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Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.vellorecmc.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Vellore CMC Foundation is to raise funds and build a network of educational and research affiliations for the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India.

Main Programs

  1. The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.
  2. Education & Research
  3. Capital Expansion
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Christian Medical College/Hospital in Vellore, India (CMC), was founded in 1900 by American physician Dr. Ida S. Scudder who responded to the needs of women in India who had no access to healthcare because of cultural and religious norms. Since then CMC has trained many of the finest doctors and nurses in India/the world.

Today CMC is the highest-ranked private hospital in India and provides research and training on a global level for medical professionals. Some 8,000 outpatients are seen daily on 6 campuses around Vellore District, and dozens of outreach sites that serve the poor with free or subsidized care. The Medical School and College of Nursing are highly competitive, with 40,000 applications written for 100 medical school seats in 2015.

Research at CMC is conducted in India; however much of it is part of the global health studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and others. CMC has been first in India to successfully perform numerous complex surgeries and treatment protocols.

The Foundation is currently fund raising for three major projects that stretch CMC into new geographic and programmatic areas: 1) a new Center for Distance Education to make CMC's sought-after teaching and clinical expertise available in the remote areas of India and in other underserved areas of the world; 2) a new 1,500-bed research/teaching hospital and trauma center that are about to break ground in Vellore District; and 3) a comprehensive intervention in the tribal Jawadhi Hills, to introduce toilets, a clean water supply, hygiene in 35,000 of the family residences there where not one toilet is currently used. The program also provides education, workforce skills development, leadership and empowerment training and much more and is a demonstration project for replication throughout India's most remote isolated areas.


ruling year

1946

President since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Katherine D Guenther

Keywords

Self-reported

Vellore, Scudder, CMC, India, healthcare, Medical School, Community Health, Nursing, Research, Public Health, Christian Hospital, Private Hospital India, Mission

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Also Known As

Vellore Board

EIN

13-2735359

 Number

1423231823

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Hospital (Specialty) (E24)

Digestive Diseases/Disorders Research (H70)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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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The Vellore CMC Foundation is primarily focused on supporting the Christian Medical College & Hospital in Vellore, India (CMC) and its advance as a globally important educational and clinical resource in community health. We raise funds for medical education, research and capital needs at CMC.

In 2015 we raised more private support than ever before, continued to reach an expanded number of alumni and prospective donors and significantly lowered our administrative expenses. We ended 2015 with a small surplus.

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

The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.

The Vellore CMC Foundation’s is primary focus is on CMC’s global leadership in health and research education. Fellowships, education and research partnerships, capital projects and e-learning are priorities. In addition, we are the US-based partner for all CMC funding from USAID/ASHA.
Over 1,000 CMC alumni live and practice in the US, so the Foundation’s secondary role is to serve alumni in a variety of capacities. Finally, the Foundation supports American medical students who take an elective at CMC.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Adults

Budget

$530,000.00

Program 2

Education & Research

The Foundation supports Education and Research Fellowships for CMC faculty. We also facilitate international study in Vellore for American medical students and residents.

Category

Community Medicine

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Ethnic/Racial Minorities ?-- Other Specified Group

Other Named Groups

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 3

Capital Expansion

The Foundation is supporting the creation of a new 1,500-bed hospital and trauma center near Vellore.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$100,000,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Median grant amount

Target Population
People of African descent, People of Asian descent, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Education & Research
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The Foundation is building its capacity to successfully solicit grants from govt and private funders. This grant from a major global health funder is for a Vaccinology Course that is in its 5th year.

2. Number of donors retained

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This represents 63% of 2015 active donor group of 464

3. Number of individuals in the target audience that expresses intent to adopt (or continue) desired behavior

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This figure includes all donors, people who have registered on our website, people who have asked to receive our publications, and church congregations who have invited us to speak and made a gift.

4. Total number of organization members

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This reflects active donor files for the past 3 years plus institutional members and corporate members who

5. Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The President makes approximately 2 presentations a month to India church and social groups of prospective donors and/or volunteers. The remaining 6 presentations are by Board members or past Boards.

6. Number of new donors

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
The Foundation's primary activity is fund raising.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
These are primarily alumni and people who have visited CMC in the past.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Foundation continually strives to fulfill the potential for alumni giving, engage and cultivate the wealthy Indian diaspora in the United States, and support CMC in its advance as a global leader in community health and research.

