Enterprise Holdings Foundation: Grants for Diseases

 OVERVIEW: The Enterprise Holdings Foundation broadly awards grants to disease organizations across the United States despite not maintaining a program in the area. It does not name specific areas of disease-related interest or strategies preferring to fund work related to diseases more broadly.

IP TAKE: Even though this is a rather large foundation, its grants are typically modest. This is not necessarily a funder to approach for organizations looking for high dollar grant amounts.

PROFILE: Jack Taylor, founder of Enterprise Rent-A-Car established the Enterprise Holdings Foundation in 1982. The company now includes the Alamo and National car rentals brand. The foundation broadly aims to “[g]ive back to the communities in which our customers and employees live and work.” Areas of grantmaking include community improvement, education and environmental stewardship.

Enterprise does not have a grantmaking program dedicated to fighting diseases; however, tax filings indicate a strong interest in this field. Past grantees include large national organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association, as well as, lesser known organizations such as the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Average grant amounts typically fall in the $2,500 to $5,000 range and the foundation limits first time grantees to awards not exceeding $1,500. Grantseekers should note that Enterprise awards more than 95 percent of its grants to organizations actively supported by employees, their spouses/partners and “loyal customers.”

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications three times per year and the board meets to make grant decisions on August 1, November 1 and February 1 of each year.

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