AbbVie Partners With Nonprofits to Advance Health and Education Equity

AbbVie ranked No. 23 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2022.


AbbVie has shared some of the progress made by six nonprofit organizations it partners with to advance health and education equity for underrepresented groups.

“Advancing health and education equity have been integral to AbbVie since our company was founded in 2013,” said Binta Beard, Director of Global Philanthropy. “Since our founding, we have invested more than $168 million in philanthropic programs that purposefully support diverse communities.”

In the first two years, the company’s six racial equity partners have made the following progress:

  • University of Chicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative: AbbVie and the Urban Health Initiative have partnered to launch Liaison in Care, which has provided grants that have helped over 27,000 residents navigate care and connect to relevant health and social service resources.
  • Direct Relief: AbbVie donated $10 million to Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity, which has served over 14,000 patients. Forty-six percent of these patients were Black and 31% were Hispanic/Latinx.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF): AbbVie’s partnership with UNCF has helped launch and scale the Healthcare Diversity Workforce Program, which offers support to students who are interested in a healthcare career but face challenges. The program seeks to increase the number of Black professionals in the healthcare industry.
  • Providence St. Mel: Providence St. Mel School, a predominantly Black preschool-12th grade school in Chicago, has awarded 32 scholarships in the past two years. The school’s partnership with AbbVie has helped provide a pathway for underserved students to attend a four-year college.
  • National Urban League (NUL): AbbVie donated $7 million to Project Ready Mentor, NUL’s signature mentorship program. The program provides mentorship opportunities to underserved youth ages 11-18 who are vulnerable to disengagement from school, community and the workforce.
  • Year Up: AbbVie committed $10 million to Year Up’s training and internship program, which gives young adults the opportunity to obtain technical and professional skills and work experience to achieve economic mobility.



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