Donations are what make each mission possible, as each one costs between $20,000 to $40,000. In return, Dr. Adamson and his team donate all of their time to plan and participate in each mission, with many even paying their travel expenses and bringing some of their own medical supplies – the average dollar value contributed to each mission is usually $250,000 – $900,000. Overall, the return on investment is up to 40 times for every dollar donated, compared to this work being done in North America. As a result of Face the Future™, over 2,500 lives have been saved or transformed to-date. Because of the medical knowledge and experience shared with host surgeons, anaesthesiologists and nurses, the positive impact of improved healthcare is multiplied many times, and continues throughout the year between missions.