Mercy Corps can't do it alone

India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya

February 27, 2012

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    In Nepal, Mercy Corps staff wear 'Insect Blocker' shirts donated by Columbia Sportswear on their visits to remote villages that we are helping access clean water and sanitation. Photo: Miguel Samper for Mercy Corps Photo: nepal-201106-msamper-0265.jpg
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    A Japanese kimono maker who was able to reopen her shop thanks to a small business grant program from Mercy Corps and NVIDIA. Photo: Sylvia Ross/Mercy Corps Photo: kimono_maker.jpg

It takes a lot to make a difference for people in 41 countries around the world. Mercy Corps can’t do it alone. It’s the efforts of many people and organizations contributing their time, dollars and expertise that help us make a far bigger impact than any one individual or organization could working alone.

Mercy Corps’ work is grounded in this spirit of partnership — the principle that sustainable change is best achieved when community groups, governments and the private sector work together. They’re like the three legs of a stool; without one, the stool falls over.

That’s why we’re proud to partner with the private sector and with companies who share our commitment to helping families around the world. In many cases, this takes the form of strategic and significant philanthropic contributions. But we also utilize the expertise of engineers, product developers, marketers and executives to design and implement programs that help improve people’s lives.

After all, if companies can manage 150,000 global employees, build an automobile from hubcaps to headlights in less than 18 hours, or develop a computer that fits in the palm of your hand, just think of the impact they have when they join the fight against poverty.

So today, on International Corporate Philanthropy Day, we’re taking a moment to recognize and celebrate some of the companies who are demonstrating vision and leadership by making a significant commitment to saving and improving lives around the world:

For ten years, we’ve worked with Pacific Northwest-based Tazo Tea, a Starbucks company, to improve the lives of families in remote tea growing communities in Darjeeling and Assam, India. Through our work together on the Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI), women are learning to read and write, children have clean water to drink, and young people are learning business and life skills that empower and enable them to create a better future.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are raising awareness and funds for the 9.5 million people in urgent need of food, water and emergency assistance to survive the drought in the Horn of Africa with their We Can Be Heroes campaign. In fact, the company is making a two year commitment to the cause and matching donations from individuals 100%!

Columbia Sportswear, a longtime supporter of our disaster relief efforts, contributed shirts made with a new insect-repellant technology to outfit our team in the world’s toughest places. Another great Portland outerwear company, Nau, has made an outstanding commitment to Mercy Corps as one of its Partners for Change for more than five years.

Western Union is a truly global leadership partner, joining with us this year in Indonesia, Kenya and Haiti to help young people learn financial skills such as saving and budgeting, and supporting budding entrepreneurs. Over the past five years, our work together has helped make life better for nearly one million people in 15 countries.

Decisions to have a meaningful impact in the community aren’t always made in the executive office. Technology company NVIDIA’s employees launched a grassroots effort called ‘Operation Kizuna’ to raise money to help survivors of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Those funds are being used to help entrepreneurs restart small businesses such as kimono repair shops, pastry shops and printing businesses.

Best Buy continues to support Mercy Corps’ Global Citizens Corps—helping young people in the United States and around the world gain leadership skills and give back to their communities through civic engagement and community service projects while engaging with their global counterparts.

Our partner Xylem, a company focused on solving water challenges, has supported our disaster response efforts through Xylem Watermark, their social investment program. Together with their employees, Xylem has provided funds, water engineering expertise and high capacity water filtration equipment after major disasters in places like Haiti, Colombia and Pakistan. They’re also supporting innovative solutions to help approximately half a million people around the world prepare for the next disaster.

And we’re collaborating with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to improve the health and financial literacy skills of coffee growing families in Indonesia, helping individuals become empowered to live healthier lives and become more self-sufficient.

The list goes on. The leadership of our corporate partners – in addition to the thousands of individual supporters who are the heart and soul of our work – is transforming the lives of people in need around the globe. On International Corporate Philanthropy Day we say thank you to our corporate partners for joining us in making a real and lasting impact around the globe.

If you are a representative of a company and would like to learn more about partnering with Mercy Corps, email Jenny Keating.