1. What is GERC?
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is a lifesaving humanitarian alliance made up of eight leading U.S.-based international aid organizations. When disaster strikes, the Coalition mobilizes to help children and families in urgent need. By working together, we can increase awareness and funds to deliver emergency relief quickly and efficiently to save lives and help rebuild communities.
2. Who are the member organizations?
GERC is comprised of CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan International USA, Save the Children and World Vision.
3. Is GERC new?
The Coalition originally came together in response to the 2017 hunger crisis in which more than 20 million people were at risk of famine, yet the crisis had not garnered the attention or fundraising support needed to stop the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. The first appeal raised over $4 million dollars and helped people in 10 countries. For example, in Yemen, International Medical Corps established 38 oral rehydration points for urgent care of suspected cholera patients and trained workers in early detection. In South Sudan, CARE screened more than 3,700 children for malnutrition and established six mobile health sites. In Kenya, Save the Children screened nearly 7,000 children for malnutrition and reached over 5,000 people with therapeutic treatment supplies at its nutrition centers.
4. Why is GERC becoming permanent?
The need for humanitarian aid continues to expand. The UN estimates that one out of every 70 people around the world is caught up in a crisis. Natural disasters affect around 350 million people each year; more than 68 million were displaced by conflict in 2017. Humanitarian crises are also lasting longer — now an average of nine years.
In a humanitarian system where funding is strained, creative solutions are needed. By collaborating and coordinating to raise funds and attention for these large-scale emergencies, together we believe we can be part of the solution to help the increasing number of people in need.
5. Which emergency will you respond to first?
We never know when an international disaster will strike, but the Coalition stands ready to respond to the next large-scale emergency that would benefit from our collective work.
6. How long will appeals last?
Appeals will last for two weeks. Member CEOs can agree to lengthen the appeal as necessitated by the need and scale of the emergency.
7. How much money does GERC hope to raise?
A fundraising goal will be set each time the Global Emergency Response Coalition activates a joint appeal.
8. How does an appeal work?
When disaster strikes, the Coalition mobilizes to help children and families in urgent need. By working together, we can increase awareness and funds to deliver emergency relief quickly and efficiently, save lives and help rebuild communities. Donations made to support the appeal will be divided equally among the eight participating organizations.
9. How is GERC structured?
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is run by a small and nimble staff of three, led by Managing Director Gwen Young. Staff work closely with Coalition members in and outside of appeal periods to build partnerships and raise awareness and support for emergency relief.
Gwen has more than 25 years of experience in international relief and development, including most recently as the Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center, and previously at Africare, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières.
10. How is program work divided among the partners?
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is made up of leading global humanitarian organizations that have programmatic strengths across food delivery, medical care, child protection and support, water and sanitation, recovery, and more. Whenever possible, organizations coordinate in the field to decrease duplication of effort and therefore increase help to those who need it most.
11. How long will it take for the money raised to be put to work saving lives?
Each of the Coalition members will conduct a rapid needs assessment after the disaster strikes and will start delivering aid using donated funds as quickly as possible.
12. What sorts of aid will these donations cover?
Each organization within the Coalition has its own areas of expertise so donations will cover a range of services including emergency food distribution, cash assistance, nutrition, health services, and clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. Depending on the circumstances, assistance could include a combination of humanitarian relief and ensuring resilience to future humanitarian needs.
13. How is money divided among the organizations?
Donations will be divided equally among the eight partner organizations.
14. How much of the collected funds will go toward the communities affected?
At least 85 percent of all donations will go directly to support the communities affected.
15. Where does the other 15 percent go?
The remaining 15 percent goes to appeal expenses and support services for the GERC and member organizations.
16. Does that mean each organization will take 15 percent overhead on the portion of funds it receives?
No. Of the total funds raised, 5 percent will be used to pay for the Coalition costs associated with creating the fundraising campaign and building partnerships. After the remaining funds are split eight ways, each organization can take up to 10 percent to pay its associated expenses for participating in the appeal.