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Partnership Opportunities

Together, we can close the gap between public health needs and solutions Helping CDC Do More, Faster

Public Health Connects us all

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) battles some of the world’s toughest public health challenges, including heart disease, cancer, terrorism, violence, diabetes and emerging infectious diseases. Through the CDC Foundation, you can partner with CDC scientists and leaders to connect public health needs with solutions, ideas with resources and passion with possibilities. Together, we can close the gap to help CDC do more, faster to make the world safer and healthier for everyone.

WHY PARTNER WITH US? When you join with the CDC Foundation, you are partnering with an independent, nonprofit entity that offers you a powerful way to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to achieve mutually beneficial goals. We can provide your organization with flexibility, accountability and specialized expertise, as you team with CDC to fight the world’s most pressing public health threats. Since 1995, we have connected hundreds of private sector partners with CDC to build programs that expand international capacity to protect the health and safety of all people. Partnerships catalyzed by the CDC Foundation address a wide range of public health challenges such as improving infection control in hospitals, preventing domestic violence, providing hands-on training for disease detectives, bringing safe drinking water to communities in developing countries, promoting freedom from smoking around the world and fighting the U.S. obesity epidemic. Our diverse partners understand that linking with the CDC Foundation can significantly advance public health in this country and worldwide. Some examples of these partners include: • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation • Bloomberg Philanthropies • Cargill • Harvard School of Public Health • Kimberly-Clark Corporation • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation • Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. • Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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Businesses, philanthropies, organizations and individuals find that working with the CDC Foundation: • Creates mutually beneficial partnerships with world-renowned scientists and aligns them with one of the most trusted agencies in the federal government • Simplifies the process of partnering with a complex federal agency • Offers benefits beyond the value of a typical charitable donation • Ensures accountability on meeting program objectives • Accelerates and expands important public health initiatives

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT from US? “ For us, the CDC Foundation is a critical bridge to progress. They’re highly adept at engaging the right people from both inside and outside CDC in a collaborative effort to tackle enormous public health challenges.”


CDC is one of the most trusted federal agencies in the nation, and its unparalleled public health expertise is highly regarded. Yet building alliances with a large government agency like CDC can be daunting. That is why the CDC Foundation exists – to bridge the gaps that often occur when the public and private sectors work together. CDC Foundation staff members are expert project managers who understand how to work with CDC, including negotiating project details, coordinating staffing, writing contracts and managing budgets.


An important part of our role is ensuring that programs are successfully implemented. As active stewards of all projects, we are fully accountable for monitoring your project’s progress and success. This focus on accountability assures you that your investments are being used wisely – and as you intended.


Because the CDC Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, we can expeditiously create public health programs that harness innovative ideas, resources and expertise from both the private sector and CDC to address health threats more effectively than either sector can do alone.

-- Michelle Grogg, Director of Corporate Contributions, Cargill


Private sector engagement with CDC helps speed up projects that might not move as quickly within the framework of a government agency. Your involvement can expand what CDC can do by accelerating great ideas and programs faster than might otherwise be possible.


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With our in-depth knowledge of CDC’s people and programs, we can provide you with a roadmap to better navigate CDC.

Many partnerships forged by the CDC Foundation draw from the expertise and resources of multiple partners. These cross-cutting alliances can maximize your program’s reach and impact, while providing unprecedented opportunities to share lessons learned. Additionally, our ongoing connections within CDC often spark ideas about other collaborations between CDC and our partners. The CDC Foundation is uniquely capable of bringing resources, people and ideas together that might not otherwise converge.

How can you PARTNER WITH CDC? These partnerships involve funding a CDC Foundation proposal that is aligned with an organization’s grantmaking guidelines for specific focus areas.

While each relationship is unique, the CDC Foundation can connect you to a broad range of partnership opportunities with CDC scientists and leaders to protect public health and safety.

