Mckesson Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The McKesson Foundation awards some pretty sizable grants to a variety of disease-focused organizations both big and small. Funding emphasis is on groups that offer services to low-income cancer patients.

IP TAKE: While McKesson does award a decent number of grants to large national groups, it’s paying attention to the small guys, as well. This foundation is a good resource for local and grassroots groups.

PROFILE: Founded in 1943, the McKesson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the healthcare technology company of the same name. While the foundation’s focus is on cancer with an emphasis on organizations that assist low-income cancer patients, it also makes grant awards to disease-related outfits across the country.

McKesson doesn’t offer a grantee list, but its latest tax filings show pretty sizable grants to a variety of organizations, large and small. For example, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the American Heart Association are past grantees, as are local groups like Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and the George Mark Children’s Fund.

Grant amounts range widely, from around $2,500 up to $200,000, but most are from $10,000 to $25,000. Incidentally, McKesson also operates an employee matching program that gives plenty of donations across the country. Matching program gifts are modest, anywhere from $100 to $2,000.

The McKesson Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or grant proposals. However, it does encourage organizations whose work aligns with the foundation’s priorities to get in touch by submitting a one-page description of their organization and the funding needed. Those one-page letters should be submitted to


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