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Our Mission

MedShare is a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.

MedShare helps increase health system capacity and drives sustainability by providing biomedical equipment training and service to healthcare organizations and medical professionals serving populations in need.

MedShare’s deliveries of vital medical supplies and equipment have decreased our nation’s carbon footprint and brought health, healing and the promise of better lives to 100 countries and countless patients.

What We Do

Recovering Supplies   

  • MedShare has collected over $240 million worth of life saving medical supplies and equipment.
  • MedShare has diverted over 17.5 million pounds of quality and unused medical products from local landfills.
  • MedShare has received medical supplies and equipment from hundreds of hospitals and corporations.

Matching Needs

  • MedShare supplies nearly 1,000 under-resourced free and safety net clinics in marginalized communities.
  • MedShare has equipped over 930,000 healthcare professionals in underserved communities around the world.
  • MedShare has built an annual volunteer corps of 16,000 humanitarians.

Improving Healthcare & the Environment

  • MedShare has helped strengthen local health systems and served over 32 million people in medically underserved areas around the world.
  • MedShare has delivered lifesaving medical supplies and equipment to 117 countries and territories worldwide.
  • MedShare has provided biomedical training and support to over 7,000 healthcare professionals in 18 countries on equipment delivered to healthcare facilities around the world.

The Problem

In the developing world, over 5 million children under the age of five die from inadequate medical care every year. (Source: World Health Organization, 2021)

At the same time, hospitals in the United States generate over two million tons of medical surplus each year. Much of that surplus is unused, unexpired medical supplies and equipment. (Source: Healthcare Without Harm)

The Solution

MedShare. We work with hospitals, distributors and manufacturers to collect and redistribute medical products to qualified healthcare facilities in medically underserved communities.

Measuring Impact

MedShare is committed to measuring progress toward the ambitious goals set in our organization’s strategic plan each fiscal year. Annually, MedShare quantifies its success in meeting our mission objectives by quantifying the following:

  • Measuring the number of 40-foot container shipments delivered each fiscal year
  • Measuring the amount of waste diverted from local landfills and pounds of supplies received from hospital collections and manufacturers
  • Measuring financial success by our ability to maintain fiscal efficiency so that our revenue exceeds expenses, while keeping our percentage of administrative and fundraising costs low
  • Measuring fundraising success based upon the percent of donor support that is renewed annually
  • Surveying our recipients to determine the impact of the delivery of medical supplies and equipment in the community

The MedShare Story & Timeline

In 1998, A.B. Short and Bob Freeman were concerned with the large amount of discarded medical supplies and equipment and the critical healthcare needs of medically underserved populations. In an effort to address these disparities, MedShare was born.

Our People

Accomplishing all that we do requires the leadership, passion, and hard work of many people, each playing a vital role.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is MedShare’s governing body, responsible for the fiduciary, strategic and generative oversight and direction of the organization. MedShare’s CEO and President, Charles Redding, reports to the Board of Trustees. 100% of our Board supports the organization’s annual and capital fundraising campaigns. Members serve without compensation.

MedShare Staff

Meet the people who drive MedShare’s mission and make great strides to improve the quality of life of people and our planet.