The McKesson Foundation

Founded in 1943, the McKesson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporate foundation dedicated to advancing health outcomes for all. The Foundation’s mission is to remove barriers to quality healthcare across North America, especially for vulnerable and underserved communities.

The McKesson Foundation champions health equity by partnering with nonprofit organizations to advance efforts aligned with three strategic giving pillars and corresponding areas of focus:


The American Cancer Society that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. These cancer diagnoses often create both a health and financial crisis for patients and their families. factors including race/ethnicity, health insurance status and income can affect the timing of a patient’s diagnosis and treatment, as well as their survival and financial impact. Working with our partners, we aim to reduce the risk of getting cancer and address socioeconomic barriers to care.

  • Prevention – provide education and services to encourage people to adopt healthy diets, exercise regularly, avoid tobacco, and protect their skin.
  • Screening and Treatment – increase awareness of the importance of screenings, early detection and timely treatment among vulnerable populations; provide free health screenings for patients and connect them to care.
  • Financial/Logistical Assistance – connect uninsured and underinsured patients to programs providing low or no-cost co-pays and social determinants of health (SDOH) interventions, e.g., transportation, childcare, healthy food, home meal delivery; reduce the economic burden of low-income patients with emergency funds for rent, utilities and other household expenses.
Doctors sitting at a table with a patient checking her blood pressure

Photo courtesy of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy


Patients report that they feel more heard and are more compliant with medical guidance when they share race/ethnicity with their healthcare practitioner. , yet the combined Black and Hispanic representation among is 8 percent and the combined . Closing the gap between diverse representation among the general population and among healthcare practitioners will improve health equity and patient outcomes.

  • Oncology Professionals – increase underrepresented in medicine (URiM) student recruitment and retention; increase all health professionals’ cultural competency to better serve a diverse patient population.
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians – increase URiM recruitment and retention; prepare students for broader pharmacist roles; leverage pharmacists’ extensive training, community presence and public trust to serve vulnerable and rural patient populations.
  • Student Engagement – increase students’ awareness of STEM careers; support students’ financial literacy; help prepare middle and high school students for higher education.
Workers in a warehouse sealing a box


With the increased frequency and intensity of climate events, more people across North America need temporary or extended shelter, as well as food and medications, during and in the aftermath of crises. And with 10 percent of the population in both Canada and the U.S. living in food insecure households, programs to provide regular, nutritious meals to children, families and seniors can reduce chronic disease and improve long-term health.

  • Preparedness – support relief agencies’ efforts to prepare for forecasted as well as unforeseen emergencies; support relief agencies’ efforts to help people become Red Cross Ready.
  • Disaster Relief and Recovery – mobilize resources to provide acute services, such as water, food, shelter, comfort kits, medicines, and healthcare for people affected by natural disasters or crises; help families return to normalcy after a disaster.
  • Medicine and Food – assist vulnerable individuals and communities by supporting acute and chronic care services that provide medicines and food.

Interested in applying for a grant from the McKesson Foundation?

The McKesson Foundation accepts applications for funding requests above $25,000 February 1 through April 30 each year. We accept funding requests up to $25,000 year-round.

All funding requests are assessed on the project鈥檚 alignment with the Foundation鈥檚 strategic giving pillars, demonstrated need, expected impact, cost, and other evaluation criteria.

The Foundation supports both national and local organizations. For organizations working at a national level, program scope can be across the United States and/or Canada or in targeted regions. For organizations working locally or regionally, the Foundation has eight priority locations: Atlanta, Ga.; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Houston, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; Montreal, Quebec; Richmond, Va.; and Toronto, Ontario. Funding to local organizations serving outside these communities is unlikely to be approved.

Examples of areas the Foundation does not fund include:

  • Event sponsorships
  • Direct donations, scholarships, or grants to individuals
  • Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
  • Building, capital, or endowment campaigns
  • Faith-based organizations, unless the activities being funded are accessible to the general public and are not aimed at promoting one religion or faith over any other
  • Organizations without U.S. IRS 501(c)(3) charitable certification or equivalency, if international
  • Programs based outside the United States or Canada
  • Biomedical research; clinical research and trials; or research on treatments, cures, drug therapies, or medical devices
  • Organizations whose primary purpose it is to re-grant funding received
  • Organizations and programs that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin or citizenship, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief, except where those activities support the Foundation鈥檚 commitment to diversity and the elimination of health disparities.

If you have reviewed our strategic giving pillars and guidelines and believe your organization is a good fit, please use the link below to apply for a grant.

All grant applications must be submitted online. Funding decisions for applications submitted during the February 1 through April 30 annual grant cycle will be made in August, with notifications to all applicants shortly thereafter. Funding decisions for requests at $25,000 or less will be made within 60 days of receipt.

The Foundation further amplifies its impact in the communities where Team McKesson lives, works and operates by promoting employee volunteerism and bolstering charitable giving. While our employees are united by our purpose of advancing health outcomes for all, they also support a wide range of causes as volunteers and donors. The Foundation offers a Matching Gift program that doubles their donations and awards grants for individual and team volunteering.

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McKesson Foundation programs for employees and their families

Help during natural disasters and unexpected emergencies

The McKesson Taking Care of Our Own Fund is our employee relief fund. It provides grants to colleagues going through financial hardship due to natural disasters, serious illness, and other unexpected events. It’s supported by donations from our company, the Foundation, and our employees.

Supporting college for McKesson families

Administered by Scholarship America, the offers 40 new scholarships each year for the children of employees. Each scholarship can be renewed up to three times, and we take financial need into account.

Ready to get started?

If you’re a McKesson employee, head to the site to double your donations, log volunteer hours, and learn more about how you can give back to the community.