Decatur nonprofit will use $2 million prize to buy DeKalb County building

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 10, 2016
Photo obtained via http://www.taskforce.org/

Photo obtained via http://www.taskforce.org/

The Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health, a nonprofit that works to alleviate disease around the world, has won a $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

Task Force for Global Health currently employs 100 people and is the first Georgia organization to win the prize, according to a press release. Task Force President and CEO Dave Ross said the money will be used to kick-off a capital campaign to raise $15 to $18 million to buy the Clark Harrison building in Decatur from DeKalb County.

“What’s important to understand is that allows us to reduce our overall costs of operations which allows us to further expand our program work,” Ross said. “… We’ve been on a steady growth curve for the last 15 years or so and have continued to grow and we need to be able to add additional people.”

Ross said the nonprofit hopes to begin moving into the building by summer of next year.

“We are leasing space on that building in the interim, will be putting some of the people in that space very soon,” he said.

According to the press release, “The Task Force’s mission is to reduce the burden of vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases, as well as to strengthen health systems. They believe in a world where all people have equal access to the means for good health.”

The Task Force partners with pharmaceutical companies that donate medicines to help people in poorer counties.

“These diseases target the world’s poor because of their lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and basic health services,” the press release says. “Blinding trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis and intestinal worms are a few of the diseases the Task Force is working to eliminate – diseases that haven’t been seen in the United States in decades if ever. The Task Force currently supports work in 151 countries.”

The press release says the Clark Harrison building will become “a hub for global health, a mantle only Atlanta can claim as home to groups including The Centers for Disease Control, CARE and The Carter Center.”

Here is the full press release:

The Task Force for Global Health, an international nonprofit that works to improve the health of the world’s poorest people, is the 2016 recipient of the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

The Decatur-based nonprofit, with nearly 100 employees locally, is the first Georgia organization to win the Hilton Prize, which is considered the largest humanitarian prize.

The Task Force’s mission is to reduce the burden of vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases, as well as to strengthen health systems. They believe in a world where all people have equal access to the means for good health.

The Task Force is achieving its goals through partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies that donate medicines to be distributed worldwide to treat diseases that often are born of poverty and poor sanitary services.These diseases target the world’s poor because of their lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and basic health services. Blinding trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis and intestinal worms are a few of the diseases the Task Force is working to eliminate – diseases that haven’t been seen in the United States in decades if ever. The Task Force currently supports work in 151 countries.

The Task Force for Global, an affiliate of Emory University, will use the prize to acquire a larger headquarters to increase the impact of its growing programs and to launch new ones. The Task Force will be launching a $15 million capital campaign to help complete the vision for a new global health hub and headquarters. The new headquarters will be a hub for global health, a mantle only Atlanta can claim as home to groups including The Centers for Disease Control, CARE and The Carter Center.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. An independent international jury annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants, distributing $107 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2015. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion.

 

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