Global Blood Fund
1001 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73104
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
GBF
Mission Statement GBF works with low-HDI countries to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply for all by promoting voluntary, non-remunerated donation and helping blood collection agencies build a pool of regular, unpaid donors. This is a proven and cost-effective way to prevent the thousands of deaths that result each year from blood shortages and avoid the transmission of infections, such as HIV, that devastate lives and families.
Contact Information
Contact Name Gavin Evans
Contact email info@globalbloodfund.org
Address 1001 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone (405) 278-3232
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Global Blood Fund is able to accept checks at the above address (attention Mark Patterson). Banking details available on request at info@globalbloodfund.org. We are also able to accept financial support though our website.  
 
GBF accepts and appreciates volunteer support from professionals within the blood banking community. We are also able to accept donations of equipment and services (particularly pledges of technical support) through our bespoke portal, EqXchange. Please see the link from our main site or click here.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $200,000.00
Statements
Mission GBF works with low-HDI countries to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply for all by promoting voluntary, non-remunerated donation and helping blood collection agencies build a pool of regular, unpaid donors. This is a proven and cost-effective way to prevent the thousands of deaths that result each year from blood shortages and avoid the transmission of infections, such as HIV, that devastate lives and families.
Background
GBF was founded in 2008. It was, and remains, a charitable off-shoot of the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).
 
In rich world and poor, the people that freely give their blood are the cornerstone of a plentiful supply of safe blood. However, a shortage of volunteer donors means that replacement and paid blood donation is commonplace in many low-HDI countries. As a consequence, transfusion transmitted infections (HIV, hepatitis C etc) and preventable deaths from blood shortage are endemic. This issue predominantly affects children (blood is often required to treat complications arising from malaria in the young) and mothers at birth (where hemorrhage is a major cause of death).
 
GBF is unique - not just in Oklahoma, but in the world, in that it is a charitable entity with an exclusive focus on blood banking issues in all low (and occasionally middle) income countries, and relies not on governmental agencies and international aid programs but enlists industry and donor support. The “proposition” is therefore unique.

The Board and Executive are seasoned blood banking professionals, with – variously – clinical, donor management, administrative and international development expertise.

GBF has an extensive network of contacts throughout the international blood banking community; with both for-profits and not-for-profits. It is able to leverage these relationships for the common good.

From modest progress to as recently as 2012, GBF engaged new leadership and re-invigorated its strategy and operations. As a consequence, we are gradually building a financial base – and pipeline of support – that we believe will enable us to become a significant global charity within 5 years.

Impact GBF focuses particularly on enabling blood services in developing countries to nurture that most precious of resources – their blood donors. Working with a range of partners - blood services in the US, Canada and Europe; medical device manufacturers; Rotary etc - GBF has supported struggling blood services around the globe. Support has included sourcing and re-homing unwanted blood collection and processing equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, providing education and training resources and offering direct financial grants to meet local needs.
Needs

GBF's needs are predominantly financial, since employees within the blood banking industry provide volunteer support.

As well as operating expenses, GBF's needs relate to its charitable programs. Some examples:

- GBF ships donated equipment from blood centers in the U.S and Europe to developing blood services. The equipment is often worth tens - sometimes hundreds - of thousands of dollars, which makes the (usually) $2-5,000 shipping costs extremely cost effective. For instance, $3,000 recently paid for 80 portable donation beds (value; $40,000) to be shipped to the national blood service in Cambodia. But lack of money sometimes means that the donation cannot be completed.

- GBF makes direct grants to known partners in Africa, Latin America etc. This is usually in the low $'000 and buys much needed equipment not otherwise available. For instance, GBF recently purchased a new computer server for a collector in Kenya to improve the resilience of their donor management.

- Building on the success of its EqXchange program, GBF has ambitions to build more cloud-based applications that can be shared across the globe. These will make available donor management software and generic marketing and promotional materials that will help recruit and retain many more donors. The cost of this is in the region of $250,000

Like many charities, the work we do and what we are able to achieve is constrained by the funds that are currently available to us.

 
CEO/Executive Director Statement Collecting human blood for transfusion is a global activity. Every country has a blood collection organization serving the needs of its hospitals/patients and the activities of each service are 80% the same.

This makes it possible to harness the intellectual and financial resources of the leading players of the international blood banking community – as well as the millions of regular blood donors in the US and Europe - to help those lacking the necessary tools and expertise and where citizens are not, historically, culturally engaged with voluntary donation.

