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Jun 4, 2013

10 Life Science-Loving Charitable Funds and Foundations

These organizations know when to give a little.

10 Life Science-Loving Charitable Funds and Foundations

These charitable funds and foundations fund life sciences research in more than a single disease, and are known primarily for their charitable contributions to life science researchers and their institutions. [© vichie81 - Fotolia.com]

  • You've seen our list of 20 nonprofit disease foundations that give grants and other awards for research; now, following is a list of 10 charitable funds and foundations, unranked and listed in alphabetical order, that fund life sciences research in more than a single disease, and that are known primarily for their charitable contributions to life-sci researchers and their institutions, as reflected in grants and other awards.

    Each fund or foundation is listed by most recent year of data availability in all categories sought; total grants paid out that year; a breakdown of that grant activity by disease, program, or anecdotal example cited in public materials; a total approved grant amount where available; total expense and revenue; and location of their headquarters. Financial figures come from an institution’s annual report or audited financial statement, except where otherwise indicated, such as through tax returns.

    The funds and foundations listed are among top examples as established from publicly available sources, including a “Foundations and Other Funding Sources” list maintained by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but do not constitute a list of all funds and foundations.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    2011 Calendar Year

    Total Grants Paid: $3.208 billion, including $1.978 billion for global health initiatives, including:

    • $357.702 million for polio
    • $313.797 million for vaccines
    • $232.703 million for HIV/AIDS
    • $199.701 million for malaria
    • $131.595 million for maternal, newborn, and child health
    • $120.327 million for tuberculosis
    • $94.331 million for neglected and other infectious diseases
    • $92.491 million for enteric and diarrheal diseases
    • $88.882 million for pneumonia
    • $62.348 million for family planning
    • $53.661 million for nutrition

    Total Expenses Attributable to Grants: $4.374 billion

    Total Expenses: $4.963 billion

    Total Contributions, Revenue, and Gains: $3.959 billion

    Headquarters: Seattle, WA

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund1

    2012, Fiscal Year ending August 31

    Total Grants Paid: $30.849 million, including:

    • $8.340 million for biomedical sciences
    • $6.837 million for infectious diseases
    • $5.096 million for interfaces in science2
    • $5.022 million for translational research
    • $750,000 for reproductive sciences

    Total Grants Approved: $21.683 million

    Total Expenses: $27.382 million

    Total Revenues and Realized Gains: $27.324 million

    Headquarters: Research Triangle Park, NC

  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation3

    2011 Calendar Year

    Total Grants Paid: $58.808 million, including $13.302 million for medical health projects, including:

    • $7.78 million over three years to 16 junior physician-scientists ($486,000 each) to support their transition from mentored to independent clinical research careers
    • $4.4 million over three years to nine sickle cell disease projects ($486,000 each)
    • $50,000 over 12 months to the New York Stem Cell Foundation to support generation and maintenance of induced pluripotent stemPS cell lines at the NYSCF Personalized Medicine Bank

    Total Grants Approved: $31.635 million, of which $14.288 was for medical research projects

    Total Expenses and Disbursements: $68.140 million

    Total Revenues: $89.248 million

    Headquarters: New York, NY

  • Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation4

    2011 Calendar Year

    Total Medical Research Grants and Contributions Paid During the Year: $4.258 million, including:5

    • $500,000 to the Rockefeller University
    • $457,608 to Tel Aviv University
    • $280,328 to Harvard Medical School

    Total Medical Research Grants Approved for Future Payment: $1.250 million

    Total Expenses and Reimbursements: $4.353 million

    Total Revenue: $4.284 million

    Headquarters: Needham, MA

  • Ellison Medical Foundation

    2011 Calendar Year

    Net Grants Paid: $43.511 million6, including:

    • $25.739 million through Senior Scholars in Aging award program
    • $10.170 million through New Scholars in Aging award program
    • $125,842 to institutional awardees through Aging Conferences awards program
    • $2.822 million to institutional awardees through other aging awards programs
    • $5.107 million to institutional awardees through other programs

    Total Future Grant Payments Approved: $69.285 million

    Total Expenses: $46.482 million

    Total Revenue: $49.964 million

    Headquarters: New York, NY, and Mount Airy, MD


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