Gifts to CDC

A visualization of funding received by CDC during Fiscal Year 2018. 8.245 billion dollars in congressional appropriations, 15.1 million dollars in CDC Foundation gifts, and 11.5 million dollars in gifts direct to CDC (direct gifts).

Partnerships Help Support a Range of CDC Programs


For more than a half century, CDC has been a leader in scientific research committed to protect the American people and keep Americans healthy, safe, and secure. Public-private partnerships help federal agencies do more with less, build on the capabilities of others, and leverage collective action. CDC has delegated authority from the Assistant Secretary of Health, HHS, to accept outside gifts. This authority was first given to CDC on March 29, 1983. Specifically, Section 231 of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 238) authorizes acceptance of unconditional and conditional gifts “…for the benefit of the Public Health Service or for the carrying out of any of its functions.”


Questions and Answers about Gifts

How does CDC get operating funds?
The main source of CDC discretionary funds is budget authority, which are annual appropriations determined by the U.S. Congress. The FY 2018 Omnibus bill appropriated $7.2 billion in budget authority to CDC, directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary to transfer $801 million in Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF) to CDC, and included $240 million from the Nonrecurring Expenses Fund, for a total program funding level of $8,245,808,000. Details for CDC’s FY 2018 and FY 2019 budget request and operating plan are available at:

Why does CDC receive gifts through the CDC Foundationexternal icon when they can receive direct gifts?
The CDC Foundation was created by the U.S. Congress to connect CDC with the private sector—individuals, philanthropies and corporations—to address public health protection challenges. In addition to more flexibility in spending, the CDC Foundation—because it is an independent non-profit—may be able to expedite funding to support public health challenges more quickly than CDC. Expediting funds is beneficial in addressing public health emergencies, such as the 2014-2015 Ebola response and 2015-2016 Zika response.

How does CDC review gifts for potential conflicts of interest and other concerns?
CDC’s goal is to have a process that is sound, transparent, and aligns with CDC’s policies. Our responsibility is to be good stewards of the work CDC is entrusted to perform. CDC’s gift acceptance policy requires a review for conflicts of interest (COI) and other concerns prior to accepting a gift.  In May 2014, CDC updated the process to review and document the results of the COI review for gifts received from the CDC Foundation. In April, 2015 that process was expanded to cover all gifts to CDC, not just those donated through the CDC Foundation.  Additional information about CDC’s gift review process is available at:

Page last reviewed: December 14, 2018