Specifically, GBF activity aims to:

1. Create an engaged and supportive global blood donor community.

GBF communicates to donors In the US and Europe (in particular) the perilous state of blood collection services in low income countries. Support is harnessed primarily through GBF’s “Open Arms” program. Open Arms allows blood collectors to incorporate GBF support as part of their donor recognition strategy: the donor chooses – instead of taking, say, the more traditional T-shirt – that the center makes a small financial donation to GBF on their behalf. GBF then uses this money to fund its activities.

2. Facilitate industry collaboration.

GBF engages all industry players in a global effort to support struggling blood collectors. We work with professional bodies, manufacturers, blood centers and expert individuals. Collectively, we are able to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and resources.

3. Provide Direct Assistance

GBF provides direct support to help struggling blood collectors. Typically this is of a “grass roots” nature – usually a few hundreds or thousands of dollars – to provide, say, computer equipment or donor recruitment resources. In order to ensure cost-effective support, this is usually offered remotely, with validation of need and post-donation assurance being provided by local partners.

4. Provide Indirect Support

Industry collaboration needs to be channeled and GBF provides a conduit that enables this. For example our EqXchange portal allows blood services worldwide to list surplus equipment and for this to be viewed by blood banks in Africa, Latin America etc. These organizations can also list their requirements for consideration.


 

Board Chair Statement
A Life and Death Issue
Blood is a vital clinical resource and - in both developed and developing world - when required, there is generally no manufactured alternative to using human blood; given by others to help those in need.

Most of us assume, correctly, that if we ever needed a blood transfusion - be it to help with cancer treatment or enable surgery, for instance - then blood would simply just be there for us. And I and my team at Oklahoma Blood Institute work tirelessly to ensure this will always be the case. Yet globally, there is simply not enough blood to treat sick patients, and the blood that is available is too often not safe. Both directly and indirectly this causes unnecessary death and suffering on an unimaginable scale.
I hope two examples will help illustrate the extent of the problem:
  • Over 99% of woman who die during pregnancy do so in the developing world. Hemorrhage during delivery accounts for up to a third of these deaths. Too often, the urgently needed blood is just not available
  • The risk of transmitting HIV through infected blood in the US is 1 in 1.8 million. But whilst we enjoy possibly the safest blood supply in the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly, infected blood is a significant contributory factor in the rise of HIV/AIDS and results in 160,000 new infections each year. And this is not to mention malaria, West-Nile virus and many other blood-borne infections that make transfusion an extremely hazardous medical intervention across Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe

In my day-to-day work leading Oklahoma Blood Institute, I am privileged to work with a team of highly skilled and experienced staff and an inspiring pool of wonderful, dedicated blood donors, all eager to serve fellow Oklahomans. But my work also leaves me only too aware that in many parts of the world a culture of voluntary blood donation has yet to gain traction, and where blood collection services get by with inadequate numbers of well-intentioned but poorly trained staff, with very limited access to essential equipment.

This is why, in 2008, Global Blood Fund was founded. I, and fellow blood-banking colleagues in Oklahoma and further afield, look to bring our passion for saving lives within our own communities to the service of those who - through no fault of their own - do not enjoy access to anything approaching the level of health care that we take for granted.

We look to emotionally engage those active in all aspects of blood banking (blood donors; non-profit blood collectors; professional organizations; industry suppliers) and harness their intellectual and financial resources to help those in great need. We are confident we will significantly develop these collaborative networks over the next 1-3 years, but as this collective effort takes shape your support now would enable our life-saving work and be received most gratefully.

John Armitage, M.D.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Internationally
GBF provides money, equipment, education and other forms of support to low-HDI countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Health Care/Public Health
Tertiary Organizational Category International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security/International Relief
Programs
Description

Open Arms is a program in which GBF partners with (currently 12) US-based blood centers, including OBI. Blood donors may choose to forgo the traditional recognition item (T-shirt etc.) in favor of having the center make a donation to GBF on their behalf.

Open Arms provides a range of benefits for Oklahoma Blood Institute and other participating blood centers:
 
- It offers donors improved choice. Rather than accepting a tangible item for their altruistic act, they can choose to "save twice".
 
