Is there anything I can do for MSF besides giving donations or going to the field?

● Host a house party
 
● Help us spread the word to your friends and/or foundations you think would be interested in our work
 
● Organize a fundraiser
 
● Make a multi-year commitment.
 
● Find out if your company offers a matching gifts program and/or help us organize an office presentation.
 
● Follow MSF on social media and share news and updates with your contacts.
 
● Volunteer with the organization in its New York office or view employment opportunities here (LINK TO EMPLOYMENT PAGE)

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Why doesn’t MSF do more fundraisers? Isn’t there a lot of untapped potential out there that could enable you to grow into a bigger organization?

● The cost to raise a single dollar is high for big fundraisers. They often work better for organizations that have higher fundraising overheads.
 
● We have many donors that initiate fundraisers for us.
 
● MSF is concerned with improving the quality of our operations and our ability to respond to emergencies, rather than growing into a larger organization.

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Do you accept funding from the Gates Foundation?

MSF is one of the few major global health actors not receiving Gates funding. The Gates Foundation and MSF share many common objectives in working to address urgent global health needs in developing countries, and to ensure that appropriate vaccines, drugs, diagnostics and other lifesaving interventions are developed and delivered to populations in need. MSF is strategically engaged with the Gates Foundation on a number of levels, ranging from high level meetings to ongoing and frequent technical and working group consultations on issues of concern to both organizations.

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Do you accept restricted funds?

● We try to encourage people who want to support us to keep their gifts unrestricted so we have the flexibility to respond where needs are the most critical. Having a steady stream of unrestricted funds also allows us to respond to new emergencies without any obstacles or delays.
 
● We will accept restricted funds for areas or issues that people have strong personal feelings about, provided we can use them in that particular area.
 

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How much of your funding goes directly to your programs? What are your other costs?

● In the US in 2012, more than 86% of our funds went to programs. 13% went to fundraising costs, and 1% went to administration and management.
 
● Internationally, 82% of all funds went to programs.
 
● MSF’s US office has dedicated more than 85% of revenue towards programs for the past 17 years in a row.

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Why don’t you take money from the US government?

● The US government is often involved in many crises to which MSF responds. It is important that we remain independent from these—and indeed any—government agendas or political positioning in order to be perceived as neutral, lest we hurt MSF’s ability to operate a program and/or secure the safety of our staff.
 
● Government programs such as USAID and PEPFAR often have strings attached and political agendas that could thwart our ability to deliver appropriate medical aid.
 

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Where does MSF get its money?

● Internationally, 89% of MSF’s income comes from private sources More than 4.6 million individual donors and private foundations worldwide made this possible.
 
● Around 9% of funds globally come from public institutional agencies ECHO, the governments of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
 

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