Example Impacts of Charitable Donations

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010

Example impacts of various donations to Doctors Without Borders:

  • $35: Two high-energy meals a day to 200 children
  • $50: Vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics
  • $70: Two basic suture kits to repair minor shrapnel wounds
  • $100: Infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children
  • $250: A sterilization kit for syringes and needles used in mobile vaccination campaigns
  • $500: A medical kit containing basic drugs, supplies, equipment, and dressings to treat 1,500 patients for three months
  • $1000: Emergency medical supplies to aid 5,000 disaster victims for an entire month
  • $5500: An emergency health kit to care for 10,000 displaced people for three months

What Your Support Provides, Doctors Without Borders, http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/what.cfm.

According to Charity Navigator, Doctors Without Borders uses 87% of its donations toward its charity work, 11% on fundraising, and only 1% on administration:

Program Expenses: 87.3%
Administrative Expenses: 1.1%
Fundraising Expenses: 11.4%
Total Revenue: $161,446,238
Program Expenses: $133,695,129

Doctors Without Borders, USA, Charity Navigator, International : Development and Relief Services, http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3628.