AmerisourceBergen Foundation

OVERVIEW: The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is a nonprofit charitable giving organization that supports the health and well-being of its patient populations through three areas of focus: opioid misuse, human health, and animal health.

FUNDING AREAS: Opioid misuse, human health, animal health

IP TAKE: This is a relatively new foundation, but one with close ties to Philadelphia. It seems that big-time grantmaking is just getting started with this pharmaceutical funder.

PROFILE: The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established to support health-related causes that enrich the global community. The Foundation is based outside of Philadelphia in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania and provides funding locally and nationally. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is distinct from the AmerisourceBergen Corporation and is governed by its own board of directors and grant making committee. The funder aims to “improve the health and wellbeing of its patient populations – both human and animal – by investing in communities and partnering with organizations to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety.” Grantmaking areas of interest are opioid misuse, human health, and animal health.

For its grantmaking program, the foundation invests in communities and partners with organizations to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety. As part of its commitment to mitigate prescription drug abuse, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation launched a Municipal Support Program and the Opioid Resource Grant Program. The Municipal Support Program provides organizations and municipal entities nationwide with access to drug deactivation resources that enable community members to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in a safe and effective manner.

Separately, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation launched an Opioid Resource Grant Program. Through this program, the funder accepts unsolicited grant applications for innovative and constructive solutions to the opioid epidemic that address safe disposal and education around prevention. Proposal guidelines can be downloaded via the Foundation’s website. The AmerisourceBergen Foundation’s External Advisory Committee, which is comprised of key stakeholders and thought leaders, oversees the grant-making process and make recommendations to the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. A grantmaking committee reviews applications and approves requests for grants. Leaders from AmerisourceBergen business units and corporate functions serve on this committee.

Through its Opioid Resource Grant Program, the Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications for innovative and constructive solutions to the opioid epidemic that address safe disposal and education around prevention. Municipal entities that are interested in applying for the drug deactivation resources or learning more about the program can visit the AmerisourceBergen Foundation website. Gina Clark is the Foundation’s president and also executive vice president and chief communications and administration officer at AmerisourceBergen. Grantseekers should direct general inquiries via online form or via email to abcfoundation@amerisourcebergen.com.

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