Background
The Amgen Foundation was launched in 1991; it is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improve people’s lives. To date, the foundation has contributed $130 million to non-profit organisations across the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that align with the foundation's mission.
Mission
To advance science education; improve quality of care and access for patients; and support resources that create sound communities in which Amgen staff live and work.
Geographic focus
United States, Puerto Rico, Europe
Programme areas
The foundation supports projects in the following areas:

• Quality of care and patient access
• Science education
• Community Life

Science Education
Teacher quality and professional development in maths and science: Comprehensive programs that enhance the quality of maths and science teachers entering the classroom and support teachers with meaningful professional development opportunities that have a positive impact on student achievement
Pivotal hands-on science experience: Support programs that provide students and teachers with opportunities for hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences that significantly impact students’ excitement about science and scientific careers

Quality of Care and Patient Access
Patient Empowerment: Programs that enable patients to become active partners in their health care, make informed decisions and contribute to a wider perspective in the health care system
Health Care Disparities/Health Inequalities: Programs that aim to close gaps and address population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, or access to health care – from prevention to survivorship

Community Life
Their focus is to fund programs that enhance civic engagement by supporting science- and education-based initiatives, environmental programs, health and social services, as well as culture and the arts in an effort to strengthen and enrich our communities.