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 isn’t 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 a talent agent and studio executive.

Wasserman Foundation’s disease-related grants flow out of its Health program. There do not seem to be specific diseases of interest here. Overall, Wasserman supports “organizations that provide high-quality health care.”

The foundation’s website highlights a few of its current and past grantees, such as the Jules Stein Eye Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We took a further look into its disease grantmaking by examining the foundation’s tax filings and discovered support for a wide range of organizations, including Alzheimer’s Association, Autism Speaks, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Grant amounts can range anywhere from $1,000 to over $1 million, though most disease awards fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range.

Wasserman does not offer much insight for grantseekers other than the fact that it does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. But note that the foundation appears to prefer larger national organizations rather than smaller or local outfits.


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