Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: This funder provides annual awards to nonprofits, agencies, and universities in the field of Alzheimer’s research and caregiving. It also supports childhood diabetes and obesity prevention as part of its healthcare initiatives.

IP TAKE: This funder supports both innovative approaches to local caregiving needs and traditional disease research.

PROFILE: The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation was founded by the renowned pair of art collectors, whose collection can now be found in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Rosalinde passed away in 1995 and Arthur in 2001, at which time a substantial portion of their fortune was donated to the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation to “continue their humanitarian and charitable endeavors.” The foundation has wide-ranging interests, with focus areas in College Access, Health, Israel, Arts Education, Jewish Life, UC Berkeley and UCLA, and Special Projects.

The Gilbert Foundation’s Health program provides funding for “research efforts of early-career scientists who are investigating Alzheimer’s disease causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatments.” It sponsors the Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award through the Family Caregiver Alliance. One award of $20,000 is given in each of the following three categories: creative expression, diverse/multi-cultural communities, and policy and advocacy. Applications are available online and often due in the fall of each year. Recipients are honored at the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging. The Gilbert Foundation also targets Type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity by supporting “organizations that enhance community health through smart land use, park development, policy work and community engagement in under-resourced neighborhoods.”

The Gilbert Foundation is not transparent about its individual grant amounts and does not accept unsolicited applications.

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