Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation believes that we are more than just an employer - we believe that we are an integral part and a contributing citizen to the places where we live and work. As such, giving back to the community and its people is at the very center of our mission—we believe it is the right thing to do and essential to maintaining our license to operate, innovate and grow.
The communities around Novartis are the lifeblood of our organization-- they are where our employees live, work and raise their families; they maintain the infrastructure so that our operations function smoothly; and they provide the support network of family, friends, neighbors and institutions that are essential to a high quality of life that we all deserve. For all that the community and its people provide Novartis, we feel it is our commitment and responsibility to give back and support them in various ways.
The company and its employees support local communities through both volunteerism and philanthropic activities. Since our employees feel passionate about where they live and work, they generously devote their time and effort to help these communities. Novartis fully backs them in these efforts, by providing financial support to organizations where our employees volunteer, as well as working with employees to ensure that they have the time, the resources and the energy to give back in a meaningful way.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is committed to developing meaningful partnerships with non-profit organizations that are dedicated to enhancing quality of life, recognize the interests of our employees, and address significant social issues related to health, education and civic engagement in the communities where Novartis operates. We also contribute financially to support the local community because we believe this is consistent with our mission to improve the lives of those around us. Our financial support focuses on initiatives that raise awareness of health issues, which is of central concern to us at Novartis.
At the same time, we want to give everyone in our local communities the chance and opportunity to succeed, and so we support science, math and technology educational initiatives, as well as civic and community development programs. In each of these areas, we strive to support underserved populations. We also encourage our employees to contribute financially to the local community through workplace giving campaigns like the United Way and our matching gifts program.
Through volunteerism, donations and partnerships, we aim to weave ourselves into the fabric of our communities --helping to sustain and improve them in every way we can.
Contributing to a better community
Our philanthropic contributions include annual grants to nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Philanthropic grants support programs focused upon underserved populations promoting health and disease state awareness, science, math and technology education, and civic and community development initiatives. Between 2006 and 2007, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation awarded over USD 4 million to nonprofit organizations. This figure also represents funds donated by the company, or by employees through workplace giving campaigns such as the United Way and the Novartis matching gifts program. Please click here to apply for a Philanthropic Grant.
Our employees give back
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation employees have the opportunity to support several local and national charitable initiatives via opportunities offered in the workplace.
United Way partners with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to build better and stronger communities for children and teenagers; families and individuals making progress toward greater independence; seniors and people with disabilities; those facing hunger and homelessness; and people in crisis. Novartis matches the total value of contributions made by employees. In 2006 and 2007, Novartis Corporation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, and Novartis Consumer Health contributed USD 1.7 million dollars through the United Way to support the local community.
Spirit of Giving is a gift donation program to benefit individuals that receive services from New Jersey nonprofits. In 2007, more than 1,500 gifts were collected from Novartis employees.
Our Matching Gift Program encourages individual financial support of 501(c)3 health organizations and education institutions by providing employees with the opportunity to make contributions which the company will match dollar-for-dollar for gifts up to USD 5000 per employee in each calendar year.
Novartis improves the quality of life in our community by providing our employees with opportunities to volunteer their time and leadership skills to develop and support sustainable communities.
The Employee Volunteer Grants Program is designed to encourage employees to volunteer with non-profit organizations by providing grants to qualifying organizations where Novartis employees volunteer.
Employees who contribute at least 40 hours of volunteer time to a qualifying organization can have up to USD 250 donated to the nonprofit organization where they volunteered. The maximum amount an organization can receive is USD 2500 a year through this program.
If a Novartis employee serves on the board of a non-profit organization, Novartis will donate USD 750 to the nonprofit organization after one year of board service. Grants for board service are renewable annually for up to 3 years on or until the employee--™s board service ends, whichever event occurs first.
In addition, to encourage teambuilding and foster a spirit of collaboration, Novartis will donate USD 500 to a nonprofit organization where five or more employees volunteer as a team on a specific project, exclusive of Community Partnership Day. The maximum grant an organization can receive through this program is USD 5000 a year.
Community Partnership Day is an annual volunteer impact day that showcases global commitment to volunteerism of Novartis. Employees volunteer off-site, on-site and through collection drives.
In 2008, over 1,500 Novartis associates volunteered almost 500 hours in on-site and off-site activities for Community Partnership Day. More than 275 bags containing over 2200 items were donated by Novartis employees through on-site collection drives, which helped underserved schoolchildren, low-income women seeking to reenter the workforce, and lost or abandoned animals.
The Black and Latino Achievers Corporate Mentoring Program, an educational partnership with the Summit, NJ, YMCA, provides high school students active in the YMCA--™s Achievers Program with a week-long corporate mentoring experience.
The Blood Donor Program offers Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation employees the opportunity to donate blood through quarterly blood drives.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation's On-site Mentoring Program provides students from McKinley School in Newark, NJ the opportunity to visit Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation once per week to meet with employee volunteers who tutor and mentor the students.
The Community FoodBank Volunteer Program receives monthly visits from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation employees and their families who volunteer after business hours. The groups sorts and packs hundreds of pallets of food throughout the year for distribution to needy families in Northern New Jersey.
Through a partnership established in 1997 with AmeriCares, a non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, Novartis donates products to AmeriCares for international medical missions.
For more information about these programs at Novartis, please contact:
Associate Director, Alliance Development & Philanthropy