December 10, 2012: Indianapolis Business Journal reports Timmy wins big at the American Giving Awards
December 10, 2012: Indiana Nonprofit wins at the American Giving Awards (via Inside Indiana Business)
November 23, 2012: Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health selected to compete in national American Giving Awards
via HOSA Magazine | Winter 2013 – Early in life Dr. Chuck learned the value of compassion and wellness while growing up in Kokomo, IN, where over 150 foster children came through his family’s home. It became apparent to his mother that he had a special gift with children, and she encouraged him to become a pediatrician…As Dr. Chuck commonly notes, “Medical school made me more knowledgeable, but my patients made me wiser.”Back to Top
via the Indianapolis Star – At last month’s glitzy, celebrity- studded American Giving Awards, Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health came home with a $250,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving Foundation.
The organization, which spearheads public health initiatives in the U.S. and abroad, took first place in the AGA “Champions of Health and Wellness” category and placed third overall. It was the only Indiana nonprofit selected to compete in the annual event — and one of only two from the Midwest.
Timmy Global Health Founder Dr. Chuck Dietzen and Executive Director Matt MacGregor were on hand at the ceremony in Los Angeles, along with representatives of 24 other philanthropic charities selected by Chase. About 1.7 million people tuned in to watch in prime time on NBC.
“Having seen the other organizations, their networks, the work they do, the amount of publicity they receive — I was surprised that we made the top five,” MacGregor said. “But I was not surprised by the support we got from Indianapolis. The response from Indy was incredible.”Back to Top
Bloomington, IN – Timmy Global Health was honored during the second annual American Giving Awards, nationally broadcast on NBC in December. The organization was one of 25 charities to participate in the second annual American Giving Awards.
Five of those charities, including Timmy Global Health, were chosen by Facebook users and Chase online customers as finalists for grant money; the More Than Me Foundation, a New Jersey-based charity committed to helping Liberian girls get off the street, took the top prize of $1 million.
The American Giving Awards is characterized as “the Oscars for nonprofits.” The Dec. 8 ceremony was hosted by Joel McHale, from NBC’s “Community,” and featured such presenters as Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) and Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), and musical guest Randy Travis, among others. Actress Glenn Close won a Leadership Award for her work with her nonprofit organization Bring Change 2 Mind, which aims to end the stigma of mental illness.
Dietzen and Timmy Global Health executive director Matt MacGregor were part of the star-studded night. In this video, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Timmy Team’s award experience. Based in Indianapolis, Timmy Global Health collaborates with U.S. and international partners to send medical service teams throughout the world to expand access to health care while empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges. Timmy Global Health has seven projects in five countries and student chapters at more than 30 U.S. universities and 10 Indiana high schools.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our national visibility and use the American Giving Awards to reach thousands more patients, families, communities and students throughout the world,” Dietzen said of being recognized by the American Giving Awards. Click here to read the full Inside IU feature story.Back to Top
“A lot of times you just find a common ground,” said Jonathan Eyestone, a certified nursing assistant at Billings Clinic. “I knew a few key terms in Spanish. But there was lots of gesturing, lots of pointing. We made do.”
Eyestone, then a student with the Billings campus of the Montana State University nursing program, was one of 15 nursing students who traveled to the Dominican Republic in November to help set up and run rural health clinics. The opportunity was organized by the Timmy Global Health program, an Indiana-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that pairs medical teams with international organizations to build health and development services.
The program brought the students, a pair of MSU faculty members and a handful of medical professionals — four St. Vincent Healthcare physicians, a St. Vincent lactation consultant, a nurse from Billings Clinic and a pharmacist from Connecticut — together with Banelino, a fair-trade banana cooperative near the northwestern Dominican city of Monte Cristi, a city of about 17,000 people near the Haitian border.
Bloomington, IN - Sarah Hollis and Kathy Morris use their SPEA educations to help people around the world in need of medical care. The organization they represent is now getting attention in a way that will allow Hollis, Morris and their colleagues to serve many more patients and communities.
Hollis and Morris work for Timmy Global Health, a small Indianapolis-based organization that coordinates volunteer medical professionals and students who provide health care in developing countries. Timmy recently received a $250,000 grant through the Chase American Giving Awards broadcast on NBC television. The awards are determined by online voting. The broadcast audience saw this inspiring video about Timmy’s work.
Los Angeles - “The 2012 AGAs lived up to it’s billing as an emotional and inspiring evening,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, CFO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. “Our Facebook fans and customers came together once again to choose five outstanding charities to receive Chase grants. I am truly humbled by the amazing work these organizations do every day to make this world a better place.”
Actress Glenn Close was presented with the AGA Leadership Award for her commitment to raising awareness of mental illness through her charity, Bring Change 2 Mind. Close, whose sister and nephew live with mental illnesses, helped start Bring Change 2 Mind to remove stigmas and misconceptions about mental illness.
In addition to More Than Me Foundation’s $1 million grant, the following four finalists will share in $1 million in grants from Chase:
$500,000: Krochet Kids International, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based accessories brand working to eradicate poverty through sustainable economic development programs and unique, one-of-a-kind products.
$250,000: Timmy Global Health, based in Indianapolis, Ind., which expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.
$125,000: Team Rubicon, a charity based in Inglewood, Calif, that empowers veterans with a new mission and community through natural disaster and humanitarian crisis response
$125,000: Together We Rise, based in Chino, Calif., whose mission is to transform the way youth navigate through the foster care system in America.Back to Top
December 10, 2012: Indianapolis Business Journal reports Timmy wins big at the American Giving Awards
by Dan Human – Indianapolis not-for-profit Timmy Global Health received a $250,000 grant Saturday after finishing third in nationwide voting on the “American Giving Awards.” Timmy Global Health beat four other organizations in the NBC-TV program’s Champions of Health and Wellness Category before finishing third in total votes against the winners in four other categories.
