Timmy FAQs

Q: Where does the name Timmy come from?

A: Timmy was Dr. Chuck’s (Timmy’s Founder) older brother who died during infancy. The name is a legacy and tribute to both his family and children everywhere who deserve the promise of healthy futures.

How and why was Timmy Global Health founded?

Timmy Global Health was founded in 1997 by Dr. Charles Dietzen (Dr. Chuck) after working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India and participating in a number of international medical programs throughout the former Soviet Union and the developing world. “Although I didn’t set out to create my own organization,” says Dr. Chuck, “I knew firsthand 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.”

Where does Timmy Global Health work?

Although based in Indianapolis, the organization’s outreach is local, national, and global. Timmy has active student chapters at over 50 high schools and universities throughout the United States. At present, we directly support 10 project sites in 4 developing countries, including Ecuador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Nigeria. For a full list of our international programs, please visit Our Global Work page.

In addition to its medical service teams, what other programming does Timmy Global Health support?

Although many people recognize Timmy’s medical service teams as the most visible part of our programming, they are simply the tip of the iceberg. Timmy also provides financial, in-kind, and other support to our international partners; operates a medical supply warehouse in Indianapolis; and donates millions of dollars of medicines to both local and international organizations each year. Our college and high school chapters also engage in a wide variety of fundraising, advocacy, and service initiatives both internationally with Timmy, as well as on their own campuses. Timmy also supports a Student Travel Scholarship Fund designed to provide Timmy’s most capable students with the financial support they need to attack global health challenges outside of their chapter structures.

What is the total of Timmy Global Health’s annual operating costs? What percentage of the total budget does that consume?

Timmy Global Health’s annual budget has grown steadily over the last five years. The organization’s financial budget is approximately $2.2 million, but surpasses $6 million when including the value of in-kind medicine and volunteer support that Timmy provides to its local and international partners. Historically, program expenses have accounted for more than 90% of the organization’ total expenses. In fiscal year 2014-2015, Timmy spent 94% on programming, 3% on management, and 3% on fundraising. For more information and archived annual reports, please see the Timmy Global Health Financial Information page.

How many university chapters does the organization have? Where?

Timmy Global Health currently works with approximately 40 university chapters throughout the United States. Visit our Student Volunteers Student Volunteers page to find out more.

How many high school chapters does the organization have? Where?

Timmy Global Health currently works with approximately 9 high school chapters in Indianapolis and around the US. Visit our Student Volunteers page to find out more.

How do I get involved with Timmy Global Health?

There are a number of ways for students, volunteers, and medical professionals to get involved with Timmy Global Health.

– Join or start a Timmy chapter at your university or high school
– Join a medical team to Ecuador, Guatemala, or the Dominican Republic as a provider, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, etc.
– Volunteer in our medical supply warehouse at our headquarters in Indianapolis
– Stay engaged as a Timmy Alumni through new travel and funding opportunities
– Join us for an upcoming event
– Get formally involved with Timmy’s leadership or join a committee

If nothing else, we always appreciate advocacy – take our name and mission to someone else who might not know who we are or what we do. For more details, check out our Get Involved page.

When are medical service teams scheduled for the coming year?

A schedule of medical service teams can be found on our Medical Professionals information page. Most trips last approximately 7-11 days, and occur every 2-3 months to Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

How do I start a university or high school chapter of organization?

For information on starting a Timmy Global Health chapter, please visit our Student Volunteers information page. If you have further questions, please contact the Service and Education Manager, Josh Riddick, at josh.riddick@timmyglobalhealth.org.

Can I join a medical service team as a student not affiliated with a Timmy Global Health student chapter?

Timmy Global Health does offer occasional public entrance for trips throughout the year when additional volunteers are needed. Unfortunately, these situations occur on a need-only basis, and Timmy does not currently open volunteer spots to students not affiliated with the university chapter organizing the team. Nonetheless, we are interested in expanding to more universities and understand that true inspiration only comes from direct involvement with our work. If you are interested in starting a Timmy chapter at your university or are interested in learning more about Timmy Global Health’s work, there may be opportunities for you to travel with a medical team. Timmy makes a concerted effort to send only seriously interested students on its brigades. For more information, please contact the organization’s Service and Education Manager, Josh Riddick, at josh.riddick@timmyglobalhealth.org.

How do I donate medical supplies or medicines to Timmy Global Health?

If you have medical supplies or medicines to donate to Timmy’s Medical Supply Warehouse, please email or call in advance to notify us of the date, time, and kind of donation you’d like to make. You can direct all inquiries to Dan Napier at dan@timmyglobalhealth.org. Please do not bring items to the Indianapolis office unless you receive a confirmation from a Timmy staff member – this will ensure that we can accept your item(s). Due to limited resources, we are unable to pick up items at your home, clinic, or office. All approved items should be dropped off at our office, located on 22 E. 22 Street, Indianapolis, 46202. Please note that we are unable to accept any expired supplies or medications and cannot accept donations of narcotic medicines. Due to the size and scope of our warehouse, we are also unable to accept donations of large equipment, machines, hospital beds, etc.

Is my donation tax-deductible and will I be issued a tax receipt?

Timmy Global Health issues tax receipts for all financial donations via mail or email. For medical supply or medicine donations, Timmy Global Health can provide a handout confirming the date of your in-kind donation upon delivery of the items, but the donor is responsible for applying a monetary value to their donation since Timmy staff are not trained in that practice.

Payments towards a medical service trip fee may be considered a tax-deductible charitable donation and Timmy will provide a tax letter that confirms participant travel, trip fee payment and expenses covered under the medical service trip fee. Please refer to your tax advisor to confirm if you can deduct your medical service trip fees as a tax-deductible charitable donation and please let us know if you would like us to provide you with a Timmy tax letter. For more information, please contact our Deputy Executive Director, Julia Anderson, at julia@timmyglobalhealth.org.

Timmy Global Health is a 501(c)3 organization, and the organization’s EIN is 35-2012757

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