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, but its funding emphasis is on groups that offer services to low-income cancer patients.

IP TAKE: While McKesson tends to favor large national groups, it is also 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. Its corporate giving activities consist of an employee matching gifts program and several cancer initiatives.

McKesson’s cancer initiatives are dedicated to providing “non-medical services to cancer patients and their families.” The Giving Comfort program distributes care packages through McKesson’s numerous community partners. These care packages may consist of things like hand-made blankets and letters of encouragement from employees. The McKesson Marrow Drive program works to recruit bone marrow donors from among McKesson’s employees and their family and friends.

McKesson sometimes makes grants to organizations related to other non-cancer diseases. Past grantees include the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and the American Heart Association, as well as small, local groups like Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic and the George Mark Children’s Fund.

McKesson’s grants generally range from $10,000 to $25,000. 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 to mckessonfoundation@mckesson.com.

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