Tradition a l Phil anthropic donor/grantee rel ationships

Sometimes, a partnership begins at CDC with a scientist who has a great idea but lacks the resources or expertise to make it happen. At other times, organizations in the private sector recognize that they can better accomplish their own public health goals by working with CDC through the CDC Foundation. Often, partners become engaged early on in a project to clearly understand its objectives or participate in the program design. Several partners may jointly fund a program to ensure its successful completion. Partnerships forged by the CDC Foundation include traditional philanthropic donor/grantee relationships; collaborative alliances between CDC and a single private sector organization; broad multi-partner initiatives that may include more than one funding stream; and research collaborations involving CDC expertise and laboratory capacity associated with a partner’s larger proposal. Working together, we can help you join with CDC to creatively and vigorously tackle health challenges.

Coll aborations between CDC and a private sector organiz ation

When mutual interests between CDC and a corporation, foundation or organization emerge, the CDC Foundation convenes leaders from the private sector with CDC staff and helps them determine the best course of action.

Private sector pa rtners:

Non-governmental entities including corporations, private foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, corporate foundations and associations. Public sector pa rtners:

Governmental entities such as ministries of health and federal, state and local government agencies – including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Partnerships forged by the CDC Foundation

Laboratory research partnerships

When an organization receives a grant that aligns with CDC’s laboratory interests and objectives, it can collaborate with the CDC Foundation to engage CDC’s laboratories in public health research activities.

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These multi-partner initiatives are often focused on achieving broad public health goals. Many parties are involved, and CDC may have a leadership role or participate in a more limited capacity.

How the partnership cycle works The CDC Foundation unites private sector partners with CDC scientists to achieve common goals through a continuous cycle. We begin by exploring opportunities together.




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Corporations whose goals or philanthropic interests align with CDC’s work often partner with the CDC Foundation to engage in specific CDC programs that improve public health, such as protecting hospitalized patients from healthcare-associated infections, better diagnosing and managing hormone-related conditions and improving nutrition in developing countries.

“ When we learned about CDC’s plans to create a video to educate hospitalized patients and their visitors about the importance of hand hygiene, we enthusiastically joined with the CDC Foundation to fund this important initiative. Response to this campaign has been excellent, and we credit the CDC Foundation for bringing together the ideal partners to help CDC to take action to lower the risks of healthcare-associated infections.” – DR. LYNNE KELLEY, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, Kimberly-Clark CORPORATION

Kimberly-Clark Corporation A grant from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation helped CDC develop and test a video for hospital patients and their visitors about how to protect themselves from healthcare-associated infections, which kill an estimated 99,000 patients each year. The video and accompanying promotional posters and brochures are empowering hospital patients and visitors to help prevent infections by practicing hand hygiene while in the hospital and reminding their healthcare providers to practice hand hygiene as well.

Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has pledged $3 million to the CDC Foundation to help CDC better understand and standardize hormone measurements, specifically testosterone, among laboratories nationwide. Results from the multi-year project, which involves scientists at CDC and Boston Medical Center, will help clinicians better diagnose and manage hormone-related conditions. It is estimated that hypogonadism, also known as low testosterone, affects more than 13 million men in the United States age 45 and older. Because signs and symptoms of low testosterone are subtle and often overlap with other common medical conditions, low testosterone is frequently undiagnosed. Below normal levels of testosterone can be confirmed by a blood test, and results are now becoming more standardized and reliable, thanks to CDC’s efforts.

“ Because of our partnership with the CDC Foundation, scientists at CDC and Boston Medical Center are now able to address the extreme variability in hormone measurements that currently exists among laboratories. We are proud to partner with respected CDC scientists as part of this initiative as we work together to help advance the medical community’s ability to diagnose and manage hormone-related diseases in men.” – Dr. Stephen Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Foundations Cargill As a partner with the CDC Foundation, Cargill is fighting poor nutrition in the developing world. Cargill provided funding for the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI), a coalition of partners, including CDC, that works toward increasing the vitamin and mineral content in staple foods to safeguard against widespread anemia and developmental disabilities. Other collaborations between Cargill and the CDC Foundation include a worksite wellness program and a school physical education and nutrition initiative.

