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Counting International Aid

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    Posted by: Erica Thrash-Sall, St. John’s Health System

    Date: January 26, 2010, 8:46 am

    Does international aid/relief count as community benefit?

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    Response: Tina Heater, St. Francis Medical Center – Grand Island

    Date: January 26, 2010, 9:54 am

    I would think so, please let me know what you find out.

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    Response: Sr. Lethia Marie, Sisters of St. Francis

    Date: January 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    From CHA website what is currently listed:

    Topic: Donated Equipment/Supplies — Locally and Globally

    Question: When we give supplies or money to another country, or a different part of this country because of poverty that exists there or because of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, can it be included as community benefit?

    Recommendation: We recommend including donations to other areas of the country or other countries in response to poverty or natural disasters. We also recommend including these areas in community benefit planning documents that describe the community you serve, especially if you have an ongoing relationship with a foreign mission or area in need. However, it is important to consider proportionality. What is the magnitude of the donation compared with what else is being done in the community? It should not constitute a large proportion of your community benefit.

    I had copied this question in Nov 2007 which is written a bit differently.

    When we send supplies, money, or staff to another country or to a different part of this country because of poverty that exists there or because of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, can it be included as community benefit?

    Recommendation:
    Yes, you can count as community benefit funds, supplies and staff that leave your community to respond to needs elsewhere. You can count the value of the material and the cost of storage and shipping. Count as E1 or E3, Cash donations, or In-kind donations.

    Task force comments:
    • You are helping to relieve a government burden, a clear community benefit.

    • Consider proportionality, what is the magnitude of the donation compared with what else is being done in the community. It should not constitute a large proportion of your community benefit.

    • Regarding staffing for such efforts, follow other guidance in this document and do not count the time of staff that is volunteered. That is, do not count if the organization is not paying for their time. If the organization pays for travel and lodging, it can be counted.

    • If the item has depreciated, do not count the value of the item if it is of no value to the organization. That is, do not value old items as if they were new.

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    Response: Augusta Mueller, Yale-New Haven Health

    Date: January 29, 2010, 2:55 pm

    Thank you Sr. Lethia Marie this is very useful information. I made the mistake of thinking it may be community building but that is more for planning for disaster preparedness such as stock piling for H1N1.

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    Response: Augusta Mueller, Yale-New Haven Health

    Date: January 26, 2010, 10:21 am

    I’m interested as well and need to document our efforts. My thought was F3 – support System Enhancements.

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    Response: Deb Freeman, The Bellevue Hospital

    Date: January 26, 2010, 10:27 am

    My understanding was that the benefit had to be to your community or your service area, not other areas of the country or the world.

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    Response: Aileen Beltran, Texas Children’s Hospital

    Date: January 26, 2010 10:56 am

    If one’s organization defines community with international included, then this would count. Community could encompass: locally, nationally, and internationally depending on the organization.

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