In order to respond to humanitarian disasters quickly and effectively, the Humanitarian Coalition brings leading Canadian aid organizations together in a united effort to raise funds, partner with the government, and engage the participation of media, businesses and individual Canadians.
Small and medium-scale disasters
Around the world, disasters occur frequently, more than 350 times a year. Although major emergencies are generally well publicized, the majority of disasters are local, affect comparatively fewer people and receive little media attention.
But when a woman, man or child survives a disaster -- whether 1,000 or 100,000 people are affected -- their basic needs are the same and they desperately need our help.
Thanks to the unique partnership with Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) allows the Humanitarian Coalition to respond quickly to such emergencies. The CHAF makes funds available almost immediately, and our members, on the ground in more than 150 countries, choose the agency among them that is best placed to provide aid quickly and effectively.
Donations to the Humanitarian Coalition outside of an emergency appeal are dedicated to this “disaster-ready” fund.
The CHAF is financed by Global Affairs Canada (85%), the Humanitarian Coalition (5%) and the Humanitarian Coalition’s member agencies (10%), meaning that every $1 given to the Humanitarian Coalition is multiplied to provide $10 in life-saving aid.
The Board of Directors consists of the respective CEO or Executive Director of member agencies.
A small team manages the day-to-day operation of the Humanitarian Coalition.