OVERVIEW: The BD Foundation’s global health grantmaking focuses on widespread immunization campaigns, healthcare worker safety, and outreach projects that educate and raise awareness of pandemic diseases. Specific disease interests include HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes, immunizations and infectious diseases.
IP TAKE: BD likes to partner with big name health INGOs, and often for multiple years. Small and grassroots groups will have a hard time securing funding.
PROFILE: The BD Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the medical technology company, Becton Dickinson. As with its corporate emphasis on addressing some of the world’s most pressing global health challenges, this corporate funder’s global health grantmaking revolves around the same concerns.
The majority of its health-related grantmaking works through BD's Helping Build Healthy Communities program. Global health grants support funding for HIV/AIDS, malaria, diabetes, immunizations, infectious diseases, and other health needs. The foundation focuses on regions of the world in which its funding dollars will have the biggest impact. As a result, BD often supports widespread immunization campaigns, healthcare worker safety, and outreach projects to educate and raise awareness of pandemic diseases.
The BD foundation awards grants to nonprofits around the world where the company has a significant business and employee presence. Typically, groups looking for grants outside the U.S. need to contact the country office in which their project or program takes place.
Foundation-wide, grants can range anywhere from around $10,000 to $200,000. BD operates an employee matching grant program in addition to its corporate giving and product donations. It does not, however, accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.
- Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President and President, Global Health