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Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation Giving Report


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Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation's first online Giving Report. The Giving Report summarizes through short stories, pictures and videos the four primary ways the Foundation makes more health: the donation of our medicine, our support of and engagement in community programs, the time and skills employees donate in our employee volunteer program, and our advocacy of social enterprise as an innovative way to solve problems and forge lasting change in our communities and society at large. To view an interactive version of the report, please visit

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Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation Giving Report

  1. 1. 2012 Giving ReportBoehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation More health more people + FOR +
  2. 2. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationMore healthmore people + FOR + Boehringer Ingelheim is a company focused on making ore health. mBoehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation (BI Cares) is ona mission to improve lives around the world. We do thisby focusing on providing medicines to those in need—wherever they may be—and by supporting innovativeprograms that help ensure the health of individualsand communities in this and future generations.2012 Giving Report : Introduction Page 01
  3. 3. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationTable of ContentsMedicine. . ......... ........................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 3AmeriCares: Mitigating the Toll of Tornadoes........................................................ 04MAP International: Delivering Packages for Life.................................................... 04Patient Assistance Program: Words of Health and Hope.......................................... 05Direct Relief International: Helping Heal Communities........................................... 05Access to Medicines: Providing More Health to Families and Communities.................. 06Community Programs............................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 7AmeriCares Free Clinics: The One-in-a-Million Patient.. .......................................... 08Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center: Helping Hope Bloom.. ........................................ 08Helping in Emergencies: Friends for Man’s Best Friend. . .......................................... 08Community Partnership: The Crew That Renews.. .................................................. 09Prevent Rx Drug Abuse Program: Keeping Medicines Out of the Wrong Hands.. ............. 09Employee Engagement: Accelerating the Search for a Cure...................................... 09Furthering STEM Education: Catalysts for Future Excellence..................................... 09 Produced by disaster-relief partner MAP International, TravelTime and Skills. ........................................ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Packs are a part of Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationsVolunteer Profile: The Music of Giving................................................................ 11 Product Donation Program.Volunteer Profile: Living For That A-Ha! Moment................................................... 11Strengthening Our Communities: Day of Action Engages BI Employees. . ..................... 119/11 Day of Service: Nurturing STEM Careers....................................................... 129/11 Day of Service: Jumpstarting, or Restarting, Careers........................................ 12Supporting Hospice Services: Caring as Art—Literally and Figuratively......................... 12Social Enterprise...................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Ashoka Youth Ventures: How Fab Is This?. . .......................................................... 14reSET Social Enterprise: A Service for Those Who’ve Served for Us............................. 14Ashoka: Virtual Hang-outs for Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs........................... 152012 Giving Report : Table of Contents Page 02
  4. 4. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationMedicineImproving patient access to qualityhealth care at home and around the world $1,125,000,000 The amount the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation has donated in medicines over its eleven year history through its Patient Assistance and Product Donation Programs.As a company, our mission is to research, develop, andmanufacture innovative medicines to improve lives.As a citizen of our country and the world, our missionis to help make these medicines available to people inneed. Boehringer Ingelheim, through such BI Caresinitiatives as the Patient Assistant Program and ProductDonation Program, does exactly that by donating essentialmedicines and services to underserved patients andcommunities around the world.2012 Giving Report : Medicine Page 03
