After the tragic earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan, Amazon.com enabled its customers to help the survivors by prominently posting a call to action and Mercy Corps logo on its homepage. Amazon’s existing online payment system made it easy for customers to donate. In just the first six hours of the campaign, $110,000 was raised for earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Impact: 14,000 customers got involved with the earthquake relief efforts, making gifts totaling $895,000 in support of Mercy Corps’ lifesaving work in Haiti.
Boeing has been a longstanding partner of Mercy Corps, contributing to Mercy Corps emergency response efforts in Pakistan, Uganda, Iran, Somalia, Indonesia, and the Gulf Coast. Boeing and its employees have donated millions to assist those recovering from emergencies and natural disasters in some of the world’s toughest places, directly helping thousands of families survive and rebuild their lives. Boeing has also supported community-based disaster preparedness for vulnerable communities—helping reduce the potential negative impacts of future emergencies. Boeing has also supported sanitation and education programming, helping communities improve their health. In 2012, Boeing partnered with Mercy Corps to promote economic recovery with a special focus on the unique, and often overlooked, needs of people with disabilities who survived the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Read more about Boeing’s work with Mercy Corps in Japan here.
Impact: Boeing and its employees have been longstanding Mercy Corps partners, contributing millions since 1995 for programming to support thousands of beneficiaries through Mercy Corps’ humanitarian and development work.
When the worst food crisis in 60 years hit the Horn of Africa, affecting over 13 million people, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment partnered with Mercy Corps and two other humanitarian organizations to issue a call to action through the We Can be Heroes campaign. The campaign is supported via promotional exposure across all of Time Warner’s advertising platforms, creating critically needed awareness of the crisis worldwide. DC Entertainment's iconic Justice League characters, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, are the campaign’s ‘spokescharacters’. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. made a two year commitment to the cause, matching donations from individuals 100% (up to $1 million in donations) and donating 50% of the purchase price of specially branded merchandise.
Impact: Mercy Corps and other partner organizations will equally share a corporate donation of at least $2 million over two years, directly helping tens of thousands of people in urgent need of food, water and emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa.
Since 2005, Intel Foundation has partnered with Mercy Corps in responding to disasters, including the 2005 Southeast Asia tsunami, earthquakes in Pakistan and Indonesia, the crisis in Lebanon, flooding in Pakistan, and the earthquake emergency in Haiti. Intel Foundation’s generous and dedicated support over the years has enabled Mercy Corps to respond quickly to save lives and address the needs of survivors of emergencies worldwide. Their support has also enabled Mercy Corps to help communities rebuild and increase resilience. Most recently, Intel Foundation contributed $100,000 to a recovery program in Haiti designed to empower 200 of Haiti’s young women to increase entrepreneurial capacity, job creation and revenue generation to further Haiti’s economic recovery. Through Intel Foundation’s generous support, this program will increase the success rates for female driven small businesses, fuel economic growth and help move women and their families out of poverty.
Impact: The Intel Foundation and Intel employees have donated more than $3 million to Mercy Corps for relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in response to emergencies worldwide, helping thousands of beneficiaries survive and thrive.
As part of the company’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility, Nau donates 2% of its apparel sales to Mercy Corps and other nonprofit Partners for Change. Customers have the opportunity to select their preferred organization at the point of sale. In addition, Mercy Corps staff attend Nau events to talk to customers about the agency’s work. Staff members of each organization post messages on the blogs and social media sites of the other organizations. This cross-communication helps Nau’s philanthropy come alive for its customers.
Impact: Nau’s Partners for Change initiative has engaged consumers and resulted in more than $50,000 in donations for people in need around the world.
After the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, technology company NVIDIA’s employees launched a grassroots effort called 'Operation Kizuna' to raise money to help survivors. Thanks to a generous donation from NVIDIA, Mercy Corps was able to help meet the emotional needs of more than 10,000 children suffering from the traumatic effects of the tsunami. Today, NVIDIA is supporting recovery programs in Japan aimed at helping entrepreneurs restart small businesses such as kimono repair shops, pastry shops and printing businesses.
Impact: A $2 million dollar donation from NVIDIA, the largest single corporate donation Mercy Corps has ever received, is enabling 100 small businesses to restart or reinforce their activities and will create more than 600 jobs, significantly impacting the economies of communities devastated by the tsunami.
For 10 years, Mercy Corps has partnered with Tazo Tea, a Starbucks company, to change the lives of tens of thousands of families in more than 200 tea growing communities in India and Guatemala. Through the Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI), children have clean water to drink, families are experiencing a significant decrease in waterborne illnesses, and young people are learning business and life skills that empower and enable them to create a better future.
Impact: Starbucks and Tazo Tea have donated more than $3 million dollars over the last 10 years, improving the lives of more than 75,000 individuals including 1,500 micro-entrepreneurs. Through the program, 1,250 latrines and 26 clean water infrastructure projects have been built, leading to a 75% decrease in waterborne diseases in participating communities in Darjeeling.
In 2007, the Western Union Foundation announced the launch of its signature Our World, Our Family program and selected Mercy Corps as its first partner. This $50 million, five-year initiative empowers migrant families around the world through education and economic opportunity programs that help them overcome barriers and realize their dreams. In 2010, Western Union launched its 50 Days of Giving campaign, allowing customers to vote on Facebook for their favorite of five nonprofit organizations. Mercy Corps received 47% of the 92,000 total votes cast and beat out four larger organizations to win the $150,000 grand prize.
Impact: In 2009, Western Union and Mercy Corps reached 450,000 beneficiaries through the Our World, Our Family program. During the 50 Days of Giving campaign, Western Union doubled its fans on Facebook. Mercy Corps directed $50,000 of the prize money to our Global Citizen Corps programs, specifically to fund our annual youth leadership summit that educates young people in the United States about global issues.
Xylem, formerly ITT, partnered with Mercy Corps in 2008 as part of its signature philanthropy program, Xylem Watermark, to help provide safe water in the aftermath of natural disasters. Xylem is now mid-way through its second, three-year, $1 million partnership with Mercy Corps, which includes providing water filtration and purification equipment, an employee matching gift program and a commitment to help Mercy Corps’ on-the-ground staff with efforts to rebuild water and sanitation infrastructure following disasters. Click here for more information about Xylem Watermark.
Impact: Xylem and Mercy Corps have provided lifesaving water in response to emergencies in eight countries. In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, Xylem helped provide more than 5 million liters of clean water to families in need. In Japan, Xylem Watermark’s support is restoring livelihoods for 100 fish-farming families. Finally, in our more recent response to the emergency in the Horn of Africa, Xylem Watermark has already helped to provide over 2 million liters of clean water.