Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation

Are you a part of AstraZeneca?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is a tax-exempt entity organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is separate from the commercial entity, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. If you have further questions about our relation to AstraZeneca, you may want to contact the AstraZeneca Information Center at:

Information Center: 1-800-236-9933
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST, excluding holidays

I want to apply for funding for a non-cardiovascular initiative.

The Foundation does not presently offer grants for non-cardiovascular initiatives or for unsolicited proposals for its Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.

I would like to request a donation from AstraZeneca.

You may apply separately to AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for a corporate contribution through the AstraZeneca Community Support webpage if you are an eligible 501(c) organization. The AstraZeneca U.S. Contributions program conducts two open application periods annually (in January and July) that allow nonprofit organizations to apply directly for charitable funding. For more information, including criteria and information you will need to apply, please visit the US Contributions website.

Can I provide a donation to support the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s mission?

Currently, the Foundation does not accept public donations.

Can you provide information on your international initiatives?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation supports only U.S.-based initiatives at the present time.

Who is eligible for Employee Disaster Relief, and how do you apply for support?

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation provides support for AstraZeneca U.S.-based employees affected by federally declared disasters in the U.S. If you are an AstraZeneca employee, contact your manager or the AstraZeneca Information Center (800-236-9933) for application instructions.

FAQs about Connections for Cardiovascular Health

How do I apply for an AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation grant from the Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program?

In 2017, applications for grant support through the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program will be by invitation-only. The Foundation will not accept requests for unsolicited proposals.

What are your eligibility requirements?

To be considered for a Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must be invited to apply and must be U.S.-based, nonprofit organizations with a 501(c) designation or public schools, government entities or municipal institutions that are eligible to accept tax-deductible, charitable contributions. Organizations that have a 509(a)(3) designation are ineligible for funding.

Please note that all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations also have an IRS 509(a) designation. If your organization has been designated as a 509(a)(3) supporting organization by the IRS, it is ineligible for funding. The IRS designation can normally be found in the organization’s IRS designation letter. Some nonprofit organizations, particularly older ones, could have a separate IRS 509(a) ruling letter.

The organization should be engaged in charitable work at the community level in the United States in support of the Foundation’s CCH program mission.

Are there any program restrictions?

The Foundation does NOT fund programs that focus exclusively on the following:

  • Capital investments and unsolicited capital campaigns
  • Media/awareness campaigns 
  • Hospital software systems, hospital in-patient programs or enhancement of existing hospital services
  • Professional education and/or training for healthcare professionals that is more than incidental to the program
  • Research or clinical trials
  • Healthcare provider/cardiologist salaries
  • Faith-based programs that are NOT open to the community-at-large.

The Foundation does NOT support:

  • Cardiovascular initiatives outside the United States or its territories
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Endowments
  • Journals or advertising
  • Political causes, lobbying, fraternal or social organizations
  • Religious organizations whose activities are not open to the general public
  • Nonprofit organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, veteran status or disability.

When does the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation distribute Foundation grant awards?

Applications are reviewed and awarded once each year. For applications submitted in 2016, Foundation Grant Awardees will be notified no later than October of the application year, and funds will be distributed to the recipient organizations by the end of November. All other 2016 applicants will be notified via email by the end of November that their applications were not accepted for funding.

In 2017, Foundation Grant Awardees will be notified no later than July, and funds will be distributed to the recipient organizations by the end of August.

Will medical education or research proposals be funded through this program?

No. Grant requests of this type should not be made through the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program. Requestors of medical education or research grants should visit the AstraZeneca Community Support webpage for more information on opportunities available through AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

What other programs has the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation supported?

Since its establishment in 1993, the Foundation has provided support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Foundation also provides support to the AstraZeneca Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which helps AstraZeneca employees affected by federally declared disasters in the United States.

Who reviews the applications, and how will they be evaluated?

All proposals will be reviewed by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ Foundation Grant Review Committee and the Foundation Board of Trustees, with the Trustees making the final decision.

FAQs about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)

What is NBCAM?

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies that came together 30 years ago to improve the awareness of breast cancer, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.

In 1985, when these groups first came together, there were very low levels of breast cancer awareness, and these leading healthcare organizations felt there was a need to create a national dialogue on breast cancer.

NBCAM recognizes that although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment there remains much to be accomplished. Today, NBCAM remains dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health through its collaborating partners.
 

When is NBCAM?

Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. Individuals are encouraged to regularly learn more about breast cancer, breast health and the latest research developments.

Can I provide a donation to support NBCAM?

Currently, NBCAM does not accept public donations.

You may want to consider contacting others in the NBCAM Collaborating Partnership with your offer to provide a donation. The list of collaborating breast cancer organizations with a description and link to each can be found on the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s website, under the section on NBCAM.

Where can I get breast cancer event materials and educational materials?

Consider contacting one of the NBCAM collaborating partner organizations for breast cancer information to give away at your event. Some organizations provide the materials free of charge and others provide it at a nominal cost. The full list of collaborating breast cancer organizations with a description and link to each can be found on the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s website, under the section on NBCAM.

Does NBCAM have a local office in my area?

For breast cancer organizations with local offices, consider contacting the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations have affiliates or offices around the country supporting local initiatives and breast cancer patients.

I need breast cancer support for myself or a loved one. Where should I go?

For breast cancer organizations with local offices, consider contacting the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both organizations have affiliates or offices around the country supporting local initiatives and breast cancer patients.

Can you provide more information or materials for my international event?

NBCAM’s focus is limited to the United States. You may wish to search on “breast cancer support” and “your country” or “international” in an Internet Search Engine such as Google.

Alternatively, you could contact Pink Ribbon, Inc. (http://www.pinkribbon.org). It is an independent international charity supporting breast cancer through awareness, alignment, advocacy, accreditation and alliances. It is not affiliated with NBCAM or supported by the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation. Their email address is info@pinkribbon.org.

Will NBCAM share my story/message/product?

You may want to consider contacting one of the NBCAM collaborating partner organizations to find other opportunities to support breast cancer awareness. The list of collaborating breast cancer organizations with a description and link to each can be found through this Foundation’s website, under the section on NBCAM

Can I apply for a grant to promote my breast cancer organization and awareness activities?

NBCAM does not accept applications for funding.

How do I become a collaborating organization or recommended resource?

We are not accepting new collaborating organizations or recommended resources to NBCAM at this time.