  5. 5. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationAmericaresMitigating the Toll of TornadoesThe frequency and destructive power of tornadoes in the American Midwest and Southeastonly seem to increase in frequency and destructive power each year. When major tornadoestouch down, our nonprofit disaster relief partner, AmeriCares, gets busy assessing thedamage and providing relief. Through them, BI Cares donates essential medicines toaffected patients.The same holds true when other natural disasters strike, such as hurricanes, floods andwildfires. In the face of trauma and great loss, AmeriCares and BI Cares together make avital impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities.The partners provide medicines to patients with unmet medical need outside of disasterrelief as well.Map InternationalDelivering Packages for LifeThey’re called Travel Packs: two 1.5-cubic-feet boxes, weighing a combined total of 50-60pounds and containing medical products designed to reach medical mission teams in areaswhere a single aspirin can be an out-of-reach luxury. Produced by disaster-relief partnerMAP International, the Travel Packs are a part of Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation’sProduct Donation Program. But as one real-life journey demonstrates, the Travel Packsrepresent so much more than a box filled with “supplies.”As part of a mission trip to the village of Awomberew in the African nation of Ghana, BIemployee Heidi was in charge of making sure that the MAP International Travel Pack got toits destination. “When we opened the Travel Pack to set up for the clinic, we looked at thedoses of oral rehydration salts and thought that they wouldn’t be used,” recalled Heidi. Photos Courtesy of MAP International 700 115 “One morning, however, the very first patient was an elderly woman who had been carried there on her Number of Number of not-young daughter’s back. The treatments made countries that have woman was lethargic, too weak to sit possible by each benefited from the Travel Pack Travel Packs up and had a blood pressure of 65 over 35 mmHg with a temperatureof 101°F. Everyone thought she would die that day. We treated her with the salts, carried herto a cot so she could rest, and within hours she was able to walk home. She walked back thenext day for a follow up, with a blood pressure of 120 over 82 mmHg.”Heidi, who works in the Ridgefield BI office, has been to Awomberew three times since2006. Why does she make such a long, arduous trip? “It changes you. Over time, youmove beyond the poverty and build relationships. And it makes you question what is trulyimportant in your own life,” she explains.2012 Giving Report : Medicine Page 04
  6. 6. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationPatient Assistance ProgramWords of Health and Hope“I cant thank you enough for helping me out again this year...Without yourgenerosity, I would have a difficult time paying for my medication. Thank you!”The BI Cares Foundation Patient Assistance Program provides select pharmaceuticalproducts free of charge to eligible U.S. patients, including senior citizens and families onlimited incomes.“Thank you, thank you so much. You folks are lifesavers. I really appreciateyour charity, your kindness, your consideration. Without your gift, I’d be lost.Thank you.”Unsolicited letters with comments like these tell us that our Patient Assistance Program ishelping us achieve our mission of providing more health to more patients in need.“Your Foundation is a wonderful benefit to qualified persons like me. I wishto sincerely THANK YOU for your assistance. My gratitude is beyond words.”In 2011, more than 63,000 eligible patients received our medicine through the program.“Since I was disabled due to my health problems, I have not been able toafford my meds, and again, I appreciate what you have done.”BI Cares is committed to strengthening this important program. After all, we want to keepgetting letters like this:“Just had to say Thank You and God Bless. I can breathe so muchbetter with my meds! You all just dont know how much it means. Someonedoes care.”Direct Relief InternationalHelping Heal CommunitiesIn some underdeveloped countries, women who experience prolonged childbirth maysustain injuries to their birth canal and nervous system that lead to lifelong ambulatoryproblems and urinary incontinence. This condition is known as Fistula. Due to theassociated stigma and misperceptions about the condition, these women are oftenostracized from their communities.The Fistula Foundation, with support from Direct Relief International and the United NationsFamily Planning Agency (UNFPA), delivers surgical services and counseling programs to helpinjured women recover from the trauma of obstetric fistula and be integrated back into theircommunities.BI Cares is there, too, through its donations of medicines to surgical centers in Kenya andSomalia. The result: better care for women and stronger families and communities.2012 Giving Report : Medicine Page 05
  7. 7. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationAccess to MedicinesProviding More Health toFamilies and CommunitiesBoehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation has donated $1.125 billion in medicines over itseleven-year history through its Patient Assistance and Product Donation Programs. ThePatient Assistance Program has given uninsured and underinsured U.S. patients more than$651 million in medicines, while the Product Donation Program has provided more than$474 million in medicines to underserved patients in the U.S. and around the world. Countries where product donations have been made.500,000 Number of patients who have benefited $474,000,000 The Product Donation Program has provided from the Patient Assistance Program over $474 million in medicines to underserved over the Foundations history. patients in the U.S. and around the world.2012 Giving Report : Medicine Page 06
