|  1012 14TH ST NW Washington DC 20005-3403

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation is headquartered in Washington, DC, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 16-1717058.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS' NTEE classification is Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution within the Health - General and Rehabilitative category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2007.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Overall Score


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This charity's score is a passing score.

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...   Finance & Accountability

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Finance & Accountability Score


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This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.

Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

11/11 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue


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Finance & Accountability Report


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The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio


Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).

For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

11/11 Independent

Higher effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

No Audit

Higher effect on score

For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.

For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Lower effect on score

The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component

Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results

Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Syrian American Medical Society Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The mission of SAMS Foundation is to save lives, alleviate suffering and ensure a healthier future for those in need. This is done by implementing an integrated model of essential medical services that emphasizes priority needs, care of the vulnerable, and includes the delivery of medical education, training and financial support to physicians and other healthcare workers in addition to quality health care.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

We always strive to - Ensure neutrality – Everyone and anyone can receive treatment at SAMS facilities - Mitigate patient risk – We plan to decrease patient risk by identifying proper locations of facilities to minimize the distance people have to travel to receive healthcare, and utilize mobile clinics for rural areas. In addition, new facilities are being built underground, while older facilities use basements and bottom floors and are fortified with sandbags. For psychosocial services and gender-based violence, staff are trained on patient confidentiality - Ensure Inclusive approach that reaches vulnerable groups such as women, elderly, youth and people with disabilities. This is done through internal training, proper monitoring and evaluation and providing anti-discrimination resources as well as including vulnerable groups throughout the program design and implementation. - Prepare for timely and adequate response to emergencies and quick impact projects

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

SAMS works to reach its goal by supporting 26 hospitals, 60 primary and specialty care clinics, 9 mobile medical units, 36 birth and newborn care centers, 25 dental clinics, 10 intensive care units, 7 dialysis sites, 3 medical institutes, 3 rehabilitation centers and 2 blood banks. In 2016, this support included sponsoring over 1,700 staff in these facilities, and donation of over 2,000 days of specialized care by SAMS members in different filds on medicine and surgery. SAMS also organizes medical missions to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey where licensed volunteer health care providers from the US and abroad can participate in providing training, primary and specialized medical care to refugees and in distributing needed medication and supplies as gifts in kind in collaboration with local health care facilities and SAMS regional staff. SAMS Global Response (SGR) a new initiative for 2016, aims at extending the outreach of SAMS medical missions to countries in Europe which are dealing with influx of refugees, and other countries around the world where civilians are suffering from conflicts and natural disasters. It is currently serving in Greece.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

1- Implementing new projects successfully while maintaining the original projects - Medical School Scholarships  - Extended Program on Immunization (EPI) that includes six childhood vaccines  - Polio Vaccination Campaigns in challenging geographical areas in Syria and Greece. - Nutrition projects in besieged areas - Diabetes Management for refugees - Provision of new and more advanced medical and surgical surgeries during SAMS missions in 2016 such as: Cataract Surgery, Urology Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Women's health - Providing medical care in new countries like Greece and Pakistan 2- Double the Society membership in 2016 3- Increase in annual budget from $2.6 million in 2012 to $27 million in 2016 4- Ability to keep average cost per consult low ($8 in 2016) 5- Attracting diverse donors and volunteers from around the world. Many volunteers participate in multiple missions or join SAMS advisory committees

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

1- SAMS accomplished emergency care provision for trauma, acute medical needs and treatments for chronic diseases, and provided life savings services like critical care and dialysis. \ 2- SAMS also was able to include medication management in its mental health care program inside Syria and for refugees. 3- By supporting health care providers with salaries and medical expertise of a pool of physicians in the US through tele-medicine, SAMS assured that they stay in the conflict areas and have access to advice from capable colleagues. 4- SAMS initiated training institution for allied health workers and improved its rapid humanitarian needs assessment and implements quick impact projects with local NGOs 5- SAMS strived to secure safe facilities that provided protection to the beneficiaries and staff from shellings. many facilities are fortified, underground or in "cave like" structures. 6- SAMS was successful in capacity building. Our overseas staff reached 140, and 30 in the US What SAMS is still working on to establish: 1- Make all facilities safe facilities 2- Implement an advanced electronic health information system and electronic patients medical records system 3- Prepare for rebuilding the health care system post conflict 4- Invest more in medical education for students, allied health workers and those in post graduation training. Develop accredited programs. 5- Expand telemedicine access geographically and include additional medical specialties


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