Kate Spade & Company Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Kate Spade and Company Foundation supports a diverse set of disease-related organizations across the country.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to focus its women and girls related grantmaking on larger national organizations rather than local and community groups. This funder awards grants for general operating support, specific projects, direct services, public policy, public awareness, and infrastructure. This foundation awards grants for capital needs on occasion.

PROFILE: The Kate Spade & Company Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the iconic lifestyle and luxury brand company Kate Spade. The foundation is “committed to providing women with access to the training, tools and access necessary to achieve economic independence,” and focuses its grantmaking on three areas: women in entrepreneurship, women in technology, and women in the arts.

The foundation prioritizes organizations located in New York City’s five boroughs, Hudson County, and New Jersey. However, it does award a number of grants to organizations located outside of its geographic priority region. For example, past grantees include the Maryland-based Sarcoma Foundation of America and the Pennsylvania-based American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. The foundation awards grants for general operating support, specific projects, direct services, public policy, public awareness, and infrastructure.

Kate Spade & Company Foundation grants vary in amount from $25 to over $150,000.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from February 1 to March 1. Grantees must submit their applications to foundation@katespade.com.

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