Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
What is CMMB? What does CMMB do?
CMMB is an international, faith-based non-profit providing long-term, cooperative, medical and development aid to communities affected by poverty and unequal access to healthcare. For over 100 years, we have worked to bring health and dignity to people in some of the most impoverished areas in the world.
What does CMMB stand for?
CMMB comes from our name which was established over 100 years ago: Catholic Medical Mission Board. We are still Catholic Medical Mission Board, legally and spiritually, but we now use our acronym in our branding.
Is CMMB part of the Catholic Church?
We are an independent Catholic faith-based organization, founded by a Catholic doctor in the early 1900s. We are not financially supported by the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the U.S. We maintain very close relationships with parishes and church-related organizations in the U.S. and abroad, and we are listed in the Catholic directory.
Does CMMB minister or evangelize to those they serve?
We minister through healthcare without discrimination to people in need throughout the world. We do not evangelize or convert.
How many countries does CMMB work in?
CMMB has five country offices: Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan and Zambia. In 2021, we reached more than 22 countries with donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteers. Take a look at our interactive map to see everywhere our help has reached.
How much of my donation goes to those in need?
CMMB is a highly efficient organization, helping to provide healthcare and dignity to women, children and their communities through cash donations, grants and donated medicine and medical supplies. You can find more information on our financials page.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, all donations made to CMMB are tax deductible for people filing taxes in the USA. CMMB is a 501(c)(3) organization.
What is CMMB’s EIN/tax ID number?
How do I make a matching gift?
Many corporations are prepared to match every donation made by their employees. Email us your match form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Federal employees can donate as part of a combined federal campaign using CFC #10909. Learn more.
How can I donate stock or mutual funds?
CMMB accepts donations in the form of stock, government (including municipal) debt and corporate debt through the Depository Trust Company (DTC). For security, settlement and reduced paperwork, electronic transfer through the DTC is preferred. This can be arranged from most brokerage accounts. Learn more here.
Can I donate online?
To donate by credit card or PayPal, click here. Explore our website to read about the many ways you can support our work with women, children, and communities around the world.
Can I donate over the phone?
To donate by phone, call our office at 212-242-7757.
Can I donate by mail?
Yes. Make checks payable to CMMB. If you are donating in honor of someone or restricting your gift to a specific program or project, please write that in the memo of your check. Also, please include your email address so we can send you updates about the people you are helping through your donation.
Mail your donation to:
Catholic Medical Mission Board
Gift Processing Center
PO Box 37041
Boone, IA 50037-0041
I have an issue with a donation I made online. How can I get help fixing it?
Call our office at 212-242-7757 or email us at email@example.com so we can look into the issue and try to resolve it for you.
How do I change my credit card information?
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 212-242-7757. Please include your full name, the old contact information, and the new information.
How do I stop monthly gifts?
You can change your monthly gift amount or cancel it at any time by emailing email@example.com or calling us at 1-800-678-5659.
Can you take me off the mailing list?
You may unsubscribe from emails by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the email. If you would like us to stop sending you paper mail, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 212-242-7757.
How can I get a tax statement?
We send an acknowledgement letter for each gift and an annual statement yearly, unless you have indicated otherwise. With online donations, you will receive an immediate acknowledgement after making any online donations and all your gifts will be included on your annual statement.
Does CMMB accept in-kind donations of medicines and clothing from individuals?
Unfortunately, due to U.S. restrictions, we can only accept donations of medicine directly from the manufacturers. We are prohibited from taking any medicine from individuals under any circumstances.
How many people are employed by CMMB?
Currently we have over 500 members of staff globally, with approximately 50 based in the US.
How many people volunteer with CMMB?
This number fluctuates, but usually between 600-700 volunteers worldwide annually. To learn more about our volunteer program, visit cmmb.org/volunteer.
How many years has CMMB been around?
Since 1912. You can read more about our history by visiting cmmb.org/history