Marquis George MacDonald Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Marquis George MacDonald Foundation supports a diverse range of disease-related projects, mainly to large national groups. There appears to be no specific pattern in its grantmaking in this regard.

IP TAKE: MacDonald is a fairly modest grantmaker and seems to support the same organizations each year. Grantseekers should note that they will have to compete with large national organizations here. 

PROFILE: The Marquis George MacDonald Foundation awards grants to disease-related outfits around the United States. Information about the foundation is limited as it does not have a website and appears to operate with a minimal staff that devotes only around five hours each week to foundation activities.

The foundation’s latest available tax filings show disease grantmaking favoring national groups, but a few grants go to smaller outfits and community-based nonprofits. Past backing has gone to the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society, as well as local organizations such as Henderson Mental Health and the Brattleboro Area AIDS Project.

Grant are modest, for the most part, generally ranging from around $1,000 to $10,000. MacDonald does make a handful of grants in the $15,000 to $30,000 range, but those awards are rare.

Contacting this funder may prove difficult for new grantseekers. The foundation takes a proactive approach to its grantmaking and does not accept unsolicited applications or requests for funding. That said, while MacDonald does support many of the same organizations year after year, new groups make it on its grant lists each year, as well.


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Marquis George MacDonald Foundation

PO Box 803878

Chicago, Illinois 60680

(312) 630-6000