Employee Volunteering & Philanthropy

Employee Volunteering & Philanthropy

At McKesson Canada, we are committed to helping improve patients' lives by inspiring our employees, investing in our communities, and caring for our planet. Whether it's organizing a food drive or creating comfort kits for cancer patients, we believe that by sharing our time and talent, our employees can help make a difference in improving a patient's life.

  • A Focus on Cancer Care

  • Recognizing Oustanding Service to Communities

  • Supporting Local and Global Communities

McKesson Foundation Programs



McKesson Foundation Programs 

McKesson Foundation Programs

A Focus on Cancer Support

Community Days

Employees are encouraged to participate in coordinated group volunteer projects across the country with fellow McKesson Canada employees, furthering the impact of our giving beyond cash and strengthening our commitment to nonprofit organizations in the communities where we live and work.



McKesson in Motion

A charity step challenge, McKesson in Motion aligns with the Foundation’s employee-driven grantmaking strategy. Each participating employee earns a grant for the Foundation’s Cancer Care Community Partners. A friendly competition among business units promoted additional grants. In FY17, the program’s inaugural year, more than 14,000 employees took 3.8 billion steps, earning $200,000 in grants in Canada and the US. Participants also earned points through McKesson’s ilive wellness program.


Supporting Local and Global Communities

We build healthier communities by supporting the causes that matter most to our employees.

Matching Gifts

Gifts made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations are matched dollar for dollar by the McKesson Foundation, up to a total of $2,500 USD per employee, per fiscal year.

Volunteer Grants and Board Service Grants

Both programs promote employee participation at nonprofit organizations by providing grants linked to individual volunteer involvement.

Team Building Service Grants

Employees who volunteer as a group at a nonprofit organization as part of a team building exercise, can earn grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 USD for the nonprofit. 

Regional Volunteer Chairpersons

In McKesson Canada locations across the country, employee volunteers serve as Regional Volunteer Chairpersons (RVCs). These RVCs have volunteered to serve in a leadership capacity in their area to motivate employee volunteers and organize group volunteer activities.

Scholarships for Employees’ Children

Each year, the McKesson Foundation Scholarship Program provides college scholarships for the children of permanent, part-time (30+ hours) or full-time McKesson employees based in Canada and the U.S. In FY18, the Foundation awarded 27 four-year scholarships in the amount of $2,500 per year. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, activities and awards, and a counselor’s recommendation. Household income is also taken into account. Applications are accepted online starting March 15 of each year.

McKesson Taking Care of Our Own Fund

A relief fund that financially helps our employees facing an unexpected event such as natural disasters or serious illness. It is supported by donations from McKesson and the McKesson Foundation, as well as employees. 

Recognizing Outstanding Service to Communities

We are proud to recognize employees who build stronger communities, at the workplace and in their cities and towns.

McKesson Community Heroes

The Community Heroes of the Year Award recognizes outstanding employee volunteers. We select McKesson Community Heroes in three categories:

  • Better Health for Our Communities: Exemplary efforts for organizations and causes that strengthen our local and global communities and our workplaces.

  • Better Health for Patients: Exemplary efforts for the health and well-being of patients. We especially welcome stories highlighting cancer support.

  • Better Health for Our Planet: Exemplary efforts to support environmental awareness, conservation or sustainable living in our workplaces, our homes or our towns.

Along with the honor, each recipient receives a grant for the nonprofit organization of their choice. Meet our heroes! 

Leonora Kinsella, Ireland ̶ Better Health for Patients

Jack Covert: Better Health for our Communities

In the United States, Jack created an extracurricular robotics program at his son’s school. To this day, his program has helped hundreds of high school students increase their technical and business skills.

Discover his story by watching this video.

Trenton Distribution Center Returns Team, Canada ̶ Better Health for our Planet

Leonora Kinsella: Better Health for Patients 

With her friend Ade, Leonora created a haven of free temporary lodging in Ireland for families who travel great distances to seek medical treatment for their child.

Watch this video to learn more about her story.

James LeBrocq - A McKesson Hero

James LeBrocq: Better Health for our Communities

James works one-on-one with young Canadians to help them overcome opioid abuse and integrate back into society.

Watch the video to learn more about his story.

Trenton Distribution Center Returns Team, Canada ̶ Better Health for our Planet

Trenton Distribution Center Returns Team: Better Health for our Planet

The Returns Team at the Trenton Distribution Centre, in Canada, decided to donate unsellable supplies to their local underserved community.

Watch this video to learn more about this team’s story.