The mission of Globus Relief is to improve the delivery of healthcare worldwide by gathering, processing and distributing surplus medical and health supplies to charities at home and abroad.
Every day, tens of thousands of children throughout the world die from readily preventable and treatable illnesses. Preventable health problems like diarrhea, malnutrition, childbirth complications, wound infections, and disease also claim the lives of thousands of adults every day. These people die simply because they lack the resources and access to basic healthcare required to meet minimum health and nutritional needs to sustain life.
There are hundreds of organizations – medical clinics, relief agencies, food banks, aging services groups, orphanages, schools, etc. – that strive to help these disadvantaged populations. Globus Relief aims to support these charitable organizations that directly serve these individuals in need. Globus Relief product donations help charities to reduce overhead costs and to focus their time on fulfilling their social missions. In this way, Globus Relief works to improve the financial strength and social effectiveness of numerous charitable organizations every year.
Globus Relief was founded in 1996. While working in the salvage retail industry, founders Kelly Farmer and Robert Haltom were saddened to see viable medical and hygiene supplies frequently sent to landfills. Certain that these surplus resources could be rescued and put to good use, Farmer and Haltom created Globus Relief to efficiently channel overstocked, gently used, or short-dated supplies to humanitarian projects in Utah and around the world.
Since our founding, Globus Relief has distributed over $1 billion (fair market value) of supplies to more than 800 charities at work in over 120 countries. Twenty full-time employees oversee the work of gathering, processing, and distributing humanitarian supplies in our 100,000-s.f. warehouse in Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers contribute an average of 225 labor hours per week, the equivalent of 5.6 additional full-time employees.
Globus Relief is known for strong financial efficiency, historically keeping administrative and fundraising expenses to under 3% of our total budget.
What Makes Us Unique
Assessment: Often in developing countries, hospitals and clinic are awarded equipment or supplies they don’t need, that they can’t support due to lack of technology, or that do not work. To avoid the frustration and disappointment with such donations, Globus Relief evaluates the needs of the area, consults with the recipients, and then sends the most useful resources. Our strong focus on quality and efficiency helps us maximize end results through a strategic streamlined process.
Partnership: Globus Relief has found the most effective way to make a lasting humanitarian impact in clinic and hospitals is by teaming with NGOs, local governments, and other charities. This type of partnership creates lasting solutions in which individuals and communities can work together to improve healthcare infrastructure and sustain long-term programs.
Training: These partnerships enable Globus Relief to bring doctors and medical equipment technicians from third world countries to the United States and/or send trained individuals to the population we are serving to teach technicians or doctors on proper use and maintenance of the equipment. This specialized training provides Globus Relief and local governments the opportunity to improve healthcare in their community and strengthen international and community ties.