Mary Kay Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Mary Kay Foundation’s disease-related grantmaking centers on cancers that affect women, including but not limited to breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

IP TAKE: Mary Kay Foundation is a bit vague as to how grantseekers can apply for funding. Best bet is to get in touch and make an introduction.

PROFILE: The Mary Kay Foundation was founded in 1996 by Mary Kay Ash, founder of the multilevel-marketing cosmetics company, after her husband Mel Ash passed away from lung cancer. While the foundation was initially concerned solely with cancer, in 2000 it expanded its mission to issues surrounding domestic violence.

Mary Kay’s cancer research program is primarily concerned with “eliminating cancers affecting women.” These include breast cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer, among others. Mary Kay generally supports individual researchers at major medical schools and institutions, such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

Foundation-wide, Mary Kay grants typically fall in the $10,000 to $20,000—though cancer research grants may be up to $100,000. To learn more about the types of research Mary Kay Foundation supports, explore its recent Cancer Grant Recipients list.

The Mary Kay Foundation accepts application through its online portal. Deadlines for cancer research grants generally fall in February.

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