The Community Pharmacy Foundation ("CPF") is a national non-profit organization that provides grants and funding for special projects and studies directly associated with community pharmacy practice and the advancement of patient care services by pharmacists (see Mission Statement).
The Community Pharmacy Foundation is not a membership association although it works closely with the national pharmacy associations most directly affiliated with community pharmacy practice – the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The Community Pharmacy Foundation also works closely with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and particularly their respective community pharmacy residency programs. Furthermore many of the grants awarded by CPF are to faculty of colleges of pharmacy working in direct relationship with community pharmacies in their respective region or state. Accordingly CPF considers itself "associated" with these four national pharmacy associations.
IN THE BEGINNING
The Community Pharmacy Foundation was established in 2000 by an act of a federal court order emanating out of a settlement on behalf of community pharmacies across the United States through class action litigation against discriminatory pricing issues. The Foundation, which became operational in 2002, was originally governed by a court appointed Board of Directors consisting of four community pharmacists and a retired judge of the United States District Court in Illinois. With an interest to obtain greater diversity in experiences, the Board expanded in size by 4 members and with the retirement of the judge (2012) and Lonnie Hollingswoth (2015), CPF is governed by 7 directors of the Board.
The original Board of Directors established the Bylaws of the organization and administered its operational development between 2000 and 2002. The Board meets 4-5 times / year, most often in Chicago. In late 2001 the Board decided in order to become operational for purposes of the new Mission Statement it adopted it would be prudent to retain executive support staff services. Accordingly its first executive director, Louis Sesti, RPh, was retained and its scope of activities was launched. Lou developed the grants process and retained his daughter, Anne Marie (Sesti) Kondic, PharmD to serve as the grants administrator since 2004. With his retirement from CPF, Lou transitioned the executive director responsibilities to Anne Marie in January 2015.
THE CPF GRANTS PROCESS
The exclusive goal of the CPF Board of Directors during this early development period was to establish a meaningful and responsible process for the receipt, review, evaluation, awarding and monitoring of grant dollars based upon submission of grant requests to the Board of Directors.
Consistent with today's technology the Board established a Community Pharmacy Foundation web site (www.communitypharmacyfoundation.org) which would provide the mechanism for interested persons and organizations to, first of all, learn about the Foundation as well as be utilized as the method for the administration of its Grants Process (for more extensive details see CPF Grants Process).
This commitment to the awarding of grants for community pharmacists and colleges of pharmacy for projects and studies focusing on community pharmacy continues to be the primary mission of the Community Pharmacy Foundation. The CPF Grants Process appears to work satisfactorily and the Foundation continues to invite interested pharmacists and persons to utilize this valuable resource to advance patient care services from community pharmacists.
GRANT FUNDING AWARDED
As of the end of 2014 … following thirteen years of operation of the Community Pharmacy Foundation the Board of Directors had received 570 Grant Applications. Of these, 211 were invited to submit a Grant Proposal from which 135 were awarded grant-funding support totaling over $6.5 million.
CPF launched the first major upgrade of its website in 2009 which enabled greater functionality including the posting of completed grant documents. This was a major step to permit sharing and future implementation by other community pharmacists by facilitating access to materials. Over time and with the speedy advances in technology, CPF underwent a major redesign of the website with launch in early April 2015. Not only does the upgraded site place more prominence to completed grants, best practices and trending research, it also incorporates social media and seeks to further engage visitors in discussion of CPF grants and issues impacting community pharmacy.
Your comments, suggestions and input are always welcome by utilizing the "Contact Us" section of the CPF Website.