- It helps boost blood collections, particularly amongst minority ethnic communities and young people who respond well to the international nature of the proposition
 
- Blood center staff become engaged with the program, improving motivation and retention
 
- If the level of donation is set below the cost of the foregone recognition item, the center saves money on its promotional budget, allowing it to invest in more important areas or reduce the price of blood for local hospitals.
Strategy
Population Served Adults
Description

EqXchange is a cloud-based portal that connects rich world blood services (that, collectively, generate millions of dollars in used equipment each year that would otherwise be consigned to landfill) with blood collection agencies in poorer countries with a need for such equipment.

EqXchange provides transparency of supply and demand, making best use of expensive assets and providing resources that would in most cases be otherwise unaffordable. For example, a bloodmobile was recently shipped from Oklahoma to Mexico to enable blood collection in more rural areas.

Once GBF has assisted in making connections between donor and recipient, it helps with moving the equipment to its new home. This is sometimes achieved by linking with third-party, charitable, transport providers, or otherwise GBF will use its own resources to effect the transfer.

EqXchange also allows experts (organizations and individuals) to pledge their technical assistance to overseas blood services.

Strategy
Population Served US& International
Description

GBF gives direct financial/material support for projects it believes will improve blood safety and sufficiency.

Examples include purchasing computer equipment in Kenya, funding production of a donor recruitment TV advertisement in Haiti, purchasing technical manuals for 19 blood services across Latin America, funding a trainer to deliver recruitment training in Georgia (Eastern Caucasus) and providing promotional materials for a blood collector in Mexico.

The ability to support in this way is, however, significantly constrained by the funds available. Though its partnership networks - for example with the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion - GBF is aware of many more needs that those for which it is currently able to provide assistance.
Strategy
Population Served US& International
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

GBF is in a transition period. Through our Open Arms partnerships – which have grown several-fold over the past 12-18 months, and where there is a pipeline of organizations waiting to join - we have established good foundations for future growth. But the lead-time to operationalizing these arrangements is proving more protracted than was expected.

In the meantime, though collaborations with organizations in Africa and Latin America in particular, we are routinely identifying pockets of desperate need to which the charity is not currently in a position to respond. For example, in Lesotho many units are lost because there are no chairs suitable to support the donor’s arm during donation. This is the sort of obvious but low level need – typically costing only a few thousand dollars to resolve nationally - which larger aid agencies, with complex procurement and assurance policies, are not set up to deal with.

The EqXchange portal is generating a lot of pledges and many expressions of interest in the items offered. The re-homing process presents not just the problem of funding shipping costs, but also issues of organizational capacity to manage the logistics. GBF operates with a lone Executive Director with volunteer support. However, the demands of managing multiple international consignments mean that full-time administrative support is needed urgently if all opportunities are to be leveraged.

In addition to the current program portfolio, GBF has ambitious plans for transforming the global blood collection landscape. In particular – focusing on the cloud-based solutions that underpin the success of the EqXchange portal – we have a number of areas for future focus.

One of these is donor management. Many thousands of potential donations are lost because collectors cannot keep in touch with their best donors, especially high-school leavers. But with mobile phones now being ubiquitous in even the poorest countries, simple SMS messaging - the tools for which can be provided remotely - can dramatically increase the donor pool.

Another is the provision of donor recruitment tools. For example radio and television PSAs can be used to great affect not just in the U.S., but everywhere. GBF sees scope in producing and making available for download generic materials, in a range of languages, that can be used by countries without the resources to produce their own.

As a charity we believe we can make a significant difference to so many people in a relatively short period of time, providing that we have the resources to enable us to do so.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Gavin Evans
Start Date Jan 2012
Email gavin.evans@globalbloodfund.org
Experience

Before joining Global Blood Fund as Executive Director in 2012, Gavin Evans worked for 14 years as the senior executive responsible for blood donor management at NHS Blood and Transplant in the UK. He was also responsible for recruiting to the UK’s Organ Donor Register and British Bone Marrow Registry.

MBA qualified, Gavin is a past president of the US-based Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals, a professional membership and development organization. He also has hands-on development experience, spending 2 years with an international agency in the Pacific Rim.

Gavin has published, and spoken widely at international forums, on matters relating to international blood-banking issues. 

Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 7
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Collaborations

GBF enjoys a number of collaborations, particularly with those active within (and servicing) the US and global blood-banking industry. Examples of these collaborations include:

Professional Associations: AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks) , America’s Blood Centers, Africa Society of Blood Banks, Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine, GCIAMT (Latin America)
 
Blood Collectors: Oklahoma Blood Institute, United Blood Services, New York Blood Center, BioBridge Global etc.
 
Industry Manufacturers/Vendors: Terumo BCT, Haemonetics Corp., Fresenius, Macopharma

Satellite Organizations: Global Network for Blood Donation (a Rotarian Action Group)

 
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Through our Open Arms partnerships we have established good foundations for future growth and - for the first time in the 70 year history of blood banking - given blood donors the opportunity to support overseas development efforts.

In the meantime, though collaborations with organizations in Africa, Latin America and Asia, we are routinely identifying pockets of desperate need to which the charity is not currently in a position to respond. For example, in Lesotho many units are lost because there are no chairs suitable to support the donor’s arm during donation. This is the sort of obvious but low level need – typically costing only a few thousand dollars to resolve nationally - which larger aid agencies, with complex procurement and assurance policies, are not set up to deal with.

The EqXchange portal is facilitating hundreds of thousands of dollars of  re-homed equipment (portable beds to Nigeria and Mexico, bloodmobiles to Latin America and the Middle East, blood bags to Cameroon, mixer/scales to Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, DRC). The re-homing process presents not just the problem of funding shipping costs, but also issues of organizational capacity to manage the logistics. GBF operates with a lone Executive Director with volunteer support. However, the demands of managing multiple international consignments mean that full-time administrative support is needed urgently if all opportunities are to be leveraged.

In addition to the current program portfolio, GBF has ambitious plans for transforming the global blood collection landscape. In particular – focusing on the cloud-based solutions that underpin the success of the EqXchange portal – we have a number of areas for future focus.

One of these is donor management. Many thousands of potential donations are lost because collectors cannot keep in touch with their best donors, especially high-school leavers. But with mobile phones now being ubiquitous in even the poorest countries, simple SMS messaging - the tools for which can be provided remotely - can dramatically increase the donor pool.

Another is the provision of donor recruitment tools. For example radio and television PSAs can be used to great affect not just in the U.S., but everywhere. GBF sees scope in producing and making available for download generic materials, in a range of languages, that can be used by countries without the resources to produce their own.

GBF provides training in best practice blood donor recruitment and management. This has been provided in, for example, Namibia, Uganda, Lebanon

As a charity we believe we can make a significant difference to so many people in a relatively short period of time, providing that we have the resources to enable us to do so.

 
Board Chair
Name John B Armitage M.D.
Company Affiliation Oklahoma Blood Institute
Term Mar 2008 to June 2018
Email jarmitage@obi.org
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
John Armitage M.D.Oklahioma Blood Institute
Mark Donnison Voting
Tom Jordan Terumo BCTVoting
Randal Juengel M.D.
Mark Patterson Oklahoma Blood Institute
Jim Reilly AABBVoting
Randall Stark Oklahoma Blood Institute
Axel Stover
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The GBF Board is growing and maturing in line with the development of the charity.

The current composition allocates a majority of positions to Oklahoma Blood Institute staff/board members, as demanded in the GBF bylaws where OBI is recognized as the sole member.

Board members typically hold senior positions within the blood-banking industry, in both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with expertize currently concentrated around clinical and financial disciplines.

The international diversity of the board is increasing, with the newest appointee holding an executive-VP position within Canadian Blood Services. During 2015/16, the board will look to strengthen itself by increasing this diversity further with the additional of at least one of a European and/or African-country member.

Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $250,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $200,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Contributions------
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$121,267$222,213$289,586
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$75,968$5,819$5,691
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$452$381$298
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$132,658$154,395$163,224
Administration Expense$22,613$13,384$1,650
Fundraising Expense$11,307----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.361.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%92%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$312,939$261,344$316,205
Current Assets$304,605$261,344$316,205
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$38,371$17,885$133,380
Total Net Assets$274,568$243,459$182,825
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.9414.612.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $121,267Foundations & Corporations $222,213Foundations & Corporations $289,586
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $75,968Individuals $5,819Individuals $5,691
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $452Investment Income $381Investment Income $298
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990's. 
 
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Address 1001 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Primary Phone 405 278-3232
Contact Email info@globalbloodfund.org
CEO/Executive Director Gavin Evans
Board Chair John B Armitage
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma Blood Institute