Giving Back is in Our DNA

We want to make the world a better place—one patient, one medicine, one community at a time.

At Horizon, we are proud to devote our time and resources to initiatives that benefit our community, our patients and our employees.

Four Pillars of Giving

We’ve identified four pillars —children’s healthcare, innovation, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and our therapeutic areas. We engage in purposeful giving within these areas through employee service, corporate sponsorships, events, grants and other forms of support.

  • Horizon proudly supports organizations, programs, and initiatives to improve the lives of women and children around the world.

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    Horizon is the lead sponsor of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Health Symposium, which brings together international leaders to explore how storytelling and immersive technologies are enhancing the health and well-being of women and children globally.

    March of Dimes
    Giving back is so foundational to Horizon’s culture that we’ve integrated a volunteer project into our HR onboarding process. Through a partnership with March of Dimes, new hires participate in a project to help make fleece blankets for premature babies at a local hospital.

    Gift of Adoption
    We matched employee donations to Gift of Adoption, funding adoption assistance grants that enabled three Ugandan siblings with health conditions to be united with their new adoptive family in Oklahoma. In 2016, our employees exceeded our donation goal, allowing us to help close a second adoption of a child with a health condition in the Southern United States.

    Financial Support
    We’ve extended financial support and handmade cards for pediatric patients at St. Jude’s Hospital. We also extend financial support to UNICEF, the Ronald McDonald House, Community Health & the Children’s Advocacy Center.

  • Without curiosity, passion and a spirit of entrepreneurship, breakthroughs in science, healthcare and business can’t happen. At Horizon, we look to foster those qualities and support people who are choosing to challenge the status quo and seek better solutions to life’s challenges.

    Women in Bio Pitch Perfect Challenge
    We sponsored Women in Bio’s inaugural “Pitch Perfect Challenge,”which gave Chicago-area women healthcare entrepreneurs the opportunity to deliver pitches to top female investors and receive valuable feedback on presentation and delivery.

    Our CEO, Tim Walbert is the founding co-chair of MATTER BOD, a healthcare incubator offering a platform for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. We’re proud to lend both our human and financial capital to MATTER.

    Chicago Innovation Awards
    At Horizon, we’re supporters of the Chicago Innovation Awards, and a past recipient. Our team is also active with the CIA’s Women Mentoring Co-op, which connects successful female innovators in the Chicago area with women who have demonstrated interest in innovation.

    Chicago Ideas Week
    We’re an active sponsor of Chicago Ideas Week, an international ideas festival where we help support community dialogue on healthcare topics.

    Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
    We’ve worked with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship to bring its highly-regarded curriculum into the school that we’ve adopted – Perspectives Math & Science Academy – giving the students exposure to the innovative process of entrepreneurship, from beginning to end.

    In addition to these efforts, we have supported the work of the Museum of Science & Industry, MIT, Adler Planetarium, UofC’s Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1871 and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Institute.

  • Science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) are foundational building blocks towards developing the next generation of pioneers. Our adoption of Perspectives Math & Science Academy is helping us foster this next generation with innovative programs.

    After School Matters
    Through After School Matters, we supported a muralist who worked with a group of students to design, build, and install a large outdoor mosaic installation reflecting women and minority STEAM heroes on the exterior of the Perspectives Math & Science Academy building.

    Through YWCA, we’ve enabled students of Perspectives Math & Science Academy to access weekly afterschool programs on STEAM projects and ideation.

    Perspectives Math & Science Academy Robotics Team
    We directly sponsor the PMSA robotics team and provide resources for a group of seniors to visit college campuses throughout the region.

    Open Books
    We hosted a drive to benefit Open Books, an organization dedicated to providing books to schools with under-resourced or nonexistent libraries.

    Chicago Council on Science and Technology
    We’ve partnered with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology to curate a Women in STEM speaker series, and provide general support for their digital platform, providing STEAM informational videos and programming for teachers everywhere.

    Year Up
    We’ve launched a partnership with Year Up to employ promising young adults in STEAM fields.

    We’ve extended our support for two organizations that provide STEAM programming specifically for girls: Girls 4 Science and iBIO Institute’s Stellar Girls.

  • Our company and employees are committed to going the extra mile for all the patients we serve, with services and support that assist patients living with rare diseases and their caregivers. Through disease advocacy efforts and awareness campaigns, we help to ensure patients have a voice, are supported throughout their unique healthcare journeys and can enhance their lives.

    When meeting with the leadership at Mt. Sinai Hospital, we discovered a need to address the significant number of patients that were leaving the emergency room with prescriptions, only to return to the ER a short while later because they were unable to afford the co-pays.

    As a result, we built and seeded an Access to Care Fund which underwrites the cost of the prescription co-pays for Mt. Sinai patients discharged from the ER that need it.

Our Impact to Date

  • To date, we’ve donated more than $1 Million in support for communities in need
  • We provide assistance to more than 40 non-profit organizations
  • We’ve adopted 50 homeless students and their families for the holidays at Perspectives Math & Science Academy
  • We’ve donated more than 2,000 lbs of food donated to our local food pantry
  • We’ve raised $3,300.00 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. That’s equal to 9,867 meals and 900+ lbs of food!
  • Horizon employees have provided 23,000+ comfort kits to homeless veterans by Horizon employees via the American Red Cross