AmeriCares (Stamford, CT)


  • Name:Ms. Cornelia Brefka
  • Title:Associate Director, Institutional Relations

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:AmeriCares
  • Address:88 Hamilton Ave.
    Stamford, CT 06902
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:203-658-9500

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:203-658-9662

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $11 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries.

    The AmeriCares model leverages gift-in-kind donations with global health and logistics expertise to provide medical and humanitarian aid through local partners and aid organizations. By addressing specific resource gaps and working with in-country partners, we strengthen local health care delivery systems and measurably improve community health. AmeriCares was founded on the principles and commitment necessary to ensure that people get the help they need when and where they need it – regardless of the circumstances.

    Over our thirty year history, we have launched hundreds of disaster responses - on average, more than 20 each year. Disaster events may occur far away or here in the United States. They may be large and dramatic, or may never capture public attention. Launched from a strong base of preparedness, our response begins with the first shipment of aid hours after an event and may continue through the reconstruction of health care infrastructure and ongoing partnerships with local health care providers. We respond to the specific, identified needs of local health organizations with medicines, medical supplies and other aid - and we work to strengthen their ability to help more people.

    AmeriCares Emergency Response and Recovery capability is complemented by two other core programs: Global Medical Assistance (which includes the U.S. Medical Assistance and Medical Outreach programs), and Primary Care. Global Medical Assistance, AmeriCares largest ongoing program, provides a framework of in-country partnerships and assets from which to launch an emergency response quickly and effectively. Our Medical Outreach Program equips U.S.-based volunteer medical teams of doctors who travel around the world to provide free care not otherwise available. These teams may also supplement emergency relief efforts.

    In addition, AmeriCares India and the AmeriCares Family Clinic in El Salvador provide health care services as well as play a role in pre-positioning and delivering aid to their respective regions when disaster strikes. Their medical staff may also participate in mobile medical teams providing primary care at disaster sites.

    By leveraging our financial support with medical donations, we are a very efficient nonprofit organization. AmeriCares has a longstanding commitment to fiscal responsibility and has consistently received high marks for our efficiency. These ratings reflect the fact that more than 97 percent of our total expenses directly support programs and relief for people in need, and less than 3 percent represent administrative costs.

  • Overview:
  • AmeriCares has over 30 years of experience providing medical relief and humanitarian assistance to millions of survivors of natural disasters, civil conflict and disease outbreaks. Before disaster strikes, AmeriCares is prepared and maintains the necessary personnel, pre-positioned relief aid and ongoing relationships critical to success. Once a disaster occurs, we often remain engaged in the response through the reconstruction of health care services and infrastructure.

    Every year, tens of millions of people are affected by disasters around the world, suffering from the immediate impact of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes and the prolonged devastation of severe seasonal flooding, drought, famine, conflict and disease outbreaks. The number of people affected by disasters has increased along with a growing world population and increasing urbanization. Poor populations in developing countries are particularly vulnerable, disproportionately living in high-risk areas in substandard housing, and lacking disaster preparedness and training. While disasters may occur at any time anywhere, over half the world’s population lives along major earthquake belts or tropical cyclone tracks. AmeriCares works with in-country partners and government agencies in these regions on disaster preparedness and training, and the pre-positioning of emergency aid.

    After a disaster strikes the appropriate aid must be delivered quickly to where it will be efficiently distributed to reach those in greatest need. Medicines and medical supplies are urgently needed to diagnose and treat acute illness and injuries, provide continuity of care for patients with chronic illnesses, and control the spread of communicable diseases. These complex crises unfold in settings where health care infrastructure may be damaged or lost, and supply chains are interrupted.

    The strengths of AmeriCares Emergency Response Capability include:
    • Leverage and Efficiency: AmeriCares is one of the world’s largest and most efficient gift-in-kind (GIK) health organizations, and is able to leverage financial resources many times over due to our medical GIK donations. Historically, for every $1,000 donated, we deliver more than $20,000 in humanitarian aid.
    • Expertise: Our emergency response team has expertise in incident monitoring, field assessments, health program management and global logistics. Our staff includes an in-house medical director and pharmacist, and relief workers ready to deploy on short notice to conduct needs assessments, establish supply chains, and coordinate with local responders and government agencies.
    • Pre-positioned Relief Supplies: AmeriCares maintains an inventory of emergency relief supplies around the world for rapid deployment the moment disaster strikes. An emergency pharmacy is maintained in our Stamford, Connecticut warehouse, Emergency Medical Modules are held at our distribution warehouse in Amsterdam, and Emergency Survival Modules are strategically pre-positioned in countries that face particularly high disaster risks and logistical challenges. “This is increasingly the future of disaster management,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Tina Rosenberg, wrote about AmeriCares efforts in the April 7, 2012 New York Times. “Pre-positioning to get what’s needed to where it’s needed earlier.” Last year AmeriCares pre-positioned enough aid for 100,000 people in 13 countries and supported disaster training in five countries.
    • Global Network of Health Care Partners: AmeriCares has a well-established network of productive, long-term, partnerships with health care institutions in more than 90 countries, including their ministries of health. Many support sub-recipients and together include more than 3,000 regional hospitals, clinics, and community health centers. We also have deep relationships and regularly partner with the world’s leading aid organizations.
    • Product Donation Partnerships: AmeriCares receives gift-in-kind donations from over 200 pharmaceutical companies around the world and has strategic relationships with key international airlines and global freight forwarders.
    • Warehouses and Distribution Hubs: AmeriCares has permanent warehouse facilities in Stamford, Amsterdam and Mumbai that serve as regional distribution hubs. Post-emergency response facilities in Haiti are active daily in the distribution of aid across the country and, when needed, in the region.

  • History:
  • On April 4, 1975, a U.S. jet carrying 243 Vietnamese orphans crashed into the jungle outside Tan Son Nhut. A third of the children burned to death, many of the remaining victims were critically injured. Soon after, the Pentagon announced that it would not have the resources to rescue the children for 10 days.

    The world received the news of the crash with dismay, shock and a widespread sense of helplessness. One individual decided to take action. Robert C. Macauley, a paper broker from New Canaan, CT, immediately chartered a Boeing 747 to rescue the young survivors. Within 48 hours, the children were safe in California.

    The rescue plan was a success but Bob now had to deal with a few financial issues, a minor detail in his philanthropic mind. Macauley did not have $10,000 in the bank to cover the down payment for the aircraft, nor the $241,000 for the remaining balance. To cover his expenses, Mr. and Mrs. Macauley took out a mortgage on their house. A fair trade, his wife Leila comments, "The bank got the house and Bob got the kids."

    Having learned of Mr. Macauley's efforts in Vietnam, Pope John Paul II asked him to Rome in 1981. "Poland was under martial law, and the country had virtually no medical supplies," Macauley recalls. "I'm not even Catholic, but when the Pope asks a favor, you comply." Macauley and His Holiness agreed upon a goal of $50,000 worth of medical supplies for the people of the Pope's native Poland. That goal was quickly exceeded when AmeriCares airlifted more than $3.2 million worth of aid to the country.

    The Poland mission an overwhelming success, Macauley quickly realized the same model could be used to help those suffering in other countries around the world. Thus, one year later, 1982, AmeriCares was born.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:33
  • Staff size:112


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:06-1008595

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:061008595
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:88 HAMILTON AVE
  • Organization City:STAMFORD
  • Organization State:CT
  • Organization Zip:06902-3111
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1979
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 560
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:Q123
  • Asset Amount:$607,900,396
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$2,404,972,410
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,380,433,798
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:47:41 pm

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