The CDC Foundation works closely with foundations to build programs that address specific health threats. Among these foundation-supported initiatives are a partnership devoted to reducing dependence on tobacco around the world; an alliance that includes programs ranging from improving disaster preparedness to reducing childhood obesity and preventing intimate partner violence; and programs to train disease detectives in developing nations.

“ The CDC Foundation is a key global partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and is integral to our efforts to measure tobacco-related behaviors and the impact of key tobacco control interventions. These survey data that will be available as a result of this initiative will be critical in helping countries evaluate their tobacco control interventions, as we aim to reverse the global tobacco epidemic.” – Kelly Henning, M.D., Project Director, Bloomberg Philanthropies

“The issues around nutrition deficiency are daunting. Addressing them requires genuine collaboration and the ability to identify and engage leading experts that only the CDC Foundation can bring to the table.” – Michelle Grogg, Director of Corporate Contributions, Cargill

Bloomberg Philanthropies Tobacco is the world’s leading preventable agent of death, causing more than 5 million deaths each year. As one of a number of partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, the CDC Foundation works with experts at CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). GATS monitors adult tobacco use and the effectiveness of tobacco control measures among adults in 14 countries that account for approximately two-thirds of the world’s smokers. Other key partners in the initiative include the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the World Lung Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

“ The CDC Foundation is a catalyst for building the relationships, trust and framework needed to solve big, complex issues. In fact, their involvement can be vital to the effort. We work with the CDC Foundation on a wide range of initiatives – from improving disaster preparedness to reducing childhood obesity and preventing intimate partner violence. This partnership has opened many doors that have enabled us to accomplish more.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

– Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) shares CDC’s interest in promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing chronic diseases. RWJF’s diverse partnerships with the CDC Foundation include programs to improve emergency preparedness; a Common Community Measures project, focused on measuring the success of community policies related to preventing and controlling childhood obesity; and an intimate partner violence prevention program, which helps CDC fund grants to state domestic violence coalitions.

A grant to the CDC Foundation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports efforts to strengthen disease surveillance and response in developing countries in Central Africa, where disease outbreaks and new emerging infections pose significant health threats. The project, conducted in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), will help guide health officials as they investigate, verify and respond to global health threats.

“ Foundations provide something unique when they work on behalf of the poor, who have no market power, or when they work in areas like health or education, where the market doesn’t naturally work toward the right goals and where the innovation requires long-term investments. These investments are high-risk and high-reward. But the reward isn’t measured by financial gain; it’s measured by the number of lives saved or people lifted out of poverty.” – 2009 Annual Letter from Bill Gates

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The CDC Foundation helps public health associations, government organizations, universities and research institutions collaborate with CDC on research projects and other public health initiatives. By tapping into the expertise of CDC scientists and the capabilities of CDC’s state-of-the-art research facilities, our organizational partners are able to accelerate or expand programs to address a variety of public health threats.

“ About 30 percent of the measurements we make are not available from any other lab in the world. The other 70 percent are conducted with unusually high levels of quality.”

University of Washington PrEP Study: HIV Transmission in Uganda An award of private funds, provided to the CDC Foundation through the University of Washington, is funding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinical trials to see if PrEP prevents HIV transmission in couples in Uganda, where the majority of HIV transmission occurs among couples with one HIV-positive partner and one HIV-negative partner in relatively stable relationships. These trials will assess the safety and efficacy of administering medications to HIV-negative partners in monogamous heterosexual relationships to determine if transmission can be reduced among these couples.

– James Pirkle, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science in the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health, CDC

Research Collaboratives with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health’s (NCEH) diagnostic and laboratory capabilities are world-renowned. Through the CDC Foundation, universities and research institutions in the United States and around the world can collaborate with NCEH for specialized work that benefits both CDC and its scientific partners. It is a win-win scenario: universities can partner with CDC scientists to inform important public health studies, while CDC can pursue its research goals in ways that might otherwise not be possible.

