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April 20, 2010

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April 20, 2010

Global Links is a leading example of environmental sustainability and accountability, because they develop ongoing relationships with health care facilities in specific countries that can utilize the surplus medical supplies from Pittsburgh area hospitals. Foreign Institutions receive 40-foot sea containers of medical aid carefully selected to meet their specific needs. By developing relationships with specific institutions or regions of a country, Global Links makes a sustained impact on the ability of recipient institutions to deliver health care to their patients. They foster international partnerships to promote environmental sustainability and redirect medical surplus to supply developing countries with medical supplies that would otherwise be sent to a land fill. From the organization’s mission of redirecting medical surplus to the recycling receptacles in the staff and volunteer eating areas, this organization is the definition of a non-profit that promotes environmental sustainability. The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh recently gave Kathleen Hower – co-founder and Executive Director of Global Links, the Exemplary Leadership Award. Each year, the Johnson Institute selects an outstanding community leader who demonstrates values of ethics and accountability in their service to the public to receive this award. I am graduate student studying international and public affairs and am participating in the Johnson Institute Leadership Portfolio program. I am serving on the board of Global Links as a part of this learning opportunity. It has been an honor to be invited to participate with this extraordinary organization, because they are an international example of what a non-profit organization should be.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. The staff and volunteers at Global Links are well informed about the importance of their work and how it affects the international communities that partner with the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 19, 2010

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April 19, 2010

I sought to become actively involved with the organization after learning of their incredible mission, both from a humanitarian and environmental perspective, and coming to know their tireless leadership. I have been involved with small nonprofits and have never seen one accomplish so much with so little. The organization strives to maximize resources in every aspect of their operation, with only ~3% of donations contributing to administrative efforts – an incredible feat for any nonprofit. This has been accomplished through the vision of the organizations leadership, the growth and nurturing of a dedicated volunteer organization and the forming of strategic alliances. These alliances, both local and international, have enabled the organization to save thousands of tons of usable, life-saving surplus and redirected it to countries based on specific needs. This organization is responsible in every aspect of their existence and I am thrilled to be a part of working with this team to expand their ability to responsibly impact more lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing pictures and hearing the stories of the organizations they profoundly impact.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Outstanding leadership, humanitarian mission, dedicated volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated and consistent in their assistance to the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to expand their message so that surplus across this country would find its way to others who desperately need it instead of into a waste stream.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time and resources to donate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2009

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April 22, 2009

The people here are very friendly, and it is always a joy to know we are helping save lives all over the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stories heard from patients and the people receiving the supplies, and how it has saved lives.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people and how relaxing it is to sort and package things, while being able to help out an amazing cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and pleasant to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

donate that much more supplies over seas and staff more people to get the supplies through faster.

Ways to make it better...

nothing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the overflow of medical supplies, and how small they are.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I will definitely keep working/volunteering there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 22, 2009

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April 22, 2009

I have been involved with Global Links almost since its inception. I had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Cuba in 1997 as part of a GL team. As a member of the Board for over ten years I have seen the development and growth of this unique NGO and can attest to their most worthwhile work in developing countries. They provide hundreds of tons of surplus medical supplies, equipment and medicines to the poorest of the poor. Global Links saves lives !!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

developing countires. I have visited hospitals in Cuba on 4 different trips and have visited the hospitals and clinics where GL has made a difference, and saved lives!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably keep things the same as they are.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the integrity and dedication of the wonderful team that makes this Global Links work. I am proud to be associated and a contributor to such an outstanding team.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

simply outstanding! Their dedication to the mission statement and their efforts in humanitarian services.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build its own warehouse and office complex. It could also expand its mission to additional countries.

Ways to make it better...

