Amgen Foundation Donates $500,000 to South Asia Earthquake Relief Efforts
Foundation Encourages Other Corporations, Philanthropies to Contribute
THOUSAND OAKS, CA. (November 15, 2005) - The Amgen Foundation today announced
that it will provide $500,000 in cash donations to aid victims of the October
8 South Asia earthquake.
The Foundation will donate $250,000 to Oxfam International to help provide appropriate
winter shelter and clothing for earthquake survivors throughout Pakistan and India.
The Foundation will also give $250,000 to Direct Relief International for medical
equipment and supplies urgently needed in the impacted region.
"Amgen extends its deepest sympathies to those impacted by the tragedy of
the South Asia earthquakes," said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation.
"With millions now homeless and winter approaching, the need for support
In addition to the Oxfam and Direct Relief International support, the Foundation
said it is using its Matching Gifts Program to match dollar-for-dollar the earthquake
relief donations made by individual Amgen staff members.
"The business community has given generously over the past year to support
disaster victims worldwide," Lim said. "Once again significant assistance
is required, and we encourage other companies to join us in supporting the relief
effort to the fullest extent possible."
About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation (www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html) seeks to advance
science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the
communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation
has made more than $53 million in grants to local, regional and national non-profit
organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. It has also
supported disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.