Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation supports disease-related organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: Chaiken offers funding for specific projects and for general operating expenses. This funder does not award many grants to disease organizations each year.

PROFILE: The Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation was founded in 1998 to “[s]upport the aims and purpose of Jewish life through social, cultural, and human needs programs.” The foundation maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website and employs just one formal staff member. While the primary focus of Chaiken’s grantmaking is Jewish causes, its tax filings indicate an interest in supporting disease related causes as well. 

Chaiken grants can range anywhere from $5,000 to over $1 million; however, most grants typically from $5,000 to $50,000. Examples of disease organizations supported by the foundation in the past include the American Heart Association, East Bay Division; and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Its tax filings also indicated that it tends to offer long-term support to its current grantees.


  • Donald Chaiken, President
  • Amy Friedkin, Director
  • Ami Nahshon, Director
  • Lisa Trabak, Assistant Secretary


Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation

2121 Allston Way, Suite 200

Berkeley, California 94270

(510) 839-2900