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Partnering with CDC

CDC engages in many forms of public-private partnerships to carry out its mission, and that mission cannot be accomplished alone. There are opportunities for both formal and informal collaborations that can lead to valuable, mutual benefits.

Benefits for private sector partners may include

  • Effective outlet for corporate social responsibility
  • Increased ability to achieve greater outcomes
  • Exposure to new markets and market share and attract new investors
  • Access to specific populations or professional groups
  • Opportunities to create and test new products to meet unmet social or individual needs
  • Reduced business risks
  • Enhanced reputation, brand loyalty and goodwill

Public-private partnerships are powerful tools that can help CDC

  • Extend the reach of our messages and programs
  • Speed up our response and innovation cycles
  • Connect with organizations that share our goals
  • Gain insight and perspective from businesses
  • Solve problems through new technology
  • Develop our workforce
  • Raise awareness about CDC’s lifesaving work

How to Partner with CDC

CDC’s Guiding Principles for Public-Private Partnerships: A Tool to Support Engagement to Achieve Public Health Goals” serves as a guide to these types of partnerships.

Private sector partners include for-profit businesses, professional organizations that represent businesses, philanthropic arms of private corporations, other philanthropic entities, and private individuals groups.

Public-private partnerships may include non-legally binding relationships where skills and assets are shared to improve the public’s health, and each partner shares in the risks and rewards that result from the partnership. Often, a Memorandum of Understanding or Memorandum of Agreement (MOU/MOA) is created. CDC's MOU/MOA Operational Policy provides additional guidance.

In some cases, partners may agree to share or pool financial resources. When significant resources are exchanged, legally binding agreements can be established.

In some cases, partnerships are arranged through the CDC Foundation.  Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has dedicated itself to helping CDC do more, faster, by forging partnerships between CDC and those in the private sector – foundations, corporations and individuals – who want to help CDC protect and improve health.

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Although the CDC Foundation was chartered by Congress, it is not a government agency nor is it a division of CDC. It is a private, nonprofit organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Operating outside of the federal appropriations process gives the Foundation valuable flexibility and access to resources and opportunities that may not be available to CDC. To connect with CDC Foundation, click here.

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