The holiday season is just around the corner and for many people that means finding special ways to give back. As part of the global Mercy Corps community, we know that you care deeply about the challenges the world is facing — and the opportunities we have to overcome them and create lasting change.
You can help transform lives and communities around the world during this season of giving. Explore the many different ways you can get involved below — any way you choose to support Mercy Corps’ work this season will help those who need us most, now and in the year ahead.
Get a head start on #GivingTuesday
Begin your holiday season with us on Giving Tuesday! Just after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a global movement that celebrates the spirit of giving and collaboration. Check your email or visit Mercy Corps’ Facebook page on November 27 to join our special Giving Tuesday efforts. After you make a gift, you can share with your networks and ask others to join the movement.
Match the Magic with The Starbucks Foundation
This holiday season, we’re uniting with The Starbucks Foundation to celebrate 15 years of partnership and celebrate our shared interest in building safer, stronger communities. Make a gift as part of this special Match the Magic effort and it will be matched, up to a total of £76,321 Check your Starbucks mobile app November 19-25 or make a gift now >
Give while you shop with Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon for holiday gifts or supplies? You can make a difference while you shop by using Amazon Smile and choosing Mercy Corps as your preferred organisation. Every time you make a purchase, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to Mercy Corps. It only takes a few clicks to get started. Set up your Amazon Smile now >
Make a one-time gift
When you make a single gift to Mercy Corps this holiday season, you can help people around the world survive crisis, build better lives and strengthen their communities. Our teams are currently on the ground in places like Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, DR Congo and Puerto Rico — and gifts of any size help us reach more people in need with lifesaving relief and long-term support. Make your year-end gift today >
Become a Partner In Mercy
Are you interested in playing a key role in our work all year round? Make a monthly gift of any amount and become a Partner In Mercy. You’ll join a special group of dedicated supporters and you’ll help families around the world get the supplies and support they need every day of the year. It’s easy to sign up, convenient for you, and helps reduce our administrative costs. Become a Partner In Mercy monthly giver >
Start a fundraiser
Want to expand your impact? Create your own fundraiser and ask your community to support Mercy Corps with you during the holidays. A personal fundraiser is a great way to talk to your friends and family about the global issues that matter most to you — and with many gifts combined, you can make a big difference for those in need. You can host an event or create a signature Mercy Corps fundraising page. Explore fundraising with Mercy Corps >
If you want to fundraise for Mercy Corps, but only have a few minutes to spare, it’s quick and easy to set up a fundraiser on Facebook. Harness the power of your online community to raise money for Mercy Corps’ lifesaving work in places like Yemen, Syria and Indonesia. Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to encourage your friends and family to give. Start a Facebook fundraiser >
Choose your favourite payment method
Did you know that Mercy Corps can accept gifts from a variety of different payment methods? For one-time gifts, in addition to most major credit cards, we can also accept gifts through PayPal, Apple Pay and Amazon Alexa. For monthly gifts, you can give with a credit card or through a checking account, which eliminates any need to update expiration dates or card numbers.
See if your employer will match your gift
If you don’t see a matching gift offer in your mailbox or email inbox, you may still be able to have your gift matched! If you work for, or are retired from, one of the many companies with a matching gift plan, your gift can have twice the impact for families around the world. Some employers go above and beyond, doubling or even tripling your original gift amount at no cost to you. Find out if your employer will match your gift >
Ask your friends and family to give with you
Sometimes all it takes to rally support for the causes you care about is a quick email or a shared Facebook post. If you receive a compelling email about Mercy Corps’ work, forward it to your closest friends and ask them to help people in need. If you see a Facebook post that speaks to you, it might speak to your network, too — share it and see if you can help spark the giving spirit.
Make a gift through a donor-advised fund
If you’re looking for a way to create a “charitable savings account” and manage your philanthropy, a donor-advised fund might be the right next step for you. When you create a DAF, you receive an immediate tax benefit — then you can take time to determine where and when to make your gifts from the account. Learn more about donor-advised funds >
Share your shares with Mercy Corps
While the end of the year is a time when many people are thinking about giving back, it’s also a time to think about taxes. Making a gift of stock or mutual funds before December 31 can be a tax-wise way to achieve your charitable giving goals. Get the details on making stock gifts >
Plan a legacy gift and join the Giron Legacy Society
It’s a big decision, but one of the most powerful and long-lasting ways you can transform lives around the world is by including Mercy Corps in your will. When you do, you’ll become a member of the Giron Legacy Society — and you can feel confident knowing that your gift will save lives for years to come. Learn about all the ways you can leave a lasting legacy >
Keep an eye out for special giving offers
The last several months of the year are a great time to look out for special giving offers that can increase your impact. When you give at the right time, you may be able to have your gift matched, give to a pool of funds that helps others have their gifts matched, or help your favourite organizations meet specific goals and deadlines.
Thank you for transforming lives
There are so many ways you can reach out to families in need this holiday season. No matter how you choose to express your compassion, Mercy Corps is grateful for your support.
Your support powers our teams around the world as they work to help hungry families in Yemen, continue recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, provide safe spaces for Syrian refugees and so much more. From all of us to all of you: thank you for being part of the Mercy Corps community this holiday season.