GIFT OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL INC

Healing Little Hearts Around the World

Fresh Meadows, NY   |  www.giftoflifeinternational.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide lifesaving cardiac treatment to children in need from developing countries regardless of their gender, creed, or national origin. Our goal is to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac programs by implementing screening, surgical, and training missions which are supported by autonomous Gift of Life programs, Rotary global grants, and generous donors from around the world.

Ruling year info

2003

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rob Raylman

President

Mr. Louis Auricchio

Main address

PO Box 650436

Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 USA

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EIN

56-2322626

NTEE code info

Heart and Circulatory System (G43)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

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Our programs

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Countries of Focus

Children born with heart disease in Haiti, The Philippines and Kosova rarely receive the care they need and their parents spend lifetimes searching for help while watching their children die. We are working to give hope to those children and their parents. These 3 Countries of Focus do not fall within our criteria to be selected as a Core Program. However, the need is so great that we have developed alternative strategies to help as many children as possible.

Medical missions have become an essential method for Gift of Life International to help provide care to children who will not have any other chance at a healthy life. We are now sending teams of professional healthcare providers to the Philippines and Haiti so that children on waiting lists in those countries will be treated in a systematic and strategic fashion. Our goal is to provide care to as many children as possible on these medical missions.

Screening missions are designed to identify children from a specific country who are in need of treatment for their heart disease. We have found that it is cost-effective to send a well-trained team consisting of a pediatric cardiologist, echo technician and nurse to an affiliated hospital in a partner country for one week to screen 100 children. The children that are identified as in need of treatment will then be treated throughout the Global Network of Gift of Life International. We have conducted 2 such screening missions to Kosova resulting in lifesaving heart surgery for 41 Kosovar children since 2009. In 2014/15, we will conduct 2 screening missions to Haiti where 200 Haitian children will be screened and diagnosed, creating a national cardiac list of patients needing treatment.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

In 2009, we developed a strategy to increase the number of
children we are able to help every year. The creation of Core
Programs maximized our capacity to treat more children. Within
these Core Programs was the mandate to strategically develop
sustainable pediatric cardiac programs and regional centers of
excellence. Currently, our Core programs are Jamaica and Romania.
They are in the process of moving toward Legacy status.

THE DESIGNATION AS A CORE PROGRAM allows for
Gift of Life International to allocate significant resources and
focus on the development of these programs into sustainable
pediatric cardiac programs.

The following criteria was established for the selection of our Core Programs:
1) Supportive and Invested Government
2) Motivated and involved hospital administration
3) Established pediatric cardiac surgery program
4) Existing in-country, non-governmental organization to support the program.

Training visits have become essential aspects of our global initiative, ‘Our Hearts Are In….’ Through these training visits, we provide expert skills transfer to the local teams. Such visits are essential in our goal of empowering the doctors and nurses to care for their own children. The traditional visiting training team will consist of a pediatric cardiac surgeon, anesthesiologist, perfusionist, two intensive care doctors, a respiratory therapist, 5 pediatric cardiac intensive care unit nurses and a pediatric cardiologist. Each team member will help with patient care while working to transfer their knowledge and skills to the members of the in-country team.

Additionally, targeted clinical and didactic training has been provided to various team members in each Core Program either in their own country or in another country where an affiliated hospital has partnered to provide this specialized learning experience. Through the various training methods, local healthcare professionals are empowered to provide care to the children in their own country.

Ensuring that each of our Core Programs have updated state-of-the-art equipment and essential supplies and medications has resulted in better patient care and patient outcomes, and the ability for medical teams in each country to operate independently on a reliable and sustainable basis between training visits.

Ultimately, our vision for each Core Program is to create a Regional Center of Excellence where each program will provide annually:
1) 250 open heart/closed heart surgical procedures
2) 150 Interventional catheterization procedures
3) Reliable and sustainable in-country funding
4) Pediatric cardiac care to their surrounding region
5) Fewer children leaving their country of birth for care

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Gift of Life International believes that to truly turn despair to hope, we must not only heal the heart of a child but also help ensure them a healthy future. Our Signature Initiatives have been implemented to help achieve this goal.

GOLI affiliated NGO's in our Core Countries provide Aftercare Follow-Up to each child treated, ensuring that they are monitored regularly to maintain their health.

Our Nutritional Assistance Program in El Salvador helps to ensure each child treated receives proper nourishment to support recovery and healthy growth. GOLI affiliate, Latidos de Esperanza conducts socio-economic profiles on each family to determine if they fall within the set criteria to be eligible for this program.

GOLI has initiated a Humanized Care Program at Hospital Bloom in El Salvador in support of efforts to help parents, children and staff cope with the stresses of heart surgery. Our goal is to provide optimal and compassionate care, and to create as normal and stable an environment as possible for children within the hospital setting, so that families will leave with an experience of competency and strength.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Between 1975 and 2003, the traditional focus of GOL programs was to bring one child at a time from developing countries to the U.S. for cardiac treatment. While we have evolved to focus on our Core Programs and Countries of Focus, many of our global Gift of Life programs continue their efforts to help 'One Child at a Time'. These programs sponsor children from various developing countries where cardiac care is not available to them. The children travel with a parent to one of our affiliated hospitals for treatment and are often hosted by Gift of Life program volunteers before returning home with a new lease on life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Gift of Life International works to provide treatment to children with heart disease from emerging countries. While our traditional focus of helping one child at a time continues to save many children's lives, our strategic focus to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, catheterization and aftercare programs in select emerging countries has been at the core of our global mission to bring hope to children who suffer from heart disease.
We envision a world in which doctors and nurses are empowered to care for the children of their country with the support of their government and local community. No one organization can develop a sustainable pediatric cardiac program in an emerging country. We are fortunate to have like-minded partners working with us throughout the world to empower local healthcare professionals to care for their own children in a reliable, sustainable manner.
Gift of Life is built upon the Global Network of Rotary and our 84 autonomous Gift of Life affiliates. In connecting the world, we are able to maximize the power of partnership through the mobilization of Rotarians, like-minded organizations, health care facilities and professionals and volunteers. This all translates into more and more children being helped each year. There always will be a next child and partnership allows for us to continuously reach children who otherwise would not receive the care they need!

