The Task Force For Global Health


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Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, The Task Force for Global Health focuses on preventing and curing neglected tropical diseases. By combining and coordinating efforts in the private and public sectors, the organization has been able to see remarkable results in each its eight programs, which include providing deworming medications for children, working to prevent blindness caused by trachoma, and vaccination programs. The Task Force for Global Health works in 151 countries around the world. 

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The Good

  • Total income
  • Administrative expenses
  • Fundraising expenses
  • Program percentage
  • Negative press
  • Donor communication
  • Awards

Total Income

The Task Force for Global Health files its IRS Form 990s annually, with its fiscal year ending on August 31. Unlike most other organizations, The Task Force for Global Health files as two separate organizations: The Task Force and Global Health Solutions, Inc. The Task Force is the supporting entity for Global Health Solutions, which is the branch of the organization that is primarily responsible for program delivery. Yearly incomes for both sectors are as follows:

The Task Force

  • 2014: $51,610,421
  • 2013: $41,798,497
  • 2012: $37,451,660
  • 2011:- $32,673,322

Global Health Solutions

  • 2014: $1,609,270,608
  • 2013: $1,790,885,365
  • 2012:$1,574,497,681
  • 2011: $1,634,123,616

Administrative Expenses

Compared to many other organizations, The Task Force for Global Health has an extremely low administrative budget. This organization puts an average of 1 to 2 percent of its total expenses toward administrative costs. The Task Force for Global Health reports its largest executive salary as $353,847, while most executives have salaries in the low-to-middle $100,000 range. These salaries are lower than those of many other charitable organizations, most of which have lower revenues.

Fundraising Expenses

The Task Force for Global Health spends very little of its revenue on fundraising activities. In 2014, the organization reported fundraising costs of only $355,747 on its IRS Form 990.

Program Percentage

The Task Force for Global Health has a good ratio of income to program delivery. Including both organizations (The Task Force and Global Health Solution), the organization delivers its program delivery at an average rate of 90 percent of revenue. To put this in perspective, many charity watchdog organizations consider 70 or 80 percent of revenue being spent on a charitable organization's programs as desirable.

Negative Press

The Task Force for Global Health is unique in that the organization has not received negative press or been accused of scandals or controversies regarding its organization, program, or employees.

Donor Communication

Anyone, regardless of whether or not they donate to The Task Force for Global Health, is able to sign up for the organization's monthly email newsletter online. Those who support the organization with a donation will receive this newsletter automatically if they supply their email address when donating-no additional steps are needed. The Task Force for Global Health publishes updates on its blog and social media accounts quite regularly. The organization maintains a presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


2016: Hilton Humanitarian Prize
The Task Force for Global Health announced that it had been selected as the sole annual recipient of the largest humanitarian prize in the world, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The prestigious recognition of the award includes an unrestricted cash donation of $2 million to The Task Force for Global Health. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been offering this recognition for twenty years, with past recipients including SOS Children's Villages, Women for Women International, Doctors Without Borders, and Operation Smile. All of the organizations, known as Laureates by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, have been selected on the scope and success of their programs.

2015: Metro Atlanta Chamber Global Business Growth
The Task Force for Global Health was recognized for its contribution to bringing awareness to Atlanta as a hub for global health.

2013: $28.8 Million Grant from the Gates Foundation
While not an award, the grant from the Gates Foundation is a significant recognition for The Task Force on Global Health's mission and program effectiveness. This grant is specifically designed to assist the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, one of The Task Force for Global Health's programs, with researching and implementing programs to cure and eliminate three preventable tropical diseases, blinding trachoma, river blindness, and lymphatic filariasis, by 2025.

2012: Georgia Bio Community Award

Georgia Bio recognizes local organizations and individuals that make significant contributions to Georgia's growing life science industry. The Task Force for Global Health was recognized for its partnership with public and private sector organizations to create a reality of better health for citizens in 151 countries.

The Bad

  • Accessible financial information

Accessible Financial Information

The Task Force for Global Health has published its annual audited financial statements from 2013 to 2015 and its IRS Tax Form 990s from 2012 to 2014 on its website. However, clarifications and explanations of the scope of these reports are vague and attempts to receive additional information from the company went unanswered.

The Bottom Line

The Task Force for Global Health is a charity that works to prevent and cure diseases. The organization generates significant income and has low administrative and fundraising expenses. Additionally, The Task Force for Global Health has an incredibly high program delivery rate and has received multiple prestigious awards. However, the organization could provide better explanations of its financial reports.

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