Financial independence and accountability
Where our funding comes from
In 2017, more than 6.3 million individual donors and private institutions (private companies and foundations) provided 96 per cent of the €1.53 billion raised.
Our funding relies largely on individuals donating small amounts. This helps to ensure our operational independence and flexibility to respond at a moment's notice to the most urgent crises, including those which are under-reported or neglected.
Our funding policy
Internationally, government funding represents two per cent of the total funds raised. Since 2016, we refuse to take funds from the European Union, its Member States and Norway, in opposition to their damaging deterrence policies on migration and their intensifying attempts to push people away from European shores.
Moreover, we don't accept contributions from companies and industries whose core activities may be in direct conflict with, or limit our ability to provide medical humanitarian work. Hence, we don't accept money from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, extraction industries (such as oil, natural gas, gold, or diamonds), tobacco companies and arms manufacturers.
How your donations are spent
Your donations pay for millions of consultations, surgeries, treatments and vaccinations every year.
We are a non-profit organisation and 83% of our financial resources are allocated to fulfilling our social mission: 67% to our humanitarian programmes, 12% to support our projects and programmes, and 3% to our bearing witness (témoignage) activities. The rest is spent on general management and fundraising costs. We also maintain reserves that allow us to respond immediately to a crisis without having to wait for an appeal. The use of MSF funds is tightly controlled and the audited financial reports are publicly available.
International Financial Report
Every year we publish our audited combined Financial Statements. These combined accounts are a means of transparency and accountability, providing a global overview of MSF’s work.
The International Financial report represents an aggregation of the Financial Statements of the 21 institutional members under MSF International statutes (the full list is available in the latest report), their branch offices, satellites, and MSF International.
International Financial Report 2017
International Financial Report 2016
International Financial Report 2015
International Financial Report 2014
International Financial Report 2013
International Financial Report 2012
International Financial Report 2011
International Financial Report 2010
International Financial Report 2009
International Financial Report 2008
International Financial Report 2007
International Financial Report 2006
International Financial Report 2005
International Financial Report 2004
International Activity Report
Each year, the International Activity Report provides a recap of our field work. The report gives details on our activities in each country, provides global financial and operational information, and reflects on the major challenges we faced over the year.