GE Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The global charitable arm of a global company, the GE Foundation names advancing health in developing countries among its philanthropic priorities. 

IP TAKE: To secure GE funding, organizations must emphasize their organizational need versus resources available, as well as demonstrating how GE funding will provide significant impact and benefit.

PROFILE: As the philanthropic arm of GE, the GE Foundation funds projects around the world to advance “economic development," and to "improve lives.” In the global health space, GE supports organizations that work to improve healthcare access and outcomes in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Global health grants are typically awarded through the foundation’s Developing Health Globally program. U.S. health grants are awarded separately. Both programs are built around Scale to Impact and Design to Scale. 

Its U.S. health grantmaking "focuses on fostering partnerships with nonprofit community health centers (CHCs), because they are the essential primary care home for 28 million underinsured or uninsured Americans." In contrast, its global efforts focus on providing safe surgery, protecting maternal and child health, leadership, and health-related disaster response. 

To maximize its long-term impact, the GE Foundation partners closely with ministries of health in the countries where it works. Many past grantees have worked a great deal in hospitals, though organizations do not have to be affiliated with a hospital to be eligible for support.

GE Foundation grants tend to be relatively large and fund established organizations with a lot of experience in global health work. Its global health grants range from less than $20,000 to $2 million. Most grant range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Like many corporate foundations, the GE foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.

PEOPLE:

  • Deb Elam, President, GE Foundation
  • David Barash, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director for Global Health
  • Asha Varghese, Director, Developing Health Globally

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