CDC Foundation

The CDC Foundation is an American nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. Its purpose is to “advance the mission” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Affiliations

Directors

Bill Cosby is a former director for the foundation.1)

Donors

Donors to the CDC Foundation include:2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18)

Partners

Program parters of the CDC Foundation include:19)

History

Congress authorized the CDC to accept “external gifts” from industry and private parties in 1983, and in 1992 passed legislation for the creation of a nonprofit foundation to encourage relationships between industry and the agency.

In fiscal year 2014, the CDC Foundation raised $52 million, $12 million of that from Big Pharma. Also in 2014, the CDC received $16 million in direct funding from corporations, individuals and foundations, including the CDC Foundation, which makes the foundation nothing more than a pass-through organization.

As reported in the British Medical Journal, much of the funding from Big Pharma was conditional and earmarked for specific projects that turned out to be the promotion of the contributing company’s products.20)

One example is a $600,000 donation from Genentech to the CDC Foundation in 2012, which required the CDC to promote expanded testing and treatment of viral hepatitis. Genentech’s parent corporation is Roche, which just happens to manufacture test kits and treatment drugs for hepatitis C.

That same year, the CDC issued guidelines to physicians recommending that everyone born from 1945 to 1965 be screened for hepatitis C virus.

In 2010, the CDC Foundation created the Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition. The coalition’s purpose is to support research and promote expanded testing and treatment of hepatitis C globally. Members of the coalition, which has received $26 million in contributions from Big Pharma, include Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Janssen, Merck, OraSure Technologies, Quest Diagnostics and Siemens. All of those companies produce products and tests for the diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C.21)

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Stoke, C., & Jacobs, P. Fiscal Year 2008 Report to Contributors (p. 7). CDC Foundation. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20220806034654/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/sites/default/files/upload/pdf/ReportToContributors_FY08.pdf
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Lenzer, J. (2015). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: protecting the private good? BMJ, 350(may15 3), h2362–h2362. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2362
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CDC Foundation Active Programs October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021. (2021). CDC Foundation. https://web.archive.org/web/20220115161004/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/CDCF-ActivePrograms-CDC-FY21?inline
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Corporations, Foundations & Organizations. (2022). CDC Foundation. https://web.archive.org/web/20220731125224/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/FY2019/organizations
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Healthy Futures Society. (2022). CDC Foundation. https://archive.ph/caWGV
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Corporations, Foundations & Organizations. (2022). CDC Foundation. https://web.archive.org/web/20220809021240/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/FY2018/organizations
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Corporations, Foundations & Organizations. (2022). CDC Foundation. https://web.archive.org/web/20220809050620/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/FY2017/organizations
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Corporations, Foundations and Organizations. (2022). CDC Foundation. https://web.archive.org/web/20220809055009/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/FY2016/organizations
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Stokes, C., & Jacobs, P. Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Contributors (pp. 9–10). CDC Foundation. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from https://www.cdcfoundation.org/sites/default/files/upload/image/CDCF_DonorReport_2009.pdf
17)
Stoke, C., & Jacobs, P. Fiscal Year 2008 Report to Contributors (pp. 9–10). CDC Foundation. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20220806034654/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/sites/default/files/upload/pdf/ReportToContributors_FY08.pdf
18)
Stokes, C. Fiscal Year 2007 Report to Contributors (pp. 12–13). CDC Foundation. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20220809193346/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/sites/default/files/upload/pdf/Report%20to%20Contributors_FY07%20Website%20version.pdf
19)
Stokes, C. Fiscal Year 2007 Report to Contributors (pp. 17-26). CDC Foundation. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from https://web.archive.org/web/20220809193346/https://www.cdcfoundation.org/sites/default/files/upload/pdf/Report%20to%20Contributors_FY07%20Website%20version.pdf
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