Beyond simply supporting programs, Astellas invests in the happiness of our employees by giving them five paid days a year to volunteer at an eligible nonprofit of their choice. We also host an annual yearlong global service campaign called Changing Tomorrow Day that helps people live smart. Employees contribute their time and skills toward our goal of building communities by painting children’s cancer centers, assembling self-care kits for homeless veterans and cleaning up local parks, to name a few examples. Astellas is also committed to improving STEM education, by hosting Astellas scientists in classrooms to inspire the next generation of scientific minds.

Astellas and its employees show their commitment to giving back in many ways:

Changing Tomorrow Day 2015
In 2015, to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary, Astellas Americas multiplied its commitment to volunteerism by “the power of 10.” We met our goal to complete 10,000 volunteer service hours throughout the Americas, completing 121 volunteer events that benefited 35 nonprofit organizations and the people they serve.

Employees took part in activities ranging from restoring a park and assembling care packages for veterans’ families to preparing meals for families of children in pediatric hospitals. Fifty percent of employees across the U.S., Canada and Brazil voted to choose grant recipients from a select group of nonprofit disaster relief and health-based organizations. The American Red Cross and Stop Hunger Now each received a $100,000 grant to support their efforts to advance access to healthcare and expand community development around the world.

Changing Tomorrow with Community

Astellas Americas is committed to building community, helping others, encouraging integrity and inspiring people to make a difference. The basis of Astellas’ Living Smart platform is that anyone can achieve a better tomorrow when provided with the right resources.

StarGIVING Program
We create opportunities for Astellas employees to become more involved and amplify the impact of their own charitable giving through the StarGIVING program.

Astellas employees can take 40 hours of paid volunteer time off every year.

One million dollars have been donated to date through the matching gifts program to American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Since 2009, Astellas employees in the Americas volunteered 75,000 hours in their communities.

Changing Tomorrow Day 2015 — Americas
Each year, our commitment to building our communities to help them live smarter comes to life through our Changing Tomorrow Day activities.

Over 72% of Astellas employees volunteered 10,000+ hours

Packed 70,855 lbs. of food totaling 56,045 meals for those in need

Collected 800 lbs. of trash and planted 100 shrubs

Volunteers in the Brazil office donated nearly 700 hours to 13 local nonprofit organizations

35 organizations supported through Changing Tomorrow Day 2015, impacting 6,650 patients & family members

4,000 meals prepared for patients’ families staying at U.S. Ronald McDonald Houses

Volunteers donated 600 hours to Camp Trillium, a summer camp for pediatric cancer patients and their families

Assembled 2,600+ care packages for veterans

Volunteer Stories

“It was such a win-win for both sides. It was a teambuilding opportunity that allowed us to help someone who really needs it, and the organization really benefitted from our time there. This will definitely be a yearly event for our team.”
– Angela Johnson, Astellas Pharma US, retail corporate account specialist, on volunteering with Christmas in the City, a nonprofit that collects and distributes gifts for needy families. The Boston- based Astellas Corporate Accounts team assisted parents in the community with selecting Christmas gifts for their children.

“It is great to volunteer anytime during the year, but people really seem to appreciate it during the holidays. It makes life a little easier for families and more joyous for the children.”
– Vikki Andersen, Astellas Pharma US, senior professional representative II, PCP, on volunteering with Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency assistance to military personnel and their families.

Our employees help make an impact with Astellas USA Foundation partner programs:

Astellas USA Foundation supports Chicago Zoological Society’s “King Conservation Science Scholars Program,” which gives more than 200 Chicago-area high school students the opportunity to learn about animals and conservation and give back to their communities while preparing for college and their future careers. In February 2016, Astellas employees served as judges at two Brookfield Zoo Science Fairs hosted by Chicago Zoological Society.

“It was wonderful seeing the excitement the students had for their projects and the thought and hard work that went into them. It’s very encouraging to see a new generation have such a passion for science.”
– Marjorie Baker, School Programs Coordinator

Since 2011, Astellas USA Foundation has supported iBIO’s Stellar Girls, a 20-week after-school program benefiting 400 girls, taught by teachers from 25 Chicago area schools.

“The success of the experiments the girls complete increases their confidence and desire to continue learning about science. I think I have as much fun as they do, and I find my time with the girls unbelievably rewarding. I encourage every woman at Astellas to participate in this amazing program.”
– Barbara Devine, assistant director, risk management, on volunteering with iBIO Institute EDUCATE Center’s Stellar Girl’s program.