July 29, 2014


Mary Vonckx is MSF-USA’s Grants Officer.

MSF-USA contributes the largest single proportion of private funding to the MSF movement. More than 20 percent of the private funding for MSF’s medical humanitarian activities around the world comes from our supporters in the US.

The support we receive from individual donors means we can provide a steady and reliable source of flexible funding. Some other MSF country offices do accept public funding under certain conditions, but it’s usually designated for a specific purpose and sometimes can’t be secured until an emergency has already happened. On the other hand, since our funding comes primarily from individuals, and to a lesser extent from private entities like foundations or corporations, it’s usually unrestricted. Our supporters trust us to allocate their donations where they are most needed, allowing our teams on the ground to be reactive. MSF teams can respond quickly to emergencies, because they know there is a pool of unrestricted, un-earmarked, funds set aside for that purpose.

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