Our Story


The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work.

We are a catalyst for unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC and philanthropies, private entities and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

The government has unique capacities as well as limitations. The same is true for the private and philanthropic sectors. We believe that people, groups and organizations have a greater positive impact and can accomplish more collectively than individually. By aligning diverse interests and resources and leveraging all parties’ strengths, our focused collaborations with private and philanthropic partners help create greater impact than any one entity can alone. Your support saves and improves lives—right now and in the future.

Thanks to our donors, we have launched approximately more than 1,000 health protection programs and raised over $900 million to support CDC’s work over the past two decades. To keep people healthy, safe and secure, we managed hundreds of CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries.


We combine 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.

You can help CDC launch new programs, expand existing programs that show promise and establish pilot projects to determine if health programs should be scaled up—none of which would be possible without external support that complement government investments. By serving as a strategic implementing partner, we effectively manage a wide range of collaborations between CDC and others, enabling CDC experts to focus on the science. These collaborations range from standard programs to complex, multi-partner initiatives.