Blessings International

Medicines for Missions

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

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. We accomplish this by facilitating medical missions primarily in developing nations by serving as a source of pharmaceuticals, vitamins and medical supplies. In addition, Blessings International is passionate about serving vulnerable patient populations across the US by gifting medicines to domestic Charitable Clincs and Charitable Pharmacies.

Notes from the nonprofit

In total, in Fiscal Year 2019 Blessings International shipped medicines with a total Human Treatment Value (HTV) of 119,538,680 including 4.5 million Curative Treatments and 115 million Treatment Days. These pharmaceuticals were delivered into 101 different nations. HTV is measured in two ways: 1. By the number of Curative Treatments (measured as one full dosage of a treatment , regardless of how many individual pills/tablets/injections required). Curative treatments include items such as antibiotics and anti-malarials for example). 2. By the number of Treatment Days. Treatment Days are the count of any pharmaceuticals that treat acute or chronic issues (including items such as analgesics, vitamins, anti-hypertensives, etc.).

Ruling year info

1981

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Barry Ewy PharmD, JD, MHA

Main address

PO Box 35292

Tulsa, OK 74153 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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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. Think about this: a physician travels to 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 7.9 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?

International distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies

This is Blessings' main project: making pharmaceuticals and medical supplies available for teams working in disaster relief and providing basic medical services in undeserved and often remote and impoverished parts of the world.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Blessings International is a member of the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics, serving refugee, uninsured, underinsured and underserved patient populations in the North Texas region and across the state. They also partner with the Charitable Healthcare Network members serving the uninsured patients of Ohio.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

In early 2016 Blessings International launched a program in which a US trained nurse practitioner travels to multiple orphanages in Haiti to provide basic medical care and to track the children's progress after they receive basic medicines including vitamins and anti-malarials.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Blessings International partners with established pregnancy clinics in the US to serve at risk patients, providing prenatal vitamins for term of pregnancy. Our goal is to improve the health of mothers who would not otherwise have access to prenatal care and to also impact the health of their newborn infants.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Blessings International partners with relief teams to insure they have adequate supplies of vitally important medicines for acute recovery phase following natural disasters.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Blessings International provides free antimalarial and antiparasitic medications to approved nonprofit medical organizations travelling to countries where these diseases are prevalent. Our goal is to reduce and eliminate these endemic, yet highly treatable diseases.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Our nation's focus for many weeks has been on fighting the ravaging effects that COVID-19 has had on American society. This virus has created many complications, straining the US healthcare system and economy as a whole. Many Americans find themselves unemployed at this time. Charitable clinics across the US are experiencing an influx of need-based clients seeking help. They need aid in procuring their essential medications, with an expectation of even more need to come in the approaching weeks/months. Blessings International has a heart to serve the uninsured and underinsured American population, gifting them with the critical medicines and prescriptions needed to protect lives at this time and all times. Current circumstances may be unfortunate and grim, but pre-existing conditions and the need for care does not stop, even during a separate pandemic.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 1990

Awards

Shining Light 2011

Ministry Watch

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 1990

Christian Service Charities 1998

Community Health Charities 2018

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

International distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies

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

Christians, Secular groups, Emergency responders

Related Program

International distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies

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

International distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies

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 and through our own benevolent and disaster relief projects. We aim to increase the amount of orphans served through developing our Haiti Orphanage Medical Support Project and reach more at risk mothers through expanding our Maternal Health project.

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 are actively seeking grants and donors to partner with us for our benevolent projects so we can reach more orphans and at risk maternal health patients.

As we begin the 10th 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 quality, we reached or surpassed most of our goals for 2019, including increasing Human Treatment Value of medicines we shipped by
more than a half-million treatments over the previous year!

In Fiscal Year 2019 Blessings International shipped medicines with a total HTV value of 119,538,680 including 4.5 million Curative Treatments and 115 million Treatment Days. These pharmaceuticals were delivered into 106 different nations. 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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people in two different ways: through providing a safe outlet for medical mission teams to purchase their pharmaceuticals/ vitamins/ medical supplies and through the offering of discounted items for US charitable clinics, pregnancy resource centers, and missions teams already traveling. Through both of these interactions, we are able to serve people on a huge national and international level. This can make feedback collection difficult, as most of our donors and customers are from all throughout the nation- some even internationally! However, despite the distance, we do our best to collect accurate feedback from all the people that we serve.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Not currently applicable

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We typically use order feedback forms, which have allowed us to very quickly see the highs and lows of our operations. It allows a truthful way for the organization to express their experience within the ordering process with us, while also simultaneously telling their story. Our forms are written in a way that encourages the organization to tell us about their trip- not just about their experience with us. It allows them to highlight what their own organization is accomplishing through their efforts. They can also choose to attach any photos from the trip they may have. In addition, we allow them as much spotlight as they prefer: Customers can choose to share their trip with us and then limit what Blessings International can publish, which allows them control of their story and publicity.

  • 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 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,

  • 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 11/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Donald Tredway

Physician

Term: 2019 - 2020

Kyle Panter

Pharmacist

Geof Jackson

Pastor

Chisoo Babo

Physician

Barry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHA

Blessings International

Mike Smith, EA

Smith Accounting

Donald Treadway, MD, PhD

Physician, Professor

Karen Carmichael-Lorenz, Esq.

Tax Attorney

Clay Powell, MD

Physician

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 10/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data