The top, $1 million prize went to a New Jersey-based group that provides school to girls in Liberia.
Executive Director Matt MacGregor previously told the IBJ the group wanted to use the money to develop a scholarship program to help students cover the costs of volunteer work.Timmy Global’s 10 full-time employees, and hundreds of volunteer medical professionals and students, travel throughout the world every year to provide immediate health care to communities in developing countries and to improve existing medical facilities.
The company had revenue of $3.9 million in 2011 and expenses of nearly $3.8 million.Back to Top
December 10, 2012: Indiana Nonprofit wins at the American Giving Awards (via Inside Indiana Business)
Gerry Dick reports - An Indiana nonprofit is one of the winners at this year’s American Giving Awards. Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health claimed $250,000 after being named the winner in the Champions of Health and Wellness category during a nationally-televised ceremony over the weekend.
Timmy Global Health finished third in overall voting and plans to use the money to expand its work around the world. It was the only Indiana-based organization chosen to participate in the awards and only Midwest group to win an honor during this year’s show. The organization expands access to health care and encourages students to deal with global health issues.Back to Top
Radio Rounds Podcast – Executive Director of Timmy Global Health, Matt MacGregor, discusses the “Take a Trip With Timmy” contest and the organization’s mission and initiatives. Listen to the complete episode.Back to Top
Carmel, IN - Senior Tori Singleton founded a chapter of Timmy Global Health at CHS in the 2011-2012 school year and is currently the club’s president.
“We’re not as local as we used to be and have grown into a global organization,” James (Jimmy) Kennedy, club speaker and senior, said in an email. “I don’t know of any organization that does more to bring the help and supplies to inflicted areas better than Timmy. They more than deserve for this honor (as a nominee) simply by the impact they provide.”
According to club sponsor Dale Herr, club meetings have been sporadic lately and they have only met twice this year. However, Singleton said much of this is due to Holiday spec and practices of the performing arts department. The next club meeting, he said, will take place sometime next week in Herr’s room. Future plans include a necessities drive, kickball tournament and service projects.
Herr said, “A lot of (these activities) are driven by different types of fundraising they can use. (One of their past projects) was to accumulate enough funds to build ovens for occupancies that are safe.” Read the full article on the Carmel HiLite Online website.Back to Top
Sagamore Institute Library – Timmy Global Health represents the best of Indy’s not-for-profit community and is part of Sagamore’s Indiana Africa Connections Database. As an organization they strive to expand access to healthcare and empower students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. To achieve this goal, Timmy sends medical services teams to support the work of international partner organizations, channels financial, medical, and human resources to community based health and development projects, and works to empower students at U.S. high schools and colleges to fundraise, advocate and serve in an effort to fight health disparities at home and abroad.Back to Top
IndySphere.com – On the Seventh Day of Giving , it’s time to highlight a fantastic cause near and dear to me, the global healthcare initiatives of Timmy Global Health. Indianapolis based, Timmy Global Health, is one of 25 charities to take place in the 2nd annual American Giving Awards (AGAs), presented by Chase. I encourage giving this holiday season by giving your VOTE by December 4!
I was fortunate enough to learn more about Timmy earlier this year. In 1997, Timmy was founded by Dr. Charles Dietzen (Dr. Chuck). In his own words, Dr. Chuck has described his vision:
“I knew first-hand there are a great number of organizations and groups doing vital work around the world that needed support. We established Timmy Global Health so we could support the already existing efforts of amazing organizations, and provide them with the resources – human, in-kind, financial — they needed to thrive. I also wanted to make sure that we actively empowered today’s youth and students – tomorrow’s leaders – to act upon their ideals and passions to serve others. For many of them who are interested in a career in healthcare, I also wanted them to be able to see firsthand the barriers to healthcare access that so many developing world communities face, and to discern for themselves if they are truly called to the medical profession as doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, or to any other profession that emphasizes the common good.”Back to Top
via Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business - An Indianapolis-based global health organization has been nominated for the American Giving Awards, which will be broadcast to a national television audience Saturday night. Timmy Global Health Executive Director Matt McGregor says the grass-roots organization seeks to expand access to health care for under-served communities and inspire the next generation of health care providers. He outlines the potential impact of winning the award during an interview with Barb Lewis in the Business of Health.Back to Top
by Samantha Schmidt, Bloomington, IN – Timmy Global Health is one of 25 organizations competing for $1 million and the title of the nation’s best non-profit organization at the 2nd Annual American Giving Awards presented by Chase Bank. Timmy Global Health is the only organization from Indiana in the competition, which is described as the “Oscars of nonprofits,” Timmy Global Health Executive Director Matt MacGregor said.
Online voting, which lasts until Tuesday, will decide the five finalist charities that will split $2 million in grants, with one organization winning the top $1 million prize, MacGregor said. NBC will announce the winners and air the AGAs nationally on Saturday. Timmy Global Health, which was founded in Indianapolis in 1997, has a dual mission of expanding health care across the world and inspiring the next generation to become involved in global health disparities, MacGregor said.
The organization sends medical service teams and resources to support seven community-based health and development projects in Ecuador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Nigeria and the United States, according to the organization’s website. Timmy accomplishes its international efforts through the work of 35 student chapters nationwide. IU is home to the first and largest Timmy student chapter, which was founded 11 years ago, IU chapter president David Plankenhorn said. Macgregor said IU’s group has been the strongest and most consistent chapter.
