Geoffrey Beene Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: Geoffrey Beene’s disease support is focused on cancer research and an Alzheimer’s initiative. Its grants go toward prevention, treatments, awareness and research. On a smaller scale, the foundation funds efforts in heart disease and lesser known diseases, such as Marfan's Syndrome.

IP TAKE:  Geoffrey Beene does not accept unsolicited proposals, except when it announces its research “challenges,” which appear only once every few years.

PROFILE: The Geoffrey Beene Foundation was established in 2006 from the estate of Geoffrey Beene, of the well-known fashion brand. It’s main philanthropic effort is the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which “has served as the nucleus for revolutionary new research approaches in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.” In addition to its Cancer Research Center, Beene also has initiatives concerning Alzheimer’s disease, military veterans, and animal welfare.

The Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center serves as a “focal point at MSK for an array of projects, aimed at translating works at the cellular level into revolutionary new research approaches.” The support of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation funds “the entire range of translational research, funding core research labs, the establishment of senior and junior faculty chairs, graduate fellowships, the annual Geoffrey Beene Symposium, and the annual Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Retreat.”

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative is a separate 501(c)(3) from the cancer funding program and is the beneficiary of sole donor support from the Geoffrey Beene Foundation. This initiative was launched in 2007 and funds innovative new projects that advance awareness, diagnosis, and research in early stages of the disease. It is underwritten by the Geoffrey Beene Foundation. It prioritizes “‘big data’ analysis and mainstream digital tech applications like mobile brain behavior monitoring and social media-based population databases that can focus and support the growing millions of Americans who are worried about their brain health.” The foundation prefers to work “across disciplines and industries through awards-based, open source challenges that engage new leaders with new ideas about our nation’s aging population and how to accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s therapies.”

The Geoffrey Beene Foundation is not fully transparent about its grant amounts. It does not have an open application process for its funding and does not generally accept unsolicited proposals, although it does occasionally release “challenges,” which award research grants for specific issues in Alzheimer’s research.

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