    Although the Foundation has a modest endowment that provides a portion of our administrative costs, we are always facing the challenge of meeting our own overhead budget. Thus one of our most important day-to-day goals is to add value to CMC's alumni and friends here in the United States, and provide a flow of information about CMC's leadership and breakthroughs for other interested parties. CMC has placed a high priority on the Foundation's success

    A fully functional alumni association is beginning to coalesce with the active engagement of Board members. Because CMC is the leading private hospital and medical school in India, the profile of CMC graduates in prestigious hospitals and medical school in the US is excellent. This not only speaks to alumni giving capacity but to the opportunity for collaborative relationships between the US and India. Support of one's alma mater is not a strong tradition in India and therefore there is a certain amount of cultural resistance that we work against.

    There is an an opportunity for the Foundation to gain funding for CMC among international foundations. As a Christian institution that serves people of all faiths and has a significant commitment to the poor, CMC also has broad appeal among faith communities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Foundation's overarching strategy must address the potential difficulties of representing an institution half way around the world--we have created a detailed agenda for excellent communication with CMC; we are committed to aligning the Foundation's capacity with goals identified at CMC; and we are playing an increasing role in forming mutually beneficial relationships with leading American medical/research institutions.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    One of the key strategies mentioned earlier is the building of a diverse and engaged Board. In the past three years we have broad the Board to capacity (25) and broadened our committee structure.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our indicators are both financial and subjective. We are always fund raising against an operating budget and larger project budgets. Our financial objectives are tied both to goals and to new categories of donors. Success therefore includes dollars raised and a certain number of new/continuing donors.

    In addition we are continually working toward a representative, active alumni association made up of doctors, nurses and Allied Sciences graduates. There are numerous strategies for this multi-year effort.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have not yet established a pipeline of major gifts that gives us year-to-year confidence. The Development Committee is working closely with the President and other members of the Board to cultivate and retain such donors. This has never been part of the Foundation's funding mix; there are indications of success and we hope that 2016-2017 will show substantial movement in this area.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Christian Medical College/Hospital in Vellore, India (CMC), was founded in 1900 by American physician Dr. Ida S. Scudder who responded to the needs of women in India who had no access to healthcare because of cultural and religious norms. Since then CMC has trained many of the finest doctors and nurses in India/the world.

Today CMC is the highest-ranked private hospital in India and provides research and training on a global level for medical professionals. Some 8,000 outpatients are seen daily on 6 campuses around Vellore District, and dozens of outreach sites that serve the poor with free or subsidized care. The Medical School and College of Nursing are highly competitive, with 40,000 applications written for 100 medical school seats in 2015.

Research at CMC is conducted in India; however much of it is part of the global health studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and others. CMC has been first in India to successfully perform numerous complex surgeries and treatment protocols.

The Foundation is currently fund raising for three major projects that stretch CMC into new geographic and programmatic areas: 1) a new Center for Distance Education to make CMC's sought-after teaching and clinical expertise available in the remote areas of India and in other underserved areas of the world; 2) a new 1,500-bed research/teaching hospital and trauma center that are about to break ground in Vellore District; and 3) a comprehensive intervention in the tribal Jawadhi Hills, to introduce toilets, a clean water supply, hygiene in 35,000 of the family residences there where not one toilet is currently used. The program also provides education, workforce skills development, leadership and empowerment training and much more and is a demonstration project for replication throughout India's most remote isolated areas.


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VELLORE CHRISTIAN MEDICAL COLLEGE FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Ms. Katherine D Guenther

BIO

Ms. Guenther has served in leadership positions in non-profit organizations through her professional career (over 30 years). She has been Chair or Development Committee Chair of numerous non-profit boards.

She is a resident of Westchester County, NY.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"The Vellore CMC Foundation unites alumni and donors from North America to provide financial and programmatic support for the Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India.

CMC is made up of a world class Medical College, College of Nursing, Allied Health Science programs and Global Health Research Centers. In the next five years a School of Public Health and Center for Distance Education will open.

Serving 8,000 out-patients daily and over 2.5 million patients per year, CMC is ranked the #1 private hospital and medical school in India regularly. Because its care standards are so high and its faculty is renowned, people travel from all over India, the Sub-Continent and the world to be treated there. The fees paid by wealthy patients subsidize the care for the poor and marginalized. This model has existed since CMC was founded in 1900 by American physician Dr. Ida S. Scudder. Originally CMC was a mission hospital and medical school for women. Today it is coeducational. Although still rooted in Christianity, CMC trains and treats people of all faiths and backgrounds.

The Foundation's primary role is to provide major funding for advanced medical training and research as well as capital projects. The American people, through USAID/ASHA funding, has provided over $10 million for advanced diagnostic equipment and capital expansion. Private funds from the Foundation's supporters have amounted to almost $5 million in the past 10 years in addition to USAID support.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Honorine Ward, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Term: Oct 2008 - May 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

No

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Because the focus of our work is in India, we have always had people of color on the Board and on staff.