The Vertex Foundation
Expanding Our Corporate Giving Commitment
The Vertex Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, seeks to improve the lives of people with serious diseases and contribute to the communities where Vertex is located through education, innovation and health. Established in 2017, the Foundation is a long-term source of charitable giving and is an extension of Vertex’s corporate giving commitment.
The Vertex Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations to support programs that have the potential to create lasting change in four areas:
- STEAM education to support the next generation of innovators
- Social innovation to enable innovative solutions to community challenges
- Healthy families to support quality of life for families with children living with serious diseases
- Community support by contributing to disaster relief efforts, providing scholarships to those impacted by cystic fibrosis (CF) and through employee volunteering and matching gift programs
Below are some examples of the types of programs the Foundation supports.
From hands-on learning modules to a STEM-focused summer camp, the Foundation’s partnership with i2Learning enables science, technology, engineering and math to come alive for middle school students. With $5 million in funding from the Foundation, i2Learning — an innovative organization that teams up with schools and districts to foster STEM education — provides programming and teacher professional development to schools in Boston, Massachusetts and San Diego, California.
In the UK, the Foundation supports ENTHUSE Charitable Trust, part of STEM Learning, to provide continuing professional development to 300 teachers and help them deliver excellent STEM education to more than 30,000 students across the UK. You can learn more about the partnership here.
The Foundation invests in programs that address social issues in Vertex communities in unique and innovative ways. In 2020, the Foundation committed $1.5 million over three years to help establish the new Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Under the leadership of Founding Director Ibram X. Kendi, the Center will study and develop new ways to understand, explain and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.
The Foundation supports organizations that improve the quality of life of families with children living with serious diseases. We know that when a child is sick it impacts the whole family. That is why the Foundation is proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities, a global nonprofit dedicated to supporting families with sick children in their time of need. In 2019, the Foundation gave $1.2 million to support the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House in Dublin, Ireland which will provide twice as many families with a free place to stay while their children are in the hospital. The Foundation also funded a new family welcome center at the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego, California.
- DISASTER RELIEF
When natural disasters strike, they have a devastating effect on both families and communities. That’s why the Foundation supports leading nonprofit partners that provide health-related relief services in times of disaster. In 2020, this included $5 million to support on-the-ground COVID-19 pandemic response efforts globally.
- VERTEX EMPLOYEE MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM
The Foundation supports a one-for-one matching gift program designed to extend the impact of employee donations to qualified nonprofit organizations. In 2019, employees and the Foundation donated $2.4M to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations.
- VERTEX FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to help people with CF and their immediate family members (siblings, caregivers, children and spouses) pursue collegiate two-year, four-year or graduate degrees. You can learn more about the scholarship here.
The Vertex Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is a separate legal entity from Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated with distinct legal restrictions.