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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Health, International, International Development, International Relief, Public Health, Recycling

Mission: Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. Global Links’ collaborative efforts include: -Redirecting still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs in targeted communities throughout the Western Hemisphere -Sharing expertise and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners -Educating partners, volunteers, and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship

Results: Since 1989 Global Links has provided 100 countries with materials worth more than $186 million.

Target demographics: Global Links collaborates with officials, administrators and community leaders to ensure our programs support the work of skilled healthcare professionals and help improve the quality of care for their patients. We work with hospital staff in Western Pennsylvania and beyond to develop sustainable practices for surplus collection and recovery.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients who have access to higher quality medical care as a result of Global Links' strategic partnerships. 50+ healthcare facilities in the US with whom we partner to achieve more environmentally responsible operations.

Geographic areas served: Global Links supports health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities, primarily in the Western Hemisphere. Global Links collaborates with US healthcare institutions and the community to recover hundreds of tons of high-quality surplus medical materials every year that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

Programs: Global Links’ International Medical Aid Program partners with public health authorities to strengthen health systems for measurable impact in the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Our Community Partners Program supports fellow nonprofit organizations in the US that benefit from our materials and experience. Our Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare Program educates a compassionate network of healthcare professionals who work to share surplus with colleagues in resource-poor communities and provides a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to sending still-useful surplus materials to landfills.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

When my wife passed away last year, I looked for a non-profit that could put to good use the medical equipment and supplies that we had acquired for her care. Global Links turned out to be perfect for this. I am very impressed by their mission and it meant a lot to me that they were able to reuse this equipment.

NCmountainmimi

Donor

Rating: 5

Before I retired from the University of Pittsburgh twelve years ago, I helped recruited staff members to join a small group of volunteers on a regular basis to sort medicals supplies. I moved to NC and have kept in touch via newsletters and emails and watched the growth of this remarkable organization. I regularly make a contribution whenever I can to support their continued success. It is amazing how other states have asked for their assistance and advice in setting up such an organization. I have fond memories of my physical support while living in Pittsburgh. L. Butera

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a University of Pittsburgh retiree(25 yrs. in international depts.) now residing in NC and make a donation when I can afford it. When I lived in Pittsburgh, I regularly volunteered to sort medical supplies with a group organized by Pitt. My experience with global links has always been a positive one and I am happy to see that the organization keeps growing and reaching out to meet as manyinternational clinics and hospitals with the medical supplies that are desperately needed. Even though I can't be active as a volunteer, global links keeps me informed of their current needs and progress. I can't think of an originally grass roots Pgh. group that deserves recognition more. Good luck to future successes

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global Links is an incredible non-profit. The staff arduously works to strategically send medical supplies directly to medical facilities in Latin America. Their model is ecologically responsible because they work to ensure that useful supplies are not wasted and ensure that they only send supplies that the Latin American medical professionals request.

Donor

Rating: 5

AliMed had a large inventory of surplus surgical insturments, and orthopedic products. We contacted Angela Garcial and sent the lists of the products for review. Global links quickly responded to our extensive list and has been very resposive to additonal lists of products.They are easy to do business with and understands the business side of our operation. It is very satisfying know the products we donate will be used to help others throughout the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I turned 13, I decided to raise money for a non-profit. I choose Global LInks because I had heard it was a great organization and I thought that what they were doing was critical to the world. I ended up raising 1,600 dollars for the organization, and I am so glad i did. During the whole process, the Global Links people helped me, included me, and over all made me feel very welcome and appreciated. I would do it again in a heart beat. It's a great organization with great people in it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom first told me about Global Links, and from the start I was intrigued. I decided to raise money for the organization for my 13th birthday, and preceded to raise over a thousand dollars for Global Links. After I had volunteered there and got a sense of the amazing community Global Links is, I know I made the right choice. There is no better organization that deserves the money I raised.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love donating to Global Links. I think that they take "recycling" to a whole new level. I love the idea that nothing that can be used should go to waste and I think that is what they are really all about. I also realize that they do their work with the utmost saftey in mind for the people who receive the medical goods that Global Links acquires. This is a non-profit at it's best.

Donor

Rating: 5

Global Links gives each of us an opportunity to reach out to people all over the world who are in need of medical help. Anytime I have had someone close who has been ill and then no longer needs whatever supplies they were using I make sure those supplies are given to Global Links. Then I know that another person will have the chance to get well, be comfortable, and heal. Personally, I have given crutches, nebulizers, bandages. It makes no sense to put these things to the curb for trash pick up when Global Links will get then to people who will truly benefit by having access to them. When I see something about GlobalLinks, I pause and think, "Thrigh them, I have helped others. It is a beautiful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hi, A number of years ago, my Mother needed to use oxygen daily. When she passed away, there was so much of the unused plastic tubing and other breathing related equipment left. For a moment, I didn't know what to do with it. Then I remembered Global Links and how they help people everywhere by passing on our usable medical supplies and equipment. The people at Global Links were sincerely grateful for the donation and I felt really happy that rather than tossing it away, someone, somewhere would have the chance to better health. It was my opportunity to help others on a bigger scale. It was definately a feel good thing! I encourage people to think twice about throwing medical supplies away when the need is so great.

Carolyn17

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so pleased to find Global Links! I just retired from nursing & found that I had so many used scrubs. I wasn't sure what in the world to do with them, then I found Global Links. It was so easy to send them my 'gently used' scrubs to their headquarters in Philadelphia (& cheaper, too). I am sure there will be many people using my scrubs in Third World countries. My hope is that my love of nursing will rub off from my old scrubs to someone there! they truly do deserve this award for ALL they do! From Retired RN, Baltimore, MD

Donor

Rating: 5

When the catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti in Jan 2010, my company looked for the entity to which it made the most sense to donate. We raised $2000 by selling product online for 4 months and donating all the proceeds. We were privileged to have this opportunity to provide a way for our customers to donate to this urgent cause, and know that their donations would be used more efficiently and in a more timely manner than anywhere else they could have donated.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our organization donates returned equipment to Global Links rather than sending it to a scrapyard for recycling. The value of the hardware as scrap pales in comparison to the value it provides its new users, typically medical facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. I have been associated with Global Links in one capacity or another for over 20 years and know they put donations to good use; I'm proud to have a small part to play in their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Global Links for close to 15 years in several capacities; I can vouch for their effective use of contributions. We are currently donating hardware that would have ended up in a scrap yard to Global Links; while recycling is great, reuse is even better and that is what they are all about. I'm proud to be associated with anything they do and am willing to go the extra mile for them; they are truly great people doing great things.