
1. More than 110 million individuals worldwide have been forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence and climate change. For many, home is behind, and the unknown is ahead. With political instability, extremism, and the climate crisis intensifying, we are arriving at a critical intersection for refugees and displaced people across the globe.
2. Resources are being spread too thin across different global crises, when what’s truly needed in this moment is bold innovation and collective action to address the escalating needs of displaced communities.
While traditional humanitarian relief tends to offer a one-size-fits-all approach, Alight takes a human-centered approach to humanitarian aid. We exist to walk alongside those who – by sheer circumstance – find themselves on the long and arduous journey of displacement. Alight has been around since 1979 and we have been deeply co-creating with communities and integrating human-centered design into our work for more than a decade. Our 2,300 humanitarians across 20 countries understand the experiences of the displaced better than anyone and deliver high quality services worthy of their humanity.
Being Alight means centering the displaced, leaning into insights, institutionalizing co-creating and implementing high-quality programs and services – all while developing trusting local partnerships that build resilience and shifts power back into the hands of local communities, where it belongs.
Alight works with the displaced during the entire journey, from initial support towards long term stability. In addition to addressing basic needs such as healthcare, clean water, shelter, protection etc., we offer livelihood programming and special attention to the population most affected by displacement – women and girls – while also creating innovative solutions for those displaced due to climate or emergencies. While our reach is vast, our impact is deep. We’re privileged to be serving more than 4 million people each year.
We are an organization that sees possibility instead of scarcity, that provides services truly worthy of human beings instead of just ‘good enough.’ From the people we serve to the people who serve alongside us, our purpose is to unlock limitless potential, together. That’s when abundance happens.
Alight is a global nonprofit that was founded in 1979. Formerly known as the American Refugee Committee, it was renamed in 2019 to reflect the optimism and abundance in the work we do. The organization is led by social innovator and co-founder/former CEO of IDEO.org, Jocelyn Wyatt, who took the helm as CEO in 2021 and works closely with its Board of Directors, Senior Management team, and locally based Executive Directors to lead Alight towards realizing its purpose. For details about Alight’s leadership, financials, and to see our annual report, visit us here.