“There’s such a passion across our student chapters for the work we do,” Macgregor said. “They’re really the foundation of our work.” IU’s Timmy Global Health chapter sends a group of about 20 students on a medical brigade to rural Guatemala every year during spring break, Plankenhorn said. The students raise between $15,000 and $20,000 each year to fund and provide resources for a clinic in a Guatemalan school called Pop Wuj.
Aside from fundraising, students seek vitamin donations at Kroger grocery stores to provide for children in Guatemala. The group also takes part in philanthropy projects in the Bloomington community, Plakenhorn said. “The reason I’m so invested in Timmy is because of how sustainable it is,” Plankenhorn said. “It’s not like we’re going down there and leaving. We have people down there all year long.”
Plankenhorn said he appreciates the way the organization supports its student volunteers and encourages future careers in medicine. “They really invest in what we do and take the time to explain it to us,” Plankenhorn said. “After I graduate, Timmy is going to be one of those things I continue to do as a physician.”
Students in the organization are pushing for votes this week by sending emails and encouraging students to vote at locations, such as the Herman B Wells Library. The voting takes place on Facebook as well as a website through Chase Bank Community Giving.
Macgregor said the Indiana network has been essential in the effort to win votes. “The owner of the Colts is tweeting about us,” Macgregor said. “The mayor of Indy is tweeting about us and included us in a newsletter. This community is really getting behind us. I’m feeling optimistic.”
If Timmy wins one of the top monetary prizes, Macgregor said the organization plans to use the money to increase its investments in public health programs as well as volunteer opportunities for students. Even if the nonprofit does not win, the competition has provided an important boost in publicity for Timmy Global Health, Plankenhorn said.
“We’re taking a big step from a local organization to a national organization,” Plankenhorn said.
Macgregor hopes the competition will not only shine the spotlight on Timmy Global Health but also on the state of Indiana. “There’s this Hoosier pride we have,” Plankenhorn said. “We want to make sure that when the curtain opens, it’s an Indiana organization that gets the top prize.”Back to Top
Via the Gary, IN Crusader - A global operation, Timmy Global Health is the only Indiana nonprofit selected to participate in the AGAs and one of few representing the Midwest. The organization is dedicated to expanding healthcare access to low-income populations around the world by empowering students to tackle global health challenges. Currently, Timmy Global Health coordinates a network of volunteers that includes student chapters at more than 30 U.S. universities and 10 Indiana high schools, providing services to seven projects in five countries.
“To bring home the $1 million dollar prize from the AGAs would empower us to reach thousands more patients, families, communities and students throughout the world and extend them the quality healthcare that we believe all people are entitled to in their lives,” MacGregor says.Back to Top
From Post Scripts, by AMA Insurance - As we partake in the spirit of giving this holiday season, many of us turn our thoughts toward those who are less fortunate than us. This year, I ask you to think of the many people in developing countries who do not have access to the basics of medical care. Often it may seem like an insurmountable challenge to have an impact on those who are less fortunate than us (especially when they are not located in our own towns and cities) but many organizations make it their mission to expand access to healthcare globally, and these organizations deserve worthy recognition.
I’d like to recognize one in particular – Timmy Global Health. Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health is no stranger to this blog. I have written about this non-profit organization a few times since this blog’s inception because of their global health mission, in addition to the AMA Insurance Agency’s Take a Trip with Timmy contest. We are proud to share news about this organization once again as they compete in the second annual American Giving Awards (AGA), presented by Chase.Back to Top
Indianapolis Star - An Indianapolis-based charity, founded by a local doctor, is getting national attention as it competes for a $1 million shot in the arm. Timmy Global Health, which works to expand access to worldwide healthcare, was founded in 1997 by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Zionsville, after he was inspired while working with Mother Teresa.
Now, Dietzen’s organization is poised to win $1 million as a participant of the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase. It is one of 25 U.S. charities to be chosen for the show, which will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 on NBC. Timmy Executive Director Matt MacGregor likens the awards to the Oscars for non-profits.
“This has real potential to transform the organization,” he said.Back to Top
From Christine Mortensen of Sprk’d – Indianapolis-based non-profit Timmy Global Health has been selected as one of the 25 US charities to participate in the 2nd annual American Giving Awards (AGAs), presented by Chase.
“For us, this is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our national visibility, increase our financial resources, and use the American Giving Awards to reach thousands more patients, families, communities, and students throughout the world,” said Matt MacGregor, Timmy Global Health’s Executive Director. “And for Indianapolis, it’s a reason to be proud, and a demonstration of the incredible commitment Hoosiers have made to improving the quality of life of people both down the street and across the globe.”Back to Top
November 27, 2012: iSalus Healthcare supports Timmy in the AGAs
iSalus Healthcare Blogroll – “The American Giving Awards by Chase Community will give donate $2 million in grants to five charities out of 25 and we want Timmy Global Health to be one of them! The charity is near and dear to our hearts here at iSALUS as our founder and chief medical officer, Dr. Chuck Dietzen, is the organization’s founder and president…
They manage projects in Latin America, Africa and the U.S., have student chapters at more than 30 universities and high schools, and consistently dedicate 90% of their annual resources to programming. Since 1997, Timmy has treated tens of thousands of patients, funded hundreds of surgeries, financed hospitals, medical clinics and public health initiatives, and helped instill humanitarian values in the next generation of healthcare leaders.”Back to Top
November 27, 2012: Andean Collection shows their support for Timmy
Andean Collection Blog – “Our friends at Timmy Global Health are in the running to win the American Giving Awards. Only 25 charities in American were chosen for this, so you know they’re the crème de la crème. The competition is based on facebook votes; the charities with the most votes win grants from Chase Community Giving for up to $1million!
