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GLOBAL BRIGADES INC

aka Global Brigades USA

Fresno, CA

Mission

To empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to collaboratively work towards an equal world.

Ruling Year

2008

CEO

Dr. Shital Vora

Main Address

1099 E Champlain Dr Ste A-176

Fresno, CA 93720 USA

Keywords

international skill-based volunteerism global health sustainable development

EIN

37-1551109

 Number

0094677772

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Global Brigades implements a Holistic Model in rural communities where a general lack of resources and opportunities exist. We work to address a number of problems including the absence of water and sanitation infrastructure, scarcity of high quality healthcare services and lack of access to basic financial services such as savings and loans. While addressing these issues we implement components of education and women's empowerment to increase inclusion of women and future generations, aimed at ensuring sustainable programming.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Economic Development

Global Health

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of loans issued

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Economic Development

Context notes

This is the total number of loans disbursed by Global Brigades' Community Banks through the year 2017.

Number of individuals to whom medicines were distributed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Global Health

Context notes

This is the number of patient consultations in Global Brigades mobile medical clinics. Note 2005-2008 are conservative estimates.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Number of women counseled about Pap tests

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Global Health

Number of practicing Community Health Workers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Global Health

Number of families benefiting from in-home public health infrastructure

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Context notes

This is all families that have benefited from public health infrastructure projects through the end of 2017.

Number of community owned banks trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Economic Development

Number of individuals to which dental care services were provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Global Health

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our primary aim is to empower communities. We build the infrastructure and local leadership to transition from having international volunteers engage in the projects to one of complete solidarity owned and operated by community leaders with just follow-up / maintenance from our local teams. We define an Empowered Community at the point where the health and development goals of the community have been met. Specifically, they have established and capitalized a community-owned bank, built full-scale water systems with treated water piped directly into their home, access to both local masons to construct and financing for latrines, eco-stoves and other in-home public health infrastructure, and they have trained community health workers providing year-round primary care. All of the above led by local committees and funded by the communities to grow and maintain these initiatives.

Our funding model is based on disruptive philanthropy that creates transformational impact on society. Annually our university chapters mobilize nearly 10,000 volunteers to fundraise and become a part of implementing these solutions first hand. On average, each of them have ten different donors, so nearly 100,000 people annually are donating $15 million to not only cover the chapter's specific project costs, but all of our operating costs. Volunteers not only provide the majority of funding for project implementation, but also participate in it. We have local staff members that work year-round in the communities planning, implementing and doing follow-up on all projects and programs within the communities. This volunteer model and continual presence of local staff gives us the ability to empower communities to continue their development without continually send volunteers to the same community over and over again.

Global Brigaes has developed strong internal controls and institutional processes that are ready to be expanded with new funding streams and projects. Global Brigades employs hundreds of local staff and technicians that build the capacity of local leaders and perpetuate the projects into the future. These staff include local engineers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, business specialists, and other support staff that work together to implement a holistic approach for sustainable health and development. Our relationships with the 230+ community partners are built on empowerment and trust. We have never been asked to terminate a relationship from any community since beginning these partnerships in 2003. Quite the contrary, we are not meeting the demand of potential projects as we seek new funding opportunities to fulfill these opportunities.

Global Brigades uses an extensive monitoring and evaluation practices and has a full-time M&E team in each programming country. We utilize an online platform called Apricot to track metrics for all programs and projects at a community and household level. Each program has success indicators based on a 5 year strategic plan. Baseline and Endline data is collected to measure the impact of our programming and evaluate its effectiveness.

67,000+ volunteers mobilized
1,000,030+, patient consultations and treatments by licensed doctors
105,000+ dental patient consultations and treatments
33,500+ pap-smear exams
360+ Community Health Workers Trained
38 clean water systems providing treated drinking water to more than 18,800 people
Thousands of hours of health and economic education training
2,100+ families benefited with in-home public health projects (latrines, eco-stoves, concrete floors)
13 Empowered Communities

External Reviews

Financials

GLOBAL BRIGADES INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Full-Time Staff.

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Full-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Full-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity