Ways We Help

The AbbVie Foundation promotes programs and initiatives that offer support where it is needed most.

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Our Story

Based in North Chicago, Illinois, the AbbVie Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that provides globally respected organizations with funding to promote programs and initiatives that make a difference to people in need. We strive to bring life-changing, sustainable impact to the underserved.

8.4 million people served

210 communities impacted

35 countries involved

99 grants provided

Providing Financial Support for Families of Children with Cancer

Many families of children with cancer face an additional financial burden on top of an already overwhelming emotional strain. In partnership with Family Reach, the AbbVie Foundation has provided financial support to more than 598 individuals in collaboration with four hospitals: Packard Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Children’s Medical Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.

Combating Neglected Disease in Bolivia

The World Health Organization estimates that 6 – 7 million people worldwide are infected with Chagas disease, a neglected tropical disease that is curable if treatment is initiated soon after infection. Left untreated, however, it can cause serious heart conditions and digestive and neurological health issues. Our continuing partnership with MAP International in Bolivia—a country with the highest rate of Chagas in the Americas—includes community health worker training, health education, diagnosis and treatment support to help prevent and control disease transmission.

Responding to the Nepal Earthquake

The April 2015 Nepal earthquake caused mass damage in an already fragile country, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring nearly 23,000 and leaving thousands homeless. With expediency top of mind, we provided cash grants to help enable our disaster relief partners—International Medical Corps, Direct Relief, AmeriCares and MAP International—to ship, deliver and distribute needed medicine and supplies to the most gravely affected regions.

Helping Refugees in Need

In 2015 alone, more than 936,000 refugees and migrants entered Europe after being forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution in their home countries. These refugees live without safety and shelter and are in desperate need of the most basic items. We provided a grant to our partner International Medical Corps, who provided the refugees with health services and medical supplies.

Joining the Fight Against Liver Disease

Romania experienced one of the highest rates of hepatitis B and C during the 1990s, but the country lacked the necessary medicines, testing and counseling to combat these serious liver infections. Working closely with our partner Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI), we have provided counseling and testing for more than 8,500 Romanians.

Averting HIV Infections

During the early-to-mid ’90s, many African countries, including Kenya, Cameroon and Uganda, experienced a high rate of HIV infections. When the AbbVie Foundation launched in 2013, we maintained the HIV Rapid Test Donation program of Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization active in 70 countries. To date, 29 million rapid HIV tests have been donated, preventing at least 250,000 mother-to-child transmissions of HIV.