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Global Health Thought Leadership

Your Year-end Giving Can Help Fight Local and Global Health Inequities

By Michele Egan, MedShare Chief Development Officer

It’s immensely rewarding to address an immediate need with a meal, a few dollars or a carefully wrapped toy. But while those simple acts of kindness are needed more today than ever, most of us are fortunate to have the capacity to give more.

During the pandemic, we witnessed an outpouring of support for non-profit organizations doing incredible work on the front lines, particularly in marginalized communities. Even as we may have struggled ourselves, we gave early and often. We knew that these essential organizations were lifelines for the unserved and underserved already facing longstanding inequities. And we knew they simply would not survive without our support. 

Understandably, as the world gets back to some semblance of normal, we want to put the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. But we cannot, as we’re left to deal with the damage done to already vulnerable health systems here in the U.S. and around the world. Not to mention the growing health disparities rooted in systemic inequities exacerbated by the crisis. For organizations such as MedShare, tasked with helping to address these challenges at the community level, we still have our work cut out for us.

To that end, MedShare has committed to expanding our network of partnerships with free and safety net clinics across the U.S. that provide access to quality health care for our uninsured and underinsured neighbors. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) reports that 52% of patients served are employed, which speaks to the dire need and critical importance of these clinics. The medical supplies and equipment we donate to these providers is critical to enhancing the quality of care they can provide for their patients, and our support saves thousands and thousands of dollars that they can ultimately invest in direct patient care. 

One such clinic is the Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic, based in the Clarkston Community Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic provides care for uninsured women in a welcoming and safe environment and charges no fees for a range of much-needed health services. Through the generous support of our partners, MedShare is in a unique position to help increase access to health care at Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic and hundreds of other safety-net clinics throughout Georgia and across the country. 

As we continue to rely heavily on support from our corporate partners, foundations, and individual contributors, we are again at a crossroads. With a possible economic recession looming, nonprofits have seen the number of donors fall by an average of 7 percent in the first half of 2022 compared with the first half of 2021, according to the Chronicle for Philanthropy. 

The good news is that we appear to be leveraging the pandemic as a catalyst for positive change. And nowhere is that more evident than in Atlanta, which has long been touted as the center for global health thanks in part to the presence of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CARE, the Task Force for Global Health, and the Global Health Initiative – all conveners who bring together some of the best and brightest health experts to address health inequities throughout the world.

What’s more, we continue to have the utmost confidence in those who have supported our mission through the years. Together we can continue to deliver health, hope and healing to the millions of individuals and families who need it most. 

Regardless of why you give, we sincerely hope you will find joy in giving. Your gifts, large or small, can help improve the quality of life for so many who have been through so much.

A few helpful year-end giving tips:

1. Complete your giving before midnight December 31, 2022, so that your charitable contributions are tax deductible for the calendar year.

2. Many companies have established with generous matching gift and volunteer grant budgets. Click here here to see if your employer participates and double your impact!

3. For most of us who make modest gifts, the basic charitable deduction rules apply but make sure the non-profit organization is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. 

4. Please consult your tax advisor, especially if you are considering a major gift. 

5. Consider a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) which a popular tax-advantageous way to give now and over time.

6. Gifts of stock, bitcoin, securities, or other property may provide greater tax savings than giving cash.

7. Check on extraordinary circumstances that may have carried over from the pandemic, there may be more generous deduction rules and allowances that benefit you as a donor and the qualified non-profit organization because of the extended economically stressful period.

8. Putting MedShare in your will or estate plans is an effortless way to give! Contact our Development Team at donate@medshare.org to learn more.

9. Save all gift receipts and acknowledgment letters for tax purposes. 

10. End this year by being a part of the good you want to see in the world – the people you serve will thank you!


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