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AmeriCares Foundation, Inc.

  • Stamford, CT
  • www.americares.org

Mission Statement

AmeriCares is an emergency response and global health organization that saves lives and builds healthier futures for people in crisis in the U.S. and around the world.

Main Programs

  1. Emergency Programs
  2. Global Health Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Since it was founded more than 30 years ago, AmeriCares has provided over $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Michael J. Nyenhuis

Keywords

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health care, disaster relief, global health, humanitarian aid, nonprofit, international, domestic, Connecticut, medical relief, nongovernmental

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Also Known As

AmeriCares

EIN

06-1008595

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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AmeriCares is able to maximize the impact of each financial donation due to its longstanding relationships with pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, as well as partnerships with frontline health workers around the world. For every $1 donated, AmeriCares can deliver $20 in aid to people in need, including medicine, medical supplies, relief supplies and health services. In 2015, AmeriCares helped to save lives and build healthier futures for people in crisis in 94 countries.

2015 accomplishments include:

• Supplying enough medicine to fill nearly 16 million prescriptions worldwide – more than half to treat chronic diseases;

• Treating more than 90,000 patients at primary care clinics in El Salvador, India and the United States;

• Providing medicine, supplies, education and training to a network of more than 800 U.S. clinics and health centers serving more than 5 million patients in need;

• Responding to 26 emergencies in 20 countries;

• Delivering $20 million in aid to Nepal within 30 days of a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake;

• Deploying 75 emergency response experts and medical personnel to crisis zones;

• Training more than 425 health workers in the Philippines to identify and treat or refer patients suffering from psychological trauma;

• Launching a comprehensive response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that included supplying 2.2 million pieces of protective gear, providing infection prevention and control training, managing an Ebola treatment center and health system improvements in Ebola-ravaged countries;

• And supplying medicine and supplies for 1,021 medical volunteer teams traveling to 84 countries to provide care for patients in desperate need.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Emergency Programs

AmeriCares responded to 26 emergencies in 20 countries in 2015, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Nepal earthquake. Its emergency response team also helped survivors of floods, tornadoes, tropical storms, conflicts, wildfires, volcanic eruptions and other disease outbreaks. AmeriCares Emergency Programs include preparedness initiatives in five countries and disaster recovery work to strengthen health systems and prepare communities for future disasters. In all, AmeriCares provided medicine, supplies and project support to help partners in 30 countries and 12 U.S. states respond to and prepare for emergencies.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$37,000,000

Program 2

Global Health Programs

Every day, AmeriCares puts critically needed medicines and supplies in the hands of frontline health workers and develops innovative, sustainable health improvements in their communities. AmeriCares supports health care partners in more than 30 countries on an ongoing basis, alleviating critical medicine and supply shortages. AmeriCares health programs include a health worker safety program that protects hospital workers and students from Hepatitis B and other occupational hazards, a breast cancer screening, education and treatment program in Cambodia, and a school-based nutrition program reducing stunting and anemia for preschool children in Vietnam. AmeriCares also operates a family clinic in El Salvador that serves more than 25,000 patients annually. In the United States, AmeriCares supports health care for the uninsured and underinsured. AmeriCares U.S. Program provides more than $100 million in medicine, supplies, education and training annually to a network of more than 800 clinics serving more than 5 million patients in need.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$590,000,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    AmeriCares vision is a world in which people in crisis caused by disaster or poverty have pathways to health and opportunity. To achieve that vision, the emergency response and global health organization plans to deepen its impact over the next decade to ensure millions more people have the foundation of health they need to reach their full potential. AmeriCares will increase the scale, scope and depth of its work to serve more people affected by disaster or poverty in the United States and around the world.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    In 2015, AmeriCares embarked on an ambitious 10-year strategic plan to allow the organization to serve more people in crisis, respond to more emergencies and launch more high-impact projects to improve the lives of people affected by disaster or poverty. AmeriCares strategy focuses on three key objectives: increasing programmatic impact, deepening global engagement, and expanding and diversifying revenue. AmeriCares aims to increase the number of people reached by its health programs, improve clinical quality and improve health outcomes for patients. Deepening global engagement will lead to more multi-year projects and an increased local presence in priority countries. By expanding revenue and the diversity of funding sources, AmeriCares will have the necessary resources to scale successful programs and serve even more people in need.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    AmeriCares is the nonprofit leader for delivering donated medicine and medical supplies to health programs around the world, providing over $500 million in quality medicine and supplies to more than 90 countries every year. AmeriCares has more than 35 years of experience responding to the needs of people affected by disaster and poverty, as well as an expansive network of hospitals, clinics and community health partners worldwide. AmeriCares agility, global reach and expertise allows the organization to respond rapidly to the needs of local partners and their communities, as well as develop innovative, sustainable health programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    AmeriCares has set three-year targets for its health programs and fundraising activities that will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure goals are met. AmeriCares monitors and reports on both the number of individuals participating directly in its health programs and receiving treatment in its primary health clinics, as well as the number of medical products distributed worldwide. For medical supplies, AmeriCares tracks the number of units distributed. For medicine, it calculates the number of course treatments provided. AmeriCares defines a course treatment as the amount of medicine typically needed to effectively treat the condition for which the medication is most commonly prescribed; it is the equivalent of one prescription. In 2015, AmeriCares delivered nearly 16 million course treatments and more than 38 million units of medical supplies for patients in need worldwide.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As the leading nonprofit provider of donated medicines and supplies, AmeriCares reached 94 countries in 2015 with medicine, medical supplies, support and technical assistance valued at more than $600 million. AmeriCares leveraged donated and procured commodities to support projects and to relieve shortages of medicines and supplies through local health partners, including enough medicine to fill nearly 16 million prescriptions and more than 38 million units of supplies. Through collaboration with its expansive partner network, AmeriCares committed nearly $7.1 million of new support to 91 health projects in 28 countries that will directly benefit an estimated 668,000 individuals. In addition, AmeriCares primary care clinics in El Salvador, India and the United States provided services to nearly 93,000 individual patients.

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Since it was founded more than 30 years ago, AmeriCares has provided over $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

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Financials

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AmeriCares Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

AmeriCares Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Michael J. Nyenhuis

BIO

AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis leads an emergency response and global health organization increasing access to care in more than 90 countries. He oversees an annual budget of approximately $700 million and has oversight of the AmeriCares offices in the U.S., El Salvador, India, Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, as well as a network of free health clinics in the organization's home state of Connecticut. A global health professional with 20 years of experience, Nyenhuis previously served as the president and chief executive officer of MAP International. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jerry Leamon

Former Managing Director, Deloitte

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?