Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation supports disease-related organizations across the United States.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards grants to support general operating costs rather than specific projects.

PROFILE: The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation was established in 2001 by fashion designer Ralph Lauren. The foundation funds “[i]nitiatives in cancer care, education, and service in underserved communities.” While supporting cancer care is the foundation’s main concern, its tax filings indicate a wider interest in other disease-related causes.

The foundation’s grant awards can go as high as $2 million; however, most awards fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. Disease organizations supported by the foundation in the past include amfAR, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. To learn more about the foundation’s grantees, explore its select list of nonprofits supported in the past.  In addition to its grantmaking, the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation operates its own programs in the disease space such as the Pink Pony Campaign, which provides proceeds to cancer fighting organizations worldwide.

The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. Although this funder does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking, its tax filings indicate a strong support for organizations located in New York City and its boroughs.


  • David Lauren, President
  • Bette-Ann Gwathmey, Vice President
  • Paul Campbell, Vice President


Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation

1065 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10018

(212) 705-8276