Over its nearly four-decade history, Mercy Corps has continuously expanded through private, public and civil society partnerships to “help people recover from disaster, build better lives and transform their communities for good.”
What started in 1979 as Save the Refugee Fund – a task force responding to the infamous Cambodian “Killing Fields” refugee crisis – steadily grew into the humanitarian aid giant that Mercy Corps is today. The organization now works in almost 40 countries, with programs spanning more than a dozen humanitarian and development sectors, and has even been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
But from its founding, partnerships have been “central,” to how Mercy Corps works, according to Allison Morris, interim vice-president for Corporate and Foundation Partnerships.
“Our partnerships help define how we do things differently,” Morris said. “The world is facing some of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time, and at Mercy Corps, we know that no single organization can tackle them alone. So we work across the public and private sectors to bring our unique expertise, innovations and solutions together to spark, scale and sustain change for communities in need around the world.”
Mercy Corps has a whole “menu” of ways corporations and foundations can partner with them – whether through cause marketing, employee engagement, grantmaking impact, emergency response or “Partners in Possible,” their annual giving society.
Read more about Mercy Corps' involvement in sustainable sourcing by Joanne Lu at Global Washington.