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Why Donors Give to Americares
Americares donors are extraordinary people who have a genuine desire to help the world’s most vulnerable. Many say that giving to Americares makes them feel good because it’s something they can do to help people and make the world a better place. And Americares shares the stories of the impact donors make around the world and near at home – supporting frontline health workers in a Global COVID Pandemic or responding to a health crisis in Colombia — saving lives and bringing hope to those most in need.
And there are other benefits to charitable giving like tax deductions, promoting generosity in your children and improving money management.
When asking where to contribute after Hurricane Dorian’s disastrous impact on the Bahamas, a friend said Americares receives excellent ratings on Charity Navigator.
-Dr. N. Caroll
“But there are lots of charities out there, and how can you be sure that your money is going to a reputable one?”
We are deeply committed to being fiscally responsible while executing our mission of saving lives and improving health for people affected by poverty or disaster
– Christine Squires,
Americares President and CEO
When you give to a charity, you want to know that your hard-earned dollar is being put to the best use.
Charity watchdogs are great resources for charity research – providing impartial third-party ratings on financial efficiency, effectiveness, honesty, accountability, and transparency. Donors can quickly check a charity’s rating before making a gift.
For five years in a row, Americares has earned a 4-star rating – the highest possible – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Only 20 percent of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity:
The Highest Rating Possible
Who is Charity Navigator and Why Do They Matter?
Charity Navigator was founded in 2001, and is now the nation’s leading donor advocate and go-to resource for researching charitable organizations.
It’s a great way to find a trusted, effective and efficient charity. You can search charities for free, and they provide helpful lists, like the 10 Best Charities (Americares is included!), 10 Most Followed Charities, 10 charities Worth Watching and more!
You can even find tips for donors – like making informed gifts, giving in times of crisis and the tax benefits of giving.
Their team of analysts developed a rating system to assess over 9,000 of America’s charities, by examining two broad areas of performance: financial health and accountability and transparency.
Charity Navigator doesn’t knowingly solicit contributions from charities they evaluate, so their ratings are uncompromised. It’s also a 501(c)(3) public charity and depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations to help charitable donors like you make wise decisions with their giving dollars.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Americares is an accredited charity with the BBB Wise Alliance and meets all twenty standards for governance, effectiveness, finances, and fundrasing.
Who is BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Why Do They Matter?
For each of the twenty standards in the following categories, BBB assigns a rating of Standard Is Met, Standard is Not Met or Unable to Verify.
Ensures the volunteer board is active, independent, with no conflict of interest.
Developing or maintaining a process to evaluate the success and impact of an organization and reporting on the progress.
Ensuring that the charity is transparent and spends its funds in accordance with its mission and donor expectations.
Making sure that the charity’s solicitation materials are accurate, truthful and respectful.
Americares efficiency with your charitable dollar is one reason that we’re trusted by donors and consistently receive high marks from charity evaluators.
$10 Can Provide $200 in Aid
More than 98% of our resources support health programs. We create unparalleled leverage for donors – every $10 you give can provide $200 in aid.
You may wonder how we do this. The answer is: We provide high quality, donated medicines and supplies to vulnerable communities in 85 countries on average each year.
I am most impressed with your ability to leverage my donation into so much more than most of us can give.
– Mary Weber, Americares donor
Our Impact with Your Giving Dollar
Since Americares founding 40 years ago, we have provided more than $17 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.
Every year, Americares responds to more than 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings preparedness programs to communities vulnerable to disasters.
Americares relief workers are among the first to respond to emergencies and stay as long as needed, helping to restore health services for survivors.
To improve health outcomes for patients and communities, Americares increases accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability of medicine and supplies for partner health providers. We support more than 4,000 health centers worldwide with transformative health projects and donations of medicine.
Americares delivers and supports quality health services at Americares-run clinics and partners with local health centers to address the unique health needs of their communities focusing on the root causes of illness and disease.
Americares operates four free clinics in Fairfield County, Connecticut, providing care for more than 2,500 low-income, uninsured patients. Staff at Americares Clínica Integral de Atención Familiar in El Salvador see more than 30,000 patients each year, and Americares seven mobile health centers in Mumbai provide care for thousands of residents. In Colombia, Americares primary care clinics provide essential health services for Venezuelans fleeing the humanitarian crisis in their home country.
Your Trust and Generosity Make All Possible
Americares generous donors make all our achievements possible. We are able to respond to more disasters, expand our health programs and save more lives because of the individuals, foundations and corporations that trust Americares to improve the lives of people in the United States and around the world.
They were with me every step of the way.
Siu Lu was just a teenager when she walked into an Americares clinic for routine medical care. She trusted the kind, knowledgeable staff – especially later when she was diagnosed with diabetes.
Because of the support from generous donors, the Americares staff worked hard to find the right medication for Siu Lu so that she could manage her diabetes – without cost to the young woman. And within a year, Siu Lu made lifestyle changes so that she no longer needed diabetes medication.
Our values inspire continuous improvement in all aspects of our work and illustrate our commitment to being efficient, effective, accountable and trustworthy.
We achieve significant and lasting impact by combining the expertise and resources of our staff, partners and the people we serve, to help others and improve lives.
We measure and demonstrate results to serve our diverse communities, partners, and donors with transparency and integrity.
We listen to communities we serve and respond compassionately and nimbly to their needs. We provide assistance, without prejudice, based on expressed need.
We make a difference by working productively, using resources wisely and efficiently, and producing meaningful, sustainable outcomes.
We invite you to read our yearly annual report, which describes our accomplishments and details of our financial information. It is a part of our commitment to transparency and is available to everyone via our website.
Our Mission and You
Our mission to save lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster so they can reach their full potential is only possible because of donors like you!
When you give to Americares, you can feel confident that your donation is helping vulnerable families by going to a trusted organization vetted by charity evaluators and generously supported by donors nationwide.