  8. 8. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationCommunityProgramsEnhancing the communities where we live and work BI Cares supports the Connecticut Mission of Mercy clinic, which provides free dental care to the underserved and uninsured in Connecticut. Oral health is connected to overall health and can impact a persons quality of life and self-esteem.In “Thoughts of a Free Thinker,” Kurt Vonnegut’scommencement address at Hobart and William SmithColleges in 1974, Vonnegut wrote, “… the most daring 1,088 The number of Communitything is to create stable communities in which the Programs Boehringer has supported over the years.terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” At BoehringerIngelheim, we believe that it’s not just daring, but also animportant responsibility to become active in the fabric $21,000,000 Value of program supportof the communities in which we live and work. That’s to strengthen local communities.why we work closely with our local partners to createand sustain programs that bring people together andmake more health for them and their communities.2012 Giving Report : Community Programs Page 07
  9. 9. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationAmericares Free ClinicsThe One-in-a-Million PatientWhile roughhousing with his brother, 21-year-old Frederico felt the knee pain that hadbeen bothering him for more than a year suddenly become unbearable. As Frederico hadno health insurance, a friend searched the Internet and found the Boehringer IngelheimAmeriCares Free Clinic in Danbury, Connecticut, which provides quality healthcare for theuninsured. On his first visit there, the staff saw the large mass on his leg and immediatelyreferred him to Danbury Hospital for an MRI scan. The results: a tumor that was destroyingbone and muscle in his leg. Frederico, shocked and scared, turned again to the clinic, whicharranged an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital. Surgeryquickly followed along with some good news: The tumor was a rare but aggressive non-cancerous growth that afflicts one person per million per year. Following extensive physicaltherapy facilitated through the clinic and Danbury Hospital, Frederico’s mobility has beenrestored.“I don’t know what could have happened if I didn’t find AmeriCares,” Fredericosaid standing on his two legs, healthy again. “I’m so grateful.”Norma Pfriem CenterHelping Hope BloomBI Cares Foundation provides financial support to the centers Medically UnderservedInitiative to help women in southwestern Connecticut. Photo courtesy of Jamie Collins PhotographyConnecticut’s Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center provides screening, diagnostic, and otherservices to women in need. At its 12th annual Rose of Hope Luncheon, its largest fund-raising event ever and featuring actress and keynote speaker Julie Bowen of television’s“Modern Family,” BI Cares Foundation was awarded the center’s Rose of Hope Award forits support of breast cancer screening programs for underserved women. “Early detectionremains the cornerstone of breast cancer control,” said BI Cares Foundation vice presidentFrank Pomer. “In fact, 95 percent of breast cancers are now curable when detected early. Somaking this opportunity available for these women is invaluable for them and their families.”Helping in EmergenciesFriends for Man’s Best FriendThere’s a severe shortage of Man’s Best Friend out there. The National Disaster Search DogFoundation (NDSDF) reports that more Advanced Certified canine search teams are neededwhen disaster strikes, here at home or around the globe. Our U.S. Animal Health business,Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., located in St. Joseph, Missouri, has a longstandingpartnership with the NDSDF. Since 2004, the company has committed more than$1,000,000 in sponsorship to the nonprofit and its mission to strengthen disaster responsearound the world.2012 Giving Report : Community Programs Page 08
  10. 10. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationCommunity PartnershipThe Crew That RenewsThe Renew Crew of Petersburg, Virginia, is a volunteer organization committed to improvingthe housing and living conditions of low-income adults and persons with disabilities in theircommunity. Many BI Chemicals employees have contributed to this community-mindedeffort by volunteering their time and skills in building and installing wheelchair ramps andassisting in other home improvement projects for those in need. What they’ve learned is thatvolunteering not only renews homes, but also serves as a rewarding personal renewal as well.Prevent Rx Drug Abuse ProgramKeeping Medicines Out of the Wrong HandsWhile our mission is to provide more medicines to more people in need, we know thatsometimes it is better to take back than it is to give. Our Columbus, Ohio, businesses—Roxane Laboratories and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane—have partnered with the FranklinCounty Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Attorney General’s Office, Kroger Pharmacies andWCMH NBC4 to present a comprehensive Prevent Rx Drug Abuse program. This programencourages safe use of prescription medicines through quarterly drug take-back days,parent-student seminars on prescription drug abuse, and on-air and online news stories. Todate the program has collected more than 3,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs,and has educated more than 500 families on the dangers of prescription drug abuse.Employee EngagementAccelerating the Search for a CureBoehringer Ingelheim’s Ben Venue Laboratories in Bedford, Ohio, manufactures sterileinjectable medicines, including some that treat certain types of cancer. We are proud tohave partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support the Northeast Ohio SusanG. Komen Race for the Cure, including being the Survivor Ceremony Sponsor for this event.Our employees stand—and sometimes run—alongside people with cancer and their familiesin the search for a cure.Furthering Stem EducationCatalysts for Future Excellence 25 Years of CPEP Year 1BI Cares is proud to be a major contributor to CPEP: 1 school districtCatalysts Powering Educational Performance. For more 1 school 40 studentsthan 25 years, this statewide educational program in Year 25Connecticut has been helping under-represented youths 11 school districtsprepare to follow their dreams of a career in Science, 35 schoolsTechnology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 900+ students/year2012 Giving Report : Community Programs Page 09
