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Innovation fundingAs the stories on these pages demonstrate, hope can start small—and still end very big. We’re deeply grateful to the individual supporters who help us through that journey.

In 2010, the fight against Japanese encephalitis reached a significant milestone: the conclusion of a two-year campaign to vaccinate North Korea’s children against Japanese encephalitis. In Asia, the disease kills many, especially children, and leaves almost half of all survivors with permanent neurological damage.

Early in the campaign, we faced a critical moment: with help from PATH, North Korea had reached a point of readiness to introduce the vaccine. The vaccine was packaged for delivery. But a gap in funding—for the costs associated with shipping and distributing the vaccine—stalled the effort.

That’s when our donors stepped in, matching funds from another individual donor and a private foundation to get the vaccine into health workers’ hands. Just two weeks after the vaccine shipped, 455,000 children were protected. Today, nearly every eligible child under seven years old in the city of Pyongyang and five provinces has received the vaccine.

Individuals can be catalysts

This is just one example of how our donors’ support can change hundreds of thousands of lives. Flexible “innovation funding” from people like you allows us to act decisively and respond in the moment to critical needs.

In 2010, individual donors and family foundations contributed more than $2.1 million of innovation funding, primarily through gifts to PATH’s Catalyst Fund. These gifts allow us to launch new initiatives, leverage major grants, and meet strategic priorities—to be flexible and effective in response to the world’s greatest health challenges, both old and new.

Our donors’ trust

We are honored by our donors’ confidence in us, and we aim to use those gifts in the most effective way possible. Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of nonprofits, has awarded PATH its highest possible rating for sound fiscal management—a designation we’ve received for seven years in a row. Only 2 percent of the rated charities have received four stars for at least seven consecutive years.

We take hope from the progress we’ve made—in North Korea, in West Africa, in Southeast Asia, and around the world. It’s hope we know you share. Thank you.

Photo: PATH/Vivien Tsu.

 Girl getting vaccinated.

Individual donors helped ensure that vaccine against Japanese encephalitis reached children in North Korea.

By the numbers

$2.1 million Total contributed by individuals and family foundations.

1,611 Number of people who took action by donating to PATH.

37 Number of activities to launch or pursue new initiatives made possible by our donors.

9 Major grants leveraged by innovation funding.

7 Years as a Charity Navigator four-star charity.

5 Number of countries where we expanded our work with help from our donors.

4 Number of programs that were able to increase their scope with innovation funding.

2 Number of new leaders we could not have hired without our supporters’ help.