Nonprofit organizations play an important part in funding healthcare services for low-income consumers. The individuals who lead these nonprofits typically have roots in the community and focus on providing a safety net for addressing society’s most pressing health issues.
Nonprofit organizations must conform to legal and ethical standards that require them to work toward improving the circumstances for their constituents. Rather than distributing earnings to stakeholders, these organizations use their profits to better the lives of disadvantaged citizens. This business model has been shown to often outperform comparable for-profit enterprises.
The following list highlights 10 nonprofit organizations that are improving the lives of others every day.
The Task Force for Global Health
In 1984, organizers founded the Task Force for Global Health to address low vaccination rates in undeveloped regions.  The organization helps billions of consumers in 154 countries. Its operations encompass eight programs and five initiatives that target disease prevention by providing vaccinations, improving health networks, and identifying and treating neglected tropical diseases. Collaboratively, these programs and initiatives provide administrative, financial and human resources support for delivering vaccinations to underserved constituents.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Various citizens, government entities and private benefactors joined forces in 2002 to establish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  The groups work collaboratively to deliver effective treatments for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. Services are provided to individuals, communities and health systems. Utilizing the latest best practices, Global Fund participants coordinate international treatment resources, determine how to combat illnesses and develop long-term disease management plans. Together, the Fund helps families lead healthier, more productive and stable lives.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened on Feb. 4, 1962 with the goal of helping children lead longer, healthier lives.  The organization provides free housing, meals, transportation and treatments so families can focus on the treatment and recovery of their children.
Since its inception, St. Jude’s has helped raise the cancer survival rate among children from 20 to 80 percent. The hospital has also helped raise the survival rate to 94 percent for children diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Prior to 1962, the disease meant certain death for children.
Today, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital leads the way in developing innovative cancer treatments for children and in sharing information with physicians around the world that helps save thousands of additional young lives.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation started as a private foundation in 1990, reorganized into a private operating foundation, and now serves as a public charity.  The foundation analyzes health policies, partners with major news services and publishes health information. Its focus involves health issues that impact U.S. consumers as well as the nation’s management of international health policies. The group then disseminates this critical information to consumers, healthcare organizations, journalists and lawmakers.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Janelle Hail founded the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NCBF) after surviving breast cancer herself in 1980.  When physicians diagnosed her with the condition, doctors knew little about the disease. Today, the NCBF educates and supports women who are diagnosed with breast cancer through early detection screenings. The group also provides free mammograms to women in all 50 states.
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
In 1990, Congress established the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FINH) as a nonprofit organization.  The organization secures funding and manages collaborative initiatives on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). FINH partners with other organizations to advance biomedical research and policies in the U.S. and around the world. The group also organizes training and symposiums to share the latest medical trends while funding initiatives across a range of health disciplines.
The Fistula Foundation pursues the singular objective of treating obstetric fistula, which is a health complication that can occur during labor. With donations from benefactors, the group backs community health organizations with human resources and funding. The organization only supports vetted agencies. All agencies must have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting positive outcomes among women diagnosed with obstetric fistula and the intermediary services required to facilitate treatments of the condition.
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
With funding provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Rockefeller foundations, a panel of medical experts formed the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (GUCH) in 2008.  The organization consists of a collaborative of 145 universities and health entities from around the globe and accepts new partners continuously.
In 2016, the GUCH held its seventh symposium called “Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health.” Today, the organization works to promote knowledge sharing across disciplines and fosters social equity as it applies to medical services around the world.
Safe Hands for Girls
Organizers established Safe Hands for Girls in 2013 to end female genital mutilation and educate consumers about the practice.  The group also helps women cope with the traumatic effects of the procedure.
Safe Hands for Girls consists of community members who challenge and oppose those that support female genital mutilation. As the organization matures, it is dedicated to expanding its focus to deal with other issues that threaten women and their ability to live full, productive lives.
Last Mile Health
Last Mile Health operates by a simple but powerful premise that all individuals should have access to quality healthcare, even if they live in remote locations.  The group defines a ‘last mile community’ as a settlement that is located more than 5 kilometers from the nearest care facility. People who live in these communities must walk for long distances over treacherous terrain. Last Mile Health aims to end the unnecessary deaths caused by the inability of individuals to reach care providers because of their remote location.
Those who work in nonprofit organizations — nurses, administrators and many other clinical and nonclinical professionals — can improve the lives of their constituents. They can hone their skills, diligently represent the interests of their civic clients, and provide focused services and resources to those most in need. Through an expanding commitment to advocacy, funding and grassroots involvement, nonprofit organizations can improve the health of individuals, communities, regions and hopefully — generations.
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