Why give to Mercy Corps

When people need us, we’re there. 

With support from people like you, Mercy Corps has been building stronger, more resilient communities for the past 40 years.

Along the way, we’ve developed our distinctive approach, connecting people to the resources they need so they can survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities.

  • 29m

    people reached in 2019
  • 40+

    countries we work in today
  • 5.9k

    team members across the world
  • 85%

    amount of our team from the countries they work in

Making real impact, during crisis and beyond

Since conflict broke out in Syria, we’ve been helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by the crisis each month. When Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, we remained on Grand Bahama Island to provide survivors with 7,500 gallons of desalinated water every day. And we have continued our presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo through ongoing conflict and recent Ebola outbreaks, providing financial assistance, clean water and training to grow stronger communities.

Long after an emergency or crisis, we're still there. While we create lasting change by carefully identifying the most urgent needs and building programmes informed with decades of on-the-ground experience, it’s the generosity of our donors that allows us to do this work and make a better world possible.

Doaa and Aysha, Mercy Corps team members, fit a ten-year-old Syrian boy for a wheelchair made from recycled and new parts.
Mercy Corps Case Manager Luma talks with Asmala, 12. We connected her parents to mobile banking, so they can pay bills, save money and rebuild their lives after fleeing Syria.

We are the communities we serve

We know communities are the best agents of their own change, which is why 85% of our almost 6,000 team members are from the places where we work. It’s also why our approach is to work directly with local leaders and grow local markets. Building stronger communities starts from within.

Mercy Corps WASH specialist Vimbayi distributes water and sanitation supplies to families after multiple mudslides ravaged their community. Vimbayi is from Zimbabwe and, through Mercy Corps, works to strengthen livelihoods around her country.

Together, we’ve made a meaningful, positive impact for 29 million lives in more than 40 countries last year alone. Take a look at our recent accomplishments.

Increasing your reach through efficiency and transparency

We strive to make the most of every penny we receive, evaluating the efficacy of our programmes with a team of humanitarians who have spent their careers working within a broad range of disciplines, including agriculture, engineering, economics and public health.

To keep ourselves accountable and our supporters informed, we’re committed to complete transparency by sharing detailed annual reports, our financials, ethics and policies, and the strategic roadmap that guides our vision and goals for the future.

We also prioritise meeting the highest standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency from charity watchdog groups. Over the last five years, Mercy Corps has used 86 per cent of our resources to fund programmes that help people in need around the world.

Have questions?

Give us a call on +44 (0) 131 662 2377, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm (UK time), or email fundraising-europe@mercycorps.org.