Contributions and Giving

By investing in a range of worthwhile causes, Genzyme brings our commitment to corporate citizenship into action. We provide contributions to support diverse organizations and initiatives that we believe can make a meaningful difference around the world.
Our Philanthropic Philosophy

Driven to make a positive impact on patients and communities globally, Genzyme takes a diversified approach to philanthropy, combining in-kind contributions and volunteerism with direct financial support. Giving takes place at all levels of our company, ranging from large corporate donations, to cash contributions distributed by specific departments, to the generosity of our individual employees. We view our support as more than just financial contributions, but also opportunities to establish meaningful partnerships with those whose values we share and whose actions truly drive change.

Donations In Kind

Genzyme is one of the corporate world's top in-kind givers – that is, those who donate products and skills. In 2013, we donated $114 million worth of our products for free, plus thousands of hours of our scientists' time for humanitarian research.

What We Support

Through our contributions program, Genzyme distributes millions of dollars in donations each year to a wide array of recipients around the world. Our largest corporate donations often go toward major initiatives in science or health care by museums, research institutions, and global humanitarian organizations. Various divisions throughout Genzyme also review proposals and fund many types of contributions, including research fellowships, event sponsorships, community group funding, and more.

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The Museum of Science, Boston

Building on a longstanding partnership with this Boston institution, Genzyme regularly funds - and actively collaborates on - exhibits and programs to promote science and biotechnology education.

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Here are a few of Genzyme's larger areas of focus in contributions and giving.

Research and Medical Education Contributions

As part of our commitment to expanding medical knowledge and improving standards of health care worldwide, Genzyme distributes many contributions to hospitals, research institutions, disease organizations, and medical education programs. Funded by our Medical Affairs and Science organizations, these grants target efforts in our areas of disease and therapeutic focus. We also have a program to fund research initiated by outside scientists whose work aligns with our areas of interest.

Community Relations Contributions

Genzyme's Community Relations group is dedicated to supporting the communities in which we operate around the world. To that end, it extends contributions to non-profit organizations focused on science education, health care, and other community needs in areas of the U.S. where Genzyme has a business presence. In 2014 we awarded over $1,600,000 in Community Relations contributions to nearly 100 organizations.

Recipients include health and education-focused non-profit organizations, community and grassroots agencies, and groups that provide broader, multi-community benefits. Our priority is to create sustainable partnerships that can have lasting impact, often by funding the same groups for different programs and initiatives over multiple years.

Encouraging Employee Generosity

In 2014 Genzyme also contributed $145,000 to a variety of non-profits through G.I.V.E., our employee-directed volunteer funding program.

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Contribution Success Stories

Here are some highlights of Genzyme's philanthropic efforts across our various categories of giving:

  • Cambridge School Volunteers –Since 1999, we have given nearly $160,000 in Community Relations contribution to support this Massachusetts group's Reading Buddies Program, in which our employees participate by reading one-on-one to first and second grade students throughout the school year.
  • MetroWest Free Medical Program – Genzyme began its partnership with this organization in 2008 and in 2014 gave another $10,000 Community Relations contribution that helped this organization offer opportunities for low-income, uninsured women to access health care services.
  • West End House Boys and Girls Club – Since 2009, Community Relations contributions have supported the organization’s annual fundraising event that raises vital money to ensure year-round programs focused on academic support and college preparation, leadership and life skills, visual and performing arts, and fitness and nutrition.
  • Science Club for Girls – Over the past ten years Community Relations contributions, amounting to over $140,000, have helped the Science Club for Girls develop and host Science Clubs in new communities throughout the Boston area.
  • Boston HealthCare For the Homeless Program Inc. – In 2014, a $15,000 Community Relations contribution assisted this organization in providing critical health care to the homeless and extremely low-income individuals.
Last Updated: 12/16/2015
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