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DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/23/2013: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC

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DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/23/2013: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC

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Physical Address: New York, NY 10001 
EIN: 13-3433452
Web URL: www.doctorswithoutborders.org 
NTEE Category: M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
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Ruling Year: 1989 


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Mission Statement

MSF is an independent, international medical relief organization aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and social marginalization. Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care in more than 60 countries. In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting. MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it assists.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $190,602,139
Total Expenses $169,919,573

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Sophie Delaunay

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Since Jan 2008

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Budget:
$124,080,477
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Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Every year, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in more than 60 countries around the world. MSF provides assistance when catastrophic events — such as armed conflict(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#armedconflict) , epidemics(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#epidemics) , malnutrition(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#malnutrition) , or natural disasters(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#naturaldisasters)  — overwhelm local health systems. MSF also assists people who face discrimination or neglect from their local health systems or when populations are otherwise excluded from health care(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/aboutus/activities.cfm?ref=main-menu#exclusion) . On any given day, close to 27,000 doctors(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2531) , nurses(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2534) , logisticians(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2540) , water-and-sanitation experts(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2541) , administrators(http://doctorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/field/personnel.cfm?id=2542) , and other qualified professionals can be found providing medical care in international teams made up of local MSF aid workers and their colleagues from around the world.

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Expert Assessment

Experts confidently expound on the lifesaving impact of Medecins sans Frontiers professional, high quality work. They have an amazing ability to provide emergency medical services in conflict zones, and due to massive public support, are able to operate independently and go where the needs are greatest, regardless of the funding opportunities. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

Experts confidently expound on the lifesaving impact of Medecins sans Frontiers professional, high quality work. They have an amazing ability to provide emergency medical services in conflict zones, and due to massive public support, are able to operate independently and go where the needs are greatest, regardless of the funding opportunities.

Effective Programs
Due to their clear emergency focus, high quality work, and ability to mobilize staff, contingency stocks can rapidly respond to any sudden emergency. Massive public support ensures that they can operate independently and go where the needs are greatest, regardless of the funding opportunities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Medecins sans Frontiers Belgium and France have been working in Kosovo for over a decade. At the time, most of the population was deprived of access to health care, water and sanitation, and public sector jobs (which constituted 99% of the Kosovo economy). Due to their program of support, designed after three months of careful needs assessment and good listening to the local stakeholders, access to basic health care services and essential drugs was enabled throughout the country. Other
They are good at providing service in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. Researcher and Faculty
Their work has life-saving impact in nutrition, epidemic control, general health and sanitation in acute emergencies. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Operate In Difficult Circumstances
They tend to operate in some of the most insecure areas where populations are most vulnerable and least served by local health institutions. They fill highly tangible gaps and save lives. Other
They are skilled at saving lives in difficult circumstances. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Needs Driven
They have always been an effective needs-driven organization. Other
Experienced
They have years of experience in doing the work, they focus on what they do best, and have a strong ability to recruit qualified volunteers. Foundation Professional
Operates in Difficult Areas
They have an amazing ability to provide emergency medical services in conflict zones, even where others fear to tread (e.g., Somalia at the moment).They are very professional, and have high standards. Other

Organizational Strengths

Medecins sans Frontiers has a highly competent staff who have a strong sense purpose. Experts praise the organization for its courage and boldness, tight, highly focused operations, responsiveness, neutrality, and modeling advocacy-by-doing.

Independence
Their strength is their independence. Researcher and Faculty
Successful Marketing and Advocacy
They utilize successful marketing, branding and fundraising strategies. They are centered around a single purpose - emergency response. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Staff
They employ highly competent medical practitioners (nurses, doctors and surgeons). They have tight, highly focused operations. Other
Leadership and staff together with mission ( e.g. a strong sense of purpose), are Medecins sans Frontiers' core strengths. Other
This organization's strength is in the shared values and beliefs of most of its employees. They also have a special aptitude for identifying local talent and people with access. They take risks more then other nonprofits I know and this pays off with a greater impact. Other
They are good at branding, communication, and using funds wisely. Their leadership, staff, volunteers, and operations are all amazing. Foundation Professional
They have strong leadership and a commitment to reaching and protecting the most affected people. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Boldness
This organization is characterized by courage and boldness. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Advocacy
They are good at advocacy. Their strength is neutrality. Researcher and Faculty
Strong Operations
They have strong marketing, image management, strong conceptual products (trend-setting books, articles by senior staff), and model strong advocacy-by-doing. They have a strong organizational structure - decentralized with five operational centers and a number of fund-raising centers, such as the US office, and are just sufficiently coordinated to work, but are not top-down. They are good at setting examples for combatants. Other
Their strengths are responsiveness, focus, and strong operational procedures and norms. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their strength is they are able to move quickly. They have a core capacity in medical provision similar to IMC. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Mission Principled Approach
Their strengths are their mission, principled approach and professionalism quality of volunteers. Researcher and Faculty

Areas for Improvement

The organization could benefit from further improving its engagement with other actors in the system, focusing more on their phased exit strategy and building up local capacity, and becoming more conscious of local acceptance in different cultures and circumstances.

Improve External Cooperation
They should coordinate more with other peer NGOs, participate in UN and government coordination structures. They should give some more thought to post-emergency work. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The organization could further improve its engagement with others. They can positively influence the work of others if they are prepared to further engage and do not build walls with other actors in the system. They should pay more attention to sustainability, something that is often a trade-off with organizations that focuses more on emergencies. Other
They should be more accessible to external partners. They do not seem as user friendly to foundations - they are a large organization and based on my individual experience, it seems difficult to develop a relationship with a development person. They could do a better job with foundation and donor relations. Foundation Professional
They can improve by having stronger ties among the operational and non-operational sections. Researcher and Faculty
Increase Sustainability
They should focus more on their phased exit strategy, as they tend to conclude their missions rather abruptly, before local authorities or other institutions can set up successor arrangements. Other
They should do more capacity building of local partners. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They should become more conscious of local acceptance in different cultures and circumstances, as they are perceived as being mostly Western. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They can be fairly political and that causes problems for them and sometimes for other NGOs as well. Because of their focus on emergencies, they don't always handle transition out of emergencies very well. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Develop Staff
They should invest more in the development of their local staff. Other
They could increase their staff tenure and level of experience and work on reducing turn-over at the field management level. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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