Medical Teams International (MTI)

Summary

Medical Teams International (MTI) demonstrates the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty by sending volunteer medical and emergency response teams, distributing humanitarian aid, and providing community development and children's ministry programs. Medical Teams International has provided disaster response and emergency relief to refugees of wars and to victims of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and famines. In addition to disaster relief, Medical Teams International provides long-term health development programs in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Central America. Its Mobile Dental Clinics also serve thousands of low-income adults and children in the United States.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 10
Portland, OR 97207-0010

Website: www.medicalteams.org

Phone: (503) 624-1000

Email: info@medicalteams.org


Organization details

EIN: 930878944

CEO/President: Mr. Jeff Pinneo

Chairman: Bert Waugh

Board size: 14

Founder: Mr. Ron Post

Year founded: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Purpose

Medical Teams International is a Christian global health organization, demonstrating the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. We deliver medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race. We respond to disasters around the world--and here at home--by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. We also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that our programs have a sustainable impact.

What makes Medical Teams International different from other similar local and international humanitarian aid organizations? Primarily, our work is supported by volunteers and leveraged by in-country partners to deliver more care and more humanitarian aid per donation dollar.

Medical Teams International is a non-denominational, faith based, non-governmental agency. As such, we incorporate transformational development in our programs, encouraging and monitoring the physical and spiritual development of the people we care for. We only work where we are invited to do so and work closely with local health authorities to help assure positive outcomes, even after we return home.

We were founded over 30 years ago, which has allowed us to develop efficient processes, strong partnerships and enthusiastic support from a growing team of volunteers and donors. Our volunteer opportunities are frequently short-term engagements, rather than those offered by others that span six months or more. This gives highly skilled professionals the ability to integrate volunteering into their busy careers.

Medical Teams International is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Medical Teams International uses the following to express its mission:

"The mission of Medical Teams is to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty."


Statement of faith

Medical Teams International has given the following as its statement of faith:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God; the only infallible Rule of Faith & Practice.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the eternal Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth; His substitutionary death on Calvary for our sins; His bodily resurrection from the grave.
  • We believe in salvation by faith through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe all men are lost apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the true church are those who have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and have become His disciples.
  • We believe in the present working and moving of the Holy Spirit in the lives of men and women.
  • We believe in the instructions of Jesus Christ to care for the hungry, the sick and homeless.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating98 of 42325 of 60
Fund acquisition rating246 of 42340 of 60
Resource allocation rating60 of 42324 of 60
Asset utilization rating126 of 42330 of 60

Click here to read Medical Teams International (MTI)'s response to our ratings


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%8%4%2%2%2%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%4%2%2%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%98%99%100%99%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%4%2%2%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%2%1%0%1%2%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%90%94%97%97%96%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%111%106%94%95%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%99%99%91%92%98%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-11%-6%6%5%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-22%-17%26%29%-9%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%3%2%1%1%2%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.302.183.174.005.534.39
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.541.321.281.231.311.54
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.542.884.064.917.286.78
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.9614.1021.4027.7522.8313.25
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.070.050.040.040.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.073.872.822.361.581.64
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%5%4%3%3%5%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%43%30%24%17%22%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$1,305,139$1,198,976$1,428,999$1,806,230$1,694,002
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$19,696,098$25,271,622$31,142,786$20,697,055$11,590,126
Short-term investments$3,297,365$3,737,403$3,976,784$2,866,241$2,403,675
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$24,298,602$30,208,001$36,548,569$25,369,526$15,687,803
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$7,865,322$8,417,635$8,381,672$7,984,582$8,536,719
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$7,865,322$8,417,635$8,381,672$7,984,582$8,536,719
Total assets$32,163,924$38,625,636$44,930,241$33,354,108$24,224,522
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$1,701,436$1,369,516$1,270,881$1,059,927$1,129,389
Other current liabilities$21,582$42,322$46,417$51,403$54,196
Total current liabilities$1,723,018$1,411,838$1,317,298$1,111,330$1,183,585
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,723,018$1,411,838$1,317,298$1,111,330$1,183,585
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$26,071,518$32,211,258$39,214,942$26,811,718$20,692,042
Temporarily restricted$2,063,782$2,936,175$2,530,541$3,367,367$974,879
Permanently restricted$2,305,606$2,066,365$1,867,460$2,063,693$1,374,016
Net assets$30,440,906$37,213,798$43,612,943$32,242,778$23,040,937
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$61,845,721$114,855,747$190,065,557$192,067,619$102,673,320
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$466,847$311,964($146,106)$347,315$276,424
Other revenue$915,852$1,040,669$972,264$1,398,813$1,354,043
Total other revenue$1,382,699$1,352,633$826,158$1,746,128$1,630,467
Total revenue$63,228,420$116,208,380$190,891,715$193,813,747$104,303,787
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$62,821,879$115,613,823$173,590,480$178,892,929$102,163,203
Management and general$2,290,754$1,988,658$2,046,740$2,005,121$1,693,082
Fundraising$4,888,679$5,005,044$3,884,330$3,713,856$2,473,389
Total expenses$70,001,312$122,607,525$179,521,550$184,611,906$106,329,674
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($6,772,892)($6,399,145)$11,370,165$9,201,841($2,025,887)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($6,772,892)($6,399,145)$11,370,165$9,201,841($2,025,887)

