The Allergan Foundation

The Allergan Foundation is the philanthropic endeavor of global pharmaceutical company, Allergan plc. The company is based out of Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey. Established in 1998, the foundation’s main focus is grantmaking in communities where Allergan plc has a facility, such as areas in Southern California, Texas and New Jersey. In 2011, the company also created the Allergan International Foundation for work around the globe.

Eight members of the Allergan Foundation’s nine-person Board of Directors represent Allergan plc’s executive staff, including the company’s CEO and President Brenton Saunders.

The foundation’s aim is “providing a lasting and positive impact in the communities in which Allergan plc employees live and work,” through funding health and human services programs, as well as those geared toward the arts, education and civic programs.

Major Program Categories: According to the Allergen Foundation’s website, the foundation will “consider awarding grants for the following:

  • Programs that promote education, research, and awareness of health issues.
  • Efforts to improve the quality of health care and patient access to care, with an additional emphasis on women’s health issues and the aging population.
  • Patient and health-care-centered organizations aligned with the Allergan Foundation’s mission statement.
  • Community-based projects that support the arts, education, and other civic and community causes located in regions where Allergan plc has a facility.”

It’s not surprising that given Allergan’s pharmaceutical background the foundation dedicates a significant amount of its grants toward the aforementioned “education, research and awareness of health issues.” However, tackling issues facing children, youth and families is still prominent within this giving category. It has supported programs for children affected by (or with families affected by) major health issues, like Manitou Camps for a program for grieving children, for example.

Children and families are also a prominent focus of the foundation’s community-based projects and its support of education, health and human services.It has funded projects at several Boys and Girls Club chapters as well as the California Association of Student Councils. Several of the foundation’s grants also support projects to provide housing for teens in crisis, services to victims of domestic violence, and housing to families at risk of homelessness.

Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are given to either a specific project, or overall support.

How to Apply: The application for the Allergen Foundation’s community grants is open from May 1 through June 15th. The Board of Directors will make then award decisions in September, and funds will be distributed to recipients in October.

Click here for more details about eligibility, and how to access the application once it is made live.

Name of Foundation: The Allergan Foundation

Location: Irvine, CA


Contact Information:

Coverage Area: The United States, with concentration of giving done in communities with large Allergen employee presence, such as Orange County, CA; Central New Jersey, McLennan County, TX.

Subject Area: Arts, Education, Health and Human Services, Civic and Community Programs

Assets: $41,353,460 (2015)

Last Year Total Giving: $7,518,361 (2015)

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