TJX Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: The TJX Foundation supports organizations working toward the research and treatment of congenital and chronic diseases.

IP TAKE: TJX has a heavy funding focus on chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's, but is open to funding research into genetic diseases and disorders, as well.

PROFILE: The TJX Foundation is the philanthropic outgrowth of the retail conglomerate that includes TJMaxx, HomeGoods, and Marshall's stores. Established as the Zayre Foundation in 1966, the TJX Foundation changed its name along with the company after it sold its Zayre nameplate to department store chain Ames in 1988. Though its giving is not highly publicized, it is deeply committed to funding initiatives in communities where TJX stores are located.

Health research giving is not a major focus for TJX, but, that being said, the foundation has made large contributions to a variety of health-related initiatives over the years. In the past, the TJX Foundation has awarded grants to organizations whose efforts are focused on a number of different diseases and chronic conditions, such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, autism, pediatric cancer, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

TJX does not specify which chronic and congenital disease programs it supports, making your job as grantseeker a little tougher. However, it gives broadly across a variety of different initiatives. Grant amounts typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Keep in mind that the TJX Foundation does not award grants to international organizations outside of Europe and Canada nor does it fund any pass-through charitable organizations. Also, applications must be located within 15 miles of a TJX business, such as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods.

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