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OpenMRS has, over the last decade, become the foundation of many fruitful health information technology implementations around the world.  Our 2015 Annual Report reminds us that OpenMRS has touched millions of lives, and continues to support multiple communities.

 Although you may be familiar with what the OpenMRS software is, we have spent the past 6 months expanding our leadership team and responding to the increasing amounts of requests we are receiving.  Right now, over five million patients count on OpenMRS to store their medical records, and multiple countries are using or preparing to use OpenMRS to support their health facilities — countries like Dominica, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Nigeria.  But, there is so much still to be done.

We have put in place a strategic and operational plan as well as a leadership team to scale for this demand.  We want to work with other organizations and individuals to reach our shared goals of global health equity.

We would love to see how we can work together to improve global health equity.  Please refer to our fundraising plan for additional information and ways that you can help.  Please reach out to Michael Healy if you have other ideas or are interested in setting up a time to speak with us.  Thanks in advance for your help and guidance. 


Why does OpenMRS need fundraising now?

 Over 40 million people in developing countries are infected with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, multi-drug–resistant tuberculosis, and malaria. Outbreaks of Ebola and other viruses threaten millions more. Although humanitarian aid provides immediate care, sustainable infrastructure remains essential to meet the continuing and evolving needs of these vulnerable populations.

 Since 2004, OpenMRS has pioneered an open-source medical record system platform for developing countries. A worldwide network of volunteers from technology, health care, and international development have worked to build the world's largest and most flexible technology platform to support delivery of healthcare in the most challenging environments.

 You know the immense threats to global health, and you are aware of the vital role of OpenMRS in improving healthcare in resource-constrained environments. Its impacts in responding to area- and program-specific needs are enormous. Today, hundreds of healthcare clinics and other providers depend on OpenMRS as they care for millions of people around the world. Governments and NGOs look to OpenMRS for health IT solutions to healthcare challenges. They – and you – know that OpenMRS saves lives on a global scale with health IT.

As the need for and dependence on OpenMRS grows, this organization is evolving to ensure its viability. Current and projected needs around the world create a moral imperative to strengthen and sustain OpenMRS so that it will remain the essential health IT resource serving vulnerable populations. To meet the challenges of sustaining OpenMRS as a dependable resource for those resource-poor healthcare providers, we seek the financial support of individuals and organizations that share our commitment to caring for vulnerable people and communities around the globe.

Why does fundraising matter?

What is the process for outreach when fundraising?

Open MRS Fundraising Process

 

  1. Identify potential funders (foundations, agencies, individuals, grants) based on interests, capacity for giving, and receptivity.

  2. Share with OpenMRS leadership to identify personal connections and contacts with prospects

  3.  Meet with connections and contacts to seek advice and introductions. Who’s on the inside who can identify appropriate contacts and gatekeepers?

  4.  Develop strategies for approaching most promising prospective funders.

    1. Based on feedback from # 3

  5.  Identify timelines for funding requests, including letters of inquiry and proposals.

    1. Plan is to start July 15 if not sooner

  6. Identify specific funding needs and draft boilerplate request language, narrative and budget.

  7. Develop documents as template for applications.

    1. Introduction letter

    2. One page intro to OpenMRS

    3. Annual report

    4. Operational plan

    5. Case statement and other supporting

    6. Infographic



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