MERCY CORPS

Powered by the belief that a better world is possible.

aka MC   |   Prescott, AZ   |  http://www.mercycorps.org

Mission

At Mercy Corps, we are powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Our mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. In disaster and in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we work with global and local leaders to put bold solutions into action. Together, we are helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities — now, and for the future.

Ruling year info

1981

Principal Officer

Tjada D'Oyen McKenna

Main address

PO Box 80020

Prescott, AZ 86304 USA

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EIN

91-1148123

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Mercy Corps is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

International Relief

Since 1979, Mercy Corps has helped more than 220 million people in 122 countries survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's unified global programs employ about 5,000 staff worldwide and reach nearly 22 million people in more than 40 countries around the world.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total Program Reach

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In Fiscal Year 2020, Mercy Corps implemented 300 programs in 45 countries, reaching over 36.7 million participants through 15 technical sectors and intervention modalities.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In disaster and in hardship, we're there when people need us—before, during or after an emergency. We take a comprehensive approach to every challenge, looking for solutions that empower people to survive crises, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

In more than 40 countries around the world, we work directly with leaders and changemakers on the ground—focusing especially on women and young people—to build local strength and stability.

We help people meet their urgent needs through interventions like cash, disaster preparedness, emergency response, food assistance, protection and shelter, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We also deliver the breakthrough solutions that help people build a stronger tomorrow, promoting resilience through agricultural development, children and youth, economic opportunity, health and nutrition, innovations, peacebuilding, and women and girls.

Together with our partners from every sector, we're applying bold solutions to help spark, scale and sustain change. Because stronger communities mean a more peaceful world.

1. We take a comprehensive approach, looking for the connections between people and systems. We help communities move rapidly to recovery, and then work together to build long-term resilience to recurring shocks and stresses.

2. We collaborate with communities and changemakers to build local strength and stability. Local leaders and communities must co-create, lead and ultimately own anything we do, engaging markets and promoting good governance.

3. We innovate new ways to spark, scale and sustain change. New technology, business models and creative partnerships provide transformational opportunities for overcoming poverty and suffering. We leverage our robust global program platform to identify breakthrough ideas, test them in the field and take them to scale.

Mercy Corps has responded to almost every major global emergency over the past 20 years and has provided more than $4 billion in humanitarian assistance since our founding in 1979. Our global team of over 5,000 strong lives and works in more than 40 countries around the world. More than 85 percent of our field staff are from the countries where they work, and everywhere we work we rely on local partnerships to identify change makers who can help us empower people to build better, stronger lives.

Mercy Corps has helped meet the urgent needs of millions of people facing crises around the world. Our programs bridge the gap between short-term relief and long-term recovery after emergencies by restoring livelihoods, rebuilding local economies and preparing communities for future crises.

• Today our staff of about 5,000 team members is reaching nearly 22 million people in more than 40 countries around the world.
• We have responded to almost every global emergency over the past 20 years and have provided over $4 billion in lifesaving assistance since our founding in 1979.
• We invest more than 75 percent of our program spending in long-term solutions that build a stronger tomorrow.
• 3 in 4 people we reach — about 16 million — are women or young people under 25.

The world is more fragile than ever. Looking at all the conflict and natural disasters, it's easy to see a world of impossibility. Instead, we see the possibility for transformational change. And with your help, we can turn that possibility into a reality — helping save lives today and building stronger, more resilient communities for tomorrow.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MERCY CORPS

Board of directors
as of 12/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gisel Kordestani

Crowdpac


Board co-chair

Scott Brown

New Energy Capital Corp.

Allen Grossman

Harvard Business School

Linda Mason

Bright Horizons

Scott Brown

New Energy Capital Corp.

Ryan Crocker

Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Mark Gordon

Vantage Partners

Lucy Lee Helm

Starbucks

Gisel Kordestani

Crowdpac

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Council on Foreign Relations

David Mahoney

George Papandreou

The Socialist International

Vijaya Gadde

Twitter

Kevin Ryan

Tjada McKenna

CEO

Kofi Taha

Cecily Joseph

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/07/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.