NPOKI works with Members, Partners, and Clients to achieve its goals and objectives. Each plays a vital role in our work.

Member Organizations are voluntary organizations whose primary focus is international health. In the US, these organizations are defined by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)3s, while in other parts of the world, they are defined as charity organizations or other government-defined legal charity organizations. With the approval of our Board of Directors, health organizations are allowed to become NPOKI members and benefit from the full range of benefits, including access to our Members Web Site and participation in all of our projects and workgroups.

Partner Organizations have overlapping interests in some/all of the work of NPOKI, but do not qualify to be members because of their primary operational focus, their charitable status, or their status as a project of another entity (like a university, government, or multilateral). Partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and participate in specific activities of NPOKI. The expertise that partners bring to the table can be invaluable to NPOKI’s work. Partners do not have access to the benefits provided members.

NPOKI serves a host of local NGOs and other field-based entities who use our services to improve their work. Because of the difficulty of operating in low-resource areas and the need for appropriate collaboration and data-collecting tools and solutions plus the need for cost-effective training, these Client Organizations rely on NPOKI to advise and guide in them in the use of technology and new media, and in the sharing of best practices and lessons learned. Many of our projects are beta tested with client organizations, and then distributed to them through various channels. Our clients are our direct access to the field.