United Health Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The charitable arm of UnitedHealth Group doesn’t have a specific grantmaking program dedicated to diseases. However, it supports Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease organizations around the country.

IP TAKE: The United Health Foundation is a strong supporter of community health initiatives nationwide. Grantseekers who can tie in their disease-related work to improving the overall health of their communities may have a decent chance at obtaining support.

PROFILE: Established in the late 1990s, the United Health Foundation is the charitable arm of health insurance and health services company, UnitedHealth Group. While the foundation does not have a specific grantmaking program targeting disease, it does give to Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease organizations around the country. Often, these grants go to local chapters of national organizations, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Heart Association. One of the foundation's stated philanthropic credos is Better Health for All: "We partner with organizations that have a shared mission to improve the health and quality of life for all people," which explicitly includes disease prevention and management.

The foundation also appears to back selective health studies, such as Yale University’s scalable model of prenatal care in an effort to improve birth outcomes. As well, United Health has awarded grants to organizations developing a non-communicable disease scorecard ranking intended to reduce instances of NCDs globally. 

Foundation-wide, grant amounts are diverse, ranging anywhere from $5,000 up to $3 million, though most disease-related awards tend to stay within the $5,000 to $25,000 range.

The United Health Foundation takes a proactive approach to its grantmaking and therefore does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It does however, encourage grantseekers to get in touch with any questions.

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