William H. Donner Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Donner does not have a specific global health grantmaking program and tends to support organizations that reflect a capacity for wide-reaching impact.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to back large international NGOs. Smaller and grassroots groups may have a difficult time securing Donner’ grants. 

PROFILE: The William H. Donner Foundation was incorporated in 1961 with an endowment that was originally earmarked for the International Cancer Research Foundation. The foundation has grown significantly and holds between $150 million and $175 million in assets. The foundation operates a very sparse website that does not delineate key priority areas in global health. 

Donner's tax filings reveal a diversity of funding interests that includes global health. The foundation does not restrict its global health grantmaking to a specific program. It also appears to support larger global health organizations, such as Africare and the Carter Center. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Donner awards grants to groups from all over the United States that are carrying out their work across the globe. However, its tax filings reveal a tendency to support East Coast organizations particularly in New York.  

The foundation does not accept or acknowledge unsolicited requests for funding or grant proposals. The Donner Foundation is managed by FIDES Philanthropic Management and Advisory Services. Grantseekers interested in getting in touch with the foundation should contact Deirdre Feeney at dfeeney@donner.org.

PEOPLE:

  • Rebecca Winsor, President
  • William Spencer III, Vice President

CONTACT:

The William H. Donner Foundation

520 White Plains Road, Suite 500

Tarrytown, New York 10591

(914)-524-0404