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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



Rating: 5

As a Pediatrician with over 35 years of experience, I have worked with many volunteer organizations. I have watched one such organization, Global Links grow from a tiny organization 20 years ago collecting outdated surgical sutures working out of a warehouse office to send to the Medically needy to the outstanding, well run, truly non-profit organization that it is today! Without doubt it has become one of the most successful organization of it's kind, helping many thousands of Medically needy providing tons of medical supplies that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. Although their primary mission is to help the needy and save lives (Global Links has helped to save many) the environmental benefits are significant. By keeping tons of used and expired medical equipment out of landfills and placing them where they can do the most good Global Links has provided both improved health for those in need while improving the environment at the same time. And you know what? They are still working out of a warehouse office! I believe Global Links is the best of the best doing outstanding work for the world's Medically under-served while helping to improve the environment. Louis A. DiNicola, MD FAAP



Rating: 5

I have been a donor to Global Links for many years, both directly and through United Way. Why? It's simple. This organization demonstrates how the commitment and drive of a few can help so many. Gathering surplus, usable, medical supplies, equipment, etc. that would otherwise be wasted; then economically sorting, evaluating, repairing, packing and shipping them to where they are most wanted and needed. It creates extremely positive energy emanating from the small, but mighty staff, the volunteers, the donor and recipient medical communities, and ultimately the individuals whose lives are bettered from the efforts. What a great force for good!



Rating: 5

I have provided pro bono services to Global Links for many years. It is an amazing not-for-profit organization, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Very low administrative overhead and very high impact. So much thought and care goes into every donation to ensure each facility receives exactly what it needs and can put to good use. (Well-intended but inappropriate donations can be a huge burden on a recipient -- imagine getting a tractor-trailer load of equipment or materials you can't use!) Global Links has carefully built up partnerships with local hospitals, international governmental organizations, recipient hospitals in developing countries -- all to ensure it can have the highest, most beneficial impact in the countries it serves and make best use of the materials it reuses. Humanitarian, eco-friendly, well-run -- it's a great organization.



Rating: 5

Having limited resources ourselves, my wife and I are very careful about the nonprofits to which we make contributions. Global Links has become our number one choice, bar none. GL is able to do so much with so little, and always in a warm, professional and caring manner. Clearly, the administrative overhead is well managed. Instead of the big glossy communications pieces some of the big guys send you, GL relies on simple attractive mailers, e-newsletters and web site. When you lead with heart, you can accomplish big things. That's what GL does.



Rating: 5

I want to express what a humble organization global links is. An executive director who starts the coffee pot in the morning. Board meetings at a big table in the office, steps away from medical supplies waiting to be sorted. This is a no-frills, no-fuss organization that focuses on one thing: getting our medical excess to those in need. They do it simply and quickly, but at the same time they do it with great respect for their partners, making sure that each receiving hospital or clinic is getting just what it needs.



Rating: 5

Global Links is an amazing organization. With a small dedicated staff and well-managed volunteers, they retrieved and sent 34 shipping containers of usable medical equipment to serve the health needs of poor citizens around the world. This highly-focused recycling program is extraordinary. Global Links staff make visits to donating and receiving hospitals, communicate directly with hospital administrators, doctors and surgeons to determine precisely what is needed. This organization represents the best in environmental protection coupled with improved healthcare worldwide. They are terrific!