Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation does not specifically prioritize diseas-related giving, but its Health and Wellness program gives broadly to children’s health concerns.

IP TAKE: While Dell accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, its disease related grants are relatively difficult to come by. Not only will grantseekers be met with a good deal of competition here, but the foundation generally prioritizes Texas-based organizations. Medical research outfits should look elsewhere, as Dell does not typically fund research work.

PROFILE:   The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is the family charity of the Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell, Inc., and his wife. Funded primarily through sales of shares in Dell, Inc., the foundation has the stated goal of “transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty through improving their education, health and family economic stability.” While it does award grants nationwide, the foundation is located in Austin, Texas, and many of its grants are awarded to organizations in that city and Central Texas. It has focus areas in Urban Education, College Success, Family Economic Stability, and Health and Wellness.

While the Dell Foundation does not have a specific interest in diseases, its Health and Wellness focus areas works to "improve the health and wellness of all children by increasing access to healthy opportunities while building demand for healthy options." Recent grants have focused on treatment and medical services, though in previous years the foundation has given to the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center, the American Heart Association, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Deworm the World. The foundation was also the major supporter of the creation of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Recent grants have ranged from $1,000 to over $1 million. Grantseekers may review the foundation’s Past Grants for more information on the types of organizations it supports.

The foundation accepted unsolicited proposals year round online.

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