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Our Giving

We aspire to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate around the world.

Our community engagement programs reflect the priorities that our company shares with the local community. Our signature Neighbor of Choice program is designed to help build strong and vibrant communities by promoting a healthier society and preserving the environment in localities where we have a major site presence. The program provides financial support and enables our employees to contribute to the well-being of their communities.

Learn more about our economic impact on communities.

Our company’s Foundation has pledged $2.4 million over four years (2014–2018) to the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program.

Learn more about our economic impact on communities.

Contributions to Community Programs
Human Health Services$1,677,000$867,000$1,794,977$1,941,185$2,690,459
The Children's Inn at NIH

Our company’s partnership with The Children’s Inn at NIH spans more than 25 years. Our company provided $3.7 million through a public-private partnership for the initial construction of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s premier biomedical research center, in Bethesda, Maryland. The Inn opened in 1990 and, since then, seriously ill children involved in treatment at the NIH have had a place to call home.

Most children who come to the NIH for treatment are facing life-threatening illnesses that resist conventional therapy. Since its opening, The Inn has hosted more than 12,000 children from all over the U.S. and from more than 85 other countries. Our foundation helps cover The Inn’s operating costs, and also provided a grant of $3.7 million in 2001 to build a 22-room addition, completed in 2004, increasing The Inn’s capacity to 59 rooms. Our employees also have generously supported The Inn through personal contributions as part of our company’s Partnership for Giving (P4G) program.

Since 2009, our foundation has committed $10 million through 2018 to support the establishment and operations of a transitional home adjacent to the NIH campus, called The Woodmont House. This home can accommodate up to five families at a time whose children are no longer in the acute phases of illness yet still require treatment at the NIH Clinical Center. Families stay free of charge and may participate in all of The Inn’s activities and programs. To date, The Woodmont House has served more than 260 children and their families from 29 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, and nine other countries.

In 2015, the The Inn’s 2014 pilot “isolation” project–Isolate Inn–was implemented as an ongoing program at both The Inn and The Woodmont House. This program provides accommodations for families with children who must be isolated from the general pediatric population to avoid potential infections that would severely affect children with compromised immune systems. To date, the Isolate Inn program has served more than 40 patients, with 10 long-term isolation patients staying at The Woodmont House.

Neighbor of Choice

Our signature Neighbor of Choice (NOC) community program supports the work of local nonprofit organizations that strive to improve the quality of life of people and preserve the environment in communities where we have a presence.

Established in the 1990s, the NOC program fosters partnerships with local nonprofit organizations whose mission is to enhance the well-being of community residents. We provide financial resources, enhanced by employee volunteerism, to support community programs that aim to improve health care quality and increase access to care for underserved populations in the areas of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and maternal health. We also strive to advance the quality of health services delivery, strengthen local health system capacity, and protect the environmental health of the local community.

Giving Totals
Amount contributed (in millions)1$2.7$2.8$2.3$2.2$2.5
Number of grants112170181126129
1 For 2011 to 2015, data include funding provided through the Office of Corporate Responsibility and our company’s Foundation. Additional funding is provided through local U.S. sites and our company sites outside the United States that we do not track centrally.

In 2015, our company invited nonprofit organizations located in 16 communities in which we have a major presence to apply for funding support. Factors that influence a site’s participation in the NOC program include, whether the company has a manufacturing presence, the number of employees at the site, and community need.

In accordance with NOC program guidelines, a total of $2.5 million in grants was awarded to 129 nonprofits in support of a wide range of environmental and health services initiatives.

Below are examples of projects supported through the NOC grants program.

United States

The United Way of Greater Union County
With the support from the NOC program, The United Way of Greater Union County provided services that supported families and communities through the Family Success Center in New Jersey. The grant helped the United Way serve more than 100 low-to-moderate-income families by providing increased access to social services programs; emergency rental, gas and electrical assistance; parenting skills training; life-skills training; after-school tutoring, and adult literacy programs.

The partnership between The United Way of Greater Union County and the company spans decades. Through the years, our employees have participated in “Days of Caring” and many other events. In 2015, more than 50 employees at the Rahway, New Jersey site collaborated with the United Way to donate holiday decorations to members of the community.

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Employees at our site in Nebraska have partnered with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation many times in the past, particularly in recognition of the substantial number of employees and families affected by cancer. For example, in October 2015, more than 20 employees helped Komen Nebraska raise over $280,000 for breast cancer research through the “Race for the Cure®.”

The Komen CEO, Dr. Judy Salerno wrote, “We are at an important crossroads in this mission against cancer. Finding the ways to put an end to cancer will come from people who care about science, who care about their societies, and who understand that the things worth doing won’t come easily.“

“Thank you for your continuing support of the Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure. The attached Return on Investment highlights the impact on Nebraskans, where thousands of Omaha runners, walkers and volunteers joined together on October 4, 2015. In the bigger picture beyond the Race, your sponsorship makes a difference in the promise to save lives and end breast cancer. On behalf of Komen Nebraska and the thousands we serve, thank you for caring.”

Karen Daneu
Executive Director, Race for the Cure

Shenandoah National Park

With support from the site in Elkton, Virginia, the Shenandoah National Park adopted “Go Green” as among its highest priorities. “Go Green” is a commitment to sustainability. Shenandoah began converting to sustainable fuel sources, starting by replacing its vehicle fleet with hybrids and replacing outdoor lighting at Big Meadows Lodge with solar fixtures. By way of continuing “Go Green,” the NOC grant enabled the installation of solar energy systems to power two comfort stations in the Big Meadows Campground.

