Mary L., a biology teacher at Weston High School in Massachusetts (middle, right) working with her students in the classroom (photo taken prior to COVID-19 pandemic).


Amgen Foundation Announces Recipients of $5.25M to Support Social Justice and Equal Opportunity

Funds will be distributed to U.S. communities where Amgen operates and to advance meaningful initiatives in science education.

In June, the Amgen Foundation pledged $7.5 million to support organizations advancing social justice across the United States.

Today, we are pleased to announce the allocation of $5.25 million of that pledge to 55 organizations, including:

  • 48 individual grants totaling $2.75 million in local U.S. communities where Amgen has a significant presence, and
  • Seven grants totaling $2.5 million that expand the Foundation’s long-standing focus on science education

These grants are in addition to the $2.25 million already given to four national organizations: the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Equal Justice Initiative, Race Forward and Echoing Green.

The Amgen Foundation is committed to doing our part in the historic fight for social justice, not just through our words, but through our actions. We are privileged to partner with a wide array of organizations in support of our shared aspiration—and to work together to make meaningful, visible differences in the communities where we live and work.
— Judy Brown, Chairman of the Board of the Amgen Foundation

Driving Change at the Local Level

The Amgen Foundation partnered with the Amgen Black Employee Network and leadership across Amgen’s U.S. sites to identify organizations which were already actively working to address the unique needs of their local communities.

The Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, for example, is an organization that for 50 years has been helping low-income individuals overcome the systemic barriers that deter their pursuit of success in life. According to Charisse Bremond Weaver, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, “The Amgen Foundation’s grant support will help us assist our community members who have been continually abused and exposed to inequitable conditions caused by the racial and social justice travesties that have been facing the South Los Angeles area for decades.”

Advancing Science Education

For three decades, the Amgen Foundation has inspired the next generation of innovators by bringing high quality, technology focused science education programs to millions of young people around the world. The $2.5 million in new science education grants will extend these programs to explicitly reach communities of color and to address racial disparities in science education. Seven organizations were selected, including The Education Trust, which seeks to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

“With support from the Amgen Foundation, The Education Trust will be taking a deep dive into barriers preventing Black and Latino students from enrolling and succeeding in critical Advanced Placement (AP) STEM courses, including AP Biology,” said John B. King Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust. “We will use student-level data, paired with enrollment data, to pinpoint the specific systemic barriers students face to inform recommendations for policy change to close these gaps in opportunity. This project builds on Ed Trust’s longstanding commitment to eliminate the racial disparities in access to advanced coursework.”

The Amgen Foundation recognizes that this effort is only the beginning. We will continue to listen, learn, and look to make a difference that is both meaningful and sustainable. We look forward to keeping you informed of our progress and thank you in advance for your support as we work toward a more just and equitable society for all.

Below is a full list of the grantee organizations.

Community Programs
Boston Community Access, Recruitment & Engagement (CARE) Research Center
Boston YWCA Cambridge
Boston Enroot
Boston Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth (BAGLY)
Boston Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston
Boston Biomedical Science Careers Program
Field My Block My Hood My City
Field United Way of New York City
Field Lady Like Foundation
Louisville Louisville Urban League
Louisville Evolve 502
Louisville Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana
Louisville Blessings in a Backpack
New Jersey The Conscious Kid
New Jersey NJ Leep
Puerto Rico Fundación Comunitaria de P.R.
Puerto Rico Fundación Sila María Calderón
Puerto Rico Centro Sor Isolina Ferré
Rhode Island Youth Pride
Rhode Island Rhode Island for Community & Justice
Rhode Island Boys and Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island
Rhode Island Boys and Girls Club of Providence
Rhode Island Providence Student Union
Rhode Island Young Voices
Rhode Island Rhode Island Guardians
San Francisco 100% College Prep
San Francisco RYSE Center
San Francisco Social Good Fund (fiscal agent for East Oakland Collective)
San Francisco Mandela Partners
San Francisco Project WeHOPE
Tampa CDC of Tampa (aka Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa Inc.)
Tampa Pinellas County Urban League
Tampa Innocence Project of Florida
Tampa Men of Vision
Thousand Oaks Social Justice Learning Institute
Thousand Oaks Macedonia Community Development Corp.
Thousand Oaks UCLA VIP Scholars
Thousand Oaks Cal Lutheran – Community Scholars for Black Lives
Thousand Oaks Brotherhood Crusade LA
Thousand Oaks Sanctuary of Hope
Thousand Oaks Loyola Project for the Innocent
Thousand Oaks Our Own
Thousand Oaks Challenging Opportunities Enterprises
Thousand Oaks National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
Washington DC Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Washington DC The Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Washington DC College Bound
Washington DC Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management
Science Education Programs
The Education Trust
From Prison Cells to PhD
LA Promise Fund
LabXchange (Harvard University)
Strive for College
Thrive Scholars
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

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