Robertson Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Robertson Foundation supports “game changing medical research” work.

IP TAKE: This foundation takes a business-like approach to its grantmaking and expects measurable results in the immediate and long terms.

PROFILE: Julian Robertson, his late wife Josie, and the Robertson family established the Robertson Foundation in 1996 to “utilize a proactive, disciplined grantmaking approach to measurably affect significant social change. The foundation funds education, environment, and medical research. Its other grants supports projects beyond its primary funding interests.

The Robertson Foundation does not state specific diseases toward which it directs funding. Grantseekers may consider exploring the foundation’s medical research program supports work that is “designed to facilitate cutting edge research by supporting scientific leadership and talent.” According to the foundation’s latest tax filings, Cancer Research Institute and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are both past grantees.

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to over $3 million; however, most range between $5,000 and $50,000.  The Robertson Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications or requests for funding. 


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