Involving employees and business partners
The “la Caixa” Foundation, part of the large Spanish savings bank, is a founding partner of and significant contributor to the GAVI Matching Fund.
A key part of the mission of “la Caixa” is to help vulnerable groups, often in partnership with innovative organisations. One focus area is preventative healthcare, with the Foundation performing strong advocacy work for GAVI and immunisation throughout Spain.
As a result, “la Caixa” has created a unique private-sector programme – the Business Alliance for Child Vaccination – under which its business partners have contributed about US$ 1.5 million to GAVI. To date, 224 Spanish companies have participated, including football powerhouse Atlético Madrid, which in 2012 provided star striker Radamel Falcao as a spokesperson to help bring visibility to child immunisation.
“la Caixa” employees have also donated more than US$ 258,000 to GAVI, which – like contributions from the Business Alliance – have been doubled under the GAVI Matching Fund. The contributions by employees and by the Business Alliance are in addition to the “la Caixa” Foundation’s own significant contributions to GAVI.
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