  11. 11. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationTime and SkillsEncouraging the involvement of our employeesBoehringer Ingelheim’s success as an innovator is directlylinked to the passion and commitment of its employeesin bringing groundbreaking new medicines to patients.Turns out that the communities in which our employeeslive and work benefit from this same spirit of commitmentand caring. We are proud of the innovative ways BIemployees leverage their time, skills, and involvement toeducate, motivate, and provide for their neighbors in need.2012 Giving Report : Time and Skills Page 10
  12. 12. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationVolunteer ProfileThe Music of GivingPlenty of orchestras stage concerts to raise money for charity. But one consists entirelyof doctor-musicians from around the globe: the World Doctors Orchestra. One of thosetalented doctor-musicians is BI employee Birgit. “We work to support underfunded areassuch as buying braces and other durable medical equipment,” she says. Other beneficiariesinclude HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa and victims of abuse and torture. Concerts havebeen held worldwide. Birgit plays both the cello and trombone. She loved music so muchthat at one point she had to decide between a career in music or medicine. Medical schoolwon out, but music has remained an important part of her life. Birgit’s service doesn’t endwhen the music stops. As a medical doctor, she volunteers at the Boehringer Ingelheim realize how lucky I am to serve IAmeriCares Free Clinic in Danbury, Connecticut. Volunteering allows her to serve patients others with talents that I dont getwho might not otherwise be able to get the care they need while keeping her connected to to use in my day-to-day work.the clinical side of patient care.Volunteer ProfileLiving For That A-Ha! MomentBI employee Jeff’s enthusiasm for science is as evident as the results of one of theexperiments he conducts while volunteering at schools in Columbus, Ohio. “The materialsare the stars of any show,” he gushes. “If they bubble, smoke, or change color, we haveevidence of physical or chemical changes.” An Analytical Chemist at Roxane Laboratories,Jeff has been active in the American Chemical Society for nearly 20 years and serves on itsCouncil on Community Activities. Jeff is a passionate promoter of science, living for thatexpression on a student’s face that tells him he’s sparked an interest. As a result of Jeff’srapport with students, countless children in Central Ohio have been introduced to careersin Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.Strengthening Our CommunitiesDay of Action Engages BI EmployeesOn June 6, 2012, 150 BI employees in nine teams supported nonprofit organizations inWestern Connecticut by contributing their time and skills to a variety of projects, fromsprucing up facilities and grounds, beautifying gardens and trails, building and taking downfences, and helping with painting projects at a variety of sites throughout the community.“BI is very fortunate to have employees who demonstrate our culture of caring each andevery day,” says Ann Wainright, who led the volunteer effort. Beneficiaries included anAbility Beyond Disability group home, Ann’s Place, the Marian Anderson Studio for theDanbury Museum and Historical Society, Camp Candlewood, Danbury Youth Services, theHispanic Center, the Salvation Army, and the Regional YMCA in Bethel.2012 Giving Report : Time and Skills Page 11
  13. 13. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation9/11 Day of ServiceNurturing STEM CareersAs part of Boehringer Ingelheim’s 9/11 Day of Service, BI employees visited Rogers ParkMiddle School and Danbury High School, both in Danbury, Connecticut, to encouragethe students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This gave the youngstudents an opportunity to put a friendly face on these careers and motivate them to focuson their studies so that, one day, they might follow in these successful footsteps.9/11 Day of ServiceJumpstarting, or Restarting, CareersBI Cares knows that there’s a direct link between gainful employment and health. That’s whyon its 9/11 Day of Service, BI employees with extensive experience in human resources andtalent acquisition conducted a daylong workshop for clients of The Bridge to Independenceand Career Opportunities (TBICO) seeking employment. Networking, interview skills, andLinkedIn were among the topics discussed. Clients there were also able to take advantage ofan earlier, successful BI Cares drive that collected new or gently-used professional women’sclothing and accessories.Supporting Hospice ServicesCaring as Art—Literally and FigurativelyRegional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut provides end-of-life care andcounseling to families in need. Last year, for instance, the organization made more than30,000 such visits to area families. Considering the sensitive nature of these visits, thecare provided is truly a work of art. For the past 27 years, BI has been proud to host theorganization’s signature fundraising event, The Art of Caring. This event attracts hundredsof guests to the BI campus, where they can admire the work of more than 100 artists whileenjoying the artistry of local musicians and gourmet fare donated by the area’s finestrestaurants. Supporting the work of Regional Hospice and Home Care goes hand-in-handwith Boehringer Ingelheim’s commitment to patients and families, and our support ofemployee volunteering.2012 Giving Report : Time and Skills Page 12
