Emergency response partnerships

In emergencies we see more than statistics: We see people — and the possibility to work together to make them well, whole and strong. Mercy Corps helps people around the world meet their urgent needs while laying the foundation for a stronger tomorrow. Within our mission is a commitment to be there when the world needs us — before, during or after an emergency.

We know there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all response. We listen to what people need most during crisis and then act quickly to provide the urgent resources people need to overcome adversity and build a stronger future.

Our corporate and foundation partners play a critical role in our response. Partner with Mercy Corps today to plan for how your company will bring together employees and customers to respond to crises.

Ways to engage

Support Mercy Corps’ Global Emergency Response Fund: The Global Emergency Response Fund helps us reach survivors after natural disasters and support families around the world facing crisis, as well as support the work of our Humanitarian Leadership & Response team members, who are the frontline responders to some of the world’s toughest challenges. Thanks to our global community of supporters and partners of this fund, we are able to help millions of families during their time of need — such as providing lifesaving assistance to Syrian refugees, reaching survivors after natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal, and distributing critical seeds and tools to displaced families in South Sudan.

Create a Rapid Response Fund: A rapid response fund pre-positions humanitarian response funding and allows for quick and decisive allocations when disaster strikes. Rapid Response Funds allow Mercy Corps partners to pre-determine priority geographies, programs, or types of disaster. When Mercy Corps has made a commitment to respond to a particular disaster, Mercy Corps and our partner will determine whether to draw funding from the Rapid Response Fund and at what amount, usually within 24 hours. This short turnaround time, along with already having the funds on hand, enables Mercy Corps’ field team to begin responding immediately.

Become a Partner in Disaster Response: Through this partnership, you can access Mercy Corps’ turnkey solution to corporate emergency giving — helping your organization support lifesaving efforts while maximizing employee and consumer engagement and giving. Pre-planning allows partners to streamline their decision-making process and eliminates the need to vet humanitarian agencies each time an emergency hits, saving you valuable time.

When a partner agrees to fundraise for a Mercy Corps humanitarian response, they can access a number of digital tools to engage their networks, streamline contributions, and tell the story of our work. Fundraising can take place via your third party workplace giving platform, or Mercy Corps can host online giving pages. Mercy Corps can further support your engagement efforts through photos, stories, field updates, and a number of other creative assets that can update, inform, and inspire your stakeholders.

Make a disaster specific grant: Grants can be made to an active humanitarian response, focusing on geographies or sectors where Mercy Corps is working. This could include a focus on activities like market recovery, water, sanitation, and hygiene, or can focus on vulnerable groups like youth or refugees. Grants can also be made to invest in Mercy Corps’ capacity and agency development, strengthening our ability to respond to future disasters, learn more from our humanitarian work, disseminate best practices throughout Mercy Corps’ programs around the world, as well as coordinate with global stakeholders. Funding for this development work ensure that we can continue to lead as a smart, nimble, and innovative organization.

To learn more about these partnership models, email us today.

Case Study: Disaster Response Partnership with Xylem

Many corporate disaster response decisions doesn’t start until the moment a disaster strikes. Since 2008, Xylem and Mercy Corps have responded to emergencies using a different strategy: thoughtful, ongoing support for vulnerable communities that has improved the water, sanitation and hygiene of nearly 2 million people. Learn more here.

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