Health—General & Rehabilitative

Americares

  • Stamford, CT
  • www.americares.org

Mission Statement

Americares saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential.

Main Programs

  1. Emergency Programs
  2. Global Health Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Since it was founded nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided over $13 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

 Number

5773506809

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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 and other assistance. In 2016, Americares saved lives and improved the health of people affected by poverty or disaster in 93 countries.
2016 accomplishments include:
• Supplying enough medicine worldwide to fill 25 million prescriptions for patients in desperate need;
• Responding to 30 emergencies in 24 countries;
• Providing $200 million in medicine, supplies, education and training to a network of U.S. clinics and health centers serving more than 5 million patients in need;
• And donating medicine and supplies for 1,035 trips by volunteer medical teams working in 77 countries.

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 responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Americares relief workers are among the first to respond to emergencies and stay as long as needed, helping to restore health services for survivors.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$8,500,000

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 hospitals and clinics on an ongoing basis, alleviating critical medicine and supply shortages. Americares reaches more than 90 countries annually with medicine, medical supplies, and project and activity support through our Global Health Programs.
Americares 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 and a mobile clinic program in the slums of Mumbai, India.
In the United States, Americares supports health care for the uninsured and underinsured. Americares U.S. Program is the largest provider of donated medical aid to the U.S. safety net, delivering more than $200 million in medicines and supplies last year to its network of free and charitable clinics and health centers in all 50 states.
Americares Global Health Program supported 1,035 trips by volunteer medical professionals to 77 countries last year with donated products, including enough medicine to fill more than 1.3 million prescriptions and more than 3 million units of supplies. These volunteers treated more than 776,000 primary care patients and performed nearly 48,000 surgeries.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$723,400,000

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 all people have pathways to health and opportunity. To achieve that vision, health-focused relief and development 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 four key objectives: increasing programmatic impact, deepening global engagement, expanding and diversifying revenue and enhancing operational excellence. 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 world's leading nonprofit organization for delivering donated medicine and medical supplies to health programs around the world, providing over $600 million in quality medicine and supplies to more than 90 countries every year. Americares has nearly 40 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 2016, Americares delivered 25 million course treatments and more than 30 million 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 93 countries in 2016 with medicine, medical supplies, support and technical assistance valued at nearly $825 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 25 million prescriptions and 30 million medical supplies. Through collaboration with its expansive partner network, Americares committed nearly $8.1 million in new support to health projects in 2016.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Since it was founded nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided over $13 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

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Michael J. Nyenhuis

BIO

Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis heads the world's leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.

For nearly 40 years, Americares has been responding to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. The health-focused relief and development organization reaches more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states each year with over $600 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid.

Nyenhuis has oversight of all Americares offices worldwide, including its operations in the U.S., El Salvador, India, Liberia, Nepal, Philippines and Tanzania. A global health professional with more than 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?