Health—General & Rehabilitative

PROJECT MEDSEND

  • Stratford, CT
  • www.medsend.org

Mission Statement

In partnership with key Christian ministries, MedSend strategically funds highly qualified and committed healthcare professionals to serve the physical and spiritual needs of poor and oppressed people around the world.

Main Programs

  1. MedSend Core Program
  2. MedSend Nationals Pilot
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

MedSend's core program grants make it possible for Christian healthcare professionals from the U.S. to serve people in need throughout the world, including in the U.S. MedSend healthcare professionals serve in areas of deep physical and spiritual need, often in areas that are remote and/or challenging and high risk. Many serve in regions of the world where access to healthcare and the good news of Christ's love are severely limited. MedSend healthcare professionals currently serve in more than 30 countries, including:

Dominican Republic
Kenya
USA
South Sudan
Honduras
Peru
Ethiopia
Romania
Tanzania
South Africa
Nepal
Senegal
Uganda
Guatemala
Togo
Mozambique
Brazil
Ecuador
Niger
Gabon
Australia
Russia
Nigeria
Malawi
Democratic Republic of Congo
El Salvador
Indonesia
Puerto Rico
Republic of Georgia
Mexico
Other countries that can't be disclosed due to security restrictions

Through our pilot program, MedSend Nationals, we award grants to Christian national physicians from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These grants make it possible for these doctors to attend in-country Christian medical residency programs so that they can get the advanced medical training and Christian mentoring they need to more effectively serve people in need in their home countries.

ruling year

1993

President & CEO

Self-reported

Richard C. Allen

Keywords

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Christian, healthcare, missionaries, evangelism, education, training, nationals,

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Also Known As

MedSend

EIN

75-2470543

 Number

2411354296

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Christian (X20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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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Since 1992, MedSend has approved educational loan repayment grants in excess of $15,000,000 for more than 500 Christian healthcare professionals including physicians, dentists, veterinarians, nurses, physician assistants and others serving in areas of deep physical and spiritual need, many of them in regions of the world untouched by the gospel. They have been welcomed in areas that are closed to other forms of evangelism. MedSend grant recipients now staff and run mission hospitals and rural clinics and are involved in training and mentoring Christian nationals creating sustainability for the future. In addition, MedSend Nationals, a pilot program begun in 2014, has made it possible for thirteen Christian national physicians in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to obtain the advanced Christian medical training they need to effectively serve people in need in their own countries. Finally, we are using our unique position to improve the effectiveness of global healthcare missions by co-sponsoring an annual Healthcare Missions Summit that brings Christian global healthcare leaders together to address issues of importance to today's Christian cross-cultural healthcare workers.

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

MedSend Core Program

For MedSend healthcare professionals from the U.S., we provide grants that remove the obstacle of educational debt. We also provide specialized training to equip them for the unique challenges they face.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

MedSend Nationals Pilot

MedSend Nationals is a groundbreaking pilot program that is helping national believers obtain the advanced medical training and Christian mentoring they need to serve people who are poor and underserved in their home countries.

The need for Christian healthcare professionals, especially highly trained doctors and nurses, throughout the developing world is staggering. According to the World Health Organization, 57 countries are at a crisis point, with fewer than 2.3 nurses, doctors and midwives for every 1,000 people – too few to deliver even the most basic level of care. Persecution of Christians is also increasing in many of these same regions and, as it does, more countries are restricting access for Christian missionaries and evangelists from North America.

Yet many Christian nationals in developing countries who feel called to serve in healthcare ministry cannot afford to pay for the healthcare training, especially at the professional residency level that is required for surgeons and other medical specialists.

This pilot program, funded through designated gifts, is already sponsoring the advanced medical training of 13 Christian national physicians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. They will be equipped to serve those who are poor and medically underserved in their own countries.

We are partnering with International Associates – organizations with established in-country Christ-centered medical residency programs that provide professional training, spiritual development and leadership preparation for those who have already graduated from medical school. The International Associates recruit, train and oversee men and women who possess the requisite intellectual ability, a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and desire to share it, and the moral character and spiritual commitment to serve in areas of great need in their own countries. All MedSend International Associates are U.S.-based organizations that provide a high degree of verification and accountability.

We believe that God will use MedSend Nationals as part of His plan to reach all nations with His healing and love.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

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. Number of nationals program grants currently being paid

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
MedSend Nationals Pilot
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We are currently paying on the grants of 13 Christian national physicians in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The grants make it possible for them to get Christian medical residency training.

2. Number of core program grants currently being paid

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
MedSend Core Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We are currently paying on grants for 180 healthcare professionals who are serving in the U.S. and more than 80 countries. We make their educational loan payments while they serve.

3. Percentage of current grant recipients who serve in high security areas.

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
MedSend Core Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
41% of the MedSend healthcare professionals who served in 2015 served in high security areas.

4. Number of grant recipients who are still serving in cross-cultural healthcare ministry after grant payoff.

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
MedSend Core Program
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
At least 82 MedSend healthcare professionals have continued to serve in cross-cultural healthcare ministry after their grants have been paid in full, demonstrating their commitment to career ministry.

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?
    1) To rapidly enable the missionary service of every qualified healthcare professional - from the U.S. and other countries - who comes to us for help.

    2) To find new ways to rapidly and effectively reach more people in need around the world with healthcare and the Good News of Jesus Christ's love. The urgency is due to the overwhelming need to healthcare and the many regions that may soon close to North American healthcare workers.

