Sandler Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Sandler Foundation invests heavily in asthma research as well as basic scientific research.

IP TAKE: This foundation often provides long-term support to its grantees, but it has no open application process and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Established in 1991 by Herb and Marion Sandler, the Sandler Foundation invests in “strategic organizations and exceptional leaders that seek to improve the rights, opportunities and well-being of others, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.” The foundation believes transformative and sustainable change begins with strong leaders. As it suggests on its website, the foundation has a “high tolerance for risk,” offering financial support to organizations with dynamic leaders. Sandler seeks organizations working to advance policy change through policy development and advocacy, exposing corruption and abuse, systemic reform, research capacity building, and innovative scientific research.

The Sandler Foundation prefers to provide long-term general operating support rather than specific program support. Asthma is a top giving priority for the foundation, and Sandler has helped to found organizations such as the American Asthma Foundation and the Sandler Asthma Basic Research Center (SABRE). Sandler also funds research into a wide range of other diseases with support for the Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research, the Sandler Center for Drug Discovery, the UCSF Sandler Neuroscience Center, and the Johns Hopkins Project to Eliminate Central-Line Infections.

The Sandler Foundation is not transparent about its general giving habits. Consult its Grants page for more information on the organizations Sandler has previously supported.

Sandler prefers to maintain its established partnerships and will not respond to unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.

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