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Partners In Health

CharityWatch report issued
September 2019

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Partners In Health
800 Boylston St
Suite 300
Boston, MA 02199

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through work in Haiti, Africa, Peru, Mexico, and Navajo Nation, strives to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 88%

The percentage of Partners In Health's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $5

How many dollars Partners In Health spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Partners in Health Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Partners in Health IRS Form 990 04-3567502
Entity: Partners in Health
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Partners in Health
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 04-3567502

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Partners In Health
meets governance benchmarks.
Partners In Health
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-In Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 John Malcolm Chief of Development $300,404
2 Gary L. Gottlieb CEO $206,515
3 Sheila Davis Chief of Clinical Operations $179,581
Name: John Malcolm
Title: Chief of Development
Compensation: $300,404
Name: Gary L. Gottlieb
Title: CEO
Compensation: $206,515
Name: Sheila Davis
Title: Chief of Clinical Operations
Compensation: $179,581

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch reviewed the IRS Form 990 of the United States entity of Partners In Health (PIH), as well as the audited consolidated financial statements of PIH for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018, which include the following organizations (Note 1, Organization):

Partners In Health (United States)
Socios En Salud (Peru)
Partners In Health Russia (ceased operations during 2018)
Partners In Health Kazakhstan
Partners In Health Liberia
Partners In Health Sierra Leone
Inshuti Mu Buzima (Rwanda)
Bo Mphato Litsebeletsong tsa Bophelo (Lesotho)
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (Malawi)
Companeros En Salud (Mexico)
Partners In Health Ethiopia
The University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda)
Partners In Health Canada

CharityWatch's rating of PIH is based on the fiscal 2018 audited consolidated financial statements of the organization, which better reflect how efficiently the organization operates on the whole than does the IRS Form 990 of the U.S. entity, taken alone.

The rating does not include PIH's Partner Organizations whose financial activities are not included in PIH's consolidated audit.

According to the Partners In Health (PIH) consolidated audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 8, Gifts in Kind and Contributed Services):

"PIH receives donations of medicines and other goods, as well as contributed legal services without charge. PIH also has relationships with various hospitals that provide healthcare and pathology services for PIH patients for minimal fees or free of charge."

For fiscal 2018, PIH reports receiving gifts in kind and contributed services on which it placed a total value of $8,042,935, including $6,865,423 in "Donated medicines and goods."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Partners In Health (PIH) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018, PIH reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V):

(1) A transaction in the amount of $51,250 involving Didi Bertrand, Dr. Paul Farmer's spouse, described as: "Compensation for Services." (Dr. Paul Farmer is reported as a Director of PIH, according to Form 990, Part VII.)

(2) A transaction in the amount of $723,432 involving Boathouse Group, described as: "Boathouse is majority owned by a relative of a PIH Board Member. PIH paid Boathouse for their advertising and marketing services."

According to the Partners In Health (PIH) IRS Form 990 tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018, in response to Part VI, Section B, Line 11a, PIH answers "No" to the question: "Has the organization provided a complete copy of this Form 990 to all members of its governing body before filing the form?"

According to Schedule O of the Form 990 filing, PIH reports the following with respect to the above "No" response:

"The Form 990 is prepared by the finance staff and is reviewed carefully by the PIH Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. The Form 990 is then reviewed by CBIZ MHM, LLC, PIH's tax adviser. A complete draft of the Form 990 is then reviewed by the PIH Chief Executive Officer. This draft is then provided to the Audit Committee for their review with the exception of Schedule B [Schedule of Contributors]. Finally, the Form 990 is provided to the full Board of Directors prior to filing, with the exception of Schedule B [Schedule of Contributors]. Any and all questions and comments are addressed by the PIH Chief Financial Officer, who engages CBIZ & MHM in the discussion whenever relevant or necessary."

According to the Partners In Health (PIH) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2018, PIH reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"From time to time, at the recommendation of senior management and HR, the CEO will approve performance-based bonuses to key employees."

PIH reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" in the amount of $10,500 paid to John Urschel, Director, Partnership Development, in calendar year 2017; his reported total compensation is $165,884 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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