Ambrose Monell Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Ambrose Monell Foundation does not maintain a specific disease grantmaking program. However, it funds a wide range of projects related to disease research and treatment.

IP TAKE: This is an accessible funder that offers medium-sized grants; however, grantseekers should expect competition from established organizations in healthcare.

PROFILE: The Ambrose Monell Foundation was established in the mid-1950s by Maude Monell Vetlesen in honor of her first husband Ambrose, who died at the age of 48 “after a long illness.” The foundation takes a broad approach to its grantmaking and does not name specific areas of funding interest. However, tax filings demonstrate that this funder supports a wide range of projects associated with disease research and treatment.

Though the foundation appears to prioritize cancer work, Ambrose Monell also supports the diagnosis, research, and treatment of other diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, blindness, and multiple sclerosis. Monell typically awards grants to larger hospitals and research institutions. Past grantees include Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Brady Urological Institute, Columbia University International AIDS Program, and Seton Pediatric Center.

The Ambrose Monell Foundation’s grants generally range from about $25,000 to $250,000. To learn more about the kinds of organizations that Monell supports, grantseekers may review its Past Grants.

The Ambrose Monell Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, which must be submitted electronically. The foundation will no longer review hard copy applications.

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