About GMRF


The non-profit, non-partisan Global Medical Relief Fund “Federal Tax ID: 13-3987722” aids children who are missing or have lost the use of limbs or eyes, or have been severely burned, or have been injured due to war, natural disaster or illness.

The Global Medical Relief Fund (GMRF) was originally created in 1997 by one person working out of a small apartment on Staten Island, New York. Since then, we at GMRF, along with partners-in-effort, doctors, nurses, hospitals and community volunteers, have worked for 20 years helping more than 250 hopeless children, many of them amputees and burn victims, or victims of war, violent acts or natural disasters, who have no or little local medical resources. We continue to provide children from America and 46 other countries worldwide, with vital medical care and on-going treatment so that they can eventually heal and return home to grow up and become thriving members of their own cities, towns, communities, and countries.

What higher mission is there than aiding innocent, victimized children?

About Our Founder

A child’s plea for help asking for “God and all merciful people to help me getting prosthetics” forever changed Elissa Montanti’s thinking and her mission in life.
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The Global Medical Relief Fund financials can be accessed through GuideStar.


Elissa Montanti – Mail Icon Founder and Director
Christina Frank – Mail Icon Special Projects Coordinator
Donna Jungreis – Mail Icon Fundraising Coordinator
Kenan Malkic – Mail Icon Vice President of Information Technology

Board Members

The Global Medical Relief Fund board is made up of passionate men and women whose experience and commitment helps us make our mission possible.


  • Elissa Montanti – Founder and Director
  • Donna Jungreis, R.N. – Chairwoman of the Board
  • Stanley Martin – Treasurer
  • Natalie Mines – Secretary
  • Maria Curran, Esq.
  • Kenan Malkic
  • Francesco Rulli


  • Arthur Buonaspina, MD
  • Maria Conchita Alonso
  • Mamise Costa
  • Christina Frank
  • Michael Gastaldi, DDS
  • Larry Heimlich
  • David Hoffman, DDS
  • Daniel Kennedy
  • Rita Kornfeld, R. N.
  • Jacqueline Rehak
  • Borivoje Vukadinovic
  • Michael Wildes, Esq.
Partners & Supporters

Click Here to see businesses and organizations that have graced The Global Medical Relief Fund with their unwavering support, enabling us to grow in our dedicated mission.

News Archive

The Global Medical Relief Fund has been featured in some of the leading media. See the Stories…