My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Doctors Without Borders USA Inc, New York, NY, USA
I have served as a volunteer pro bono attorney, from 1988-2000 as a volunteer director, from 2000-present as a volunteer member of the board of advisors, and as a donor to Doctors Without Borders USA. Before I retired, I practiced law specializing in the law of charities. I choose to give to Doctors Without Borders because it is the most ethical organization I have ever worked with and serves huge numbers of the world's poorest and neediest in often-awful settings. Doctors Without Borders has low salaries and highest ratings from people who know actors in the field of international relief and medical service. It follows its own internal rules of its MSF/Doctors Without Borders movement and I find it stunning--absolutely stunning--that the BBB has elected to downgrade its rating because Doctors Without Borders has not written some internal evaluation report to take to the US board of directors. Maybe the board of directors is too busy worrying about the safety of its staff and patients in South Sudan or Syria to worry about make-work reports to satisfy rating agencies. Has the BBB ever read the reports on its missions produced by Doctors Without Borders??? They are the gold standard in the medical field.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Doctors Without Borders is an amazingly self-reflective organization. It is always debriefing its returning volunteers and trying to improve its delivery of medical services. If I had to make changes, I would try to entice more Americans to return for more field visits. Unfortunately, it is harder for US medical professionals to get blocks of time off in consecutive years to go to the field repeatedly.
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