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Four reasons why your support of Mercy Corps makes a real impact in the lives of families in the world’s toughest places.

1. We follow a time-tested approach to transformational change.

We have 34 years of practical know-how, learned on the ground and backed by the technical skills of our specialists in agriculture, engineering, economics and public health. Over that time, we’ve developed a distinctive approach to transformational change rooted in the following principles:

  • We know that communities are the best agents of their own change.
  • We know that local markets are often the fastest, most durable drivers of economic recovery.
  • We know that traditional development solutions will never adequately address the enormous challenges these communities face.

That’s why we approach each challenge with an open mind and a bias for action. We listen to local people and prioritize their most urgent needs. We fix gaps to get markets up and running. We bring groups together to negotiate conflicts and strengthen civic participation, in the belief that all development success is built on the foundation of good governance.

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2. We are efficient stewards of the money entrusted to us.

You can trust that your donations are used wisely. Over the last five years, Mercy Corps has used 88 percent of our resources to fund programs that help people in need around the world. Only 12 percent goes to administrative costs.

We have earned the highest ratings for efficiency, accountability and transparency from charity watchdog groups such as Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

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3. We deliver results.

Last year, we provided vital assistance to communities in crisis in more than 40 countries around the world. Our recent accomplishments include:

  • Meeting the needs of nearly two million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, including support for 83,200 vulnerable children in Jordan's refugee camps.
  • Supplying resources for more than 176,000 people in Mali & Niger to keep their livestock healthy and feed their families through the Sahel region’s chronic drought and failed harvests.
  • Graduating 3,000 Afghan women from our job-training classes, the first opportunity for many to receive an education and earn their own living.
  • Helping 182,000 small farmers in Indonesia, Uganda & Zimbabwe increase their productivity and food security with resources accessed on their mobile phones.
  • Providing 2,000 women and girls in Central African Republic with counseling and legal services to recover from assault.

4. We hold ourselves accountable both to donors and to the people we serve.

Chief among our core values is accountability. We believe that it is our duty to be effective stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us. We monitor and evaluate the efficacy of our programs with a dedicated staff of specialists, and conduct regular internal and external financial audits.

Our financial information and annual reports page includes detailed, audited financial statements and tax-related documents filed with the IRS.

Our 2015 Strategic Roadmap provides an overview of Mercy Corps’ vision, challenges and goals for our fiscal year.

Our Fiscal Year 2014 Year-End Summary (PDF) reports on what we achieved against last year's goals.

You can also review our privacy policy and our donor pledge.

Still have questions? Get answers now by calling our Donor Relations team at (888) 842-0842, or email