Non-profits can learn a lot from their corporate partners and vice versa. Done right, a partnership can have a profound effect on the missions of each organization and a strong bond is formed based on our desires to give back, reach people in need and support each other in achieving our goals.
Family Reach is lucky to have many corporate partners who have stuck with us through the years and we continue to meet new and inspiring organizations that want to collaborate. But there’s one partner that really stands out, and I feel compelled to tell you there’s more to the story around our partnership with AmerisourceBergen!
A perfect match
Chances are you’ve never heard of them, yet AmerisourceBergen is #26 on the Forbes Innovative Companies list. They have 19,000 employees worldwide across multiple business units and divisions of the organization.
Their work spans the entire healthcare spectrum, from partnering with pharma on delivering product to patients, to working within health systems to improve the quality of care. They’re powerful, compassionate and innovative – which make them the perfect Family Reach partner.
I’ve met many AmerisourceBergen employees from across the country over the past two years. Each time we are introduced to a new group, they embrace us with the same heartfelt enthusiasm and determination the CEO, Steve Collis, did when I first met him at a dinner party in NYC. Since meeting Steve and many leaders from across his organization, we’re now positioned with a corporate partner that has woven the Family Reach mission into the fabric of their organization and is producing astounding results.
A corporate partner in action
AmerisourceBergen collaborates with Family Reach on so many levels. They’ve hosted volunteer days in Dallas and Tampa, gathering employees to fill care packages for families who have an in-patient child with cancer at a local hospital. They also provide generous financial support, enabling us to expand our programs into the community and reach more patients trying to access a clinical trial. Xcenda, one of AmerisourceBergen’s business units focused on research and consulting, is collaborating with us on a white paper capturing the data around the debilitating impact financial barriers have on cancer patients’ chance of survival. All of this barely scratches the surface – we’ve been featured as AmerisourceBergen’s non-profit partner at the largest cancer conference in the world, ASCO, and two adventurous team members even ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Family Reach!
There are countless examples of how the AmerisourceBergen team has engaged personally and professionally with Family Reach. We could not be more grateful, proud and humbled by their determination to help us change the face of cancer for patients and their families throughout the US. Together we can fix this.
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