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Community Impact

True to our corporate mission, we seek to develop a communities where our associates work and live in which individuals have access to the tools they need to be educated, healthy and productive citizens. Listed below are priority funding areas for our community initiatives.

Health and wellness initiatives

A keen knowledge of personal health and the factors that affect it is vital to improving medical conditions that plague individuals across the globe. By combining knowledge with prevention and early detection of chronic conditions, we believe there is true potential to achieve reformed healthcare. Additionally, we believe in advancing the health of our associates so look to invest in clinical areas and programming with high associate impact.

First Hand Foundation

In 1995, Cerner founded the First Hand Foundation to directly fund health-related needs for individual children when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Serving as the primary philanthropic organization supported by Cerner and its associates, company funding (as well as investment income) covers all administrative costs of the foundation. This allows 100 percent of donations from associates and private donors to directly impact the health of a child.

To date, First Hand has impacted more than 164,000 lives in 83 different countries. More than $21 million has been distributed since First Hand’s inception. For more information, please visit the First Hand Foundation website.

Science, technology, engineering and math education

Cerner invests in the education of tomorrow’s technical workforce. We believe in building 21st century skills through real-world student learning. Each year, Cerner supports students from all over the Kansas City area through our K-12 and university partnerships and programs. Associates also lend their time to job shadow programs, educational externships, mentoring and more. For more information on Cerner's student programs, please read the Student Development section on Cerner Careers.

Regional development emphasizing life sciences

Cerner operates today with the same entrepreneurial spirit we had in 1979, when the company was formed. Our founders and associates value entrepreneurism and how to develop it in the areas of life sciences, technology, innovation and scientific research.

Cerner also believes in the future of our business and that of our community peers. We support organizations that promote business and economic development in their respective community. Cerner is a proud member of the Missouri, Kansas and Greater Kansas City Chambers of Commerce. We also lend our support to local development councils and life sciences institutes.

Philanthropic Priorities:

    Cerner community investment strategy is built on the following priorities:
  1. The strength of a community is directly impacted by the health of its individuals. A healthy population will drive the long term strength of a local economy.
  2. Today's technological advancements and changing business needs provide reason to review how we educate our children and future workforce. As the world evolves, so should education.
  3. Our founders and associates value entrepreneurism and its development in the areas of life sciences, technology, innovation and health care.
    Funding decisions are made based on alignment with our philanthropic priorities AND the following strategic priorities:
  • Partnerships should establish new or continue development of programs that results in systemic change and measurable outcomes.
  • Partnerships should promote health and wellness.
  • Partnerships should support Cerner volunteer engagement.
  • Partnerships should leverage technology and/or Cerner technical expertise.
  • Partnerships should, where possible, compliment the work of First Hand Foundation.

When reviewing requests for support, priority is given to non-profit organizations that establish new or continue existing programs that result in measurable impact to the community.

The following are excluded from funding:

  • Capital or construction purposes
  • Deficit funding or debt reduction of any kind
  • For-profit organizations
  • Religious organizations
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that illegally discriminate on any basis
  • Overhead costs
  • Political activity or lobbying

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