Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the Global Emergency Response Coalition?

Eight of the world’s largest U.S.-based international relief organizations are coming together for the first time to launch a joint fundraising appeal, the Hunger Relief Fund, to the American public to respond to an unprecedented hunger crisis and to save millions of lives. The Global Emergency Response Coalition is comprised of CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision.

2. Where is my money going?

The Global Emergency Response Coalition was formed in response to starvation threatening more than 20 million people in Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and neighboring countries where there is severe hunger, including Niger, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Kenya and Ethiopia. The causes of this humanitarian crisis range from drought to ongoing violence, but the devastating consequences are the same: children and their families are struggling to survive, and some are literally starving to death. They are at increased risk of succumbing not only to starvation, but also to diseases – including cholera and measles – that induce severe diarrhea and dehydration.

3. Why/how was this coalition created?

More than 20 million people are facing the threat of starvation in the coming months and nearly 1.4 million children are severely malnourished and at risk of death without immediate help. In 2011, during a similar multi-country food shortage crisis, the international community failed to act in time and 258,000 people died in Somalia alone. More than half were children. We cannot let this happen again. Although there has been some media coverage, public awareness of this global crisis is low and there is simply not enough funding to meet the level of urgent need our organizations are facing on the ground. We are counting on the American public to take action and respond with urgency.

4. How will my money be used?

All funds raised are allocated to the member agencies equally, and at the discretion of each member. Members will ensure they are spent in an effective and fully accountable way. At least 85% of all donations will go directly to support the communities affected.

5. When will I see results?

The eight organizations were already helping millions of people before we launched the joint appeal. Now, we will come together and amplify our life-saving programs with the additional outpouring of support from this appeal. In the weeks following the appeal launch, donors can expect periodic updates on funding for food, water, shelter and other lifesaving humanitarian programs.

6. Is this a tax deductible gift?

Your gift is 100% tax deductible. Gifts to the Global Emergency Response Coalition can only be made online through Global Impact, a not-for-profit organization that will be our Appeal Administrator and process donations. Global Impact (EIN: 52-1273585) is exempt as a charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Each donor will receive an emailed receipt at the time of donating that may be used for tax reporting purposes to a charitable organization. Your credit card statement will show a charge from "Global Impact Fund PRO" for your donation amount.

7. How does the multiplier/match work?

The Global Emergency Response Coalition received a contribution of $1 million from the PepsiCo Foundation and $1 million from BlackRock, which will be used as a match to inspire donations from the public. 

8. Which companies are matching gifts?

The PepsiCo Foundation and BlackRock are both matching donations up to $1 million.

9. What countries are you helping?

The Coalition is helping Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.

10. Can I designate my funds to go to a specific NGO?

During the period of joint appeal, July 17th-28th, funds will be allocated to the Hunger Relief Fund and are to be allocated to all eight NGOs only. Likewise, funds cannot be designated to individual countries. However, funds may be designated to a specific NGO after July 29th following the joint appeal and be designated for that organization’s specific work only.

11. How can I raise awareness about this initiative?

Sharing with your networks is encouraged, and there is a complete social media toolkit available. Follow the GERC social channels:

a. Twitter: @globalresponse

b. Facebook: GlobalEmergencyResponseCoalition

c. Instagram: GlobalEmergencyResponse

d. YouTube: Global Emergency Response Coalition

12. How much money are you expecting to raise?

Since this is the very first time this initiative has occurred in the U.S., there is no established fundraising goal. We are hoping to collectively raise more funds than we have been able to do individually.