AmerisourceBergen Foundation

OVERVIEW: This corporate funder supports health and education in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Unsolicited grant applications do not appear to be accepted at this time.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, education, community

IP TAKE: This is a relatively new foundation but one with close ties to Philadelphia. We suspect grantmaking is just getting started with this pharmaceutical funder.

PROFILE: The AmerisourceBergen Foundation was founded in 2014 as the grantmaking arm of one of the nation’s largest healthcare solutions organizations. The company is a global generics-purchasing organization and specialty pharmaceutical services provider. The foundation is based just outside Philadelphia, and the corporate headquarters is in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania.

This foundation focuses on health causes and health education opportunities. More specifically, it funds “health and wellbeing initiatives that improve patient outcomes including pharmaceutical accessibility programs, pharmaceutical adherence programs and health improvement research.” It has also shown interest in K-12 education. Pharmaceutical accessibility, pharmaceutical adherence programs, and health improvement research are at the heart of the outfit's health program. Nursing programs, pharmacy programs, need-based scholarship for youth, and research fellowship programs are funded through the foundation’s education program. The annual scholarship program provides up to 20 scholarships of $2,500 per year.

Although the foundation aims to improve healthcare delivery around the world, much of its focus is on the Greater Philadelphia area. The very first grant recipient was Project HOME, which received a $250,000 grant to build a community pharmacy in the Stephen Klein Wellness Center in North Central Philadelphia. The group works to break the cycles of poverty and homelessness in Greater Philadelphia.

The foundation also awarded a $50,000 grant to Project C.U.R.E. to support the collection of used medical equipment from Philadelphia-area hospitals and redistribution of supplies to clinics in developing countries. Other support has gone outside the U.S., such as a grant to build and equip a medical distribution center in Haiti.

The foundation is distinct from the AmerisourceBergen Corporation and governed by its own board of directors and grantmaking committee. The committee reviews applications and approves requests for grants and scholarships. Leaders from AmerisourceBergen business units and corporate functions serve on this committee. Gina Clark is the foundation’s president and also the executive vice president and chief communications and administration officer at AmerisourceBergen. Helen Hammerschmidt is the executive director of the Amerisource Foundation and the manager of community relations at AmerisourceBergen.

It does not appear that unsolicited grant applications are accepted, and there are no details about how to apply for grants on the funder’s website. General inquiries can be submitted via online form on the funder’s website.

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