Lilly has a proud legacy of giving back and lifting up that originates with the company’s founder, Colonel Eli Lilly. In 2013, we continued those efforts through a mix of traditional philanthropy and new approaches to help people in need.
Last year, we gave more than $750 million in charitable contributions to help people living in impoverished communities, patients facing financial hardship, and families struggling to recover from natural disasters, among others. This is an increase of $50 million compared to 2012. About 90 percent of our total philanthropy is driven by the value of product donations associated with our U.S.-based patient assistance programs.
Here are some giving highlights:
- More than 300,000 people received help paying for their Lilly medicines through our U.S. patient-assistance programs.
- We donated $56 million in cash and in-kind services to strengthen health and human services, reduce hunger, and improve education.
- Our employees helped make the largest donation in company history to the United Way, with $12.6 million supporting communities where they live and work.
- We broke the $1 million mark through the Lilly Global Giving Program, which gives employees the ability to donate to projects around the world that focus on health, hunger, education, and the environment. Employee contributions are matched by the Lilly Foundation.
This is just a fraction of our impact in 2013. Learn more about all of Lilly’s corporate responsibility efforts in our Corporate Responsibility Highlights.