William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW: William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation's disease grantmaking prioritizes cancer research. The foundation and its founder aren't very public, but some serious money has gone towards medical and scientific research, two priorities of the foundation.

IP TAKE: Bowes is an extremely low-profile foundation and it doesn’t award a ton of disease related grants each year. The ones it does award are typically pretty big and go to large outfits. Small groups will find it very difficult to get an in at this foundation.

PROFILE: Bob Bowes, founding partner of U.S. Venture Partners, moves his philanthropy through the William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation, which given strong support to health and science research, particularly cancer research.

The foundation keeps a low profile, with a single webpage (the totality of the website) citing medical research as one of its priorities.

Bowes has supported work in a few different specific types of cancer including ovarian and myeloma. However, the majority of its related grants have gone toward cancer research at large medical institutions such as Damon Runyon and cancer focused nonprofits such as the Clearity and Canary foundations.

Apart from cancer research Bowes’ disease funding tends to go toward the support of research and drug discovery for neurodegenerative disorders, mainly Alzheimer’s.

The Bowes Foundation isn’t a huge grantmaking in this space and generally awards fewer than 10 disease related awards annually. The few awards Bowes does make are often quite substantial, typically ranging in amount from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

Bowes doesn't accept unsolicited proposals or letters of interest. 


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The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 561-6540