Mercy Corps

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Mercy Corps 501(c)(3) "The organization was called Save the Refugees Fund when it was founded by Dan O'Neill in response to the plight of Cambodian refugees in 1979." [1] Dan was joined by Ellsworth Culver in 1982 who helped found the organization. [2]

"Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided over $830 million in assistance to people in 80 nations. The agency's programs currently reach over 6 million people in 39 countries, including the United States. More than 91% of the agency's resources are allocated to programs that directly assist those in need. With headquarters in the United States and Scotland, Mercy Corps is an international family of humanitarian agencies that reaches more than six million people each year. Your support can make a world of difference." [3]

Annual Revenue for 2004 was $139,836,440 [4]

Mercy Corps have endorsed the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.

In late 2004 it was announced that the Conflict Management Group (CMG) would merge with Mercy Corps. [1]

  • Professor Roger Fisher, founder and Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project, founded both CMI and CMG in 1984.
  • Antonia Handler Chayes, Director and Senior Advisor, Conflict Management Group Antonia Handler Chayes is at the Conflict Management Group (CMG), a non-profit conflict resolution-consulting firm dedicated to improving methods of negotiation [5]

Member of InterAction and a participant in the Partnership for Effective Peace Operations.


According to 2004 990 form

  • Direct public support - $41 million
  • Indirect public support - $138,000
  • Government contributions - $98 million

Central America

"Mercy Corps began work in Central America in the mid-1980s and has built an impressive record of successful, community-based NGO strengthening programs. In 2001, Mercy Corps expanded its presence to Guatemala in response to a request from a group of private donors working in the municipality of Tucurú, in the Department of Alta Verapaz. Since then, Mercy Corps has expanded its donor base and portfolio of programs and now operates throughout Alta Verapaz." [6]


Government and United Nations Partners

Corporate and foundation partners include: [7]

In 2008, Mercy Corps partnered with military contractor ITT Corporation, as part of its "ITT Watermark" corporate social responsibility program. [2]

Board of Directors (Voting Members)

  • Senator Mark O. Hatfield, Honorary Chair
  • Robert D. Newell, JD, Chair (Bob Newell), Lake Oswego, Oregon, is partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, one of the Northwest’s largest and leading law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and overseas.
  • Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr., Vice-Chair - is the President of Warner Pacific College and has been active in politics, church, and voluntary organizations. He is the former President of Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation.
  • Phyllis Dobyns, Secretary/Treasurer - is a highly honored relief and development expert who pioneered cutting-edge program strategies. She is a former Senior Vice President with Save the Children and serves on prominent boards of children’s organizations.
  • Brigadier Allan Alstead, Chair, Mercy Corps Scotland - is former Chief Executive of Sport Scotland
  • Elizabeth Goebel
  • Mark Gordon - was a co-founder and Chairman of Conflict Management Group. He is Senior Adviser to the Harvard Negotiation Project and Managing Director of Vantage Partners, a negotiation consulting firm.
  • Allen Grossman - has served as a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School since 2000, after joining the faculty in 1998. Prior to this position, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA for six years.
  • Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer - is a highly experienced international relief and development expert with UN, major NGO, and private management consulting experience.
  • Dusty Kidd - is Vice President of Compliance with Nike, Inc. He is a former business journalist, editor, and publisher.
  • Mike Maerz - has served in key roles at a number of leading Oregon technology companies, most notably as Vice President and General Manager of Internet Products Division and Network Products Division at Intel Corporation. He is also a co-founder of etrieve, Inc. and former President and CEP of The Palace, Inc.
  • Linda A. Mason - is Chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation’s largest provider of worksite early education, serving more than 40,000 families in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. She is an author, a trustee of Yale University, and a former co-director of Save the Children’s emergency program in Sudan.
  • Daniel W. O'Neill, Co-Founder - co-founded Save The Refugees Fund in 1979 and founded Mercy Corps in 1981. He is an author and is Chairman of the Board for the Mercy Corps Foundation.
  • Philippe Villers - is the founder of three high technology companies including a Fortune 500 company. Currently, he is President of Grainpro, Inc., which provides food security in the developing world using hermetic enclosures. He is also President of Families USA Foundation, “The Voice for Health Care Consumers,” and serves on seven boards.




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