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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, International, International Development, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: Fistula Foundation works to heal women suffering from obstetric fistula by funding treatment, surgeon training, and medical equipment. To date, we have funded fistula treatment in 28 countries.

Results: Fistula Foundation is the largest private charitable foundation not accepting government funding supporting fistula treatment globally. Wherever possible, we work to empower dedicated local doctors in developing countries. We fund fistula surgery, surgeon training, the building of hospitals and operating rooms that are dedicated to fistula surgery, as well as “mobile” care clinics in rural regions of the world where no hospitals exist. Would you like to know more? The real heroes are the partner organizations, the surgeons and the patients. All around the world, miracles are happening for young women living places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. We invite you to take a moment now to visit our website and to learn how our donors' dollars are being put to work. Learn about the challenges of healing women in war zones and meet dedicated local surgeons who work every day to treat women who are suffering. Why wait? Take the journey with us right now. Let it inform you, and perhaps deepen your own life and perspective.

Target demographics: the one million women worldwide who currently suffer from the childbirth injury obstetric fistula, which renders a woman incontinent until she can receive a reparative surgery, like those our donors help us fund.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,076 women receive free, safe fistula repair surgeries. We also helped our partners throughout Africa and Asia by funding medical equipment and supplies, by funding surgeon training to expand the pool of surgeons who are able to perform more complex repairs, and by working with our partners to increase patient access to care.

Geographic areas served: countries throughout Africa and Asia, having funded fistula treatment in 30 countries since adopting a global mission in 2009.

Programs: obstetric fistula repair surgeries, patient identification, education and transportation, the training of obstetric fistula surgeons, and providing supplies and equipment to partners when needed to ensure that surgeries are conducted in as safe an environment as possible.

Community Stories

400 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Isabel8

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a brilliant and loving group of people, who save thousands of lives and help many more thousands get back to actually have a life. And they do it almost undercover. They're not high profile, but they make every cent count and multiply its value with love. Love The Fistula Foundation's work.

Paula N Mark S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation has a specific focus, and continues to pour time, energy, gifts, education and love into these women to help them live in dignity. I found the FF responses, updates and information to be accurate, and the foundation conducts itself with integrity. Sometimes I think what good does my gift do--there is such a great need and I give so little. But somewhere I read that if just one woman's life is changed--it matters to her. And THAT matters. So therefore, I continue to give when I can, what I can, and I trust that it will be managed well, and that God will bless with increase. Bless you, Fistula Foundation. Thank you for caring for these women.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a several year donor to the Fistula Foundation and am so proud of the work they are accomplishing to restore and change the lives of so many young women. I believe totally in the integrity of the work of the Fistula Foundation and support them in all of their projects. It is a privilege to financially support this entity. May each woman served feel the blessing of this foundation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to Fistula Foundation for a number of years after seeing a PBS documentary. Then, a couple of years ago, my next-door neighbor, a surgeon, was chatting with me about a trip to Africa he took with his daughter, a State Department employee who was to be posted in the region. Out of professional interest, he made a point to visit medical facilities as they traveled together. He was particularly impressed with one clinic that specialized in surgery on incontinent women after childbirth. I asked if he remembered what organization ran the facility. It was Fistula Foundation! What a strong recommendation by an impartial third party professional. Contributors should feel confident their donations are supporting really good work.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation is nonpareil when it comes to its honesty, integrity and charitable posture in the world. I am so accustomed to these characteristics that any other donation I might make has to hold itself in competition, and win.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work. Really passionate and from what Ive seen an amazing way of running the foundation.

Bobbie G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so honored to donate to an organization that makes a huge difference in the quality of women's lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate monthly to the Fistula Foundation because the stories of the women whose lives they have changed are remarkable. Their staff is clearly deeply committed to this work.

Rachael8

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work! I created an entire project to fundraise for the Fistula Foundation during my junior and senior years of high school. I'm so glad to help raise funds and awareness for a worthy organization that helps women heal, survive, and thrive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In high school, I created my own volunteer project to help this organization after watching the DVD 'A Walk to Beautiful.' I was absolutely struck by the conditions that women with fistula are subjected to, and I wanted to help out! I contacted the Fistula Foundation and received a packet filled with helpful tips & information for becoming a Circle of Friends point person. A little over a year later, God blessed the project and my supporters & I were able to donate the cost of two fistula surgeries! I am very happy with this organization; I still receive newsletters, photos, and hand-signed notes from CEO Kate Grant & the rest of her team telling me how important my work was and continued support is. I have also checked out the organization's tax & income information, and everything looks to be as aboveboard & efficient as possible. Thank you for doing what you do, and doing it so well!

3 Len C.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation has been doing wonderful work helping vulnerable women. My wife and I are very pleased to support such an effective and efficient organization. We have regularly made donations in honor of our children and grand-children for birthdays and holidays.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I also learned about The Fistula Foundation from Nicholas Kristof and have been very pleased with the important work that the program is doing for at-risk women. Not only is the Foundation effective, but it is a very efficient organization with tight financial controls. We have given contributions to the Foundation as holiday gifts to our children, in addition to contributing on a regular basis.