Partner with us
Support to the IFRC is not just support to one organization, but to the world’s largest humanitarian network—known and trusted in virtually every country in the world. Discover why you should support our lifesaving work and how you can get involved.
Why partner with the IFRC?
Our 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are locally-led organizations that reach people others cannot. They deliver local humanitarian action that is principled, sustainable and brings positive change to the most vulnerable communities—no matter who or where they are.
Our more than 16 million volunteers are the first to arrive when disaster strikes. And they are the last to leave, remaining active within communities long after media crews and other organizations have left. Whether providing first aid and hot meals, or reuniting separated families, they do so selflessly and with the utmost compassion.
We are much more than first responders. Our volunteers and staff are experts and leaders in providing long-term services and development programmes—from climate change adaptation to community health projects—that help communities not only survive, but thrive.
Recognized the world over, our Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems are a trusted beacon of assistance for all. And we are a powerful advocate for humanity and for the most vulnerable communities on the global stage.
As an institution, the IFRC is engaged, respected and accountable. We are owned by, and work for, our National Societies—bringing together their lifesaving and life-changing local action for global reach.
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Our work supporting vulnerable communities depends largely on financial support from partners. The IFRC is always looking to build on existing partnerships and develop new ones that align with our mission.
Our aim is to secure income that is as predictable and as flexible as possible, enabling us to best serve our network.
If you or your organization would like to know more about partnering with the IFRC, please contact our Partnerships and Resource Development department: [email protected]
The value of regular resources
Un-earmarked funding, which we call regular resources, is vital to ensuring the IFRC remains an effective, accountable and adaptable organization.
As a membership organization, our primary goal is to provide sustainable support to our 191 member Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Regular resources give us the flexibility to put money where it is most needed, in line with our areas of focus.
We invest regular resources in:
- Building the leadership and management capacities of our members
- Improving core functions of National Societies to increase our network’s accountability and financial sustainability
- Strategic and operational coordination of large and long-term disaster responses
- Collecting data on community needs to help National Societies influence the global humanitarian agenda
We have worked closely with partners in recent years to increase our share of regular resources and we aspire to increase it even further. We are also committed to investing more and more regular resources into our regional, cluster and country offices—getting money as close as possible to National Societies.
You can learn more about the value of regular resources for our work in our Global Plan.
Our operational priorities
Disaster Response Emergency Fund
The DREF is the quickest, most efficient, and most transparent mechanism for donors to channel global funding directly to local humanitarian actors. We want to expand the DREF to CHF 100 million a year—supporting lifesaving early action and enabling immediate humanitarian response to disasters that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Global cash leadership
Giving cash to people affected by disasters is an effective and transparent way of assisting the most vulnerable. It ensures people have freedom of choice and dignity over their own lives. The IFRC is committed to delivering 50% of our humanitarian assistance through cash and vouchers by 2025.
Reducing cholera-related deaths
Cholera continues to threaten the lives of millions of people around the world. The solution is simple: equitable, sustainable and affordable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The IFRC is expanding our Global Water and Sanitation Initiative, with a specific target to reduce cholera-related deaths by 50% by 2025.
COVID-19 response and recovery
National Societies have provided life-saving and wide-ranging humanitarian assistance to millions of people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The IFRC will continue to support them, ensuring communities can recover in an inclusive, resilient and green way. This includes supporting vaccine roll-out efforts worldwide.