MSF Privacy Policy

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) USA, Inc. ("Doctors Without Borders") is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our donors, website visitors, and other individuals who communicate with Doctors Without Borders.

Please see our recently updated Privacy Policy.

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How funds are raised for MSF

Doctors Without Borders requests funds from donors and supporters through various media including phone, email, and telephone throughout the year. Our supporters also host events to raise funds on our behalf. Doctors Without Borders is grateful for the support of all of our donors and we are firmly committed to safeguarding the security of your personal and financial information. We take many measures to ensure that your transactions are secure and that our name is not used under false pretenses.

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Our fundraising ethics

MSF operates in a manner consistent with the Association of Fundraising Professionals' (AFP's) Donor Bill of Rights and the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. We comply with the principles of the AFP's draft E-Donor Bill of Rights, currently in development.

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The information we provide you

  • Our information and first-hand accounts come directly from our field projects, thus guaranteeing their integrity.
  • We make every effort to respond to specific questions regarding our programs and operations. Our Donor Services' staff is available to answer your questions about your contributions or our field programs: 212-679-6800
  • We will honor your wishes about the amount of information you wish to receive from us in mailings.
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The importance of your contribution

To maintain its operational independence and flexibility, MSF relies on the general public for nearly 87 percent of its operating funds. The remaining 13 percent of funds come from international agencies and governments. MSF has not received or solicited US government funding since 2002.

In 2008, MSF's worldwide income was $979 million, to which US private donors contributed more than $128 million.

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How programs are chosen and implemented

Medical humanitarian action seeks to save lives and alleviate the suffering of those most at risk as a result of an acute crisis. Armed conflict has a devastating impact on ordinary people – direct violence, forced displacement, epidemic outbreaks, starvation, and psychological trauma are common consequences, as is the collapse of local health services. Providing life-saving medical and nutritional assistance to victims of armed conflict is MSF's main priority.

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Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is able to maintain the financial and operational independence that allows us to provide urgent medical care to hundreds of thousands of people affected by war, starvation, and disease in nearly 60 countries around the world each year. On behalf of MSF volunteers, staff, and, most importantly, the people whom we assist, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to you for your belief in our humanitarian work and your ongoing support in making it a reality.