NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Supporting Community Pharmacies through Disaster

Charles Scott’s parents bought their community pharmacy in 1952 in a small town in southern Georgia. For nearly 100 years Dawson’s Pharmacy has been serving the residents of their small town with prescriptions, patient care, and a familiar face.  Over the years, Dawson’s pharmacy became a cornerstone in the rural community and had never experienced a store closure for more than two consecutive days.

In 2018 Hurricane Michael, the third-most intense Atlantic Hurricane to make landfall in the US, ripped its way through the Florida Panhandle spending the next six days ravaging communities from Tallahassee, FL to Southeast Virginia. The destruction path would eventually be spread over six states, affecting thousands of businesses and homes.

Dawson’s Pharmacy was one of the community pharmacies that was impacted by high winds and heavy rains. The rain seeped into the older structure, ultimately collapsing the pharmacy roof and destroying computer hardware, inventory, and flooring.

Because of individual donors to the NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, the NCPA Foundation was able to provide a much-needed financial grant to help Dawson’s Pharmacy continue to keep its doors open and to be the cornerstone of the small Georgia community. 

Our Fundraising Goal

Dawson’s Pharmacy is just one story, in one state, in the disaster pathway of one hurricane. There are thousands of other stories of community pharmacies experiencing financial burdens from natural disasters.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins June 1, 2019 and runs through November 30, 2019. As the rapid-intensification of hurricanes continue to produce stronger and more destructive storms, we can almost be certain that there will be a need to support community pharmacies experiencing a disaster.

The NCPA Foundation hopes to raise $10,000 to go towards helping community pharmacies rebound from damages experienced during natural disasters, including hurricanes.

With your donation, the NCPA Foundation can continue to provide grants to community pharmacies in need during the upcoming Hurricane season. The NCPA Foundation is dedicated to making every dollar count towards assisting struggling community pharmacies recover in the face of natural disasters.

Double Your Impact

When you donate to the NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fundraiser campaign, all donations will be matched, dollar for dollar up to $10,000, by the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC), the largest group purchasing organization for independent pharmacy, owned by independent pharmacy.

Don’t wait to double your impact, donate today!

Foundation Disaster Relief Fund History

The NCPA Foundation Disaster Relief Fund was established to provide financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for the repair of their pharmacies in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or other adverse circumstances.

Since 2005, the NCPA Foundation has provided over $170,000 in disaster aid.

Assistance is available to NCPA member and non-member independent pharmacies (up to $2,000 per site for NCPA members/up to $1,000 for non-members). Proof of damages is required, as a copy of an insurance claim.

About NCPA Foundation

The NCPA Foundation is a non-profit, philanthropic 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953.  The foundation is completely autonomous and relies on external support from individuals and corporations to maintain its far-reaching programs—including those that help develop the future leaders and entrepreneurs of the community pharmacy profession.

There is no other foundation in the United States solely dedicated to research, education and public outreach on behalf of independent community pharmacy.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law.  Federal tax ID:  90-0633086.

Our Mission

The NCPA Foundation advances independent community pharmacy through scholarships to pharmacy students, research/programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy and patient care, community health awareness programs, and aid to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster or other adverse circumstances.

Our Core Focus

·  Stimulating pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurism in pharmacy students and pharmacists

· Distributing educational aid to pharmacy students with a demonstrated interest in community pharmacy

· Providing financial support for independent pharmacies in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or other adverse circumstances

· Supporting research to advance the competitive position of independent pharmacies in the health care marketplace

· Educating communities on the important and unique benefits of independent pharmacy services


  • Scott Gerdes 
    • $15 
    • 10 mos
  • Gerald Shapiro 
    • $50 
    • 12 mos


Stephanie Vichness 
Alexandria, VA
National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation, Inc. 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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