How We Work | Humanitarian Coalition

How We Work

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.

mom carries child after Nepal earthquake

Major emergencies

When a major emergency strikes, the Humanitarian Coalition leads its members in a joint appeal – a united effort to inform Canadians and raise funds quickly and transparently, so that the most aid can be delivered to survivors in the shortest time.

We rely on our corporate and media partners and supporters to disseminate the message widely and rapidly. We also count on government support, often through a matching fund for donations from individual Canadians.

Together, we make donating simple for Canadians by removing competition for donations, increasing the awareness of needs and reducing the duplication of costs, meaning more help for survivors.

boy during Typhoon Haiyan

How we allocate your donations

Our priority is to get help to those in need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, we are able to distribute funds to our member agencies so they can meet the basic needs of survivors quickly and effectively. Our members have expertise in providing shelter, clean water, sanitation services, protection services, health care, and livelihood support.

We keep our costs low, distributing a minimum of 85% of appeal revenues to our member agencies.

Smaller-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 (75%), the Humanitarian Coalition (10%) and the Humanitarian Coalition’s member agencies (15%), meaning that every $1 given to the HC is multiplied to provide $10 in life-saving aid.

survivors of the Sahel crisis

How do we stay accountable

When you donate to the Humanitarian Coalition, you can be confident your money is used wisely to help survivors of international humanitarian emergencies. Our work is guided by the core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence, and funding is always allocated based on needs. Our members are established and reputable Canadian charities that meet our stringent membership criteria.

We monitor the progress of our members’ projects and ensure their responses are meeting the needs of those affected. We conduct evaluations, write stories and reports, and publish the results of our activities, with complete financial statements.

Our Partners

During appeals, we work with the Canadian government, other aid charities, media partners, corporate leaders and supporters to maximize our response.

Emergency Appeals Alliance

We are part of the Emergency Appeals Alliance, a global network spanning 11 countries.

Our Board

The Board of Directors consists of the respective CEO or Executive Director of the seven member agencies.

Karin Achtelstetter Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Karin Achtelstetter

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Gillian Barth CARE Canada
Gillian Barth

CARE Canada

Zaid Al-Rawni Islamic Relief Canada
Zaid Al-Rawni

Islamic Relief Canada

Julie Delahanty Oxfam Canada
Julie Delahanty

Oxfam Canada

Denyse Byrnes Oxfam-Québec
Denyse Byrnes

Oxfam-Québec

Caroline Riseboro Plan International Canada
Caroline Riseboro

Plan International Canada

Bill Chambers Save the Children Canada
Bill Chambers

Save the Children Canada


Our Staff

A small team manages the day-to-day operation of the Humanitarian Coalition.

Richard Morgan Executive Director Humanitarian Coalition
Richard Morgan

Executive Director

Rania Cotran Appeals and Fundraising Manager Humanitarian Coalition
Rania Cotran

Appeals and Fundraising Manager

Carine Bigira program officer Humanitarian Coalition
Carine Bigira

Program Officer

Marg Buchanan Communications Advisor Humanitarian Coalition
Marg Buchanan

Communications Advisor

Caio Fernandes Website Administrator / Graphic Designer Humanitarian Coalition
Caio Fernandes

Website Administrator / Graphic Designer