Suwanee Associates at a Breast Cancer Walk

Community Engagement Through Wellness

The VWR Foundation partners with associates to encourage teambuilding while making a difference in the community. When a group of associates participate in a community charity* event aligned with the VWR Foundation mission, the VWR Foundation donates $100 for each participating associate. In the past, such charities have included the March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen, National Multiple Scleroses Society and American Cancer Society.

It is our hope to engage more associates and as a result increase the dollars distributed to worthy organizations.

Year Number of Events Number of Associates Dollars Donated
2018 (so far) 3 45 $4,500
2017 11 220 $22,000
2016 11 239 $23,900**
2015 9 219 $21,900
2014 7 127 $12,700

Read more about the VWR Matching Program.

*Charities must be a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit.

**To expand engagement beyond public events, VWR holds its own annual 5K run and walk at its Radnor, PA headquarters. In 2016, the VWR Foundation proposed a philanthropic angle to support the wellness committee in increasing employee participation. The Foundation created a donation tier based on the number of participants. As a result of our combined efforts, the event drew its highest participation to date with 200 employees either running, walking or volunteering. In honor of those employees, the VWR Foundation proudly donated $10,500 to the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. The combination of all our wellness events resulted in $34,400 donations.