Charitable Donations to Mercy Corps

December 28, 2008

Mercy Corps has always been one of my favorite charities and is where we’ll be sending our year end charity donation.  I like contributing to Mercy Corps because I feel I’m a global citizen and they work in about 40 countries around the world where people are in dire need of assistance.

Their mission is to “alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities”.  Here are the approaches they take as described on their website:

  • We enable community-led and market-driven recovery and development that empowers people to achieve the change they want to see.
  • We find social innovations that address the world’s toughest problems.
  • We inspire people in the developed world to engage on global challenges through education and advocacy.

Mercy Corps lists concrete examples of how donations are spent in the Topics section of their website.  Charity Navigator gives the organization four stars and shows that Mercy Corps spends 88.1% of donations on it’s programs.  I feel as though our donation is money well spent to help make the world better for people that really need it.


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