  14. 14. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationSocial EnterpriseHow is Boehringer Ingelheim making more health? Quick: In three words, describe how youd make more health. Thats the challenge we gave to our Ridgefield, Connecticut employees on Value Through Innovation Day, an annual global event that celebrates the ways Boehringer Ingelheim is expanding and strengthening connections with healthcare providers, patients, families, communities, and employees. The answers will inspire you. Check it out at begins with an idea. An idea becomes reality onlywhen certain individuals have the vision, passion, anddetermination to see it through. In our world of medicinesand healthcare, we are fortunate to work with peoplewilling to tackle major social issues and implement ideasand programs that bring about wide-scale improvementsin the health and well-being of patients around the world.We call these people “social entrepreneurs.” BI Cares isproud to support their innovative programs, research,and education as they—with little fanfare—strive toensure the health of this and future generations.2012 Giving Report : Social Enterprise Page 13
  15. 15. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationAshoka Youth VenturesHow Fab Is This?A young social entrepreneur with an idea for helping adolescent girls creates a week-longsummer camp for girls aged 8 to 12 that promotes discussions on self-esteem, inner beauty,body image, health, and ambition. The idea: celebrate uniqueness, not conformity andsimilarity. They call their camp “Finding the Fabulous.”The young innovator, a college student named Lauren, along with a partner, Sarah, createda business plan and pitched it to Ashoka Youth Ventures, a BI Cares Foundation partner. Theenterprising duo received funding and put their idea to work. Last summer, 40 girls attendedthe camp. Students from nearby schools volunteer as senior camp counselors, and 13-year-old camp grads can give back by serving as junior counselors. Follow-up activities for campgraduates continue year round. Lauren and Sarah hope to expand the number of campersand promote “Finding the Fabulous” in other communities.“It’s not surprising that nearly all adolescent girls are unhappy with the way they look,” saysLauren. “From an early age, they are bombarded with messages on how they ‘should’ look.”Thanks to Lauren and Sarah’s social entrepreneurship, though, more young teens are able tosee through these messages to create their own unique—and healthy—versions of fabulous.reSET Social EnterpriseA Service for Those Who’ve Served for UsThe Social Enterprise Awards, sponsored by Connecticut-based Social Enterprise Trust(reSET), recognize aspiring individuals with a business concept for a sustainable socialenterprise designed to improve the community, create jobs, and demonstrate the power ofharnessing profit for purpose. Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to support one of those awards, the 2012 More Health Through Innovation Award. The 2012 award went to Combat2Career (C2C), an innovative web-based portal that helps veterans to search and apply to veteran-friendly educational programs, internships, and jobs. C2C not only facilitates the transition from combat to higher education, but alsoCharlotte, co-founder of C2C, is from higher education to the civilian workforcehelping veterans find educational by providing a way for veterans to developprograms and employment based relationships with mentors and veteran-friendlyon criteria that are most businesses while they are completing their degreesimportant to them. and embarking on their post-graduation careers.2012 Giving Report : Social Enterprise Page 14
  16. 16. Boehringer Ingelheim Cares FoundationAshokaVirtual Hang-outs for Social Innovatorsand EntrepreneursDon’t let the title fool you. The Virtual Hang-out we’re talking about isn’t for slackers andvideo games. Rather, it’s an innovative approach to brainstorming and sharing ideas andexpertise with social entrepreneurs around the world. Ashoka, a global association of theworld’s leading social entrepreneurs, collaborated with BI Cares on the Virtual Hang-outapproach with a computer, a webcam, and an internet connection.More than a dozen Boehringer Ingelheim employees took advantage of the VirtualHang-out on its 9/11 Day of Service in Ridgefield to share their experience and skills increating business plans, developing marketing strategies, and setting cost-effective pricingstructures. Here’s a sampling of just a few of the projects discussed:MyMind, brainchild of Making More Health Fellow Krystian Fikert, is a public mentalhealth service in Ireland that brings much-needed help to the community—faster andmore cost-effectively.BreathEasy, created by innovator Nikos Papachristou, makes treatment of pediatric asthmamore effective through its line of kid-friendly inhaler and other devices.Haydrick Healthcare, founded by innovator Hayden Williams, is working to bring portableradiology and medical records access technology to areas where service has traditionallynot been available.The successful 9/11 events have already led other Boehringer Ingelheim national officesto get involved, including BI Netherlands and BI Australia. As these and more and more BIoffices are learning, hanging out for an hour can help create real change around the world.2012 Giving Report : Social Enterprise Page 15
  17. 17. About UsThe objectives and beliefs of BoehringerIngelheim can be summed up in a singlephrase: Value through Innovation. It’swhat drives us to continuously searchfor new and innovative ways to improvethe lives that we touch—whether that belives of patients and their families, ouremployees or our community.Contact UsBoehringer Ingelheim900 Ridgebury RoadRidgefield, CT © 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim. All rights reserved.