Timmy Global Heath works to expand healthcare all over the world so everyone can have access to medical services and care, regardless of their wealth or location.
The charity started with three main goals:
1. To work to provide reasonable, quality health care services to the poor;
2. To support the capacity of healthcare organizations treating underserved patients around the world;
3. To inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and leaders to actively fight health disparities and promote global health equity throughout their lives
Since they were founded in 1997, they’ve seen some amazingly remarkable results. In just the last couple years, for example, they’ve sent several medical teams to underdeveloped nations like Ecuador and Guatemala. They’ve cared for over 10,000 patients there and distributed nearly $120,000 of funding directly to their international partners there. They’ve also brought in $2.55 million worth of medicines to their international partners, and they continue to grow and create more and more sustainable change for patients all over the world…” Read the full post here.Back to Top
November 23, 2012: Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health selected to compete in national American Giving Awards
Indiana University, Medical School News – “A nonprofit global children’s health foundation founded by an Indiana University School of Medicine alumnus has been selected as one of the 25 charities to participate in the second annual American Giving Awards, presented by Chase.
Timmy Global Health, founded by Chuck Dietzen, M.D., could receive a $1 million grant to help families, communities and patients around the world. Winning one of the American Giving Awards, characterized as “the Oscars for nonprofits,” requires votes from Timmy supporters.
Individuals will be able to cast one vote for Timmy Global Health between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at the Timmy Global Health site on the Chase Community Giving application link. Additional information is available on the NBC American Giving Awards website, Timmy’s Facebook page or Twitter account, or the Chase Community Giving Facebook page.
The five organizations that receive the most votes will be spotlighted during the American Giving Awards’ nationally broadcast special at 8 p.m. Eastern Dec. 8 on NBC. Those five, out of the 25 nominated, will share in $2 million of unrestricted grants from Chase; the organization with the most votes will receive an additional $1 million.
Based in Indianapolis, Timmy Global Health collaborates with U.S. and international partners to send medical service teams throughout the world to expand access to health care while empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges. Founded in 1997, Timmy Global Health has seven projects in five countries and student chapters at more than 30 U.S. universities and 10 Indiana high schools.
“It’s an honor to be selected to participate in the American Giving Awards,” Dr. Dietzen said. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our national visibility and use the American Giving Awards to reach thousands more patients, families, communities and students throughout the world.
“I’m pleased they recommended us and see the value of what we are doing,” he said of the American Giving Awards nomination. “We are training the next great generation of doctors and nurses and want them to understand their role in eliminating health disparities, both today and in the future. Given that we dedicate more than 90 percent of our resources to programming, winning the award would mean incredible resources to build the capacity of our partners and reach more patients without access to health care both here and around the world.”Back to Top
November 14, 2012: Timmy Global Health is nominated for the Chase American Giving Awards!
Timmy Global Health has been selected as one of the 25 US charities to participate in the 2nd annual American Giving Awards (AGAs), presented by Chase. The AGAs—kind of like the Oscars for non-profits—is a celebration of America’s most charitable organizations, and will air nationally on NBC on Dec. 8th, 2012. As part of the American Giving Awards, the five organizations (of the 25 nominated) who receive the most votes during a week-long voting competition from Nov. 27th to Dec. 4th will share in $2 million dollars of unrestricted grants from Chase! The top vote-getter will receive a $1 million dollar grant. Each organization—including Timmy!—will also be spotlighted during the American Giving Awards nationally broadcast special on NBC on Dec. 8th.
Timmy is honored to be recognized alongside the four other amazing organizations selected for the “Champions of Health and Wellness” category. For Timmy, this is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our national visibility, increase our financial resources, and use the American Giving Awards to reach thousands more patients, families, communities, and students throughout the United States and around the world. Learn more about the AGAs and watch Timmy’s announcement video. OR…Click here to find how you can help get out the vote…and help Timmy win $1,000,000 for the people we serve!Back to Top
Investment News – Timmy Global Health pursues two noble goals: to provide health care to the poorest of the poor and to encourage a future health care workforce to think globally. Mark Wise was recruited to Timmy’s board 10 years ago and was hooked. “It took one meeting to realize that the work the organization was doing was profound,” he said.
Mr. Wise, a wealth management adviser in Indianapolis with Northwestern Mutual Investment Services LLC, is now chairman of the nonprofit, which has served 60,000 people abroad and locally since 1997. Every year, Timmy deploys about 350 college students (mostly pre-med and allied medical majors) from 26 student chapters on a one-week medical brigade to communities in Ecuador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria.
The students bring medications and supplies, learn triage and transport rural patients to scarce pharmacies. Back in the U.S., they raise funds and secure medications for their adopted foreign clinics. In Indianapolis, Timmy volunteers collect medications to donate to international and local free clinics.
Mr. Wise sees a “huge parallel” between his financial advising work and his philanthropic work.
