Carmax Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: While the Carmax Foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to diseases, the health and wellness of its local communities are top priorities for this funder. As such, it gives plenty of grants to disease-related organizations.

IP TAKE: As far as corporate funders go, this one is fairly approachable. Grantseekers should not expect huge money, though, as most awards are under $10,000.

PROFILE: The Carmax Foundation is the charitable arm of the Fortune 500 used-car retailer. The Carmax Foundation concentrates grantmaking on the communities in which its employees work and live. As a result, smaller and grassroots groups receive a good amount of funding attention, although a majority of its funding goes to large, national organizations. Cancer is one of its main priorities, but it has also expressed an interest in diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis.

Carmax’s grants for diseases support a number of national cancer research organizations, such as One Mission Pediatric Cancer Society, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Carmax also offers its support for a broad range of other disease-related organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Lupus Foundation of America, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Foundation-wide, Carmax grants vary radically from $25 up to $10,000. The Carmax Foundation accepts unsolicited “preliminary proposals” from organizations seeking funding. Carmax notes that submission deadlines fall on quarterly board meeting dates. Grantseekers should get in touch with foundation staff for the exact deadline dates.

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