Timken Foundation of Canton: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: Timken supports a handful of global health issues including those related to health.

IP TAKE: Timken is an approachable funder, but its areas of focus in health are not discernable. 

PROFILE: German immigrant Henry Timken co-founded the Timken Roller Bearing and Axle Company in the late 1890s. In 1934, Henry Timken and his sisters established the Timken Foundation of Canton to give back to the community that supported their business. As a result, the foundation supports grantmaking in the Canton, Ohio area; however, it prioritizes grantmaking in the geographic regions in which the Timken Company operates, those regions now include a number of international locations.

The foundation is a very quiet grantmaker that broadly invests in health. For instance, the foundation funds global health issues related to specific diseases and conditions such as leprosy and blindness. It also invests in a wide variety of global issues, such as women’s health.

Grants tend to support local organizations in the international communities in which the Timken Company operates. Timken's grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. The foundation lacks a formal structure, rendering specific funding priorities unclear. It accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, and does not have submission deadlines.


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200 Market Avenue N. #210
Canton, OH, 44702
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