“I love helping others,” he said. “I’m a good steward for my clients and for the people Timmy serves.” Click here for the full article.Back to Top
August 20, 2012: Indianapolis philanthropist/entrepreneur, Wayne Zink, joins Board of Directors
Timmy Global Health is excited to announce that Indianapolis philanthropist and entrepreneur, Wayne Zink, has joined Timmy’s Board of Directors. Zink, the former CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate and Chairman of the Endangered Species Chocolate Foundation, will bring considerable philanthropic, leadership, and management experience to Timmy’s Board. A noted Indianapolis community member, Zink is the President of the Back Home Again Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy. Zink is also a member of the GreenPrint Natural Resource Stewardship Committee in Indianapolis; a former board member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the former chairman of the board of Dance Kaleidoscope; and a past president and board member of Jameson Camp. He also serves as an advisor to Second Helpings, Step Up, the Damien Center and the Chrysalis Academy, and is on the Herron School of Art Dean’s Advisory Council. Wayne also serves on the Indiana Aids Fund Board, Indianapolis Symphony and Wishard Hospital’s Capitol Campaign. For more information, please email Matt MacGregor, Timmy’s Executive Director, at email@example.com.Back to Top
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This summer, Dr. Gary Llewellyn, DDS of Indy Smiles extended his smile services abroad with Timmy Global Health on a recent mission trip to Dominican Republic and Haiti. The week-long trip (May 23‐31, 2012) marked Timmy Global Health’s first medical brigade to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic. Timmy Global Health provides direct medical assistance and healthcare services to low-income communities in the developing world through short-term medical brigades, providing free clinic care to patients. The Indianapolis-based organization expands access to health care and empowers students and volunteers to engage directly in global development.
The brigade consisted of 21 medical and academic volunteers. Thirteen college students representing the Timmy chapter at IUPUI and Boise State University participated as general volunteers. Of the eight remaining volunteers were one pediatrician, one Ob/Gyn physician assistant, one oncologist, two nurses, two pharmacists, and one dentist – Dr. Gary Llewellyn of Indy Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.Back to Top
August 11, 2012: Timmy in the Indianapolis Star
On August 6th, the Indianapolis Star featured an article on the humanitarian side of Indy, and the roll Indy-based NGOs are playing in the international aid, development, global health, and humanitarian world. Timmy’s work was featured, and the Star highlighted comments by Timmy’s Executive Director, Matt MacGregor. Check out the full article at: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012208090303Back to Top
June 28, 2012: Let the travel begin… follow our “Take a Trip With Timmy” contest winners!
Congratulations to Drew, Jenna, and Junzi as our first “Take a Trip with Timmy” contest winners! Courtesy of MedPlusAdvantage, these three winners were chosen (out of hundreds of amazing applicants!) to travel with Timmy’s international clinics and blog about their experiences. Our “Take a Trip with Timmy” winners are already on the move and journaling– visit the official blog for updates!Back to Top
The Indiana Achievement Awards are hosted by the IUPUI Non-Profit Solution Center, and recognize Indiana’s non-profits for exemplary practices, effectiveness, and leadership through its annual awards program and ceremony. Created by the Sycamore Foundation in 1999, the IAA continues as a coalition of foundations, businesses, and individuals who join together to reward effective nonprofits for their outstanding work and create exemplars of extraordinary practice in the nonprofit community. Timmy was thrilled to be honored as one of four recipients of the IAA awards in 2011. Please see a full description of the award in the Indianapolis Business Journal Announcement (below), and watch the promotional video created for Timmy by WFYI as part of the award package. Many thanks to all who have made Timmy’s continued success possible. To read the full article, download the PDF here.Back to Top
National nonprofit, the Timmy Foundation announces rebranding: Timmy Global Health
INDIANAPOLIS – After almost 14 years of empowering volunteers to expand access to health care and education around the world, Indianapolis-based Timmy Foundation is changing its name to Timmy Global Health.
With more than 20 university, high school and corporate partnerships domestically, and operations in Ecuador, Guatemala and Nigeria, Timmy has become a national non-profit leader in their efforts to empower students and volunteers to expand access to quality health care globally.
“The name change to Timmy Global Health reflects the growth in both the quantity and quality of our services,” explains Dr. Chuck Dietzen, founder and president of Timmy Global Health, “When I founded Timmy in 1997 and named it after my older brother, I always dreamed that it would become a global organization that touches thousands of lives both at home and abroad every year. The incredible support of our network has made that hope a reality, and I could not be more thankful for what our students and volunteers have done for Timmy and the people we support.”
Matt MacGregor, Timmy’s executive director, describes the change as a natural evolution of the organization’s work, programming and mission. “During the last two years, our efforts to build the capacity of partner organizations and expand access to health have grown by leaps and bounds,” says MacGregor. “Changing the name will not alter our mission, spirit or impact, but will help us more clearly delineate who we are and what we do. During a time of continued economic challenges, ensuring that we grow what we do best, focus on our core constituencies, and keep inspiring the next generation of leaders to tackle today’s problems will be essential to Timmy’s long term sustainability and impact. And more importantly, it will be essential to meeting the needs of the patients, families, and communities we seek to serve.”
Each year, Timmy Global Health works with hundreds of university and high school students, medical professionals, volunteers, and corporate partners to deliver high quality medical services and build the capacity of hospitals, medical clinics, and schools in the developing world. Timmy’s hybrid mission balances volunteer and student empowerment with the delivery of financial, in-kind and human resources to international partner organizations and underserved communities.
From 2009 to 2011, despite the economic downturn, Timmy Global Health’s outreach has grown dramatically. An increase in an overall financial budget from around $750,000 in 2009 to more than a million in 2011 has led to a corresponding increase in programming. During the last two years, Timmy doubled the amount of student chapters that support international partners, more than doubled the amount of international medical teams that volunteer abroad each year, and grew its overall programming by approximately 125 percent. In addition, Timmy’s Indianapolis-based Medical Supply Warehouse is now an invaluable resource for both local and international organizations focused on expanding access to health.
May 15, 2011: Indianapolis Woman Magazine “Leaving a Legacy“
When asked how she became inspired to become a physician, volunteer and a philanthropist, Dr. Mercy Obeime always has an immediate answer: her grandmother — a woman who lived a simple life and didn’t have the benefit of an education.
