Some 5 million private donors fund MSF’s humanitarian assistance programmes

We rely on the generosity of individual donors like you to fund our programmes: 89 per cent of our income comes from private donors.

Private donations help ensure our independence from political and other interests, and guarantee our flexibility of response.

To find out more, consult the International Financial Report and the International Activity Report.

Over 80 per cent of our income is spent on our humanitarian activities

Helping a woman give birth safely, treating a patient for HIV, operating on a patient wounded in conflict.

Fourteen per cent of our total income is spent on fundraising, and the rest on administration.

Donations to MSF help save lives

Every year, our clinical staff provide direct care for common ailments that, left untreated, can prove deadly.

When an outbreak or disaster overwhelms existing health services, we bring an emergency medical response. We carry out surgery, provide maternal care, and treat neglected diseases like tuberculosis, kala azar and sleeping sickness, all thanks to the generosity of our donors.

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1. Where does MSF’s money come from?

89 per cent of MSF’s funding comes from some 5 million private donors. It is thanks to the generosity of our private supporters – mainly individuals, but also companies and private foundations – that MSF is able to operate independently, and provide impartial humanitarian assistance in some of the world’s most insecure environments.

The remaining 11 per cent comes from public institutions, mainly the EU and its member, and other income. 

For more details, see the International Financial Report

2. How much money does MSF raise every year?

In 2013, MSF raised a total of 1.01 billion euros: 89 per cent of that came from private donations. For more details see the International Financial Report.

3. How is the money spent?

More than 80 per cent of the money you donate goes directly to our humanitarian activities. In 2013, this amounted to 764 million euros, 615 million of which were spent directly on programmes in the field, while the rest was spent on headquarters support, awareness raising and advocacy activities.

For a more detailed breakdown of our sources of income, by activity and by geographic area, see the International Financial Report.

4. Where is the money spent?

62 per cent of programme expenditure is made in Africa, 28 per cent is spent in Asia (which includes the Middle East region and the Caucasus) and most of the rest in the Americas.

To look at the data in a different way, over 50 per cent of MSF’s programme expenditure is accounted for by 10 countries. We spend the most in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Haiti, Syria and Central African Republic.

The International Financial Report gives more details of the geographic distribution of expenditure. It also provides breakdowns of expenses and funding for all the countries where MSF has significant programme activities in a given year. 


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