An Industry Perspective: Impact & #GivingTuesday

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This article was originally posted on LinkedIn by Holly Copeland

On this #GivingTuesday, you might be asking yourself whether your donation(s) has a meaningful impact.

Does your contribution matter?

It absolutely does. The weight of your contribution cannot be measured solely by the size of the donation itself, but rather by the virtuous circle it helps to create.

Given this, is it possible for companies to leverage their corporate and employee giving in ways that will help to create or contribute to virtuous circles?

At Horizon Pharma, we are attempting to find out.

Like most responsible companies, we started our efforts around giving back by lending our time, energy, expertise, and financial support to a disparate collection of worthy nonprofits. Those nonprofits are active within our four pillars of giving: Children’s Healthcare, Innovation, STEAM & our therapeutic areas. However, we now recognize that in order for us to create or contribute to a virtuous circle of our own, we must narrow our focus in ways that will maximize our impact.

So what did we do? We decided to start by partnering with a school; a school that had a myriad of needs coupled with a lot of potential; a school with an opportunity and needs gap that we could help close.

The school that we selected as a partner was Perspectives Math & Science Academy (MSA) in Chicago. We have extended infrastructure support, we’ve mentored and volunteered, we have sponsored clubs, underwrote programming, we have committed ourselves to their homeless students, purchasing their schools supplies, providing nonperishable food items and adopting them for the holidays. We have done all of this, and much more, hand in hand with our employees and it has invigorated them. After just one year, we can clearly identify the impact that we have had and are proud of our role in facilitating it. It has bettered the school, its students and us.

Perspectives MSA is now part of our Horizon family. This is evident in the comments of MSA students, the gratitude conveyed by MSA administrators, and by individual Horizon employees, many of whom have started to look at their jobs through a new lens, one that is eager to find ways they can leverage their role at Horizon to further contribute to the virtuous circle we are creating at Perspectives MSA.

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