Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: The Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation focuses its grantmaking almost exclusively in the Los Angeles area. It supports research and improving access to health care and health education. 

FUNDING AREAS: Health care, medical in-patient care, and medical school/education

IP TAKE: The Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation supports a limited scope of medical projects. It prioritizes Los Angeles organizations, but only those with which Dr. Soon-Shiong is familiar. 

PROFILE: Patrick Soon-Shiong, a Chinese-American surgeon, researcher, professor, and businessman, made his fortune by developing and selling the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical companies American Pharma Partners and Abraxis BioScience. As a renowned medical researcher and surgeon, he performed the world's first encapsulated human islet transplant and the first pig-to-man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients. Since 2007, Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele, have supported medical products through the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation. The couple even took the Giving Pledge a few years ago to demonstrate their commitment to lifelong philanthropy.

The foundation focuses its grantmaking almost exclusively on funding research and improving access to health care and health education in Los Angeles. The foundation's grants range from $1,000 to $500,000. It funds only about 10 to 15 organizations annually.

Soon-Shiong's grants are targeted, large, and always newsworthy. In the past, he gave $5 million to the University of Chicago for improving patient care technology and $136 million to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. The underserved population in southern Los Angeles benefited from the foundation's $100,000 grant to the Martin Luther King Hospital, which reopened the facility a few years ago. The Chicago gift was an exception to the rule, because almost all Chan Soon-Shiong Family grants are restricted to California. The foundation made headlines with its $4 million grant to the University of California Global Health Institute to fund research and education programs for a variety of vulnerable global populations. 

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Soon-Shiong prefers a low public profile and, as a result, does not maintain a website, or public email. Grantseekers are advised to contact the foundation's VP, Charles Kenworthy, who is an attorney, and can be reached at 213-622-5555.


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