West Bank and Gaza: Mercy Corps working closer with Middle East partners June 15, 2009
Mercy Corps received a $10 million contribution this week from Qatar Charity for its work in the Gaza Strip. The two organizations said they will focus largely on developing economic opportunities. Mercy Corps and Qatar Charity signed an agreement to collaborate on a large-scale cash-for-work program involving removing rubble, restoring buildings, helping fishermen and small farmers, teaching entrepreneurship skills and designing a business resource center.
United States: Mercy Corps gets big June 8, 2009
Mercy Corps faces three questions as it grows from its Portland home base into a major player on the global humanitarian stage: How much overhead is too much? How much of the world can you save? And when, if ever, is it OK to throw a swanky charity gala in honor of destitute people? Mercy Corps' answers may provide relief to loyal Northwest donors worried about the organization getting too big too fast. They also offer general clues for people trying to sort out which charities to support this year, when the needs are great and money is tight.
Somalia: Building a future in the wreckage of war zones June 5, 2009
Somalia is the "most dangerous place on Earth," says Matthew Lovick. That's why it's one of the African nations where Portland-based Mercy Corps is expanding operations, Lovick told a small group of Seattle supporters Thursday. "There's not a single person in this room who could go to Somalia and not be kidnapped and ransomed," he said during the informal briefing on the aid organization's Africa programs.
China: Chinese leaders learn about corporate social responsibility May 24, 2009
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Wu Qungang, a young government official from China, came to Oregon this month for an unusual nine days of study about social innovation in a capitalist country. He learned how Nike funds youth athletics and Starbucks gives grants for community projects and heard about a host of other ways that business and philanthropy can be harnessed to make life better.
United States: Nonprofit consortium, NetHope, formed to share technology May 19, 2009
Seattle has become a hub for technology and philanthropy, so it's not surprising that a nonprofit consortium combining both would find fertile ground here. The group, NetHope, has grown to 26 members, including locally based nonprofits Mercy Corps, PATH and World Vision, and major supporters such as Microsoft. The members of NetHope work in some of the most challenging environments on the planet, trying to get humanitarian aid to people after disasters, wars and other crises.
DR Congo: Fear and vigilance: Refugees in the DRC April 30, 2009
View Joni Kabana's photos associated with this story on Need Magazine's website: NeedMagazine.com Tension was extremely high in and around Goma when I traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January. I was in the country with a Mercy Corps writer to document Mercy Corps’ efforts.
United States: Mercy Corps picks leader for 'action center' in Portland April 30, 2009
Mercy Corps searched the globe and landed a local -- Julie Mancini, who has inspired troubled youths and drawn celebrity authors to Portland -- to launch its international "action center" in Old Town. Mancini, 60, will direct a $2 million street-front center at Mercy Corps' new headquarters, where visitors can try out relief work and help change their communities and the world. Wearing a hard hat, black fleece and dress shoes, Mancini stepped past drywall workers and electricians Wednesday in the space she's helping to prepare.
United States: Web site joins entrepreneurs with mentors April 28, 2009
View video news clip of this story HERE MILL VALLEY, CA -- Starting a small business is tough in the best of times. But, during a recession it can be a bottomless money pit that drains your sanity along with your wallet. Now there's a new online service that hooks up fledgling entrepreneurs up with experienced mentors, and the distance between the two people is not a factor.
United States: Developing-world idea gains favor at home — microcredit April 7, 2009
Microcredit is commonly associated with small-scale loans to villagers starting cottage businesses in the developing world. But as joblessness and stingy credit markets touch millions of Americans, microcredit is taking hold in the United States. Kiva, which has made more than $65 million in loans to about 466,000 borrowers overseas, is making plans to lend in the United States, according Matt Flannery, co-founder of the San Francisco-based microlender.
United States: Small business stimulus may help local entrepreneurs April 2, 2009
The Obama administration made $15 billion available to jump-start small business lending. Some national lenders question whether the government's cash infusion comes with too many strings attached. Oregon's traditional banks have had generally positive reactions. Some report they're getting more inquiries than usual for SBA-backed loans. Mercy Corps Northwest lends to entrepreneurs who can't get funded by traditional sources. Loan officer Brian Fassett says it's still a tough lending market for small businesses.