International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

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 - 32 countries served in 2016
Western Hemisphere - countries in long-term medical aid partnership in 2016: Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua
Mid-Atlantic US States - location of environmental stewardship healthcare partners or community donation programs: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia

ruling year

1994

Executive Director and 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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Global Links works with public health authorities to strengthen health systems for measurable impact in the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Our domestic program supports organizations serving vulnerable communities.

We partner with healthcare facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to provide a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to sending still-useful surplus materials to landfills.

Global Links collaborates with officials, administrators and community leaders in our program countries to ensure our projects support public health goals and deliver measurable results.

Our staff works with Pittsburgh's healthcare professionals and community at large to build systems that divert valuable surplus from landfills.

We convene a vibrant community of more than 2,200 volunteers to sort and pack materials at our headquarters in Pittsburgh.

Global Links' projects meet very specific needs, reach diverse populations, and adapt to changing environments - both at home and abroad.

By staying focused on goals and fostering partnerships that improve public health, we create change that has a profound impact on people's lives.

Each day we move closer to "Health for All."

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Environment

Population(s) Served

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

International Medical Aid

Supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$830,100.00

Program 3

Community Partners Program

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

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$128,699.00

Program 4

Suture Donation Program

Saving lives with donations of suture to partner facilities worldwide.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 5

Volunteer Service Program

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

Category

General Code

Population(s) Served

Budget

$151,800.00

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?
    Global Links' goals are to build long-term, multi-faceted, and collaborative health improvement projects that meet the specific needs of partners, reach diverse populations and that adapt to changing public health goals.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Global Links' strategies for success are developed through collaborative partnerships, solid project frameworks, quality materials, accurate inventory, engaged volunteers and an empowered staff.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    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.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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 emphasis on improving maternal health and reducing child mortality. Much progress has been made in reaching the MDGs, and despite falling short on some fo the targets, everyone agrees that with continued effort, the goals can be met.

    In 2015, word 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 medical aid programs and signature projects, Global Links will use the SDGs to guide our work so we can have the most impact in support of 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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International - 32 countries served in 2016
Western Hemisphere - countries in long-term medical aid partnership in 2016: Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua
Mid-Atlantic US States - location of environmental stewardship healthcare partners or community donation programs: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia

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Funding Needs

1. Increase general operating donations from individuals, family funds, foundations and corporations to support organizational capacity and efficiencies necessary to meet the needs of the growing number of health-improvement projects. 2. Increase funding for the Community Partners Program in order to support long-term collaborations and partnerships with local safety-net and community health organizations. 3. Increase US-based funding of international projects to better leverage the non-US funds, cover shipping costs and support growing operation expenses.

Accreditations

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

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

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Leadership

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Executive Director and 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 Executive Director and Co-Founder

"We are privileged to be able to contribute to improving the health and lives of people in need at home and abroad. 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. Local safety-net organizations supported with material donations from our Community Partners Program. Global Links distinguishes itself from other organizations providing medical materials to resource-poor communities 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 select facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region, establishing relationships with 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 health institution'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 of all abilities at our headquarters in Green Tree and offer the chance for Pittsburghers to become active global citizens while improving their local environment."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jeffrey Ford

Grossman Yanak & Ford

Term: Dec 2014 - Dec 2017

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?

No

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?

No

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
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Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

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
No
We use other methods to support diversity