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Blessings International

Medicines for Missions

aka Medicines for Missions   |   Tulsa, OK   |  http://www.blessing.org

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Mission

Our mission is to heal the hurting globally and locally by providing life-saving pharmaceuticals, vitamins and medical supplies to medical mission teams, clinics and hospitals; to build healthy communities by treating the poor and victims of endemic medical problems, outbreaks of disease or overwhelming disasters; to transform lives by actively demonstrating the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

Notes from the nonprofit

In total, in Fiscal Year 2023 Blessings International shipped medicines with a total Human Treatment Value (HTV) of approximately 10,510,527 including 7,229,580 Curative Treatments and 98,428,391 Treatment Days. These pharmaceuticals were delivered into 95 different nations. HTV is our measurement for the number of lives affected by a product or ordered through Blessings International. It is measured by totaling the number of medicines shipped that fall into one of two categories: curative treatments and treatment days. 1. Curative treatments are defined as one full dosage of treatment, regardless of how many individual pills/tablets/injections are required. 2. Treatment days are defined by the number of days a medicine is used. Total treatment days are the number of pharmaceutical dosages that are used to treat acute or chronic issues such as analgesics, vitamins, or hypertensives.

Ruling year info

1981

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Barry Ewy PharmD, JD, MHA

Main address

PO Box 35292

Tulsa, OK 74153-0292 USA

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EIN

73-1130590

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Blessings International aims to solve the issue of accessibility to medicine for underprivileged men, women, and children both in the US and around the world. Oftentimes ailments are highly treatable and diseases extremely curable, but there is no access to quality medicine. An example is a remote village in Botswana. For some patients this is the first time they have ever seen a doctor. The doctor successfully diagnoses the patient, but he or she has no medicine to provide for treatment. Blessings International comes alongside healthcare providers equipping them with medicine that is safe, pure, and effective. This medicine can then be given into the hands of those who need it most. We estimate last year alone, we solved this problem for nearly 10.5 million around the world and in the US.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Blessings Provides Access to Essential Medicines

Blessings International has provided pharmaceuticals to thousands of traveling medical teams going to more than 140 different nations since the ministry was created in 1981. In recent years, we've shipped an average of 250,000 lbs. of medicines a year. Blessings continues to equip an upward of 3,000 teams traveling around the world each year.

Among those teams equipped are those that are the first to arrive, assess and bring care to victims of such events as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, famines and even wars. Through the donations that Blessings receives, we are also able to help subsidize the medical costs for these emergency teams working in disaster zones as well as for teams working in indigent medical clinics in the USA. Countless lives have been saved because of medicines that Blessings has made available at low or subsidized costs.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls

Blessings International serves free and charitable clinics and outreaches in 45 states, with access to a consistent supply of critical medications, vitamins and medical supplies. As the number of those who have no health insurance increases, and is significant, Blessings International mission is to support the clinics and outreaches with essential medicines needed for the uninsured, underinsured, and refugee population.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Shining Light 2011

Ministry Watch

4 Stars 2023

Charity Navigator

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 1990

Christian Service Charities 1998

Community Health Charities 2018

INMED Humanitarian Crisis Response Award 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Human Treatment Value for medicine distributed in the last fiscal year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Adults, Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

US Free and Charitable Clinics and Outreaches

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HTV is measured by totaling the number of medicines shipped that are either Curative Treatments (one full dose of treatment) or Treatment Days (number of days medicine is used).

Number of new customers served in the last fiscal year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Ethnic and racial groups, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

US Free and Charitable Clinics and Outreaches

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New medical mission and general mission teams requesting medicine and supplies from Blessings International.

Number of countries medications have reached in the last fiscal year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Multiracial people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

US Free and Charitable Clinics and Outreaches

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Measures the number of countries where the recipients of medicine live.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With the support of our donors, Blessings International will continue to sow the seeds of opportunity and growth, thereby serving the medical needs of even greater numbers of people in the decades ahead! Continuing to serve as a resource of pharmaceuticals, vitamins and medical supplies, Blessings International strives to touch a record number of lives through our partnership with other medical mission teams, USAID, and through our own benevolent and disaster relief projects. We aim to increase the number of orphans served through developing our Haiti Orphanage Medical Support Project and developing additional programs in other nations. In addition, we are planning to reach more at-risk mothers through expanding our Maternal Health project both domestically and internationally.

Our strategy to touch a record number of lives is to expand our partnership with medical, dental and general mission teams by broadening our product line to include additional pharmaceuticals and non-prescription items, such as vitamins and medical/dental supplies. In addition, we have diversified how we provide provide the same quality products to more disadvantaged populations.

We are actively seeking grants and donors to partner with us so we can help those with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, malaria and maternal health so we can help more people.

As we begin the 14th year in our owned facility that allows expansion of our warehousing, production and rebottling/repackaging efforts, we are well positioned to equip ourselves for growth in these areas.
Our core values have helped us grow, and even to thrive, despite the many obstacles we have faced over the years. Through refocusing and redirecting our efforts toward customer service, compliance, and our medication repackaging service in 22 languages, we reached or surpassed our goals for 2023. Blessings International reached 95 nations and territories, including the United States, impacting an estimated 10,510,527 people.

In Fiscal Year 2023, the human treatment value (HTV) of the medicines we shipped was 10,510,527. Blessings International shipped 105,657,971 courses of medicine and vitamins to medical teams, clinics and hospitals in ninety-five nations, including the United States. We want to increase that number and increase the HTV of shipments we are sending to medical clinics serving the economically disadvantaged in the USA. We seek to increase the number of orphans served through our Haiti Orphanage Medical Support project and the number of at-risk mothers served through our Maternal Health project. To accomplish these goals, we look to the support of our faithful donors and new donors who will join us in making a global impact.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We currently only collect feedback in one form.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Blessings International

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Clay Powell

Physician

Term: 2022 - 2024

Chisoo Babo

Physician

Barry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHA

Blessings International

Mike Smith, EA

Smith Accounting

Geoff Jackson

Rev.

Rita Chamberlain

Hospital Pharmacist

Troy Sledge

Retired Nurse

Sara Rogers

ONEOK

Chris Jenkins

Family Medical Care of Tulsa

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/12/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.