Background
Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology -alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world. Maintaining good community citizenship is part of the Medtronic mission. Medtronic has been giving back to the community since they were founded in 1949. They are passionate about improving the health of people and communities where they can make unique and positive contributions.
Mission
To improve the health of people and communities through focus, innovation and leadership.
Geographic focus
China, Japan, India, Western Europe, Russia, parts of Eastern Europe, South Africa, Canada, Brazil and the US
Programme areas
The foundation is active in the following areas:

• Health
• Education
• Community

Health
Supports the improvement in health for people with chronic diseases and conditions, via the following programmes:

'Medlink': supports educational programs for medical professionals to improve healthcare systems, primarily in low and middle-income countries where the lack of training is a barrier to quality healthcare.

'Patientlink': gives grants to patient associations that educate, support and advocate on behalf of patients with diseases or conditions for which Medtronic has a therapy.

'HeartRescue': stimulates awareness, education and training on sudden cardiac arrest.

Education
In addition to the educational elements mentioned above, the foundation supports the preparation of future generations of scientific innovators.

Communtity
Supports Medtronic employees and the vitality of the communities where they live and work. The foundation also supports:

'Community Link': giving grants to organisations to support local community health, education or welfare programmes in communities where Medtronic has a concentration of employees.