Helmsley Backs Effort to Improve Rural Care for Type 1 Diabetes

You don't want to live in a rural area and have type 1 diabetes. Why? Because the specialists who can help you survive mostly live in cities. The Helmsley Charitable Trust wants to change these grim odds by teaching primary care clinicians and community health workers how to deal with type 1 diabetes.
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Medtronic's Big Push to Improve Access to Care for Non-Communicable Diseases

Medtronic's big initiative, HealthRise, will operate at the busy intersection where Disease rubs shoulders with Public Health to recruit and train frontline health workers in underserved communities.
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Cancer Philanthropy, Wall Street-Style

This ain’t your father’s cancer philanthropy. This ain’t some namby-pamby Race for the Cure-style charity outfit. This is cancer philanthropy, Wall Street-style. The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is less than eight months old, and already making bold grants.
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Is Collaboration the Key to Success? The Adelsons Sure Think So.

Today's medical research world too often pits scientist against each other and prevents collaboration that could speed up breakthroughs. That's why Miriam and Sheldon Adelson have sunk tens of millions of dollars into a very different model.
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Inside Medtronic Philanthropy’s HeartRescue Project

Medtronic’s HeartRescue Project has a pretty specific objective—dedicated to raising awareness and improving outcomes for sufferers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in and around Minneapolis/St. Paul —but it’s big by Medtronic standards, netting $2.8 million of the foundation’s giving in 2013. And it seems to be built for possible future expansion.
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Small but Fierce: Hilton Foundation’s Multiple Sclerosis Grantmaking

Think of healthcare giving, and you may immediately think of RWJF, but did you know about The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's multiple sclerosis program? The one that handed out three $800+ grants last year? We didn’t think so.
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Inside Merck Company Foundation's Strategic Planning Process

Many of these big foundations are like old trees. Mostly, they’re dead wood, sturdy and sound in their giving priorities and not really changing on a day-to-day basis. They grow in the same direction they’ve been growing in since their inception, and can be counted on to stay their course—unless or until a Strategic Planning Process is undertaken.
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$540M for Cancer Research: Where it Came From and Where it’s Going

The latest $540 million gift from one billionaire’s estate has brought the trust’s total philanthropy for cancer research to $2.5 billion. One of the largest single contributions to fighting the disease, funds will yield flexible, ongoing support for six of the nation’s top research universities—each with its own focus for preventing and treating cancer—at a time when many are struggling to maintain their funding.

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Minivan Mogul is Recruiting for a Very Personal War on Diabetes

Lee Iacocca’s legacy will mostly likely ride on the Dodge Caravan, the Mustang, the K-Car, or maybe even the Ford Pinto. But in his later years, Iacocca has dedicated himself to a far more personal and weighty cause—a cure for type 1 diabetes. His foundation just put out its latest call for new research proposals.

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2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Recipients Announced

They sure turned heads when they announced the Breakthrough Prize back in February. Now, ten short months later, these six key players and their advisory panel (which includes their first eleven recipients of the prize), are ready to announce their 2014 winners. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
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Here's Why the Helmsley Charitable Trust Spends Big on IBD

Though the Helmsley Charitable Trust is a relatively new player in the philanthropy game, it hasn’t wasted any time ratcheting up the dollars it ladles out to grantees. Last year, HCT dispensed $136 million in disease-related grants, and the bulk of that money went to fund IBD research.
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Why IBD Is Underfunded, and What the Broad Foundation Is Doing About It

Awarding around $3.5 million annually specifically towards inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, the Broad Medical Research Program frequently provides young, innovative scientists with the funding they need to continue their research. They’re all about the innovative young scientists whose nascent initiatives stand to benefit the most from a shot in the arm of money.
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How Helmsley Charitable Trust Is Turbocharging the Development of Glucose Monitor

In a novel philanthropic-private sector collaboration, the Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced a gift of $4 million to be made to DexCom, in the hopes of accelerating by two years the development and availability of the Gen6 Continuous Glucose Monitor.
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Check Out the International Recipients of BMRP Funding

The Broad Medical Research Program, which gives away about $3.5 million annually to fund inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, is all about funding “startup” research into IBD. For that reason, the BMRP encourages researchers from outside the U.S. to apply for consideration.
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Meet Helmsley Charitable Trust's New Program Directors

The Helmsley Charitable Trust, which has quickly become a major player in health and medical research grants, has brought on two new program directors to head its Type 1 Diabetes research and Digestive Diseases research areas.
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