Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Coconut Creek Florida, Food for the Poor operates in 17 Caribbean and Latin American countries and supplies food, secure housing, medical care, education, emergency relief, and clean water to the people and households of those nations who are in need. As an international non-profit organization, Food for the Poor offers several ways for donors to support its mission and combat poverty. Families and children in these countries are often suffering from malnutrition due to food shortages. Donors can put their money towards providing nutritious food and a meal to those people in need or even purchase livestock, supplies, monthly gifts, child sponsorship, and memorial gifts.
The Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN) is an independent, national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping federally and commercially insured people living with life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases with the out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications. Since its founding in 2004, PAN has provided nearly 1 million underinsured patients with over $3 billion in financial assistance to help pay for deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance, travel expenses, prescription drug coverage, and health insurance premiums. The organization operates over 60 disease-specific programs.
The majority of individuals helped by the PAN Foundation are Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare beneficiaries, by law, are unable to receive financial assistance for their out-of-pocket expenses directly from pharmaceutical manufacturers. Charitable foundations like PAN are the only assistance program organizations to which Medicare beneficiaries can turn for help in paying for out-of-pocket costs.
The PAN Foundation is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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.
Lutheran Services of America represents a large network of Lutheran social service and health organizations, with over 300 member nonprofits as part of its network. The organization is headquartered in Washington D.C., and reports a significant percentage of its revenue being dedicated directly to administrative expenses (e.g. salaries, etc.) as opposed to the charity program itself. The organization lacks some transparency concerning this unusual practice, which would be helpful for prospective or current supporters and increase the organization's credibility significantly.
American Refugee Committee (ARC) focuses on helping global citizens take action to change our world. Over 35 years ago, Chicago businessman Neal Ball started ARC by recruiting a volunteer relief team and traveling to the Thai-Cambodian border. His team became known for their energy and belief that anything was possible. ARC works with its partners as well as its constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees. The organization seeks to help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency.
Step Up for Students was founded in 2001 as a scholarship clearinghouse for low income Florida public school students (K-12) to access public schools or transportation to other public schools in a different district. Step Up for Students has a separate scholarship program for students with special needs who may be better served by another school. Step Up for Students offers full and partial scholarships to eligible families.
Haiti Health Initiative (HHI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the public health needs of rural Haitians by providing education and services in primary health care, dental care, public health, and nutrition. HHI supports current medical, dental, and other healthy living practices and promotes sustainable and culturally appropriate change by collaborating with local and international partners. HHI’s goal is to first uncover the root of problems, then use that knowledge to work with Haitian communities to “implement sustainable water treatment projects, improve nutritional opportunities through agricultural expansion, and train local medical and dental providers to provide sustainable care for those in their communities.”
Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is an organization dedicated to eradicating child sex trafficking. Founded in 2013, O.U.R. has crafted and achieved its mission to not just save children from sex trafficking, but to seek justice for those who victimize children. It works with local authorities to arrest those who organize and participate in sex trafficking. Prior to a rescue operation, O.U.R. connects with either the local government or other local care centers to assure that the children saved will receive aftercare.