Our Story

Together Our Impact is Greater

The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work.

We are a catalyst for unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC and philanthropies, private entities and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

The government has unique capacities as well as limitations. The same is true for the private and philanthropic sectors. We believe that people, groups and organizations have greater positive impact and can accomplish more collectively than individually. By aligning diverse interests and resources and leveraging all parties’ strengths, our focused collaborations with private and philanthropic partners help create greater impact than any one entity can alone. Your support saves and improves lives—right now and in the future.

Thanks to our donors, we have launched approximately more than 1,200 health protection programs and raised over $1.6 billion to support CDC's work over the past two decades. To keep people healthy, safe and secure, we have managed hundreds of programs in the United States and in more than 160 countries.


World-class Science Combined with Speed and Flexibility

We combine private resources with CDC’s world-class scientific expertise and the speed and flexibility of the CDC Foundation. Our networks can extend philanthropic reach, attract revenue to address health threats and achieve high-impact results that save and improve lives.

You can help CDC launch new programs, expand existing programs that show promise and establish pilot projects to determine if health programs should be scaled up—none of which would be possible without external support that complement government investments. By serving as a strategic implementing partner, we effectively manage a wide range of collaborations between CDC and others, enabling CDC experts to focus on the science. These collaborations range from standard programs to complex, multi-partner initiatives.


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We view philanthropy as an opportunity to contribute to breakthrough collaborations and innovations to address complex health challenges. The CDC Foundation can amplify your impact and improve the safety of America and the world. Join with us by providing ongoing financial support, partnering on a specific priority or fund, or acting as a CDC Foundation ambassador. In each way, you play a critical role in advancing CDC’s lifesaving work to protect us all.

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Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration.

Our Values

We believe our core values define and guide the culture and character of our organization. They are the standards which guide us as individuals and that collectively determine how we fulfill this mission. These values include:

Shared passion: Working collectively we have the means, science and reach to improve the public’s health and safety

Integrity: Holding ourselves and others to the highest level of ethics, professionalism and transparency

Stewardship: Protecting the trust CDC and our partners have placed in us by safeguarding relationships and providing the highest quality service at all times

Collaboration: Creating value for our partners and CDC by linking the public, private and philanthropic sectors to leverage resources and expertise

Mutual respect: Treating everyone with dignity and respect and honoring the value of our staff, partners and the people we serve

Constant innovation: Utilizing philanthropy as an opportunity to contribute to breakthrough collaborations and innovations to address complex health challenges