I could speak Spanish in some of the countries I visited in which Global Links has made a difference.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to continue to garner surplus medical supplies from area hospitals, and ensure that responsible people are on the front line in developing countries engendering strong relationships.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have never been associated with, nor knew of, any NGO that is as effective and dedicated as Global Links.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 21, 2009

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April 21, 2009

Congratulations to Global Links,the role model for other organizations who wish to become expects in the areas of medical equipment procurement and distibution that saves lives while protecting the environment. I have volunteered in under-resourced countries as an OB/Gyn physician and have witnessed lives saved with sutures,gloves and medical equipment donated by Global Links. Children and adults breath easier with donated nebulizers that have made the difference between life and death. Twenty years of service to both local and global communities have been the unwavering committment of the Global Links management, staff and volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Latin American countries and Swaziland in many hospitals and clinics.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

promote current programs that continue to be overwhelmingly productive.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the positive energy of the volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

assets to an organization that represents service without compromise.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the number of clients served, help other non-profits develop and implement like services that are efficiently run and maintain a focus that preserves the environment for future generations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had involved Global Links in many of my earlier missions

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the degree of global need.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Global Links has been practicing "the greening of American" as well as other countries for twenty years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

I have been a Board member since 1991. I contunue to be touched by the many lives taht are save or improved through Global's efforts and impresses with management's ability do do so much with so little.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The results at the medical centers in the receiving countries.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the impact taht a small effort can have on so many lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, diligent and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Could do so much more to improve health care in some of the poorest areas of the world wothout generating excessive waste.

Ways to make it better...

I put more time in it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

This is truly one of the greatest nonprofits I have ever worked with. The duel mission of sharing medial surplus in a meaningful, responsible manner in oder to save lives was innovative 20 years ago when Global Links first started and remains at the cutting edge today. What this organization does is nothing short of miraculous, and every volunteer, donor, recipient, employee and board member knows that they are part of that miracle.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact the donations have made in the delivery of health care in other countries and the utmost respect the recipients have for Global Links.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more publicity.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quiet passion that is shared by everyone and the feeling of community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, caring, totally dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world by expanding the number of health systems from which it recovers surplus, increase its programs into other countries and develop new ways to further its mission

Ways to make it better...

I could spend more time helping.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. They do an amazing job with so little.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Global Links should be recognized as a superior non-profit. If funding could be steadily and reliably increased, Global Links could help work with more health systems here and abroad.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

Global links has been a trend setter in the green movement for nearly 20 years. Recycling surplus medical equipment and supplies, much of which would wind up in the waste stream, and donating these t... more

April 17, 2009

Global links has an incredible dual mission of going green and building healthcare capacity and access in the developing world. Global links has a nealry 20 year track record of recycling medical supplies and equipment from US hospitals and matching and donating these to the needs of the healthcare systems in some of poorest countries in the world. Truly a double bang!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by observing the incredible amount of materials recovered and then seeing them in use in hospitals and clinics in Central America.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it effectively blends two of my passions, the environment and access to healthcare, in its unique mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

Global links has been a trend setter in the green movement for nearly 20 years. Recycling surplus medical equipment and supplies, much of which would wind up in the waste stream, and donating these to healthcare organizations in the developing world with documented need is an incredible dual mission of "greening" and "human service." This double bang makes global links a very effective and wothwhile charity especially when you look at the volume of materials removed from the waste stream and impact that their donations have had on building capacity and increasing access to healthcare services in some of the world's poorest countries.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by observing the incredible volume of materials recovered from the waste stream and then seeing them in use in hospitals in Central America.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that two personal passions, the environment and increasing access to healthcare, come together in the unique mission of global links

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 16, 2009

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April 16, 2009

Global Links is the best and most enlightened charity I have ever had the honor of being involved with. It serves a dual function which is incredibly necessary in today's world: (1) it takes perfectly good medical surplus which would otherwise be sent to a landfill, and (2) sends it to 9 Latin American countries where the people desperately need it. In addition, the staff is incredibly dedicated and friendly. I feel that my time and money are put to great use by this organization, 97% of all donations going directly to the charitable mission itself rather than overhead, and I am proud to be a Board member.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally save thousands of more lives than it is already saving by its tremendous work. That's why it deserves all the support we can give it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Make a practical contribution to our operations while at the same time learning about global health inequities; pack boxes of needed medical supplies; clean and prep hospital furnishings for an upcoming shipment; clean and match crutches to send to Haiti; lead a collection for needed supplies at their workplace, school, or place of worship; attend a tour of our facilities to learn more about our mission and operations. Volunteer