The installation of two grid-interactive, roof-mounted solar-energy systems started in November 2015. These solar energy systems will generate electricity to power the buildings’ lighting, ventilation, heat, and hot water. In addition, the system will reduce Shenandoah National Park’s carbon output by over 6,000 pounds per year. The photovoltaic panels will be clearly visible to 220,000 campground users every year and will demonstrate Shenandoah National Park’s commitment to alternative energy and conservation.


Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer
In 2015, MSD Mexico partnered with Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer, A.C., an organization dedicated to supporting children with cancer. This partnership supported the implementation of a nutritional program to strengthen the health of children receiving cancer treatment. The project, “Healthy Eating and Psychomotor Stimulation through Physical Education for Poor Children and Young People with Cancer” has been supported by our company for three years. Program results have demonstrated improvements in children’s health, with many maintaining their weight and reporting greater strength and energy.

In 2015, results included:

  • Provided nourishing meals to children through cycle menus and other food packages
  • Informed children and their parents about the importance of good nutrition during cancer treatment
  • Strengthened the physical skills of children and their parents through psychomotor sessions
  • Improved children’s motor skills such as, physical strength, endurance, space-time relationship, muscular tone, flexibility, coordination and movement



Association des Paralysés de France
MSD Mirabel partnerneighbor-of-choice_franceed with the Association des Paralysés de France to improve the well-being and quality of life for the permanent residents of the Andalhone (APF) care-center for people with motor-neuron disabilities. The home, which houses 30 permanent residents, is located adjacent to our Mirabel site.

A ceremony was organized at the Mirabel site with local stakeholders from City Hall, Regional Council, Health Agency, the association and MSD employees.


Conservatoire d’espaces naturels d’Auvergne

In 2016, our company partnered with Conservatoire d’espaces naturels d’Auvergne in France to initiate a project designed to protect and restore the dry hills of Mirabel-Bourassol. In order to maintain a functional network of naturel spaces, the CEN d’Auvergne protects 13 sites of dry lawns within 20 km around the hill of Mirabel-Bourassol, a site that MSD shares with the local community. CEN d’Auvergne will use the grant support to purchase equipment designed to increase its capacity to protect the hills and facilitate the efforts of more than 100 volunteer workers.  In 2016, MSD employees will have the opportunity to work alongside CEN d’Auvergne employees working on projects including maintenance of discovery paths and clearing specific plots to help the natural environment thrive.

Disaster Relief

Our company provides disaster-relief assistance through cash and product donations during major disasters and supports efforts in disaster preparedness and recovery.

Through our disaster relief efforts, we aim to: respond in a timely, coordinated manner; meet the immediate needs of affected communities; provide ongoing assistance through recovery (as needed) and support preparedness efforts as appropriate.

It is our practice to base our response on the firsthand assessment of need by local authorities and/or humanitarian relief agencies.

Where appropriate, and in consultation with local management, our company may donate pharmaceuticals and vaccines through the disaster and emergency relief component of our company’s Medical Outreach Program. In major disaster situations, donations of our medicines may be made directly by a local subsidiary or manufacturing facility.

Disaster & Emergency Relief Summary20112012201320142015
Disaster relief efforts assisted136101012
Total giving value of disaster relief contributions (cash and products, US$M)

Response to the Earthquake in Nepal

Our company responded quickly to support relief efforts in response to the earthquakes that struck Nepal in April of 2015. We donated a total $190,000 to relief agencies including World Vision, International Medical Corps, Project HOPE, Direct Relief, AmeriCares and MAP International to support their response efforts. In addition, our Medical Outreach partners shipped our donated products (valued at more than $3 million) to support the relief and recovery efforts. We also matched donations made by our employees to humanitarian organizations involved in the response.

Response to the Refugee and Migrant Crisis

The refugee and migrant crisis in Africa, Europe and the Middle East affects not only those fleeing their home countries, but also the countries in which they seek asylum and through which they travel. In 2015 in response to this crisis, we donated $50,000 to Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis appeal. Save the Children is working with children and families in several countries to provide ongoing support, including medical and psychological care, accommodations, legal assistance, food and water. We also matched employee donations to Save the Children and other organizations that responded to the crisis.

Continued Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

As reported in 2014, our company partnered with the International Medical Corps to build, staff and provide training on effective Ebola isolation units and referral systems in Bong County’s Phebe and C.B. Dunbar Hospitals in Liberia. As of April 2016, a total of 180,589 patients, staff, visitors and caretakers have been successfully screened at Phebe and CB Dunbar hospital Screening and Referral Units (SRUs). In total, 49 patients were identified as meeting Ebola-suspect definition and referred to the Bong Ebola Treatment Unit for Ebola testing.

Based on the success of the program, and with the support of and at the request of the Ministry of Health, and with co-funding support, International Medical Corps was able to expand its training and infrastructure efforts from the original two facilities to a total of 11 facilities across Bong, Margibi and Montserrado Counties in Liberia. International Medical Corps completed the transition of the temporary SRU structures to permanent structures at C.B. Dunbar and Phebe Hospital as of the end of April 2016.

In addition, our Medical Outreach partners continued to ship donated products, as needed, to support the recovering health systems in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

American Red Cross

Our company is a long-standing member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). Our company’s Foundation has pledged $2.4 million over four years (2014–2018) to support the ADGP and to help ensure that the Red Cross can be on the scene of a disaster as soon as possible.

Our support helps the Red Cross deliver assistance immediately across affected areas in the U.S. and globally, working in partnership with local agencies. For example, the financial support our company provided through the ADGP was used to help the Red Cross coordinate with Nepal’s Red Cross and its global network to quickly scale-up the response in that country following the earthquake. The support also enabled the Red Cross to track and map population movements into Europe activities during the height of the refugee and migrant crisis.