Supporting CDC and Public Health

To address health challenges across the globe, the CDC Foundation is a nonprofit that supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the critical work of public health.

Who is the CDC Foundation?

Established by Congress, the CDC Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) public charity. The CDC Foundation helps save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

Mission of the CDC Foundation

Together Our Impact is Greater

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

CDC Foundation Funding

Leveraging Philanthropic and Private Funding

The CDC Foundation was created by Congress to connect CDC with the private sector—individuals, philanthropies and corporations—to address public health protection challenges. As a private 501(c)(3) public charity, the CDC Foundation has more flexibility in spending and may be able to expedite gift funding to support public health challenges more quickly than CDC.

CDC Foundation's Impact

The CDC Foundation combines 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.

CDC Foundation's Emergency Response

The CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund provides immediate, flexible resources to CDC experts addressing emergencies that affect the public’s health—whether natural disasters, emerging disease outbreaks or bioterrorist threats. When a health threat strikes, speed saves lives.


A strong and well-resourced CDC is vital to all of us. As CDC's independent, nonprofit partner, the CDC Foundation is the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. When you join with the CDC Foundation, you help accelerate and expand important public health protection initiatives that align with both CDC’s mission and the work of our partners.

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Who is CDC?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health agency of the United States. As a federal agency, CDC operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the United States.

Mission of CDC

Saving Lives, Protecting People

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC Funding

The main source of CDC discretionary funds is budget authority, which are annual appropriations determined by Congress. CDC has delegated authority from the Assistant Secretary of Health, HHS, to accept outside gifts. The statutory authority which created the CDC Foundation included authority for CDC to accept gifts from the CDC Foundation.

CDC's Impact

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish their mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

CDC's Emergency Response

As America’s health protection agency, CDC is prepared to rapidly deploy disease detectives, lifesaving vaccines and medicines and other crucial support during a health emergency at home or abroad. However, federal dollars, even during emergencies, are tied to appropriations or approvals, restrictions and purchasing procedures that can limit CDC’s ability to act quickly. The CDC Foundation can fill this gap.