David Geffen Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The David Geffen Foundation supports a wide range of disease-related organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: Geffen typically awards unrestricted general operating support grants rather than project-specific grants.

PROFILE: Founded by music executive and film producer David Geffen in 1986, the David Geffen Foundation prefers to fly under the radar. As a result, it maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website, and does not employ a formal staff. However, tax filings suggest the foundation invests on people affected by HIV/AIDS, civil liberties, the arts, Jewish causes, and health care

While the Geffen Foundation does not list diseases as a specific area of grantmaking interest, its latest tax filings indicate a funding interest in this space. Past disease-related grantees, for example, include Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research, Race to Erase MS, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Grant amounts can range anywhere from $1,000 to $15 million. Most awards, however, fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range.

The Geffen Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


  • J. Dallas Dishman, Executive Director
  • David Geffen, Trustee
  • Richard Sherman, Trustee


The David Geffen Foundation

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Los Angeles, California 90049

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