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Charitable Contributions Process Statement

Charitable Contributions Process Statement and FAQs

"We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world community as well. We must be good citizens - support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes. We must encourage civic improvements and better health and education. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use protecting the environment and natural resources."

---Our Credo

A charitable contribution includes cash or product donations. A cash charitable contribution is a financial donation that is philanthropic in nature and provided to a non-profit organization to support a specific community-based (or regional/national) program, project, or event. A product donation is provided through specific product giving programs to non-government organizations generally responding to disasters, medical relief efforts and basic health care needs in under-served communities.

All requests are reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee, which may include Medical Affairs, Health Care Compliance, Public Affairs, Human Resources, and Legal, as necessary. Recipients must be tax-exempt organizations with an appropriate federal tax-exempt status. Requests should include the organization's mission statement, IRS tax status, project/event description, description of how the funds will be used, project budget (if applicable) and annual operating budget (if applicable).

The following types of requests are generally not eligible for charitable contributions:

  • Organizations that do not have a valid federal tax-exempt status
  • Scholarships to individuals
  • Direct contributions to individuals or physician practices
  • Loans
  • Trips or tours
  • Endowments of any kind
  • Sectarian and religious organizations that do not serve the general public on a nondenominational basis
  • Capital requests (building funds, endowments, multi-year commitments)
  • Political, fraternal or athletic groups

Product contributions must be used in the manner defined below:

  • Product contributions will only be placed with licensed medical and health care professionals;
  • Product contributions cannot be transferred in exchange for money, other property or services;
  • Product contributions cannot be used for research, experimental, or demonstration purposes;
  • Product contributions cannot be billed to any third party payor (public or private); and 
  • For purposes of disclosure and reporting, product contributions are valued at the Company's list price.


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