In 2009, Gift of Lift International created the strategy to focus on developing sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, catheterization and aftercare programs in select countries. The following criteria was established for the selection of our Core Programs:
1) Supportive and invested government
2) Motivated and involved hospital administration
3) Established pediatric cardiac surgery program
4) Existing in-country, non-governmental organization to support the program

Our strategies to achieve success in our Core Programs include:
1) Training and Empowerment of local healthcare professionals, enhancing their skill level and enabling them to successfully treat children in their country of birth
2) Acquisition of essential equipment, supplies and medications allowing for surgeries to be completed on a reliable and sustainable basis in each Core Country
3) Aftercare follow-up of each child treated to ensure them a healthy future
4) Continued development of partnerships with local governments, hospital administrations, like-minded partners/NGO's, corporations and local businesses to sustain the logistical and financial needs of the program

Gift of Life International has also developed strategies to bring hope to children living in despair in our three Countries of Focus (Haiti, The Philippines and Kosova) through our screening and medical missions. These countries do not fall within our criteria to be selected as a Core Program. However, the need is so great that we have developed alternative strategies to help as many of these children as possible. Screening missions will work to develop national pediatric cardiac waiting lists so that children are properly diagnosed and placed on a list to be selected for treatment at affiliated Gift of Life hospitals. Medical missions will serve as a method to decrease the long waiting lists of children waiting for their second chance at life. During these missions, strategies will be formed to assemble cohesive local medical teams and gradually implement training programs with the goal of providing hope to the children suffering from heart disease in these countries on a reliable basis in the future.

GOLI's CEO develops a country-specific strategy for each of our programs around the world. These strategies are developed in partnership with local healthcare professionals, hospital administrators, NGO's, Rotarians and Ministries of Health. These partnerships help to ensure that all in-country partners are supportive of strategies and share a common goal of healing the hearts of children in their country of birth.

Each of our Core Programs has an in-country affiliate which has been established as a premier pediatric cardiac NGO. These affiliates oversee the development of each program on a daily basis and work in tandem with the Gift of Life International CEO to ensure strategies are followed and goals are met. Each NGO is well respected and works together with local government officials, hospital administrators, healthcare professionals, and local businesses to facilitate the logistics of each program and raise funds to help support its sustainability.

Once Core Programs reach Legacy Status, the affiliate continues to oversee the program and raise funds locally to maintain sustainability. All affiliates are provided guidance by GOLI CEO, Rob Raylman.

In our Countries of Focus, local Gift of Life programs work in tandem with the Gift of Life International CEO to coordinate logistics for screening and medical missions. These Gift of Life programs also help to coordinate travel for children traveling from their country to affiliated hospitals for treatment.

Gift of Life International has evolved from treating one child at a time to developing sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, catheterization and aftercare programs in select countries. Through this evolution, Gift of Life programs worldwide have treated over 36,000 children from 80 countries across 5 continents and are now providing care to more than 3,000 children each year with heart disease.

Since we began our focus of developing sustainable pediatric cardiac programs in 2009, two of our four Core Programs have achieved Legacy Status and are now sustainable pediatric cardiac programs and are treating children in their country of birth on a reliable basis. These programs now offer optimal care to children with state-of-the-art equipment and a fully trained and cohesive medical team. Children who previously had no hope of treatment are now being operated at a very young age by doctors and nurses in their own country. The burden on the healthcare system in these Legacy countries has been greatly reduced with the success of these programs.

Gift of Life International is proud of our global network of caring, which is strengthened by partnerships with like-minded organizations, Rotary International, NGO's and medical professionals who share one common goal: Providing hope to as many children with heart disease as possible. Our like-minded partners and expert medical teams now span 5 continents and support our focused efforts to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac programs in our Core Countries as well as providing cardiac care to children around the world.

Our Signature Initiatives set us apart as a leader in caring for children treated and go beyond the walls of the hospital to help ensure a healthy future for each child through nutritional, aftercare and humanized care programs. Each of these programs has been developed and implemented by Gift of Life to help meet the needs of the children treated and their families as they begin their new journey filled with hope for a healthy future.

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GIFT OF LIFE INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
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Board co-chair

Mr. Louis Auricchio

Gift of Life International

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Ms. Fredlee Ann Kaplann

Gift of Life International

Term: 2019 - 2021

Kevin Bagnasco

Gift of Life International

Carl Campagna

Gift of Life International

William Currie

Gift of Life International

Janet DiBenedetto

Gift of Life International

Suzanne Freaney

Gift of Life International

Mauricio Hernandez

Gift of Life International

James LaMantia

Gift of Life International

Arnold Quaranta Jr.

Gift of Life International

Jay Tambunting III

Gift of Life International

Robert Donno

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Kathy Hiltner

Gift of Life International

Jordan Kudler

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Tarun Mehta

Gift of Life International

Harm Velvis, M.D.

Gift of Life International

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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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