ABOUT US

The waste of non-expired, viable medication is an increasing problem within the developing world. Consequently, $2 billion in prescription drugs is wasted annually in the US alone, and nearly $5 billion worth of drugs in unopened packs are dumped in the garbage every year. Much of this medication is disposed of improperly, either by being flushed down the toilet or incinerated, leading to unforeseen negative impacts on the environment. Despite this waste, drug shortages have been occurring frequently around the world, particularly in developing nations. In desperation, many people within these nations end up purchasing unsafe counterfeit drugs, resulting in 100,000 to a million deaths per year. 

The James Hollister Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in October 2015 in honor of James Hollister, the late father of co-founder Matthew Hollister. Along with our partnered beneficiary corporation, Save Inc., the James Hollister Wellness Foundation offers a novel solution to the world’s drug shortage crisis that will save billions of dollars’ worth of medication and, more importantly, millions of lives.
 
With our partnership with Save Inc., the James Hollister Wellness Foundation is able to save medication from being needlessly wasted, and put it to charitable use. Using blockchain technology, drugs can be identified, saved, and then donated, bringing life-saving medication to low-income individuals in developing nations who otherwise would not have access to healthcare services.
 
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 Business Model
 
 
  The James Hollister Wellness Foundation employs an innovative hybrid model with Save Inc, our for-profit sister organization that shares our mission of reducing medicinal waste. The foundation collects medication from Save Inc. as well as other pharmacies local to the DC metropolitan area.
    The medication we receive from our partners is surplus, unopened, and unexpired medicine from pharmacies, hospital networks, and nursing homes that would have otherwise been thrown away. These medication are in turn given to our partnered medical mission teams operating in Honduras, Ghana, and Bolivia.
   

All the teams we support directly serve the end user, and the medicine is handled solely by licensed practitioners of medicine. Because of our relationship with Save Inc, we are able to provide all of our medicine to our partnered medical mission teams free of charge.

 

  MEET THE TEAM
 
 Matthew James Hollister
 

Matthew J. Hollister is the co-founder and CEO of the James Hollister Wellness Foundation. He is a native of Olney, Maryland.

He attended the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Primannum Honor Society and the Public Leadership Scholars' Program. He received his Bachelor’s degree in General Biology with a minor in General Business.

In addition to being the CEO of the James Hollister Wellness Foundation, Matthew is also the co-founder of Save Inc. which he serves as a board member. Living a life in service to others has always been Matthew’s passion.



 
Stefano Brugnerotto
 

 

 
Stefano Brugnerotto is the co-founder of the James Hollister Wellness Foundation. An entrepreneur from birth, the North Bethesda, Maryland native has spent his life doing business to satisfy others.

An International Baccalaureate degree recipient, he also holds a BA in Finance from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stefano also serves as CEO of Save Inc., the for-profit partner of JHWF. He is dedicated to ensuring access to pharmaceuticals worldwide and eliminating medicinal waste.


 
 Ray McEvoy 

 

Ray McEvoy is the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the James Hollister Wellness Foundation. While being a business oriented professional, Ray has a strong Jesuit education.

Having graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan before receiving a BA in Finance from Loyola University of Maryland, Ray is very well-rounded from his studies. He has shown a strong dedication to giving back to the community. Ray has volunteered to those in need by building houses in Alabama and Mexico as well as working in for the VA in Brooklyn. Ray has always shown his commitment to being a man for others.

Ray has continued his involvement in the business world by interning for Starr Companies in Manhattan over the past couple of years.



 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is JHWF? 
  JHWF stands for the James Hollister Wellness Foundation. 
 
Where is the JHWF located?
  Our headquarters is located in Rockville, where we store the medications we collect in cool conditions and away from light exposure. 
 
When and how was the JHWF founded?
  The JHWF was co-founded by Matthew James Hollister and Stefano Brugnerotto in the Fall of 2015. Originally, the idea started as a university project for a class Matthew was taking at the University of Maryland. Gradually Stefano and Matthew developed the project into a long-term venture that became the James Hollister Wellness Foundation.
 
Who is the JHWF named after?
  Co-founder Stefano Brugnerotto had the idea to name our organization after co-founder Matthew Hollister’s father who died of cancer late in the Summer of 2015. His virtuous life and memory inspired the JHWF’s co-founders to help serve the sick and underprivileged in any way that they could. James Hollister continues to be the heart and soul of the organization.
 
Who is on the board of the JHWF?
  Please visit our Team Page to learn more about our members and see their bios.
 
In what states does the JHWF operate? 
  As of now we only operate in Maryland.
 
Are you available for media interviews?  
  Yes, please contact Matthew@jhwellnessfoundation.org
 
Who benefits from the JHWF’s services?
  The JHWF’s services benefit low-income indivduals in developing countries and the medical mission teams who serve them.
 
Pharmacies/Health Facilities
  Reduce drug destruction costs.
    Eliminate inefficient drug destruction processes to free up staff. 
    Become a community leader in environmentally/economically sustainable practices and humanitarian efforts.  
    Receive tax deductions for the donations they provide.  
 
Medical Mission Teams
  Enjoy access to free, safe, and potent medications.
    Have assurance through our transparent company policy that donated medications have been examined and maintained according to quality standards. 
  
Community Members & Overseas Patients
  Enjoy cleaner air and water due to a decrease in improper disposal of medication.
    Experience fewer drug shortages. 
    Cut down on the billions of dollars spent every year on avoidable trips to the emergency room due to lack of necessary medication. 
    Improve the health, and even save the lives, of low-income individuals in foreign countries who don’t have easy access to healthcare services. 
 
Can I donate medicine? 
  Unfortunately, due to safety and tampering concerns, we can not accept donations of medications from individuals. However, if you would like to donate your time or money to the JHWF then please see the Volunteer and Donations forms linked above.
 
What kind of organization is the JHWF?
  The James Hollister Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.