About Us

Frequently Asked Questions

1What is Touch Foundation?

Touch Foundation is an international 501(c)3 non-profit organization (TIN 20-1469976) dedicated to improving health and saving lives in Tanzania. For over a decade, we have been building Tanzania’s healthcare workforce, enhancing the quality of healthcare education, and improving access to care. We work holistically, strengthening the diverse building blocks of the health system – all of which need to be functional to enable effective delivery of care.

Learn more about our strategic priorities and approach.

2What is Touch’s Mission?

Our mission is to save lives and relieve human suffering.  We strengthen healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa, providing better access to care and improving the quality of local health systems.

3What is Treat & Train?

Treat & Train began as an initiative to improve medical education by connecting hospitals so medical students could gain valuable experience in smaller external rotations while also helping to provide better patient care to under-resourced health facilities.

After external rotations proved a successful model for improving education, we realized the value in creating connectivity among health institutions that previously operated singularly. We have continued to develop this integrated Treat & Train Network of healthcare and educational institutions and this ‘network’ concept shapes all of our programming. By strengthening hospitals within the Treat & Train Network, scarce resources are shared and maximized, and we are able to achieve systems-level improvements. Read more about healthcare worker external rotations or about the Treat & Train Network.

4When was Touch founded? Who founded it?

Touch was founded in 2004 by Lowell Bryan, now a Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company.

Learn more about our History.

5Where is the ‘Touch Foundation’ name from?

Prior to Touch Foundation’s incorporation, a committee called “Touching Tanzania” was formed and led by Fr. Dr. Peter Le Jacq, MM, a priest and physician who had worked at Bugando Hospital for nearly 10 years, to fund the establishment of a medical school at Bugando in Mwanza, Tanzania. In 2004, our President and Founder Lowell Bryan founded ‘Touch Foundation’ as an independent entity, and he chose to honor the heritage of the ‘Touching Tanzania’ committee with its name. Within 18 months of becoming a foundation, Touch raised over $13 million for Bugando, jumpstarting a transformation at Bugando that would begin to transform healthcare in Tanzania.

6How does Touch use its funding?

Touch depends upon the support of our generous donors. We maintain the highest standards for efficiency, transparent use of funds, and organizational accountability. Charity Navigator has named Touch Foundation a four-star charity based upon our management practices.

Learn more about our finances.

7What is Touch’s relationship with McKinsey & Company?

Touch is an independent, secular non-profit organization founded by a Director Emeritus at McKinsey, Lowell Bryan.  Touch is fortunate to receive the generous support of a diverse group of individual and institutional donors. McKinsey & Company, the global management consultancy, has contributed valuable in-kind support since Touch’s inception in 2004. Additionally, joint McKinsey-Touch projects have informed Touch’s strategy and approach to addressing the healthcare crisis in Tanzania throughout our history. Many members of our team have management consulting backgrounds as well, from McKinsey and other firms, contributing to the diverse expertise and skill sets of our hard working team.

8Does Touch work with volunteers?

Yes! In the past, volunteers have contributed their valuable time and skills, working alongside our teams in New York and in Tanzania. Volunteers in New York have organized events, ran races, conducted outreach, and supported our team operations in the office. Individuals available for longer periods of time have volunteered for specific projects in Tanzania related to their expertise. Visit our volunteer page to learn about some of our past visiting experts.

If you are interested in contributing your time to our work, please contact info@touchfoundation.org to learn more about current opportunities and needs.

9Can Touch fund my non-profit or program?

Touch is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that does not make general grants to other programs, non-profits, or individuals.

10Where does Touch’s funding come from?

Our work is funded by foundations, the U.S. government, corporations, and individuals.

Although we are fortunate to rely upon a diverse group of supporters, the funds provided by individual donors are critical to the success of our programs. Learn more about how you can support our work.

11How can I learn more about working with Touch?

We are always interested in hearing from enthusiastic and talented people to join our team.

Please visit our career page or LinkedIn to see our current opportunities or learn about other ways to get involved with our work.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our work!