Helmsley Charitable Trust: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Helmsley Charitable Trust awards grants related to chronic conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

IP TAKE: Helmsley takes a holistic approach to its funding and encourages risk taking through “bold thinking and new approaches.”

PROFILE: The The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Trust began its grantmaking in 2008, after the “Queen of Mean” real estate mogul Leona Helmsley passed away, leaving most of her estate to the trust. The Helmsley Trust is committed to taking a “rigorous and results-oriented approach” to “make a meaningful impact in our focus areas.” It awards grants in a wide variety of focus areas, including Conservation, Crohn’s Disease, Israel, New York City, Rural Health Care, Type 1 Diabetes, and Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Helmsley’s Type 1 Diabetes program awards grants to projects that work toward better understanding of the disease, development of innovative treatments, and improvement of care and access. The overall goal of its grantmaking, according to Helmsley is to “improve health outcomes,” for people suffering Type 1 diabetes, and “strengthen the effort to someday eradicate this disease.” The trust’s IBD and Crohn’s Disease program focuses its grantmaking efforts on finding a cure for IBD as well as discovering better therapies and prevention strategies. Helsmley also supports Basic Medical Research and the development of Biomedical Research Infrastructure.

The Helmsley Trust’s grants are substantial and typically range from around $150,000 to upwards of $4 million. Helmsley tends to favor large medical centers, hospitals and leading research institutions in its grantmaking. Helmsley’s grants database offers a closer look at the types of organization it funds.

On rare occasions, the Helmsley Trust will announce a Request for Proposals. Otherwise, it only funds organizations it identifies on its own and does not accept unsolicited grant requests.

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