Mercy Corps Welcomes Rick Downey as New Planned Giving Director
SEATTLE, Wash. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Rick Downey has joined the organization as planned giving director. Downey brings 27 years of major gift fundraising and planned giving experience to his new role at Mercy Corps. He will be based at Mercy Corps’ Seattle office in South Lake Union and will oversee all planned gifts including bequests and charitable gift annuities.
Guatemala: Alliance helps coffee farmers earn more, improve nutrition
PORTLAND, Ore. – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps are pleased to announce the addition of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) in an alliance to improve the lives of small-scale famers and their families in Guatemala. The alliance, known as the Inclusive Market Alliance for Rural Entrepreneurs (IMARE), is part of the U.S.
Uganda: Mercy Corps and Mobipay launch mobile services for Ugandan farmers
This week global humanitarian organisation Mercy Corps and mobile financial service technology provider Mobipay launched a partnership to extend the Agrilife service to farmers in Uganda. The platform uses mobile technology to provide insights into farmers’ production capabilities and projects their future production levels, ultimately making it much easier for them to access credit.
DR Congo: Rushing aid to thousands displaced by recent fighting
PORTLAND, Ore. – The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps is working around the clock to provide aid and prevent a cholera outbreak among thousands of people who have fled their homes to escape the recent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Humanitarian disaster in Gaza if military confrontation is not stopped
As the impact of days of violent escalation worsens for civilians in Gaza and in Israel, a group of 38 aid and development agencies today urged world leaders to take swift action to enforce a ceasefire in order to protect civilian lives and infrastructure and prevent another widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged military confrontation.
Indonesia: Mercy Corps and DSM partner to expand and improve Indonesia’s healthy food cart program
Jakarta, Indonesia - Mercy Corps’ food cart social enterprise KeBAL is about to get bigger, better and even healthier, thanks to DSM, the world’s largest producer of vitamins, carotenoids and nutritional lipids. The healthy street food social enterprise aimed at providing nutritious meals to Jakarta’s children in urban poor neighborhoods will soon be expanding across more of the city’s neighborhoods and packing even more nutritional punch.
Change lives this holiday season with Mercy Corps Gifts
PORTLAND, Ore. – It feels like the holidays come earlier every year and with that the stress of finding a perfect gift for a special someone. For the father that already has a tie for every occasion to the child with one too many pets, Mercy Corps Gifts provide shoppers with an array of options for everyone on the list.
Haiti: MiCRO and Fonkoze to provide swift insurance payout after Hurricane Sandy
The reinsurance company Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO) will make a significant payout to the Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze following Hurricane Sandy. Fonkoze will use these funds to pay a fixed sum of Haitian Gourdes 5,000 (USD 125) and to cancel the outstanding loan balances of thousands of female microentrepreneurs who lost their homes or inventories. MiCRO expects the payout to be made to Fonkoze in the next few weeks.
Indonesia, Uganda, Zimbabwe: Mercy Corps announces innovative Commitment to Action at 2012 CGI Annual Meeting to reach 180,000 low-income farmers within three years
Portland, OR – The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps and its partner, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), announced today a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to implement Agri-Fin Mobile, an innovative social enterprise to provide low-income farmers in the developing world with “bundled” support integrating financial services, market information and agricultural services to boost their harvests.
Longtime public finance expert and TriMet CFO Beth deHamel joins Mercy Corps
PORTLAND, Ore. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Beth deHamel has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer. DeHamel brings 28 years of finance and senior management experience to her new role at Mercy Corps. She begins her tenure on September 17th and will be based at the organization’s global headquarters in Portland.