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 funds childhood diabetes and obesity prevention causes as part of its healthcare initiatives.

IP TAKE: Focus your Alzheimer’s program around informal family caregiving. This funder supports both innovative approaches to local caregiving needs and traditional disease research.

PROFILE: In June 2007, the Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation brought together a panel of experts to discuss issues that face adults caring for Alzheimer’s patients. The foundation published a report on the topic and created the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Legacy Awards. Family Caregiver Alliance manages this award, by which the foundation promotes innovations in the field of Alzheimer’s caregiving. The award recognizes such efforts and promotes policy, advocacy, creative expression and diversity in Alzheimer’s communities.

Typical approaches to supporting caregivers include training, research, interventions and public policy. Gilbert funds education, tolerance, social service, healthcare, the arts, college access, arts education and culture in Los Angeles, and Jewish programs in Los Angeles and Israel.

Arthur and Rosalinde Gilbert moved from England to Los Angeles in 1949 to become successful real estate entrepreneurs and, subsequently, passionate philanthropists. The couple was originally committed to art collection and charitable support for both local causes and Jewish programs in Israel. 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.

Also related to disease, the Gilbert Foundation supports programs in the area of childhood diabetes and obesity prevention. These types of grants often go toward access to healthy food, physical activity for children, and policy and environmental changes for children and families. This type of funding falls under the foundation’s healthcare grantmaking umbrella. Although the foundation makes an occasional exception, Gilbert grantmaking is almost entirely focused on Los Angeles County and Israel. The foundation prefers providing direct service program support above anything else and generally shies away from awarding general operating support to nonprofits.

The Family Caregiver Alliance, which manages the foundation’s Alzheimer’s award, is based in San Francisco. This Alzheimer’s awards program has been part of the Gilbert Foundation's plan since 2007. 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. Nonprofits, government agencies, and universities addressing a community need and focus on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are eligible to apply. Questions about the awards can be sent here.

You can view a list of recent grantees for the foundation’s main initiatives on the Recent Grants page of the funder’s website. The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. Alzheimer’s award recipients can be viewed on the site as well.


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