The Baxter International Foundation's primary focus is increasing access to healthcare worldwide. In 2012, the Foundation donated more than $3.1 million (actual payments, excluding future commitments) in 13 countries. This included more than $725,000 to more than 730 organizations through the Foundation's Dollars for Doers and Matching Gifts programs that support employees' philanthropic contributions. The majority of the grants were based on recommendations from Baxter facilities, targeted to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for the disadvantaged and underserved in local communities. The Foundation also supports three prize programs that recognize organizations and individuals who demonstrate excellence in community service and healthcare research, and it has a long-standing commitment to the education of employees' children through Foundation scholarships.
Grants awarded in 2012 fulfilled local needs to increase access to dental care, mental health, and other healthcare services for children, the uninsured, veterans, and the elderly. Recipient organizations included the following:
- Ireland- Childvision, in Dublin, to support the salaries of two full time equine therapists and a project manager for the first year of the new equine program.
- China-Project Hope, in Shanghai, to pilot a care model to improve efficiency and effectiveness of home-based health care for the elderly.
- United States- Eisner Pediatric and Family Clinic in Los Angeles to support the expansion of their pharmacy by adding an additional pharmacist.
- Mexico-Aceptame Como Soy, in Morales, to support the salaries of two part-time psychologists , a full-time nutrition specialist and the services of an outsourced audiologist.
See a complete list of recent Baxter International Foundation grants with additional detail.