Empowering Community Healthcare Outreach (“ECHO”), based in Fort Worth, TX, is a faith-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower churches and other community organizations to develop charitable healthcare clinics to serve the most vulnerable people in America.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me….I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters you did for me.

Matthew 25:35-36, 40

Our primary goals are to facilitate the development of new free and charitable healthcare clinics, to encourage the appropriate expansion of existing safety net clinics, and to provide support and consultation to existing safety net clinics. Our efforts are intended to strengthen the quality of clinical services in providing access to primary healthcare for those who are either uninsured or underinsured.

Nancy and John Snyder attended a conference on Christian philanthropy in 2003, where a presentation was given about the successful development of a charitable clinic staffed by volunteers. This planted a seed in the Snyders, prompting them to better understand the healthcare industry and sharpen their perspective on the difficulties of low income families.

With a broader understanding of our country’s health care access crisis and a more informed vision of how local communities and churches could have a significant impact, ECHO was established in 2005 by the Nancy and John Snyder Foundation. In 2007, ECHO transitioned into a new independent nonprofit Texas Corporation, designated by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) Public Charity.

Collectively, ECHO’s professionals have more than 100 years of experience opening, growing, and sustaining free and charitable clinics to serve America’s citizens who need it most. ECHO operated under a governing board of the Snyder family until 2013 when it expanded its board of directors to include eight new board members from outside the Snyder family, bringing together a diverse group of leaders to further ECHO’s development and success.