The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is a unique alliance of Non-Profit and  Corporate organizations committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities.                                                                     

PQMD Welcomes New Member

Medtronic, Inc. was welcomed into membership of PQMD on January 6.  The corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis, is " ... the global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world."  Key components of its philanthropic focus include its commitment to expand access to health care for the underserved around the world, facilitating and supporting employee engagement in community service and funding social investments, product donations and cash grants through its business units.  "By aligning philanthropy around the company's health-focused Mission and Vision, Medtronic believes it can multiply its impact around the world."  With the admission of Medtronic, Inc., the Membership of PQMD stands at thirty two Corporation and Non-Profit Organizations.

PQMD Welcomes New Board Members

On the occasion of the February 27 meeting of the Board, PQMD Chair, Ms. Pat Bacuros welcomed three new Directors attending their first meeting.  Representing Medtronic, Inc from Minneapolis MN was Heather Hudnut-Page; representing Shire from Lexington, MA office was Linn Parrish and representing Boehringer Ingelheim USA from Ridgefield, CT was Ann Wainright.

Actions from February 27 Board of Directors Meeting

 The Board of Directors met in Atlanta from February 25-27, hosted by Member MAP International with support from Members AstraZeneca and Pfizer.  The block of time was full with meetings of PQMD Committees and the Board of Directors.  A block of time was devoted to a workshop ["What is the PQMD story"] led by Melissa Taylor and Jana Thomas of Porter Novelli that focused on the possible future direction of our organization.  A number of key outcomes resulted from the February Board meetings.

  • The Board received with appreciation and approved the FY 2013 financial report of revenue and expenses and the year-end Balance Sheet 
  • The Board approved the recommendation of the Executive Committee to adopt a six-month budget for FY2014
  • The Board approved new Statement of Vision and Mission for the organization
New "PQMD Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations"

Following months of work on the part of the Standards Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, the Board approved on February 27 new "PQMD Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations".

Baxter Addresses Community Needs for Charitable Giving and Educational Partnerships


DEERFIELD, Ill., April 10, 2014 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) announced  educational collaborations with local institutions to prepare the current and future workforce for careers, and was recently recognized for safety performance. The company and its philanthropic arm, The Baxter International Foundation, also announced their 2013 charitable giving. 

Addressing Critical Needs Globally

Baxter and its philanthropic arm, The Baxter International Foundation, make financial and in-kind donations to address critical community needs globally, including increasing access to healthcare, improving education and helping developing nations and countries in crisis. In 2013, combined giving from Baxter and its Foundation totaled more than $64 million, composed of:

  • More than $34 million from donations of Baxter products through donor partners and the company's U.S. patient assistance programs. Product donations helped 81 countries in need, including proactive donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. Pre-positioning product helps Baxter ensure its critical products are first on the scene following disasters and tragedies, and that the company is contributing the most needed products to stabilize supply in developing economies and meeting ongoing needs in underserved communities.
  • More than $27 million from Baxter's businesses and facilities to address critical local needs in more than 42 countries. 
  • Nearly $3 million from The Baxter International Foundation, including grants to increase access to healthcare worldwide, prize programs that recognize excellence in community service and healthcare research, a scholarship program that contributes to the education of Baxter employees' children, and support of employees' philanthropic efforts through the Foundation's Dollars for Doers and Matching Gifts programs. A full listing of The Baxter International Foundation grants awarded in 2013 is available at www.baxter.com/grants.
World Vision Responds to Deadly Washington Mudslide  

Ever since he came to Oso Community Chapel four years ago, Pastor Gary Ray says his "big desire is to do more than the Sunday morning service." That's happening through his new partnership with World Vision after a deadly mudslide swept through the remote community of Oso, Washington, on March 22.  World Vision delivered 125 clean-up kits, 156 personal hygiene kits, and 300 family food kits to Ray's church on March 25 from its warehouse in Fife, Washington.



 PQMD has opened an Administrative office in Westminster, Maryland.  The administrative team is composed of Paul Derstine, interim Executive Director (pderstine@pqmd.org) and Monica Myers,Office Manager (mmyers@pqmd.org).  Their office is located in the Carroll Nonprofit Center which provides an innovative, professional and collaborative work environment at below market rent for the administrative offices of charitable nonprofit organizations.

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