AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs—and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs—for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
Awards and CredentialsForbes ranks AmeriCares No. 12 on its list of 100 Largest U.S. Charities for 2012. The rankings are based on the amount of private gifts charities receive.The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks AmeriCares No. 17 in its 2012 “Philanthropy 400” which rates charities based on the amount of support they raise from individuals, foundations and corporations.The NonProfit Times ranks AmeriCares No. 26 in its “Top 100” rankings for 2012. The list rates U.S. charities that receive at least 10 percent of total revenue from individual public support.AmeriCares proudly meets the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions by evaluating charitable organizations. The groups it evaluates must meet high standards for accountability. Those standards set out to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices.
AmeriCares has a long standing commitment to fiscal responsibility and has consistently received high rankings from Charity Navigator for our efficiency. These ratings reflect the fact that 97% of our expenses directly support programs and relief for people in need – and 3% represent administrative costs. AmeriCares meets the Better Business Bureau standards for charity accountability.
Since its founding, AmeriCares has provided more than $11 billion of aid to 164 countries including the United States. Our Gift-In-Kind Business Model multiplies the impact of every dollar contributed to us many times over. Since 2010, for every $100 donated we have provided $2,000 in aid.
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AmeriCares is an I.R.S. registered 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization
AmeriCares is registered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
AmeriCares is a licensed drug wholesaler with the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
AmeriCares is a licensed DEA Exporter registered to handle Schedule II-V narcotic and non-narcotic controlled substances
AmeriCares abides by all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines; lot numbers for all products are tracked from receipt to distributionAmeriCares was one of the first non-governmental organizations to endorse the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for drugs and donations
AmeriCares is a member of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA)
AmeriCares abides by Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) standards
AmeriCares is a founding member of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), an alliance of relief agencies and healthcare firms dedicated to advancing quality medical product donations worldwide
AmeriCares is HAZMAT certified to ship hazardous materials by air, rail, highway and water
AmeriCares operates in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) guidelines
AmeriCares is affiliated with numerous respected medical institutions whose faculty and staff support AmeriCares' programs around the world. Here are a few of the institutions with which we partner:
- Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, Connecticut)
- The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
- Dartmouth Medical School (Hanover, New Hampshire)
- Bridgeport Hospital (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
- Danbury Hospital (Danbury, Connecticut)
- Norwalk Hospital (Norwalk, Connecticut)
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Protecting your information is of great importance to AmeriCares and something we take very seriously. While our methods are the accepted industry standard for security protocol, and make it extremely difficult for your credit card data to be intercepted by anyone else, no data transmission over the Internet, is ever 100% secure. So while we strive to protect your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of such information. If you prefer to donate by mail, please send your check to AmeriCares 88 Hamilton Ave. Stamford, Ct 06902, or to make a credit card donation over the phone, please call us at (800) 486-4357If you register on the AmeriCares Web Site, or make an online donation and supply us with your email and/or postal address you may receive periodic mailings or online communications from us with information about our current programs and activities around the world. If you do not wish to receive or would like to adjust the volume and types of communications you receive from AmeriCares by postal mail or email, please contact us and let us know your preferences by emailing us at email@example.com.
AmeriCares does not rent, or sell your email or postal address; however we may from time to time share your name and postal address with other similar charitable non-profit organizations unless you opt-out. If you would prefer that your name not be shared with other organizations, please send us a request by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (800) 486-4357.