Mission & Impact

Life Science Cares provides a platform for companies and their employees to make a difference on issues of poverty.

Overview

Life Science Cares leverages the power of the life science industry to solve one of our most intractable social issues—poverty. We currently operate in four locations that boast a critical mass of companies working in biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and research: Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Partnering

By partnering with local nonprofits with proven records of impact in their communities, Life Science Cares directs financial resources, donated goods, and thousands of volunteer hours to address both immediate and long term needs of our neighbors living in poverty.

Our goal is to build support systems and structures where individuals and companies can contribute in meaningful ways to local efforts while reducing waste and fostering positive workplace culture.

Collective Impact to End Poverty

Mission

The mission of Life Science Cares is to leverage the intellectual, financial, and human capital of the life sciences industry in an effort to reduce the effects of poverty in Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego and the Bay Area. We do this by making financial, multi-year grants to a cohort of nonprofits while also recruiting volunteers and directing donated goods to their organizations. The result is an efficient model of support that both increases the capacity of nonprofits to serve and provides valuable team-building and corporate social responsibility benefits for companies.

Life Science Cares offers grants to organizations working in three areas of need.

Survival: Without addressing basic needs like food security, safety, health care, and housing, we cannot expect individuals to emerge from poverty. We fund multiple organizations working these areas to ensure Boston’s most vulnerable residents have a strong foundation on which to build. We believe every person has the right to these basic human needs, and a significant portion of our effort goes to helping these organizations.

Education: A proven path to long-term financial success and overall happiness is education. That’s why Life Science Cares supports STEM education, college preparation and success, educational enrichment, and programs that support and inspire students of every age. We also bring students into life science companies to learn more about careers in the sector, encouraging students to pursue science and laying the groundwork for a diverse future workforce.

Sustainability: Includes organizations that work in job creation, job training, mentoring, and economic development. We believe that providing support to the best organizations that work to help families and individuals to lift themselves sustainably out of poverty is also an important need for the community.