Established in 1943, the McKesson Foundation makes investments in programs and organizations that support the community service efforts of our employees and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. In FY16, McKesson contributed $2.4 million in cash and merchandise to support a wide variety of charitable organizations. An additional $4.5 million was invested in the McKesson Foundation to increase support services to cancer patients in McKesson communities, and other deserving philanthropic endeavors. This includes $500,000 to philanthropic investments across Canada. Our Celesio business in Europe contributed an additional 580,000 euros in cash and in-kind donations.
While cancer patients in North America receive a very high level of care from public and private health systems, they are unlikely to receive much in the way of basic comfort items to help them get through treatment with dignity, hope and comfort. To address this unmet need, the McKesson Foundation launched Giving Comfort in 2012, a charitable initiative that reflects our commitment to non-medical direct services for cancer patients.
Giving Comfort provides cancer patients with free care packages filled with items that ease the distress of treatment, including a soft blanket and cap, a hope chest filled with positive affirmations, and an amenity kit.
The handwritten and signed cards from McKesson volunteers also send a message to cancer patients that someone cares, and is wishing them hope, strength, patience and comfort as they endure the tribulations of cancer treatment.
The care packages are distributed through our Cancer Care Community Partners, which include the nation’s leading hospitals, hospitality houses and cancer support organizations. Our Community Partners ensure that the packages reach patients when they need them the most. In FY16, the McKesson Foundation continued to grow our network of Cancer Care Community Partners. In Canada, our network now includes Canadian Cancer Society affiliates in six provinces and Ronald McDonald Houses in four provinces. In the U.S., we added organizations such as Atlanta Cancer Care (Georgia), Florida Cancer Affiliates (central and western Florida), Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers (Phoenix metro area), and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, New York).
In addition, the Foundation reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide cancer care packages to Veterans Administration hospitals. Consequently, 10 VA hospitals were added to the Community Partner network, including those in San Francisco, Portland and Pittsburgh, with growth anticipated throughout FY17.
By the end of FY16, Giving Comfort had provided care packages to more than 41,000 cancer patients across 38 states in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
What Patients and Caregivers Say about Giving Comfort
“When we opened the care package and saw the many thoughtful items inside, we were touched. Sometimes we feel very alone in this stressful situation with cancer. It comforts us to know that someone far away is caring for people like us.”
— Family caregiver of a cancer patient
VA Portland Health Care System
“Your donation contributes greatly to the welfare and comfort of our patients at the Medical Center and the Outpatient Clinics. An organization such as yours makes a big difference for our veterans.”
— Donna Fischer
Chief, Voluntary Services
VA San Diego Healthcare System
The McKesson Foundation runs a variety of programs to encourage our employees to give back to the causes that are most important to them.
Through our Matching Gift program, employees can request a match of up to $2,500 annually to the charities of their choice. In FY16, McKesson employees in the U.S. and Canada earned more than $1.4 million in charitable matching gifts.
Through the McKesson Volunteer Program, the Foundation encourages employee volunteerism by providing grants to eligible nonprofit organizations linked to individual volunteer involvement, with no personal monetary donation required from the employee. McKesson also encourages volunteering as a department or group as a great way to strengthen and support team building while giving back to the communities where our employees live and work. Employees who volunteer together for a service project benefiting an eligible local nonprofit are encouraged to apply for a Foundation team-building service grant.
The Foundation believes that nonprofit board service can be an excellent way for employees to develop leadership skills and further develop areas of expertise in HR, IT, governance, finance, legal and marketing, among others. To encourage this volunteer service, employees who serve on the Board of Directors of a qualifying nonprofit organization are eligible for an annual grant to the nonprofit organization(s) for which they serve.
In FY16 the McKesson Foundation provided 58 grants to organizations that offer non-medical direct services to cancer patients. This included services such as temporary housing as well as transportation to/from infusion appointments. These are needed services that often are not covered by health insurance, and research studies have shown that a cancer diagnosis can often push a family into poverty. We continue to be committed to alleviating some of the stress and burden on individuals and families with cancer.
As described in Section 1, in FY16, we introduced an employee-driven grant strategy that remained true to our Foundation’s focus area, while providing employees an opportunity to see their impact in the communities where they live and work. Together with the Corporate Citizenship team, we also created volunteer opportunities at our Cancer Care Community Partners, which we supported through both the gift of volunteer time and the gift of grants.
Taking Care of Our Own Fund
McKesson supports disaster relief in a variety of ways. To support our communities, the McKesson Foundation:
- Donates grant monies to be used where relief is most needed
- Doubles employee donations to disaster relief nonprofits with a dollar-for-dollar match via the Matching Gift program
- Provides grants to eligible nonprofits to recognize employee volunteer hours via the Volunteer Grants program
- Supports the Taking Care of Our Own Fund
Active since 2013, Taking Care of Our Own offers McKesson employees a way to support fellow employees who are experiencing a financial hardship resulting from a sudden, severe, overwhelming and unexpected event, whether a natural disaster or an emergency hardship, which results in an inability to provide basic life necessities.
The Fund is supported by donations from the McKesson Foundation and McKesson Corporation. It is administered by E4E Relief, a nonprofit organization that serves donors, communities and a broad range of charitable purposes. E4E Relief has been designated to manage the grant processing and administrative aspects of the McKesson Fund.
Spotlight Story: Donating to Refugee Crisis Relief
McKesson committed more than $250K to the migrant and refugee crisis.
In October 2015, the McKesson Foundation announced two separate $100,000 grants to nonprofits Direct Relief and the International Rescue Committee.
The money provided disaster response services to those affected by what has been described as the world’s largest migrant and refugee crisis since World War II.
The Celesio Group also launched a matching donation program for the relief effort. Celesio matched each euro that its employees donate to the International Red Cross, up to a total of 50,000 euros. (McKesson is the majority shareholder of Celesio AG.)
“Each day we see more than 2,000 refugees arrive on the shores of Lesbos, Greece, who have fled violence, hopelessness and persecution,” says David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee. “We are honored to partner with the McKesson Foundation as we work to provide these individuals with the resources they need to build a safer and more secure life for themselves and their families.”
Throughout the migrant crisis, Direct Relief and the International Rescue Committee have delivered lifesaving aid, including safe drinking water and sanitation, to families fleeing to Europe from Syria and other conflict zones. They have also worked to help ensure that refugees within the Syrian region and those arriving in Europe are protected and given the help that they need to keep their families safe.
Celesio Helps Refugees through Product Donations
In November 2015, Celesio’s LloydsFarmacia retail pharmacy group donated medicines and health products worth several tens of thousands of euros to the Italian Red Cross and Italian Navy.
These supplies help refugees and asylum seekers in the largest European refugee camp in Mineo, Sicily, and on the Italian Navy’s rescue ship “Borsini.” The president of the Italian Red Cross, Monica Dialuce Gambino, called this “a great help for the principles of humanitarian care.”
Under the leadership of Marina Fornaro, the manager responsible for professional services and audit at Admenta Italia, various members of staff from logistics, HR, marketing and operations worked on putting the donation in place. Donations included, for example, antibiotics, insulin, eye drops and milk for babies.
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