Wasserman Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Wasserman Foundation does not appear to focus its grantmaking on specific diseases. Rather, its giving in this field is rather diverse.

IP TAKE: This is not the most transparent of funders. The best bet for new grantseekers is to get in touch with foundation staff and make an introduction.

PROFILE: The Wasserman Foundation was established in 1952 by Lew and Edie Wasserman. Lew Wasserman may be best known for his work in the entertainment industry as the head of MCA and later the merged Universal/MCA. The foundation carries on his philanthropic legacy by donating to organizations in the focus areas of Education, Health, Arts & Culture, and Global Initiatives.

The Wasserman Foundation’s Health program does not have any specific diseases of interest here, but it supports “organizations that provide high-quality health care.” The foundation highlights its giving to institutions such as the Jules Stein Eye Institute, MPTF, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Other past grantees include the Alzheimer’s Association, Autism Speaks, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Wasserman’s grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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