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Vaccine Ambassadors

Opportunity begins with good health

Durham, NC   |  www.vaccineambassadors.org
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Vaccine Ambassadors

EIN: 47-3813673


Mission

Working with partners to achieve equitable access and uptake of life-saving vaccines for everyone - one vaccine at a time, one community at a time.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Jackie Kaufman

Main address

Po Box 52642

Durham, NC 27717 USA

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EIN

47-3813673

Subject area info

Health care quality

Health care access

Public health

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

Parents

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The COVID-19 pandemic as reminded us of the power that vaccines have to prevent illness and save lives. We have also witnessed the stark inequities to vaccine access around the globe. Vaccines are one of the most cost- effective public health interventions proven to save lives. However, not all children and families have access to this life-saving technology. Despite significant advances in improving access to vaccines, one in five children (19.4 million) worldwide go without basic immunizations each year. As a result, 1.5 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday due to vaccine-preventable diseases (a death every 20 seconds). Disruption in immunization services as a result of COVID-19 have put millions of more children as risk for missing out on routine immunizations. Maintaining services is essential to save lives. Vaccine Ambassadors supports the purchase and delivery of vaccines and related supplies and services.

Our programs

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

Vaccine Equity- Latin America and Caribbean

Every child deserves a healthy start at life. Established in 2015, Vaccine Ambassadors is a 501(c)(3) US-based nonprofit corporation created by healthcare providers and advocates of children’s health. We believe that opportunity begins with good health and that access to vaccines is a basic human right for all.

Through a joint initiative, Facilitating Equitable Access to Vaccines in the Americas, with our partners at the Pan American Health Organization, Vaccine Ambassadors funds the purchase and delivery of high-quality vaccines and related supplies and services for children and families in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In order to maximize impact, vaccine selection is based on priority needs identified by in-country public health experts. In addition to addressing routine immunizations, Vaccine Ambassadors provides emergency vaccines during natural disasters and humanitarian crises. To date we have provided over 900,000 life-saving vaccines, covering 12 different diseases.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

Vaccine Ambassadors works with community organizations in North Carolina committed to increasing access and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among historically marginalized populations.* Many people face hardships in obtaining vaccines through existing distribution sites. Bringing vaccination services into the community through mobile partnerships is essential in order to ensure that those most vulnerable have easy access. To date, we have facilitated, co-hosted, or participated in over 30 COVID-19 mobile vaccination events. Prioritizing underserved areas that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic has been key.

*Historically Marginalized Populations are defined as individuals, groups and communities that have historically and systematically been denied access to services, resources and power relationships across economic, political and cultural dimensions as a result of systemic, durable and persistent racism, discrimination and other forms of oppression.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth
Adults
Families
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goals are to:

1. Increase immunization coverage to children globally and decrease deaths/disabilities from vaccine- preventable diseases (VPDs)

2. Increase awareness and advocacy for universal coverage of vaccines for all.

3. Aid in the dialogue between healthcare providers and the public on the importance of immunizations in an effort to increase local and domestic immunization rates

Through strategic partnerships with established global health organizations including the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Americas, Vaccine Ambassadors funds the purchase and delivery of high-quality vaccines and related supplies and services for children and families in the Pan American Region (Latin America and the Caribbean).

In order to maximize impact, vaccine selection is based on priority needs identified by experts in the field. In addition to addressing routine immunization, Vaccine Ambassadors provides emergency vaccines during natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

COVID-19:
We are working to ensure the health of those most impacted by the virus in North Carolina in historically marginalized populations by increasing access and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Our partnerships allow us to provide vaccines through existing channels without duplication of services ensuring that 100 percent of our public donations goes to vaccines, delivery and services.

We work with local, national, and international public health organizations, academic disciplines, and scientific groups on advocacy initiatives to amplify our messaging regarding the importance of vaccines at home and abroad for the individual, and the greater community.

COVID-19
We have built partnerships across the state and are working together to reach the most vulnerable in our communities.

To-date, Vaccines Ambassadors has provided over 800,000 vaccines covering 12 different diseases.

Routine Vaccines
Routine vaccines go to strengthen national immunization programs in low- and middle-income countries. Ensuring a stable supply of vaccines is paramount to improving health in marginalized communities.

Large-Scale Campaigns
By joining other international partners, Vaccine Ambassadors has been able to amplify vaccine support on two large-scale immunization campaigns in Haiti. The most recent campaign was in June 2019. The focus was on three diseases, for which there were suboptimal coverage; measles, rubella, and polio. The targeted recipients were 1.5 million children under the age of five. Additional partners in this effort included the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, GAVI, USAID and others.

Emergency Relief
In the fall of 2017, Vaccine Ambassadors responded to the critical immunization needs of the Commonwealth of Dominica following the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Widespread power outages resulted in the loss of the island's entire vaccine supply. Working with partners at the Pan American Health Organization, Vaccine Ambassadors provided an 4-month emergency supply of vaccines covering 12 different diseases for children and adults residing on the island. In addition to vaccines, a centralized solar-powered refrigerator was purchased to maintain future vaccines, along with vaccine carriers to reach remote areas of the island.

COVID-19
Disruptions in immunization services due to COVID-19 has put million of children at risk for contracting vaccine preventable diseases. We are working with our global partners to identify critical gaps in an effort to response quickly and protect more children and families during this extraordinary time in public health.

NC COVID-19 Response
Since early spring of 2021, Vaccine Ambassadors began working with community organizations in North Carolina committed to increasing access and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among historically marginalized populations.* Many people face hardships in obtaining vaccines through existing vaccine distribution sites. Bringing vaccination services into the community through mobile partnerships is essential in order to ensure that those most vulnerable have easy access.

To date, we have facilitated, co-hosted, or participated in over 30 COVID-19 mobile vaccination events in North Carolina. Prioritizing underserved areas that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic has been key.

*Historically Marginalized Populations are defined as individuals, groups and communities that have historically and systematically been denied access to services, resources and power relationships across economic, political and cultural dimensions as a result of systemic, durable and persistent racism, discrimination and other forms of oppression.

Financials

Vaccine Ambassadors
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jackie Kaufman

Jackie Kaufman has been involved in health care for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing from the University of Washington. She has worked as a nurse practitioner with the HIV/AIDS Clinic Trials Group, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of North Carolina both as a clinician and researcher. She also served as the Project Coordinator for the CDC funded, Global AIDS Project through the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology for HIV-based programs located in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. A 2010 recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service, Jackie has worked with several local, state, and national organizations to address issues related to violence.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 03/08/2023
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Board co-chair

Alison MacLennan


Board co-chair

Eric Montross

Robert Crowe

Eric Montross

Alison MacLennan

Jackie Kaufman

Madeline Dreher

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/7/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/07/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.