Making medicines is just one way we strive to positively impact society.
Giving back has been embedded in our culture since our founding more than 45 years ago, and we’re proud to be consistently recognized as one of the top corporate philanthropists in the Bay Area.
We believe giving is a powerful tool to drive change — in our local communities and society at large. We want to improve the health and wellbeing of all patients, and create a future of science that is more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. But deeply rooted inequities, structural racism, and other forms of systemic injustice hinder our ability to achieve this vision.
Through our signature philanthropic programs, employee volunteerism, corporate charitable giving and the Genentech Foundation, we aim to address these disparities and diversify the scientific and healthcare workforce, advance a more just healthcare system, and build local partnerships to ensure our communities thrive.
We focus our giving on three key areas:
We envision a scientific and medical workforce that reflects the diversity of the people it serves.
It can take more than 15 years to develop a medicine—and to raise an aspiring scientist. Today’s students are the researchers, physicians and healthcare innovators of tomorrow. But all too often, students of color face significant systemic, connected and compounding challenges in their education and career journeys.
That’s why Genentech and the Genentech Foundation support all stages of the education continuum, from Kindergarten to Careers, with a focus on students from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds so they are supported and empowered to pursue and thrive in careers in science and medicine.
We do this through deep partnerships, mentoring, training, resources, and grants that:
Build excitement about science with elementary and middle school students;
Scale industry-aligned career exploration in high school;
Provide wrap-around and financial support to students in undergraduate studies; and
Invest in bridge programs into graduate education in healthcare and medical fields;
Invest in promising models to recruit, retain and advance the next generation of diverse post-docs
Graduate, Postgraduate, and Career Development
Genentech makes continued investments in graduate and postgraduate student studies to advance the next generation of diverse talent in science and medicine.
The Genentech Foundation works to remove systemic barriers to careers in science and medicine through grants and support focused at the undergraduate level.
Genentech’s commitment to providing equitable access to STEM education, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, to inspire the next generation of innovators.
Inequity in our healthcare system is an urgent issue.
For far too long, Black, Latinx and other historically marginalized groups have suffered vastly disparate health outcomes and haven’t had a seat at the table in important clinical decisions. Health inequities are complex and multifaceted—related to social determinants of health, barriers to healthcare access, affordability, and quality, and strongly related to whether the healthcare workforce is diverse, inclusive and culturally and structurally competent. We believe that to make progress in addressing health equity, we must invest at multiple levels -both “upstream,” on prevention, and “downstream,” on issues related to the healthcare talent pipeline, clinical research and care delivery environments and patient and community support.
To advance a more fair and just healthcare system, we are using our giving to address some of the biggest drivers of inequity by:
Independent Co-pay Assistance Foundation Charitable Support
As part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of all patients, Genentech supports patients who cannot afford their out of pocket costs for medicines through donations to independent co-pay assistance foundations. More information about our eligibility requirements and funding restrictions for this type of funding can be found here.
Health Inequities are the Symptoms, Racism is the Disease
Addressing systemic health inequities requires facing their root cause: racism.
Supporting Essential Patient Services
Grants to programs that support patients access information and high-quality care and support.
We are building a foundation of health for young Bay Area children and their families by interrupting the impact that stress and trauma can have on their wellbeing.
We invest in partnerships and empower our employees to help our local communities thrive.
We’re proud members of the communities where we live and work, and we believe we can have the greatest impact by focusing our efforts at the local level—through our charitable giving and by empowering employees to volunteer their time and talent.
Our employees are passionate about giving back, and share their skills and expertise through local partnerships with schools and community-based organizations across six of our U.S. sites (South San Francisco, Oceanside and Vacaville, CA; Louisville, KY and Hillsboro and Portland, OR). They also amplify their giving through our employee donation and volunteer matching programs.
Grants for nonprofits located near Genentech sites
We support critical local issues near Genentech such as housing and food security, and also give in support of a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of talent in STEM and medicine.
Since 1993, Genentech employees have patronized local merchants for two weeks each fall, investing more than $3 million into more than 300 small businesses.
Working and living in South San Francisco, these employees are proud members of a thriving community.