    3) To insure that MedSend healthcare professionals are equipped to meet the unique challenges they face as cross-cultural healthcare workers.

    4) As an organization that works with over 75 mission sending agencies, we are seeking new avenues for using our unique position and insights to become a resource for improving the effectiveness of global healthcare missions.


  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1) MedSend's leadership has taken bold measures to move the ministry into a financial position that will allow us to rapidly enable the missionary service of every qualified healthcare professional who comes to us for help. They have invested in building the infrastructure needed to become a self-sustaining fundraising organization. In the fall of 2010, MedSend began a development initiative that was designed to reverse a 3-year decline in revenue. It met with success, and since then, revenues have grown at 15% CAGR from $1.1 million in FY 2010-11 to $2.5 million in FY 2013-14.

    2) In 2014, we launched MedSend Nationals, a pilot program that funds advanced medical training and Christian mentorship for national believers who are committed to serving in their own countries. This program empowers believers in developing countries and lessen dependence on foreign healthcare professionals and missions. It is cost-effective and geared for rapid deployment since healthcare training costs in developing countries are less than in the U.S. and there is no need for the healthcare missionaries to learn new languages and cultures. It provides sustainable healthcare ministry that can continue under the leadership of national believers even in areas that may close to North American Christians. And finally, it will provide a supply of Christian healthcare workers in regions where they are most desperately needed.

    3) We provide specialized pre-field training for Christian healthcare professionals and we are also working to standardize the training provided to our grant recipients by the 75-plus established mission boards and sending agencies that partner with us as MedSend Associates. Through numerous in-depth discussions with global healthcare missions professionals throughout the world, we are constantly assessing the changing needs in global healthcare missions and enhancing and expanding our programs to meet the needs of our grant recipients.

    3) In 2014, we instituted an annual Medical Missions Summit that brings together MedSend Associate executives and other leaders in global healthcare missions to address global healthcare issues. We sponsored the 2014 Global Healthcare Workers Needs Assessment (GHWNA) Survey that surveyed MedSend grant recipients, both currently serving and those off the field, as well as representatives of MedSend Associates, to evaluate the training and support of Christian cross-cultural healthcare workers. GHWANA is part of a project through which we ultimately hope to develop a stronger and more effective system for equipping and supporting healthcare missionaries.



  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    For 20 years, MedSend has enabled Christian healthcare professionals from the U.S. to serve where God has called by removing the obstacle of educational debt. MedSend has approved more than 500 grants for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, enabling them to serve in more than 80 countries. The MedSend Nationals pilot expands and builds on this success by enabling the service of citizens of developing countries who are called to serve the needy of their own countries through healthcare ministry – but who need MedSend's help to fund their healthcare training.

    Through this experience, MedSend has developed systems and capabilities that will help us realize our goals. These include:
    - A system for paying grant recipients' educational loans
    - A grant application system managed through a specialized database that securely handle all application documents, annual reports and automated communications.
    - A loyal and active donor base.
    - Working partnerships with more than 75 mission boards and sending agencies, in addition to other global healthcare ministries.
    - A board of directors made up of experienced business, missions and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to MedSend's mission, it's grant recipients and those they serve.
    - A small, but innovative and fiercely dedicated, staff who work and pray hard.



  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    - We continue to receive an increasing number of grant applications from qualified and committed Christian American and national grant applicants.
    - We continue to be able to fund the grants of all qualified applicants quickly enough that their service, or training in the case of MedSend Nationals, is not delayed.
    - Terms of service for grant recipients in MedSend's core program increase in length.
    - Ministry effectiveness for grant recipients in the core program increases, as indicated by data and comments in annual reports and surveys.
    - MedSend Nationals grant recipients graduate, assume positions of Christian leadership and serve the poor and oppressed people in their own countries.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Accomplishments:
    - We have raised more than $15M to fund the grants that have allowed more than 500 Christian healthcare professionals to serve around the world.
    - We are currently funding the grants of more than 180 Christian healthcare professionals
    - We partner with more than 75 mission sending agencies.

    Yet to accomplish:
    - We need to develop a legacy giving program for donors.
    - We need to further develop our pre-field training program.
    - We need to take the MedSend Nationals pilot to the program level.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

MedSend's core program grants make it possible for Christian healthcare professionals from the U.S. to serve people in need throughout the world, including in the U.S. MedSend healthcare professionals serve in areas of deep physical and spiritual need, often in areas that are remote and/or challenging and high risk. Many serve in regions of the world where access to healthcare and the good news of Christ's love are severely limited. MedSend healthcare professionals currently serve in more than 30 countries, including:

Dominican Republic
Kenya
USA
South Sudan
Honduras
Peru
Ethiopia
Romania
Tanzania
South Africa
Nepal
Senegal
Uganda
Guatemala
Togo
Mozambique
Brazil
Ecuador
Niger
Gabon
Australia
Russia
Nigeria
Malawi
Democratic Republic of Congo
El Salvador
Indonesia
Puerto Rico
Republic of Georgia
Mexico
Other countries that can't be disclosed due to security restrictions

Through our pilot program, MedSend Nationals, we award grants to Christian national physicians from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These grants make it possible for these doctors to attend in-country Christian medical residency programs so that they can get the advanced medical training and Christian mentoring they need to more effectively serve people in need in their home countries.

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Financials

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PROJECT MEDSEND
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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

PROJECT MEDSEND

Leadership

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President & CEO

Richard C. Allen

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Douglas A. Drevets

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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
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
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity