New Insights into this Medical Device Maker’s Philanthropic Strategy

We recently shared some insights about how to approach funding at the Boston Scientific Foundation, a major player in disease prevention and awareness. To recap, programs effective at preventing, diagnosing or raising awareness about chronic diseases are fair game within BSF's current funding guidelines. 

Related: How to Get Your Disease Cause Funded by the Boston Scientific Foundation

So to get a better understanding about what this funder is looking for in new disease-focused grantees, I connected with Jennifer Veilleux, senior manager for global community engagement for Boston Scientific. She provided the following insights into BSF’s current funding strategy:

The Boston Scientific Foundation is currently supporting communities where Boston Scientific Corp. has a business presence, and we are interested in sharing volunteer opportunities with employees. While not a requirement for submission, we do like to know how we can support organizations beyond the grant check. Lastly, the foundation’s main goal is to reach populations of people who have limited opportunities to access quality healthcare and supportive learning environments for their children. The organizations we support provide a unique ability to invest in communities by helping those who could benefit most from targeted support.

When I asked Veilleux about the foundation’s theory of change behind its grantmaking, here’s how she responded:

The Boston Scientific Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities in five markets in the U.S. (Valencia & Bay Area (California), Spencer (Indiana), Twin Cities (Minnesota) and Boston (Massachusetts), through targeted programming for underserved populations. We look to encourage change through the work of our grantees, which are mindful of the current landscape and long-term factors impacting people. By helping people understand preventive measures to stay healthy and equipping the next generation of STEM learners, together we can help people and communities create opportunity and change that are best suited to them.

BSF is looking for new grantees and accepts applications throughout the year. The foundation looks for programs that can effectively reach people and create change. However, right now, it’s also willing to consider a limited number of new and novel ideas related to health and STEM K-12 education.

Characteristics that BSF disease grantees tend to share include “a clear and deep understanding of the unique needs of the people they serve.” 

“Whether they are removing barriers to improve access to healthcare or delivering nutrition information as a holistic approach to improving heart health, grantees have a keen sense of where the need lies and where additional programming is needed,” Veilleux said.

To close, we’ll leave you with a final piece of advice that Veilleux would offer potential grantees:

If considering a submission, applicants should ensure that the application clearly defines the issue to be addressed, including: who, what and why, as well as how. The submission should also clearly outline the intended impact, including outcomes, goals and methods to measure results. 

Many current grantees are focusing on the delivery of care and health information that is intended to help people manage their health and enable them to share this knowledge with others, such as family members, creating a greater positive impact for even more people. From our STEM grantees, we see an ongoing dedication to reaching underserved student populations with new and improved learning experiences that foster an interest and improved achievement in STEM learning.    

Check out IP’s full profile, Boston Scientific Foundation: Grants for Disease, to learn more about what this funder supports and how to focus your proposal. Organizations interested in submitting a proposal should read all the information posted on the Boston Scientific Foundation website and remain current with the guidelines, as they could change in the future.