History & Origin

The Community Pharmacy Foundation was founded in 2000 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing community pharmacy practice and patient care delivery through grant funding and resource sharing. Learn about our history, view organization videos, and read published articles to appreciate where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and where we’re going.


CPF Strategic Interests

The CPF strategic plan guides the organization’s grant making to advance community pharmacy by supporting initiatives that align with the areas of strategic focus. View the 2019 Strategic Interests.

June 2019 – Flip the Pharmacy - CPF introduced a new category of grant funding to their existing funding portfolio with an award of over $3.3 million given to practice transformation teams over the first two years of what is planned to be a five-year program.

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CPF was awarded the APhA Foundation Pinnacle Award (September 2017) and the APhA H.A.B. Dunning Award (March 2018). CPF also appoints Matt Osterhaus, BSPh, Maquoketa, Iowa in August 2018. 

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2017 2018
National Recognition
Change in Leadership


Anne Marie (Sesti) Kondic, PharmD transitioned to the executive director role and focused on increasing grantee promotion and resource sharing. CPF engaged researchers from the University of Minnesota, led by Brian Issets, PhD, BCPS, to conduct a CPF program evaluation.

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CPF appoints Randy Myers, RPh, Carey, Ohio in January 2011 and Dorinda Martin, PharmD, Austin, Texas in August 2011.

Board Expansion
Decade of Progress

Reflections on the first ten years of operations are captured in the Decade of Progress article. CPF solicited a special request for a ‘Replication Grant’ to highlight one of the grant funding criterions. The primary purpose was to take “lessons learned” from a completed CPF Grant and implement it in another community pharmacy.

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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.

Website Launch
Board Expansion


CPF appoints Brian Jensen, RPh, Two Rivers, Wisconsin in May 2007 and Linda Garrelts MacLean, RPh, Spokane, Washington in October 2007.


With the hiring of the first executive director, Louis Sesti, RPh, former executive of the Michigan Pharmacists Association, the board received the first applications in January of 2002 and awarded the first  grants to proposals from Alan Zillich and Bill Doucette in May 2002.

Grant Funding Begins
CPF Established

The Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) 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. CPF 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.

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Additional information about the Community Pharmacy Foundation

For more information ‘in our own words’, please view two CPF organization videos on YouTube:



Alignment of Community Pharmacy Foundation Grant Funding and the Evolution of Pharmacy Practice in the United States of America
    June 14, 2019
Comparing the Research Contributions... 
     July 12, 2017
An Evaluation of the Distribution...
     March 16, 2017
Pharmacy Times – Look and Look again
     February 10, 2017

Elements - Funding Change: How Pharmacies Can Apply for Grant Funding
    December 14, 2015
Student Pharmacist Magazine (APhA-ASP) -
My Non-traditional Career Path

     December 2015