Marcus Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Marcus Foundation’s disease-related grantmaking is relatively wide-ranging. The foundation has a history of supporting research related to cancer, innovative therapies to treat conditions such as heart disease and autism, pathology, ALS, and conditions affecting the brain.

IP TAKE: Marcus’s disease-related funding is largely focused on research rather than direct care. This is an extremely quiet funder with next to no web presence, making it difficult for lesser-known disease research outfits to get the foundation’s attention. The vast majority of its related grants are awarded to large, well-known medical institutions and research facilities.

PROFILE: According to Bernard “Bernie” Marcus’s profile on Forbes, the Home Depot co-founder has already given away over $1 billion through his Atlanta-based Marcus Foundation. But you would hardly know it, as the foundation keeps a pretty low profile and does not have a website. It awards hundreds of grants each year, many surpassing the million dollar mark. Main areas of giving focus for the Marcus Foundation include education, health, and Jewish causes.

The foundation's support for disease-related covers a number of conditions and illnesses, including different types of cancers, innovative therapies to treat conditions such as heart disease and autism, pathology, ALS, and conditions affecting the brain. Since the foundation does not have a website, it is difficult to determine its overall mission or grantmaking goals. However, it does seem to have an affinity for innovative and novel projects and programs. The majority of grants are awarded to large medical institutions and research facilities, however, some grants also go to groups fighting certain diseases, such as the Israel Cancer Association and the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association.

The Marcus Foundation’s grants range from around $10,000 to over $1 million, though most fall between $25,000 and $200,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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