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Global Links

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.globallinks.org

Mission Statement

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system.

Global Links' collaborative efforts include:

• Redirecting still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs in targeted communities throughout the Western Hemisphere

• Sharing expertise and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners

• Educating partners, volunteers, and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship

Main Programs

  1. Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare
  2. International Medical Aid
  3. Community Partners Program
  4. Suture Donation Program
  5. Volunteer Service Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International - 31 countries served in 2014
Western Hemisphere - countries in long-term medical aid partnership in 2014: Cuba, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Guyana
Mid-Atlantic US States - location of environmental stewardship healthcare instituion partners: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland
Pennsylvania - Western region

ruling year

1994

CEO, Co-founder

Self-reported

Kathleen Hower

Deputy Director

Self-reported

Mrs. Angela Garcia

Keywords

Self-reported

medical and humanitarian aid, Latin America and Caribbean, Western Pennsylvania, suture, mobility, maternal health, infant health

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EIN

52-1629060

 Number

2626711022

Physical Address

700 Trumbull Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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1. In 2010, Global Links achieved two milestones:  in September we shipped our 400th container of medical materials to hospitals and clinics in need, representing over $170 million worth of scarce and often lifesaving items. GL sent a record 39 shipments to ten developing countries. 2. Each year, GL diverts more than 250 tons of medical materials from landfills in the Pittsburgh region to lifesaving purposes. In 2010 our environmental contributions were nationally recognized: we earned a Champion for Change Environmental Excellence award from Practice Greenhealth. Through GL efforts, still useful materials discarded due to hospital protocols, changes in regulations, etc., can be repurposed to save lives in other countries.   3. Another record for our organization: in 2010, volunteers of all ages provided over 9,000 hours of service to GL.  GL offers volunteers a unique opportunity to become active, hands-on participants in social change.  4. Immediately following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, GL assumed a leadership role in coordinating relief efforts in the Pittsburgh community. We provided local first-responder medical personnel with key materials to hand-deliver, and also coordinated shipments of desperately needed medications and supplies. In late 2010, GL sent several shipments intended for cholera relief for use in the Cholera Treatment Centers and Units throughout the country.    5. Through collaborations with partners such as PAHO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, GL made significant contributions to strengthening the infrastructure of health services in Guatemala. Among the areas of emphasis is the reduction in maternal and child mortality. Our efforts included furnishing renovated or new facilities. We also responded to severe flooding throughout Guatemala caused by tropical Storm Agatha; donations from GL allowed the re-opening of two operating rooms that had been taken out of service because of lack of key items.

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

Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare

Providing socially and environmentally responsible alternatives to sending surplus medical materials to landfills.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

International Medical Aid

Supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$750,000.00

Program 3

Community Partners Program

Supporting other nonprofits with materials to improve health in our community.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 4

Suture Donation Program

Saving lives with donations of suture to partner facilities worldwide.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$22,000.00

Program 5

Volunteer Service Program

Engaging 2000+ volunteers in meaningful and educational work each year.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International - 31 countries served in 2014
Western Hemisphere - countries in long-term medical aid partnership in 2014: Cuba, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Guyana
Mid-Atlantic US States - location of environmental stewardship healthcare instituion partners: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland
Pennsylvania - Western region

Social Media

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Funding Needs

1. Additional funds for general operations.2.Increase organizational capacity and efficiencies so that we can recover more materials destined for landfill, and process and distribute more life-saving medical supplies in our program countries.3. Expand and formalize Global Links’ educational outreach program in the Pittsburgh region, focusing on the environmental impact of healthcare delivery, through development of high school curricula and partnerships with local schools.  4.  Strengthen collaborations in the 9 countries in which we work, to develop additional programs to improve the health of the beneficiary communities. 5. Identify a suitable property and fund build out of space for combined office and warehouse facilities, to enhance efficiency and productivity.

Affiliations + Memberships

InterAction - Member

Sustainable Pittsburgh

Greater Pittsburgh Non-profit Partnership

Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations

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Financials

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GLOBAL LINKS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Global Links

Leadership

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CEO, Co-founder

Kathleen Hower

Deputy Director

Mrs. Angela Garcia

BIO

A native Pittsburgher, Kathleen Hower is the co-founder of Global Links, a pioneering medical material recovery organization dedicated to promoting better environmental stewardship and improving health in resource poor communities here and in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2005, Global Links was recognized by the Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization as a leader in responsible material recovery and re-distribution. In 2014, the organization marked its 25th anniversary. Hower's vision has led Global Links' growth from a small grassroots operation to become the recognized leader in medical material recovery, with partnerships in 9 countries and material recovery efforts topping 300 tons annually. Since 1989 Global Links has provided over $200 million of aid to countries around the world. Hower has traveled widely in Latin America and the Caribbean, reviewing and developing partnerships and programs for Global Links.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO, Co-founder

"We are privileged to be able to contribute to improving the health and lives of people in need in the countries we serve. We are inspired by the evidence of the positive results of our work: mothers delivering babies in safety and dignity in delivery suites furnished and equipped with Global Links donations; successful pediatric cardiac surgery using specialized sutures provided through our Suture Donation Program;  children with asthma and other respiratory illnesses having access to crucial  treatments with nebulizers we provided to community clinics. Global Links distinguishes itself from other organizations providing medical materials to the developing world through its singular approach to recovering and distributing these materials. We are committed to cultivating long-term partnerships with recipients to ensure suitability of donations with the needs and capabilities of recipient institutions, and by recovering only high-quality and still highly useful materials. On the supply end we work with US hospitals, mostly in western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area, establishing relationships with over 45 donor healthcare facilities, supporting their efforts to practice “green health care" and manage disposal of materials in an environmentally responsible way. Through this model of recovery we can offer recipients in resource-poor areas a full range of medical products, thus having a real impact on a hospital's capacity to treat its patients.   We rely heavily on community volunteers to process and package many of the supplies we receive, and we are deeply appreciative of volunteer efforts. Global Links welcomes groups and individual volunteers at our offices in Garfield and our warehouse in Homewood/Point Breeze and offering the chance for Pittsburghers to become active global citizens while improving their local environment."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeffrey Ford

Partner, Grossman Yanak & Ford

Term: Dec 2014 - Dec 2017

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