FIRE was created on the foundation of integrity and direct intervention, as an alternative to the graft and loopholes commonly found in the complex environment of a struggling economy and the developing world. From its beginning, FIRE adopted the mottos, “no middlemen” and “placing aid directly into the hands of the people.” Integrity and direct intervention continue to be the cornerstone of our operations.
FIRE is committed to keeping administrative expenses as low as possible. In 2017, 92% of all income went directly to program expenses. FIRE’s extensive accounting procedures in Mongolia and the United States ensure that every penny is accounted for and tracked. FIRE closely follows the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements as well as responsible international audit procedures and Mongolian law. All of FIRE’s IRS Form 990 Tax Returns are available for public review. Read more on our Financial Information page
FIRE’s clearly defined values provide the ethical and moral map for everything FIRE does. They are the measuring stick against which all aspects of the organization are judged. These values are applied to the way programs are designed, implemented, and evaluated; to relationships with partners; and the working relationships within FIRE itself. Read more about or Core Values on our Mission page.
Our working relationships with diverse people and organizations — from members of government to rural clinics — help leverage resources and support from every stakeholder level, ensuring the most empowering, sustainable and cost-effective programs as possible.
FIRE’s dedicated staff and advisors bring decades of collective experience with health and non-profit, non-government programs to our programs. At each stage of every program, FIRE communicates with stakeholders, private companies and government organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Mongolian Ministry of Health (MoH), to ensure there is no contradiction between programs. FIRE’s team maintains close communication and adaptability for an ever changing world and environment. Our exceptional understanding of both the urban and rural environments create optimal fiscal efficiency and time management.
FIRE’s respect for local cultures, traditions, and leadership, create empowering and sustainable programs. At each step, FIRE works with local community members from the poorest members of the community to the province governor. The community determines their needs and issues. All of FIRE’s staff in Nepal and Mongolia are from the respective countries. In Mongolia, FIRE pointedly supports the infrastructure and administration of the public sector by focusing on state-run facilities and employees. By teaching, we empower individuals and communities with the knowledge to continue the work after FIRE’s project is completed.
In 2016, FIRE’s “Hepatitis Free Mongolia” liver screening project was one of five international projects recognized as an “Innovative Hepatitis Screening Project” worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL). FIRE’s innovative programs come from a comprehensive approach to designing multi-layered, strategic programs that address complex issues focused on remote and under-served populations. We are able to remain flexible and adaptable to the quickly changing local needs and logistics.