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Mercy Corps

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Mercy Corps
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 85%

The percentage of Mercy Corps's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $7

How many dollars Mercy Corps spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Mercy Corps IRS Form 990 91-1148123
Mercy Corps & Affiliates Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Mercy Corps
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 91-1148123
Entity: Mercy Corps & Affiliates
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

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This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Mercy Corps
meets governance benchmarks.
Mercy Corps
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Neal Keny-Guyer CEO $510,170
2 Leesa Shrader AgriFin Accelerate Program Director $305,739
3 Beth deHamel CFO $262,146
Name: Neal Keny-Guyer
Title: CEO
Compensation: $510,170
Name: Leesa Shrader
Title: AgriFin Accelerate Program Director
Compensation: $305,739
Name: Beth deHamel
Title: CFO
Compensation: $262,146

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch's rating of Mercy Corps is based on its audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018.

According to the Mercy Corps fiscal 2018 consolidated audit (Note 1(a), Business and Organization): "The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Mercy Corps Global and its controlled affiliates or under common control affiliates. ... All material intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated."

The active consolidated affiliates are: (1) Asian Credit Public Fund; (2) Kompanion Development Institution; (3) Kompanion Bank Closed Joint Stock Company; (4) MC Nigeria LTD/GTE; (5) Mercy Corps China Holdings, LLC; (6) Mercy Corps Development Holdings, LLC; (7) Mercy Corps Europe; and (8) Mercy Corps India.
According to the Mercy Corps consolidated audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 12, Commitments and Contingencies) [$s in thousands, as noted]:

"The Organization receives a substantial portion of its funding in the form of grants from government and multilateral agencies. These grants contain certain compliance and internal control requirements that, if violated, may result in the disallowance of certain costs incurred under the grant programs. Additionally, the Organization is involved in various legal proceedings and claims arising in the normal course of business. The Organization adjusts the contingent liabilities each year based on settlement of accrued amounts and potential liabilities that are reasonably likely and estimable. At June 30, 2018 and 2017, the Organization had total accrued contingent liabilities of $1,869 [thousand] and $2,282 [thousand], respectively...

"While it is not possible to determine the ultimate liability, if any, in these matters at this time, in the opinion of management, such matters will not have a material adverse effect on the financial condition of the Organization in excess of the recorded contingent liability."
According to the Mercy Corps (MC) tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, MC reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"Mercy Corps evaluates the reasonableness of maximum variable compensation regardless of whether the maximum of the variable compensation amount is actually paid. Non fixed payment of a bonus was provided to [a] few employees of the organization based on compensation and performance reviewed. The bonus was determined based on performance in comparison to peer organizations and in context of the challenges faced by the organization during the year. Keny-Guyer, N $88,100, Centrella, J $10,000, Pont, A $5,000, Chow, E $500."

The reported titles and total compensation amounts for calendar year 2017 for the individuals listed above are (IRS Form 990, Part VII and Schedule J, Part II):

-- Keny-Guyer, N., Chief Executive Officer: $510,170
-- Centrella, J., Assistant Corp. Secretary: $232,642
-- Pont, A., Chief People Strategy & Learning Officer: $252,210
-- Chow, E., Assistant Corp. Secretary: $58,628

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