“ In many cases, organizations that are applying for grants on behalf of a group of partners could benefit from collaborating with CDC for laboratory research, but they are not sure how or where to begin – or if a collaboration with CDC is even possible. The CDC Foundation is able to help universities, nonprofits and other organizations partner with CDC experts to better inform public health outcomes.” – Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation

What is public Health? Public health connects us all – it is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.

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What Does CDC Do? CDC is our nation’s premier public health agency, responsible for protecting Americans from threats to health and safety. CDC conducts surveillance on a wide range of health threats – from infectious and chronic diseases to bioterrorism to environmental hazards. When diseases break out around the globe, CDC responds at a moment’s notice, lending expertise and resources to conduct outbreak investigations and provide technical assistance. CDC also administers funding for state and local health departments, community-based organizations and academic institutions for a wide array of public health programs and research. Every day, CDC experts work both behind the scenes and on the frontlines to improve people’s daily lives and respond to health emergencies. Ultimately, CDC’s work helps protect each one of us from many conceivable threats that could cause illness, injury or death.

PARTNERSHIPS HELP CDC DO MORE, FASTER CDC scientists battle the world’s toughest public health challenges, but they rarely act alone. They rely on many vital alliances, including partnerships developed through the CDC Foundation, to achieve mutually beneficial goals and move important work forward.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research – in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is the fight for healthcare equity, quality and accessibility. Source: What Is Public Health (, a website developed by the Association of Schools for Public Health.

The CDC Foundation helps CDC do more, faster by forging effective partnerships between CDC and individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations to fight threats to health and safety. Our ongoing connections within CDC often spark ideas about additional collaborative projects and programs between CDC and our partners. Additionally, the CDC Foundation can expand existing programs or incubate new initiatives. The CDC Foundation currently manages approximately

200 programs in the United States and in communities around the world.

The CDC Foundation currently manages approximately 200 programs in the United States and in communities around the world. Our programs are as diverse as the expansive role of CDC in the global public health arena. Each of our programs involves a talented team of experts at CDC and at least one outside funding partner. The CDC Foundation is fully accountable for monitoring the progress and success of all our programs. This focus on accountability assures our partners that their investments are carefully protected.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The CDC Foundation offers a wide range of partnership opportunities to match your unique interests and needs:

Customized partnerships: These partnerships with the CDC Foun-

dation bring private-sector resources and expertise to bear on challenging public health issues, in collaboration with CDC scientists and leaders across many disciplines and health-focus areas. Our funding partners often become engaged early on in a project to clearly understand its objectives or participate in the program design. Several partners may join together to fund a program to provide adequate resources to ensure its successful completion.

Annual alliance: The CDC Foundation’s Annual Alliance campaign

provides organizations of all sizes the opportunity to align themselves with the public health objectives of CDC, while providing unrestricted support to the CDC Foundation. The fund not only provides vital financial support, but it also generates new opportunities for partners to actively engage with CDC leaders to discuss mutual public health interests.

In-kind support: A variety of opportunities exist for in-kind donations

to the CDC Foundation. In-kind donations have included equipment for CDC’s Marcus Emergency Operations Center, travel vouchers for CDC scientists and wireless equipment for CDC teams and their global colleagues following natural disasters both in the United States and around the world.

JOIN US: The CDC Foundation and its partners

are striving to elevate CDC’s impact around the world. To learn more about how your organization can get involved in the work of CDC, contact us: CDC Foundation Office of Advancement 55 Park Place, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 653-0790 or (888) 880-4CDC

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The CDC Foundation helps CDC do more, faster by forging effective partnerships between CDC and others to fight threats to health and safety.

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Office of Advancement 55 Park Place, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 653-0790 or (888) 880-4CDC

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When you join with the CDC Foundation, you are partnering with an independent, nonprofit entity that offers you a powerful way to collaborat...