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Mercy-USA for Aid and Development, Inc.

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Causes: Health, International, International Agricultural Development, International Development, International Relief, Public Health

Mission: Founded in 1986, Mercy-USA is dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. Our philosophy is Helping People Help Themselves. M-USA's projects focus on improving health and promoting economic and educational growth around the world. Mercy-USA also provides disaster relief like the current assistance being given to survivors of the devastating December 26, 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. Mercy-USA receives grant funding from the United States government and various United Nations agencies. M-USA is also a registered PVO (Private Voluntary Organization) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and is a member of the American Council for Voluntary International Action (InterAction). Complete audited financial statements and detailed programmatic information are posted on our web site www.mercyusa.org.

Programs: Health services - the improvement of individual and community health through education, immunization, nutrition support, safe water, hygiene, sanitation and other preventative measures. It also includes the operation or funding of clinics, hospitals, and other health care institutions; improvement, rehabilitation and renovation of the existing health care infrastructure; and the provision of medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment to health care facilities.

food, shelter & orphan assistance - the provision of all types of food and shelter, winterization materials, and necessary household and personal items. The orphan assistance includes specific projects or other assistance for orphans around the world.

education - the improvement of attendance and academic performance, especially among girls, through daily school lunch programs. It also includes construction of school buildings, as well as repairs and renovations to existing schools. Additionally, the provision of vocational and technical training especially to orphans and other vulnerable children and youth.

economic vitalization - the provision of ways for needy individuals and their communities to sustain themselves and to improve their quality of life; and assistance in reviving the economies of communities devastated by natural and man-made disasters.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a solid and well intentioned organization that aims to help those in need around the world. Whether it's providing the tools that people need to grow their own food, or furnishing blankets for Syrian refugees, Mercy USA is making a sizable impact in our world. I particularly respect the fact that they help those in need regardless of race, creed, or political affiliation.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

Well-established charity that works around the world. Humble and dedicated staff work in dangerous conflict zones with courage and concern for those in need.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity defrauded me of $500. They charged my credit card without authorization. When I called then to inquire about why they charged my credit, they stated that I have donated $500 by "sending" in a form. I never sent them any form and never even donated any such large amount in my entire 60 years of life! When I requested them the reverse the charge, they said t hat they have already spend the money. Now I am trying to get the money back through my credit card company. This appears to me as a fraud. Only a couple of days after I contacted t hem about the charge, they started spamming my email address with none-sense ads for donations. It is bad charity.

Comments ( 1 )


mercyusa 01/31/2014

From Mercy-USA: We received this donor’s gift through a personally handwritten and signed donation form with his credit card information that he provided us at a fundraising event in July of 2013. His credit card charge successfully processed and we allocated his funds to the project he specified. Two and a half months later he called our offices and demanded we return his donation. We explained that the funds had already been put to good use aiding worthy recipients and we weren’t able to return his donation. We’re sorry that he is unhappy with his decision to donate but we can’t “un-give” the aid his gift provided.



Rating: 4

Seems like a great charity, the CEO's pay is a lot lower than other Islamic charities and also one of the only Islamic charities that I found to be working directly in Somalia.
The need to improve donor acknowledgment .


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