Majestic Realty Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The philanthropic arm of the real estate development company by natural extension seeks to support the communities in which it does business, with a focus on health, violence prevention, support of families, youth development and education.

IP TAKE: Health is a primary focus of this funder, with genuine attention paid to disease-related programs and causes—and special emphasis on local chapters of national organizations, though there is room for exceptions. Where there are no exceptions: you must support work in one of its eight geographic areas.

PROFILE: Founded in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Majestic Realty, a real estate development firm that specializes in building business parks “that serve communities.” By extension, it built a foundation to “enhance the quality of life” in those communities, with the recognition that “needs were growing rapidly,” by focusing on five “key investment areas”: Youth, Education, Family, Health and Violence Prevention.

Health is listed fourth, but don't read too much into that: in terms of the foundation's recent giving history, health is nearly tied with youth development for dollars given out. This might be because of the way the health programming aligns with the seven words the foundation lists as its “Guiding Principles”: Vision, Leadership, Passion, Commitment, Caring, Creativity and Collaboration.

Support of disease-related causes, programming, research and community needs are definitely emphasized within the Majestic Realty Foundation's health-related coffers, though the amounts are often very, very modest (sometimes less than $500).

If a modest amount can still be of use to you, also keep in mind that you must also operate in one of the eight areas the foundation funds. They are the Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, Denver/Aurora, Las Vegas, Bethlehem, PA, and California's San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire. The foundation also does not support start-up programs, individuals or religious or political organizations.

Where the foundation is less restrictive: it funds general operating costs as well as program support. It also declares an interest in leveraging other matching funds grants you may have received—in fact, it states that as a priority manner of giving.

The Majestic Realty Foundation supports local chapters of the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in amounts ranging $100 to $2,525, as well as $5,000 to City of Hope (Duarte, CA) and $335 to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (Irvine, CA). One exception to this rule of modest giving: a $10,000 grant to the Gavin R. Stevens Foundation (Chino, CA).

The Majestic Realty Foundation has an open LOI, inviting submissions year-round.

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