Response from ministry

Posted on March 27, 2003

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Northwest Medical Teams appreciate so much the favorable comments provided by MinistryWatch and the supporters who were solicited for input in this year's evaluation. Our work is first and foremost to glorify God and extend His love to hurting people around the world. We're blessed to be a part of Kingdom work in a very tangible way... saving lives, for today and perhaps for eternity.

We appreciate the opportunity to clarify some of the issues cited by our critics, including:

1) Not enough emphasis on evangelistic outreach.

In almost every situation, and especially in our long-term international development projects, we partner with local Christian groups to extend their efforts to build relationships with non-believers. We also provide funds and volunteers to extend Bible-based ministry to children in Romania, Mexico and Moldova.

2) Afraid that the organization will stray from its Christian roots and turn into just another secular "relief and development" type organization.

Every board member signs an evangelical statement of faith as a condition for membership. Our mission, which can only be changed by the board of directors, specifically states we will "demonstrate the love of Christ" to people affected by poverty, conflict and disaster. We are very intentional about this element of our work. All staff members and volunteers agree to respect and support our mission statement.

3) Too much emphasis on short-term help; not enough sustainable impact.

By its very nature, disaster relief is short-term -- providing immediate life-saving assistance for people and communities stressed beyond their normal capacity to provide basic health services. Once the most urgent needs are met, local government and social services should be able to sustain on-going recovery and re-development. At the same time, we try to design our disaster response efforts to develop local capacities and to promote long-term sustainable impact whenever possible.

The majority of our volunteer work, however, is non-disaster. We send out short-term development teams, but as part of on-going long-term projects. In Mexico, Moldova, Romania and other countries, our short-term teams have served continually for 10-15 years. Entire communities, orphanages and medical institutions have been transformed by this long-term commitment. We also distribute humanitarian aid through 150 partners around the world to sustain long-term community development projects that help the most needy people. Major efforts in Central Asia and West Africa have explicit long-term community development objectives.

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify Northwest Medical Teams' philosophy and operations on these three important points. Anyone with questions is welcome to contact us via email or telephone.


History

Medical Teams International, first called Northwest Medical Teams, began as a call in the heart of one man in 1979. He had no medical background. Ron Post was a businessman.

But in 1979, he and the rest of America watched television reports of mass suffering as thousands of Cambodian refugees escaping the Khmer Rouge stumbled across the border into Thailand, "as if looking for a quiet place to die," Ron said.

His compassion turned to determination as the picture of a dying Cambodian refugee girl filled his television screen. His own daughter was near the same age. "What if that refugee were my own child?" Ron thought.

He asked God to help him make a difference for people suffering in Cambodia.

Less than a month later, Ron led a group of 28 medical volunteers to care for the survivors of Cambodia's killing fields.

This compassionate response by people initially from the Pacific Northwest--and now from around the world--has occurred over and over again. In early 2006, they sent their 1,500th team.

Continuing their legacy of responding to disasters, Medical Teams International sends teams to countries affected by war, famine and natural disaster.

They also respond in ongoing measures to needs in developing countries.


Program accomplishments


Needs

Medical Teams International has communicated the following needs:

  • Donations. You may give a gift by calling 1-800-959-HEAL (4325). Or you may donate online at medicalteams.org.

  • Volunteer. Get involved on a more personal level! Our volunteers experience the personal reward of helping the unfortunate. If you are interested in an experience that will change your life, find out How To Volunteer.

  • Donate Supplies. Gifts-In-Kind (GIK) are a company's first-quality, excess products or inventory donated to assist those in need.

  • Get involved through your church. Accomplish your church's mission of demonstrating the love of Christ to a world in need by getting involved with Medical Teams International through prayer support, financial partnership, disaster support stand-by, volunteer teams, and distribution.