“My grandmother shared her wisdom and advice with me on how to live the most authentic life,” says Obeime, founder of Mercy Missions Nigeria. “Her wisdom and spirit still drive me today.”
Recently, Obeime shared that story at a conference. Later an artist approached her with the gift of a necklace to symbolize that maternal connection.
“For me, this necklace has become a symbol of the need to live life to the fullest and a reminder of our ability to impact the world around us,” says Obeime, who decided to have the necklace reproduced for charity.
The Celebration of Life necklaces, which are individually handcrafted by Patora Fine Jewelers, are $225 each, of which $100 will be donated to the Timmy Foundation. The mission of the Indianapolis nonprofit organization is to increase access to health care and education both at home and abroad. Each buyer will receive a tax letter for their $100 donation. To order, contact Patora at (317) 872- 6666. —Shari Scales Finnell, Indianapolis Woman
INDIANAPOLIS—Marian University is proud to announce that Dr. Mercy Obeime will deliver the 74th annual commencement address on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Obeime is the director for community and global health at Franciscan St. Francis Health and founder of the Mercy Foundation, a charitable organization which provides healthcare outreach and education to people in her homeland of Nigeria. In 2010, Mercy Foundation merged these programs with The Timmy Foundation, creating that organization’s fifth-largest international outreach program, Mercy Medical Missions. Obeime will receive an honorary degree of doctor of public service during the commencement ceremony.
The university has 484 candidates for degrees this year. For the first time, the university will confer degrees on students who studied nursing online in the accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program. For the ninth time, master’s degrees will be conferred; 99 students will receive the master of arts in teaching; 169 adult students will earn accelerated business administration degrees from Marian’s Adult Programs.
Two other individuals will receive honorary degrees on May 7. Sr. Lavonne Long, OSF is a retired teacher, principal, and guidance counselor who worked for Scecina Memorial High School for 36 years. She will receive an honorary doctor of divinity. Michael Simmons is a former high school teacher who built a successful career as an IT systems engineer and executive for such firms as AFNB, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America, Bank of Boston, and Security Capital Group. He will receive an honorary doctor of business administration.
About Marian University: Marian University (www.marian.edu) is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It is a private, co-educational school offering classes to both traditional and non-traditional students. Located two miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, Marian University is a Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. It is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges, and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University. On January 15, 2010, Marian University announced it would develop the first college of osteopathic medicine in the state of Indiana.
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Ecuador sits atop South America’s western shoulder, named for the line of latitude it straddles. Access to healthcare in its mountainous countryside is often a luxury. When the nearest doctor is hours away, some conditions won’t be treated for weeks or even months – if ever.
For many years, the Indianapolis-based Timmy Foundation has worked with local medical professionals in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, to provide medical services to the city’s poor. In January 2011, the charity sent its first medical brigade to Ecuador’s Napo province, where a dirt lane is often the main road and some villages can only be reached by boat. Nineteen DePauw students and professors joined the medical professionals on the trip, officially part of DePauw’s Winter Term.
At each clinic the group held – typically in a host community’s open-air school – students escorted patients between different stations, where they shadowed nurses, physicians and dentists. At Check-In, students took notes on patient histories to determine what services were needed; at Vitals, blood pressure, height and weight were measured; at Treatment, students learned about diagnostic and treatment techniques; and at the pharmacy, they became familiar with what types of medicine were commonly prescribed for different conditions.
“By the end of the trip, we had become a well-oiled machine at keeping the flow from station to station,” says Daniel G. Gurnon, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, a faculty leader for the trip.
The volunteers had a chance to take part in different roles in the clinics, changing at least one student’s future plans. Junior Elizabeth A. Botts set off to Ecuador knowing she wanted a career in the medical field, leaning toward a master’s degree in public health. And now?
“After spending one day in Vitals, I knew I wanted to be a nurse,” she says. “Having the knowledge to help those patients was a remarkable feeling. I’ve since learned that I can continue my education and obtain a master’s in public health nursing, if I choose to go that direction.”
Sharon M. Crary, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been faculty adviser for the DePauw chapter of the Timmy Foundation since its founding in 2004. The medical relief trips organized by the chapter are typically student-led, making this year’s Winter Term the first time she was able to see their work firsthand. Crary is no stranger to global health, however. She has traveled to Uganda for service work with Lacor Hospital, and with the Centers for Disease Control to repond to an outbreak of Ebola in the African nation. These trips abroad, she says, are the best way for students to learn about global health.
“Many students who have been a part of the DePauw chapter were pre-med, or went on to pursue master’s degrees in public health,” Crary says. “These trips help educate students about best practices in global health in a way you can’t get in a classroom environment.”
Crary also points out that while medical outreach has the potential to do more harm than good, the Timmy Foundation understood the needs of rural Ecuadorians. “You may be handing out medicines that people aren’t familiar with and don’t know how to take, and outsiders can disrupt the relationship people have with their local doctors,” she says. “[Our trip] was amazing because the Timmy Foundation does an incredible job at avoiding these pitfalls.”
Some of the travelers, such as sophomore Katherine “Katie” E. Broecker, a Spanish minor, were well prepared to deal with the challenges of providing healthcare in a different culture. Ironically, she says she felt most useful in a village where Spanish wasn’t spoken at all.
“We were in a very rural location full of indigenous populations who spoke the Quichua dialect,” Broecker remembers. “I was taking patient histories and had my own translator, Luis, who converted the Quichua into Spanish, which I would then translate into English. We would go back and forth like that translating for each patient. Luis didn’t speak a word of English, and I was worried about my Spanish skills, but we were able to communicate perfectly and to help the patients that came through the clinic. I was always touched when some of the patients would run through the clinic looking for me to ask a question or to help translate to an older family member – even when there were other translators around. They were so grateful that I was able to communicate effectively with them and relay their hurts and needs to the doctors.”
The group treated nearly 900 patients during 10 days in Ecuador. Now that it has established a presence in the Napo province, the Timmy Foundation will send a medical brigade every few months to follow-up with current patients and to treat new ones.
Soon after the DePauw group returned to Greencastle, the members began creating photobooks and an interactive map – materials that will help to raise money and awareness for their return trip in January 2012.
“The time that we used to discuss and organize information to be used in Timmy advocacy is equally as important as the work we did in Ecuador,” says senior William “Max” Hudson, the student trip leader. “Since the next group will return to the same areas that we visited, preparing them with our knowledge and experience is of the utmost importance to our work.”Back to Top
By Shari Rudavsky–Please find the original article at IndyStar.com
As a young man, Raymond Thomas spent 16 months in a tuberculosis sanitarium, an experience that left the Southside resident with a lifelong distrust of the medical profession. For years, his wife, Ann, could not get him to see a doctor.
Then, Ann dragged him to the St. Francis Neighborhood Health Center to see her own physician, Mercy Obeime. Fifty years of resistance melted away.
“My husband wasn’t an easy patient because he didn’t like doctors,” Ann Thomas recalls of her husband, who died in March. “But Dr. Obeime, he liked her from the beginning.”
“You did a lot,” Obeime told Ann during a recent visit. “You took care of him the way no one else could have.”
“That joined us together,” Ann responded, squeezing Obeime’s hand.
Taking care of people is what Obeime is all about. Her reach goes far beyond the Southside of Indianapolis.
A native of Nigeria, Obeime has made several trips to her homeland to help the ill there. The Mercy Foundation, launched to support those journeys, merged with the Indianapolis-based Timmy Foundation, which conducts similar missions throughout the world.
Doing what she can
Since high school, Obeime has cherished the prayer of St. Francis. She summarizes the message she carries in her heart: “When there is a problem, let me do what I can.”
When she finished her residency in 1996, she accepted a job with St. Francis. A Hamilton County resident, Obeime chose to work at the neighborhood health center near Garfield Park on the Southside as a family practitioner.
The lone doctor there was retiring, and many of the patients were indigent. You don’t want that job, administrators told Obeime. But she was adamant.
“It’s a bit atypical in our service area for patients of such limited means to have such wonderful access to care,” said St. Francis chief executive officer Robert Brody. “She doesn’t accept no for an answer, when she knows that there’s a need that can and should be addressed.”
Born in Nigeria in a rural village called Uromi, Obeime, now 46, was the oldest of 10. Most people who lived in her town were farmers. Those with education tended to be nurses or teachers, like her own parents.
At 11, Obeime left her home to attend a Nigerian school for gifted children in Benin City. The school aimed to bring children from Nigeria’s 250 tribes together. For her first five years, Obeime was the only person in her school who spoke Ishan, her town’s native language. That was not the biggest culture shock.
“The first lesson I learned on the day I got to school was there’s this word called poverty,” she said. “In the village, we never looked at people as haves and have nots.”
Early on, Obeime noted the distinction between their privileged upbringing and her own.
“I made the decision I did not want to be poor. I wanted to figure out a way out of this. I wanted to serve people, but I did not want to be poor.”
In high school, Obeime apprenticed with a local doctor. She started as a receptionist, taking patients’ medical histories, jotting down their complaints on a piece of paper, before graduating to nurse, pharmacist and surgical assistant.
Her first task in that role was cleaning the instruments used in surgery and soaked in a basin of bloody water.
“I have to put my hands in there?” she wondered. Gloves were a luxury reserved for the doctor. Today, Obeime marvels she never contracted a disease like hepatitis or HIV.
Obeime later entered medical school and dreamed of becoming a medical officer in her country’s army. Finding a mate did not concern her.
“In Nigeria, there are a lot of arranged marriages,” she said. “But I wasn’t going to let anyone arrange me.”
Then, she met Christopher Obeime, a young optometrist (who later went to medical school to become a dermatologist) living in the United States who was home on a visit with his family in the Nigerian village where Mercy’s family lived. They married and she moved to the United States, where she started studying for her medical boards but soon learned she was pregnant. Thirteen months after moving here, the first of their three children was born.
Obeime had planned to specialize in obstetrics, but she decided that family medicine, which would allow her to deliver low-risk babies, was a better fit.
During her residency, she encountered Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director of the Marion County Health Department, in the corridors of Wishard Hospital. Caine introduced herself.
“Obeime, she’s a little bit different than most people that you meet,” Caine said. “She’s very animated, a lot of personality.”
From their first encounter, it was apparent that Obeime was focused not on her own career but on what she could do in the community and for others, Caine said. Caine invited her to meetings with movers and shakers like U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and singer Bono, who were working on global AIDS initiatives. It did not take long for Obeime to get involved.
Obeime can charm the wealthy and poor alike, Caine said. “I think it is because she’s from a different culture. I think she has a better understanding of the individuals that come from different cultures.”
Some differences Obeime refuses to abide. The health center has a mix of indigent and private-pay patients. When Obeime first arrived, those who could not pay were told to head left, while the insured went to the right. Obeime bounced between the two sides.
Then a patient from the private side contacted her. Obeime had prescribed antibiotics for her grandchildren to treat an infection. Her daughter had the same disease, visited the non-paying side, and received an inferior drug, the woman said.
Turned out, Obeime had prescribed a different drug because the daughter had a penicillin allergy. Still, the perception of bias disturbed her.
