International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Global Links

Sharing Surplus. Saving Lives.

Pittsburgh, PA


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

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Angela Garcia

Main Address

700 Trumbull Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15205 USA


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





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Global Links provides medical materials, equipment, and furnishings to public health facilities and healthcare workers in areas that a lack vital resources. We support our local safety net organizations through distributions of medical and home care materials and collaborative support.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Medical Surplus Recovery

International Medical Aid

Community Partners Program

Volunteer Service Program

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Global Links' goals are to build long-term, multi-faceted, and collaborative public health projects that meet the specific needs of partners, reach diverse populations and that adapt to changing public health goals.

Global Links' strategies for success are developed through collaborative partnerships, solid project frameworks, quality materials, accurate inventory, engaged volunteers and an empowered staff.

Global Links' staff and facility are the key factors to the organization's capacity to meet its mission. Under the leadership of a co-founder and a long-time deputy director, the staff has grown to include individuals with demonstrated expertise in program development, inventory management, fundraising and operations. The acquisition of a larger facility in 2013 enables the organization to collect and warehouse the quantity of materials needed to support the programs and projects.

Progress is measured through meeting goals and expected outcomes. Global Links projects are developed with a framework of activities to meet specific goals and measurable outcomes. Operationally, progress is measured by meeting material, revenue, volunteerism and outreach goals and are developed annually based on the strategic plan.

Global Links has accomplished much since its founding in 1989. In 2000, the global community came together to develop a plan to solve some of the world's most pressing problems - The United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Global Links has worked with partners to address several of the goals with an emphasis on improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. In 2015, world leaders came together once again to commit to the goals and build upon them with a new set of Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. Global Links is committed to working toward SDG 3: "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages." Through our international and domestic medical aid project, Global Links will use the SDGs and Public Health Goals to guide our work in order to support each country's efforts toward universal health. We may not meet all of the goals, but as we have seen, any progress toward a goal has a profound impact on people's lives.

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Affiliations & Memberships

InterAction - Member 1998

Sustainable Pittsburgh 2010

Greater Pittsburgh Non-profit Partnership 2008

Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations 2006



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

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?



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



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



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



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


Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity