Summer Campaign Nominee Profile: PSI
CAUSE: GLOBAL HEALTH
Population Services International (PSI) is a global nonprofit organization focused on the encouragement of healthy behavior and affordability of health products.
Population Services International (PSI) is a “nonprofit that takes a business approach to saving lives.” Headquartered in Washington D.C., PSI has been operating for nearly 40 years with a mission of “making it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire.” PSI has an uncompromising focus on measurable health impact and measures its effect on disease and death—much like a for-profit measures its profits.
PSI is a nonprofit organization based on the values of: measurement, pragmatism, honesty, collaboration, trust, and commitment. Initially, PSI’s cause-impact focus centered on reproductive health “using commercial marketing strategies” but has since expanded by also providing health services across issues such as malaria, family planning, HIV, diarrhea, pneumonia, and sanitation in over 50 countries.
- Just last year PSI saved the lives of 9,246 mothers, prevented 3,896,671 unintended pregnancies, stopped 234,367 new HIV infections, and avoided 379,286 deaths due to diseases like malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia that most threaten young children.
PSI Founded—Impact Focus:
Oral Rehydration Therapy Included
HIV Prevention Project Begins
Malaria and Safe Water Included
What do you get for your donation?
PSI spends 93.5% of every donation on program expenses and just 6.5% on management & general fundraising expenses.
PSI provides simple, affordable, and effective health interventions that save lives. It is estimated that $19.48 can provide a year of healthy life to one person. $38.96 can provide a full healthy year for a mother and her child. $116.88 provides 2 healthy years for a family of three. $233.76 provides 4 healthy years for a family of three.
Why is PSI recommended?
- PSI is committed to evaluating its impact in much the same way that for-profit enterprises measure their profits. The organization develops sophisticated health models to inform refinement of its strategy and to ensure that programs are targeted, economical and effective.
PSI has been recommended by trusted organizations like The Life You Can Save, GiveWell, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation given their standards of accountability, transparency, and sustainability.