Together:A Celebration of Our Partners


Year in Review


Contributions and in-kind donations raised by the CDC Foundation in 2017


CDC Foundation programs in 2017 led by CDC around the world


Countries impacted in 2017 through CDC Foundation programs made possible by our donors


Raised by the CDC Foundation to support 927 programs since 1995
Data from July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017

Our new logo with the message, “Together our impact is greater,” features three dots converging in its center. The blue dot represents CDC, the purple dot represents the CDC Foundation and the teal dot represents the Foundation’s partners. Gray dots radiating out of the logo’s center represent our collective impact.

Together our impact is greater

Preventing Birth Defects from Zika

More than 24,000 women and 160 providers benefited from the Zika Contraception Access Network program.

The CDC Foundation established the Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN), with technical leadership from CDC, collaboration with partners in Puerto Rico and the support of a wide variety of donors. The island-wide network of 163 trained OB/GYNs and other physician providers, family planning clinics and community health centers provided women who chose to avoid or delay pregnancy during the Zika outbreak with access to client-centered contraceptive counseling and a full range of free, reversible contraceptive methods. Through this effort, the development of large-scale communications campaigns and the distribution of Zika Prevention Kits, women in Puerto Rico learned how to prevent Zika-related birth defects.

“The CDC Foundation has been tremendously helpful in allowing CDC to have much greater effect in our Zika prevention efforts.” – Denise Jamieson, MD, Former Incident Manager, CDC Zika Response
Fortifying Food

A 2015 study found that 35,500 birth defects of the brain and spine were prevented in one year due to flour being fortified with folic acid—an average of 97 healthier babies every day.

A network of partners, including CDC, is working to encourage the production and marketing of fortified flour and rice. CDC Foundation partners have included the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bühler AG, Bunge Limited, Cargill, Inc., GiveWell, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Nutrition International and UNICEF, among others. Currently 87 countries require fortification of at least one industrially milled cereal grain.

In 2016 one-third of the world’s population—2.43 billion people—lived in a country that mandated fortification of wheat flour, maize flour and/or rice.
Preventing Maternal Deaths

An estimated 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes each year in the United States and more than 50,000 have serious health complications.

Many maternal deaths and complications can be prevented. Strong, accurate data are critical for identifying opportunities for preventing deaths among mothers and designing effective interventions. A collaboration between the CDC Foundation, CDC and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs is working to better understand the causes and factors contributing to pregnancy-related death, with the aim of identifying opportunities with the greatest potential to end preventable maternal mortality. This partnership is made possible through an award agreement with Merck on behalf of its Merck for Mothers program.

“Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life. That’s the hope of a CDC Foundation program that’s helping to make pregnancy and childbirth safe and healthy for women in America.” – Dr. Judy Monroe, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
Strengthening Disease Networks

Meningitis A was the main cause of epidemics in the African meningitis belt until the introduction of the MenAfriVacTM vaccine.

Along with CDC and partners, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC Foundation established MenAfriNet, an international consortium to strengthen the meningitis surveillance network in Africa. The project is evaluating the impact of MenAfriVac™, a vaccine designed specifically for the region that is being rapidly rolled out through vaccination campaigns across the meningitis belt in Africa. The network covers an estimated 18.5 million people and provides technical support to strengthen the ability of partner countries to quickly detect and respond to meningitis outbreaks.

“I look with pride at what has been accomplished by CDC scientists and global partners who years ago made the professional and personal commitment to fight meningitis in Africa.” – Dr. Nancy Messonnier (CAPT, USPHS), Director, CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

Today, 90,000–100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease. People with the most severe form of the disease can suffer debilitating pain and have a 20- to 30-year shorter life expectancy than those without the disease.

Through a partnership with CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders, the California Rare Disease Surveillance Program and the Georgia Health Policy Center, the CDC Foundation is supporting the Sickle Cell Data Collection program, a data collection system for Americans with sickle cell disease. The project is receiving funding support from Pfizer Inc., Bioverativ and Global Blood Therapeutics and is currently taking place in California and Georgia.

The estimated annual cost for care and treatment for sickle cell disease is $2 billion.
Exploring Neighborhood Health Data

About 50 percent of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions. Seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2010 were chronic diseases.

Users of a new, interactive web application can view and explore city- and neighborhood-level health data for America’s 500 largest cities. The application is part of the 500 Cities Project, a partnership with CDC, the CDC Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project identified, analyzed and reported on 27 chronic disease measures focusing on conditions, behaviors and risk factors that have a substantial effect on people’s health. It represents a first-of-its-kind effort to provide city- and neighborhood-level health estimates for a large proportion of the nation’s population.

“Having the ability to report and map health data at city and neighborhood levels is a game changer for public health.”  – Wayne H. Giles, MD, director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
“Your support helps bring resources, people and ideas together to advance CDC's critical work. Collectively, we are improving and saving lives and creating a healthier and safer world.”
Judy Monroe, MD
President and CEO, CDC Foundation

Message from Our President and CEO

Dear Friends,

During my career, I have served across a spectrum of positions focused on health, from rural physician to physician educator to hospital administrator to public health leader. In each of these roles, I witnessed examples of the government and the private and philanthropic sectors working together.

I have to admit, however, that it was not until I joined the CDC Foundation nearly two years ago that I realized the full power of public-private partnerships. In my experience at the CDC Foundation, I have been inspired by the transformative power of bringing organizations together working toward common goals to save lives and improve health in America and across the globe.

This year, our team working together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and incredible donors, like you, has advanced efforts to prevent debilitating birth defects in children, sought to address the rise of antibiotic resistance, worked to improve health in cities across America, and much, much more.

From our experience here at the CDC Foundation, we know that people, groups and organizations have greater positive impact and can accomplish more together. And we conveyed this powerful idea through the CDC Foundation’s new branding—including our tagline, logo and messaging.

Our new tagline,”Together our impact is greater,” emphasizes that when we work together versus alone, we collectively have the means, science and reach to improve the public’s health and safety. This idea is also carried forward in our new logo, which features three dots converging in its center. The blue dot represents CDC, the purple dot represents the CDC Foundation and the teal dot represents the Foundation’s partners. Gray dots radiating out of the logo’s center represent the impact created by working together.

Here at the CDC Foundation, we view philanthropy as an opportunity to contribute to breakthrough collaborations and innovations to address complex health challenges. Of course, none of our work would be possible without the commitment or the trust and generosity of each of you.

Some of you supported the CDC Foundation for the first time this year, while others have been supporters since we were created by Congress more than two decades ago. To all of you, we thank you for your support, which unleashes the power of collaboration. And to those of you who are intrigued by the idea of collaboration and helping CDC do more, we invite you to connect with us to extend your reach and increase your impact.

With deepest thanks and appreciation,


The Power of Collaboration

Our Donors

We are thankful for you

Thank you for partnering with us. Together, we are creating innovative, high-impact programs and breakthrough collaborations that save and improve millions of lives across the globe.

CDC Foundation Board of Directors

Our Donors

For the tenth year in a row, the CDC Foundation received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Only 1 percent of charities rated have received ten consecutive 4-star evaluations.
Photography Credits
© Evelyn Hockstein (MenAfriNet and Zika) and David Snyder (Food Fortification) for the CDC Foundation; © Lorikay Photography (Judy Monroe)