Funding Priorities & Opportunities
Amazon Promise Fund for Greatest Need
The most important source of revenue for Amazon Promise is in the form of unrestricted support. Operating funds provide Amazon Promise with the flexibility to respond to emerging priorities and fund its current level of programming.
Establishment of an Endowed Fund
While Amazon Promise receives regular support from its alumni and friends, the creation of a long-term source of financial revenue is essential for Amazon Promise's future. With a substantial gift, Amazon Promise can invest the funds and receive ongoing interest payments - payments that could be used for ongoing operational support, to sustain operations at the Belen Clinic and its educational programs, or for another purpose designated by the donor. What's more, donors can create a lasting legacy by naming the endowed fund.
Promesa de Belen
Amazon Promise is working to build a medical clinic in the community of Belen, the most impoverished region of Iquitos, to create a sustainable source of health in Peru. Opportunities to support the Clinic and its construction include:
- Naming the Belen Clinic
With the Clinic slated to be built during 2009, there is an opportunity to name the Clinic after a major corporate, foundation, or individual sponsor. Funds could be used to finalize construction costs, purchase the needed equipment and supplies to open the Clinic, and sustain program operations.
- Capital Funds
The Clinic is currently in the design process under Engineers Without Borders' (EWB) leadership. Capital funds are needed to cover the construction costs for the Clinic.
- Providing medical equipment and supplies
Once the Belen Clinic is constructed, Amazon Promise will need to equip the entire clinic with medical equipment and supplies. Additionally, medical supplies are always in demand for regular Promise Expedition clinics.
Each year, Amazon Promise offers one to two month-long healthcare internship programs for students of medicine, physician assistant, public health, nurse practitioner, or dental programs. Many students dream of joining this expedition but simply do not have the needed financial resources. Scholarships can help fulfill this dream by covering students' program costs.
Donors can also establish their own scholarship fund, or contribute to an existing scholarship fund such as the following:
The Beth Toby Grossman Memorial Scholarship in Public Health
Beth Toby Grossman was a truly unique person whose warmth, selflessness, and compassion touched everyone who knew her. Her passion and dedication to those less fortunate drew her to public health, where she focused on improving the lives of the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS. Beth's work within these communities embodied the spirit and mission of public health: to bring health, education, and hope to vulnerable and underserved populations. At the time of her death she was attending the University of Texas School of Public Health working towards her Masters in Public Health.
It is Amazon Promise's honor to award this $3,000 scholarship in Beth's name each year to one graduate student in public health. This student will have the opportunity to join Amazon Promise's Four-Week Health Care Internship Program designed to enhance didactic training with hands-on experience in helping underserved populations in Peru.
Amazon Promise welcomes individuals, or groups, taking on their own initiatives or projects to help support Amazon Promise. Examples include people holding their own fundraising events; donating funds towards specific Amazon Promise projects, i.e. the purchase of HIV tests or medications; or providing assistance to specific program beneficiaries. If there are other ways in which you'd like to support Amazon Promise and the citizens of Peru, please let us know!