BD Foundation: Grants for Disasters

OVERVIEW: The BD Foundation’s grantmaking typically revolves around disaster response and relief efforts mounted by large international organizations.

IP TAKE: BD occasionally awards grants to local disaster response and relief outfits, but only rarely. So smaller groups aiding their local communities may have less luck with this corporate foundation.

PROFILE: The BD Foundation is the charitable branch of one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, Becton Dickinson. In most of its grantmaking, the foundation supports groups in regions of the world where the company has a significant business or employee presence.

Its disaster grantmaking is a bit different in that the foundation supports relief and recovery efforts nearly anywhere in the world that has been struck by natural disaster. In addition to its grantmaking in response to acute emergencies like earthquakes, hurricanes and flash floods, the BD Foundation supports ongoing disasters, such as protracted droughts. 

BD’s disaster response and relief grants can range anywhere from $20,000 to $300,000. The foundation operates an employee matching grant program in addition to its corporate giving and product donations. Typically, groups seeking grants outside of the United States need to contact the BD office in the country where their project or program takes place. The foundation typically awards large organizations, such as UNICEF and the American Red Cross. 

The BD Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

PEOPLE:

  • Gary Cohen, Board Chair of the BD Foundation, and Executive Vice President and President, Global Health

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