Philanthropic Charitable Support is focused on humanitarian and social programs, science education and community giving. We will continue to be receptive to strategic corporate giving and contributions, which may be made in response to a funding request or proactively at the discretion of the company.
Celgene takes a strategic approach to corporate giving by focusing on support for organizations whose mission is aligned with our priority giving areas including:
- Civic and community programs or projects that enhance the quality of life in the community
- Health and science education initiatives
- Health and human service programs that promote health education, access to care or disaster relief/prevention
Celgene considers making grants in support of accredited or non-accredited medical education for healthcare professionals via live programs or enduring materials. Medical Educational Grants are awarded in support of high quality, independent educational programs and materials, which demonstrate the potential to improve patient care and health outcomes. Supported programs must be independent, objective, balanced and scientifically rigorous.
Some of Celgene’s Charitable Support includes the following:
“We Care because we’re Celgene” was the first Social Responsibility Program and was initiated by our UK affiliate in September 2013. As part of this program, Celgene employees in the UK participated in various Community Action Days, benefitting various non-profits and community partners. Celgene community projects in the UK included the following:
2014—At Hillingdon Hospital, a group of Celgene volunteers were responsible for cleaning and readying a garden to be used by physiotherapy patients and their friends and families for summer barbecues and outdoor activities. Another volunteer day was at Chiltern House, a home that provides a wide range of services for adults with physical disabilities. Activities included decorating Christmas trees that are sold at the Christmas Fayre and performing hands-on upkeep in and around the House.
2013—Teams of Celgene volunteers assisted The Dogs Trust with clearing area for dogs to play and socializing with abandoned canines. At Ruislip Woods, a nature reserve in Hillingdon, teams cleared areas of dead wood while learning about the process to make coal from wood resources.
2012—At the Maple Lodge Conservation Society in Rickmansworth, Celgene volunteers created a ramp for wheelchair access and built fences and walls to prevent attrition of the natural environment.
In The Netherlands, Celgene employees spent a day at the nursing home De Miente where they fulfilled small simple requests from residents, including going for walks, shopping, music workshops and excursions. The volunteers also provided a better home for the goats the residents keep in a nearby meadow and performed upkeep duties on the facility garden.
The Celgene Spain affiliate used the “We Care because we´re Celgene” program to embark on a multitude of social and charity activities that involve employees’ action, passion and commitment. In 2014, these activities included:
- Celgene funded the Smile Week on behalf of the Theodora Foundation, which included visits of a Smile Doctor in hospitals accompanied by a Celgene employee. Locations of these 16 hospitals included Madrid, Cataluña, Andalucia, Galicia, Canarias, Toledo, Santander and Vizcaya.
- At a Story Telling Contest, employees read stories to children at hospitals with participants competing at the regional and national level for best presentation. The jury for the contest was made up of the children, the Smile Doctor Sonrisa and physicians at the hospitals.
- Celgene has donated activity and entertainment equipment to the Oncology Unit of the Child Jesus Hospital in Madrid on behalf of Fundacion Aladina. The adolescents within the unit also received different thematic workshops (drawing, music, theater, etc.) that included Celgene volunteers.
- Employees supported the Amigos de los Mayores (Friends of the Elderly Foundation) by volunteering their time to accompany seniors during the International Day of Older Persons (October 1). Additionally, the employees raised awareness through various events in Madrid on how to alleviate loneliness and isolation of elderly people.
- The Spanish affiliate is creating employee athletic teams that are sponsored and supported by company funds and fundraising. The affiliates committed to donating funds to Fundacion Adapta2 (Private Foundation for the Promotion of Adapted Athlete) for every kilometer completed by employees in races and events. Several such events included the Race Against Cancer, which benefits the Spanish Association Against Cancer, and the Race for Women in Madrid, which benefits the Foundation Against Cancer.
There were numerous notable events in 2014 that Celgene employees participated in to raise funds to fight multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer, lymphoma and other types of cancer. The following describe some of these events.
- For the first time, Celgene sponsored a team for the Century for the Cure ride that benefits research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The team was made up of employees and their friends and family that raised a total of $6,450 to benefit cancer research. Several of the riders tackled the 100-mile course, while the other members did the “metric century,” riding 62.5 miles.
- Miniori-kai, a care center for the mentally and physically disabled, lost their facility in the Miyagi prefecture during the 2011 tsunami and earthquake. During their move into a new building in 2013, Celgene Japan provided the new facility with donated furniture, and in 2014 provided financial donations and holiday decorations. Celgene also provides financial support to Shimada-ryoiku-en, a home for the handicapped in Tokyo.
- For the second year in a row, Celgene Canada took part in the 140-mile Défi Cyclo-myelome bike ride and raised just under $30,000 to benefit the Myeloma Canada Chair of the University of Montreal at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.
- A team of employees from the Celgene Boudry facility participated in the Broye 21’600” indoor cycling marathon event that raised more than $12,000 for the Broye Foundation and the Foundation for Research on Cancer of the Child.
- Celgene lap captains volunteered their time and energy to run with businessman and ultra-marathoner Eric Gelber during his 200-mile run around New York City’s Central Park. The 56 hours it took to run 33 laps of the 6.1-mile outer loop raised funds to advance research and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Although an injury prevented Eric from completing all 200 miles of his goal, he and the 33 lap captains ran a total of 176 miles and raised a total of $205,000 for MMRF.
- Celgene UK employee teams used their skills and talents as part of the WeCare £50 Challenge. This annual event aimed to challenge the teams to invest £50 to generate a larger return in 2014 and 2015. All monies raised were donated to five selected charities. Employees developed some inventive and interactive activities including raffles, cake-baking, cookery book-writing and 24-hour spinning. In total, the affiliate exceeded the annual fund-raising target and raised over £15,500 (approximately $23,000).
- In December, Celgene Italy supported fundraising efforts for Banco Farmaceutico Fondazione Onlus that assists welfare charities. Celgene volunteers helped by selling traditional Italian treats and distributing pamphlets about the foundation. Donations were used to purchase and supply drugs for people in need and additional welfare charities.
- In the UK, Celgene employees jointly fundraised for the Macmillan Cancer Support organization and the Psoriasis Association through the annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning held every September. Additional fundraising occurred for Cancer Research UK during Stand Up To Cancer month in October through daily and various fundraising events.
- For the third year in a row, Celgene employees participated in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up to benefit the MMRF. The Celgene group raised more than $21,000, making it the top fundraising healthcare company at the event, as well as earning the Fastest Team in the Pharma Cup.
- Eighty Celgene employees and family members participated in the Kosice Peace Marathon in Kosice, Slovakia, which is the oldest marathon in Europe. The marathon, half marathon and mini marathons benefit the League Against Cancer and other patient associations.
- Celgene was the title sponsor of the eighth annual Survivor Beach Stand-Up Paddleboarding Festival in San Diego, California. Celgene employees and family, cancer survivors, caregivers, supporters and competitors participated to raise awareness and funds for cancer research at the University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center.