She told St. Francis hospital administrators they had to merge the two sides.
“I said I can’t work in this situation. It makes me feel really bad that another human being was in here feeling they were treated poorly because they didn’t have money.”
Another experience led to the creation of the Mercy Foundation about a decade ago. While back in Nigeria on a visit, Obeime encountered a woman who died in part because she did not have the funds to purchase intravenous fluid. Her 5-year-old son stood at the woman’s deathbed, tugging her arm and asking her for food, as he had not eaten all day.
Obeime created her foundation to help prevent premature deaths like this one.
Merging with the Timmy Foundation will give the foundation that bears her name administrative and fundraising support. It will give the Timmy Foundation a program in Africa, says Matt MacGregor, the program’s executive director.
And it will also give the Timmy Foundation a most persuasive advocate. Earlier this year, Obeime went to Ecuador on a Timmy mission. The University of Colorado students who traveled with her loved having her, MacGregor said.
“For them, it was just wonderful to see what a medical professional like that could be. Mercy is the type of person who oozes the fact that she cares.”Back to Top
Interview with Chuck Dietzen, MD, founder, president and medical director with host Barbara Lewis
The earthquake in Haiti has been pushed off the front pages of the papers recently…but there’s still some heroic work going on every day, helping survivors recover from their devastating injuries.
Dr. Chuck Dietzen recently led a medical mission team to Haiti and set up a clinic outside of Port au Prince. Dietzen describes the typical day for doctors working in Haiti, which, as he notes, has virtually no medical resources.
Dietzen runs The Timmy Foundation, which aims to provide young people with meaningful ways to get involved in medicine and healthcare.
Visit the Sound Medicine website to learn more about the original interview, sponsored by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Indianapolis.
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Original article at IBJ.com
Two Indianapolis doctors with a passion for helping foreign medical clinics are merging their missions. The Timmy Foundation, founded by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, will absorb the Mercy Foundation, started by Dr. Mercy Obeime, in July.
Timmy Foundation—which has concentrated its work in Guatemala, Ecuador and Haiti—will handle the administration for Mercy’s annual “medical brigades” to clinics in Nigeria, as well as ongoing support of doctors there.
Timmy Foundation Executive Director Matt MacGregor said Obeime’s foundation is very small, but was growing and would soon need full-time administrative personnel. Instead, Obeime decided to turn the program over and now serves on the larger foundation’s board.
It’s often difficult for the founders of not-for-profits to give up their independence, but MacGregor said doctors Obeime and Dietzen saw the merger as a sensible move.
“Neither of them are really that hung up on what they have created,” he said during a phone interview from Guatemala. “What they’re interested in doing is expanding the outreach and impact we have.”
Timmy Foundation will incorporate its use of college-student volunteers into the Mercy Foundation’s work in Nigeria. MacGregor said he hopes Timmy Foundation, a $1.8 million organization, will raise enough money to allow U.S. medical teams to visit Nigerian clinics more often than once a year.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Savvy investment strategies and a year of strong growth in the stock market enabled the Virtù Project at Indiana University to triple the money it raised for the Timmy Foundation, an Indianapolis-based global health and development non-profit.
The project, created and run by students in the Liberal Arts and Management Program at IU Bloomington, is an original social entrepreneurship initiative that uses donor pledges to a mock investment portfolio to raise money.
This Friday (April 16), Virtù Project members will present a check for $25,000 to representatives of the Timmy Foundation, which works to expand access to health care and education for children in poor regions of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The check presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Von Lee Building second-floor conference room, 517 E. Kirkwood Ave.
“The Timmy Foundation is a philanthropic organization, but at the same time it is instilling humanitarian values and leadership skills in college students,” said Patrick Onkka, an IU Bloomington junior from South Bend and the current president of the Virtù Project. “I think that’s why we work so well together.”
“We are thrilled to be working directly with Virtu,” noted Matt MacGregor, the Timmy Foundation’s Executive Director. “Virtu offers students at IU an innovative educational platform to learn, while utilizing their talents to support Timmy’s programming. It’s exactly the type of hybrid initiative that epitomizes Timmy’s mission to expand access to healthcare and education while empowering students to engage directly in global development.”
Students created the Virtù Project and launched it in the fall of 2007 with the goal of performing a valuable service while at the same time gaining experience in investment, management, organization, communications and other skills. During the first year, the market crashed and the mock portfolio lost money, but donors came through and students presented a check for $7,610 to the Timmy Foundation in April 2009.
During the second year of investments – from December 2008 to December 2009 – the value of the portfolio increased by 32 percent. Donor commitments are capped at 15 percent of their pledges, a total of $25,000.
Students in the Liberal Arts and Management Program apply to take part in the Virtù Project, typically in their sophomore year. The project this spring has implemented an eight-week curriculum to train participants in making investment decisions and a change in structure to ensure that all members get experience in a range of skills related managing investments.
“I like the fact that we’re learning, but we also see concrete evidence of what we’re doing,” said Virtù Project partner Rachel Eldert, an IU junior from Munster.
For more about the Virtù Project, see http://www.indiana.edu/~virtu/.
The Timmy Foundation was established in 1997 by Dr. Charles Dietzen to help medically underserved children he had met while conducting medical missions in Haiti and India. Working with local partner organizations, the foundation conducts international medical brigades, distributes medical supplies and funding to organizations on the ground, and empowers young people to engage directly in global development.
The Liberal Arts and Management Program is an honors-level interdisciplinary certificate program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the Kelley School of Business. It lets students integrate any major in the College with specialized training in management and business concepts. Approximately 100 students are admitted to the program each year.Back to Top