Mary Kay Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Mary Kay Foundation focuses its disease-related grantmaking 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: Established in 1996 by Mary Kay Ash, the Mary Kay Foundation has two priorities: eliminating cancers that affect women and ending the domestic violence epidemic.

Every year, the foundation’s Research Review Committee selects top researchers and accredited medical schools around the country for a grant. Funds support investigators researching cancers that affect women including breast, cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers, among others.

Foundation-wide, Mary Kay grants typically fall in the $10,000 to $20,000—though cancer research grants are usually larger, at around $100,000. One such grant recently went to the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. To learn more about the types of research Mary Kay Foundation supports, explore its recent Cancer Grant Recipients list.

Other than explaining that a committee makes its grant decisions, Mary Kay is vague about funding. Grantseekers should expect to do a little extra legwork in this regard.


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