OVERVIEW: Sidgmore focuses its disease related grantmaking on the fields of audiology and cardiology.
IP TAKE: Sidgmore looks for organizations that can demonstrate replicability as well as measurable and sustainable results for their work. This may make it difficult for groups conducting innovative or unproven work to gain funding.
PROFILE: The Sidgmore Family Foundation was established to honor the legacy of internet entrepreneur John Sidgmore, who passed away at the age of 52, of kidney failure. Many may recall that it was Sigmore who disclosed WorldCom’s multi-billion dollar accounting fraud scandal, regarded as one of the worst corporate crimes and largest bankruptcy filings in history.
The foundation says it aims to “to find creative and innovative solutions so that people may achieve their full potential and become responsible, healthy and productive members of society.” While that mission is pretty broad, Sidgmore homes in on advancing knowledge and conducting research in the fields of audiology and cardiology.
Although the foundation’s disease related grants demonstrate heavy leanings toward research, Sidgmore does on occasion award grants to support direct healthcare. However, those grants are few and far between. Also, the foundation will occasionally award grants to disease organizations outside of the audiology and cardiology fields.
Sidgmore Foundation grant amounts vary widely, from around $2,000 on the low end to $300,000 on the high end, tending to favor organizations located in the metro D.C. area, including parts of Maryland and Virginia. However, the foundation does award some grants outside this region, typically to larger outfits.
To learn more about the organizations receiving support from Sidgmore, explore its recent grant recipients.
The Sidgmore Family Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. If an applicant is invited to submit a full proposal, Sidgmore suggests the use of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Common Grant Application.
- Marian Gelbwaks, Director