Introducing the Emergency Energy Fund

August 21, 2019
Filed Under: roadtoimpact

Over the past few years whenever there is a natural disaster, whether it's an earthquake in Alaska, wildfires in California or hurricane in Puerto Rico, we receive a spike of inquiries from the community.

How is BioLite supporting this situation?

Is there anything we can do to get [insert product] to families in crisis?

Are you taking money for donations to [x community]?

We're grateful for this outpouring of support – and we want to make sure your dollar goes as far as it can.

That's why we spent the last year researching partners and channels that could help us make the most impact in the realm of rapid response. And we are proud today to announce the launch of the Emergency Energy Fund. This new initiative is in partnership with Mercy Corps, a leading global relief organization with the operational expertise to assess, deliver, and deploy our off-grid energy solutions quickly and effectively to affected regions.

What is the Emergency Energy Fund?

Mercy Corps Deploying SolarHome 620
Sunlight in use in power outage

Simply put, this fund is an ongoing crowdfunding campaign that proactively collects donations that can be utilized at any moment. By donating to BioLite’s Emergency Energy Fund, you are directly helping families get access to safe and reliable energy to help them cook, charge, and light their way through recovery. When the next disaster strikes, Mercy Corps will identify the products most relevant to aid in recovery and activate a deployment plan.

Where does my money go?

Your dollars will go directly to gear. Mercy Corps covers the cost of their own operations - your donation to the Emergency Energy Fund covers the basic costs of the products being distributed to those in need. Here are a few ways your donations can help:

  • $15 provides personal solar lighting to an individual, removing the need for candles or lighting that can die out.
  • $30 outfits emergency responders or survivors with hands-free rechargeable headlamps for safe navigation through nighttime or other low light situations.
  • $59 equips a recovery tent with a solar home system that offers multi-area lighting, radio for emergency information, and phone charging to stay in communication with loved ones.
  • $78 enables communities to access clean-burning biomass cookstoves for emergency water boiling and hot meals without reliance on propane.

How Can I Get Involved?

We've got two ways you can make a difference:


  1. Head over to our Crowdrise page and donateAs little as $15 can help an individual in crisis access safe personal lighting.
  2. Spread the word and share the campaign! The campaign page has easy share buttons you can use, or you can copy and paste the link onto your own Facebook page, twitter, email to friends, etc. So many people are looking for ways to help, thanks for giving them a chance to support this work (and yes, sharing the campaign really does make a difference; you never know who will see it and be motivated to act).

Your donations today help ensure that when a crisis does arise, Mercy Corps can get our off-grid energy gear to people who need it the most and get it there quickly. When the next crisis does occur, we will keep you up to date on these efforts so you can see first hand how your donation is bringing energy to the communities who need it most.

We appreciate your generosity and continued support in helping us bring energy everywhere.


Where can I learn more about Mercy Corps?

You can check out their website here or see a quick overview of some of their work in the video below:


Can I build my own fundraiser for this?

First off, THANK YOU for your interest in supporting this campaign. We need your energy and enthusiasm to help this reach even more people. At the moment, the best way to raise funds for The Emergency Energy Fund is to share the direct Crowdrise link with friends and family and encourage them to donate (they can leave a comment saying you sent them!). If we are able to support individual fundraisers in the future, we will let the community know. 

Can I donate my money to a specific disaster?

It is not possible to earmark your donation. Mercy Corps will use their infrastructure and expertise to determine how and when BioLite can best be used in a disaster. Should an event arise that Mercy Corps identifies for deployment, we will update the campaign page to reflect more detail about where current donations are going.


I also do disaster & emergency work - can I partner with BioLite?

Thank you for the work you do and for thinking of us as a potential partner. Right now our focus is on supporting our new partnership with Mercy Corps, however, we are always open to new introductions for future collaboration. Please reach out to us here and share any ideas/info you have to get the conversation started.


Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! If you need a verified receipt, please message us through the Crowdrise platform after you donate and we can send you the proper paperwork.