Yum! Brands Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Yum! Brands Foundation awards a large number of grants to a diverse set of national and local disease organizations.  

IP TAKE: Even though Yum! Brands is a Fortune 500 company, grantseekers should not expect a large amount of money in the form of grants from its charitable arm. This foundation likes to spread modest grant awards over a large number of organizations, rather than the other way around.

PROFILE: Most people may not be familiar with the Yum! Brands name, but nearly everyone will recognize the fast-food restaurant chains it owns, like KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Appropriately, since Yum! Is one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, its philanthropic arm, the Yum! Brands Foundation awards a good deal of grants toward alleviating hunger in the U.S. and around the world. However, the foundation is also a staunch supporter of disease organizations across the U.S. 

Yum! doesn’t broadcast its disease related grantmaking as broadly as it does its support of programs that tackle hunger, arts and culture, and human and social services. But there are plenty of grants available here. The foundation doesn't state specific diseases on which it focuses its grantmaking, but it has a history of supporting national organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, to name a few.

The Yum! Brands Foundation restricts its grantmaking to communities in which it has an operational, franchise partner, and employee presence. The foundation tends to award a large number of grants to an equally large number of organizations. As such, grant amounts are rather modest, with most ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Many grants also fall in the $1,000 to $5,000 range.

The foundation awards grants to grassroots and local groups, as well as to local chapters of national organizations. The Yum! Brands Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and letters of inquiry throughout the year. Applications are available on the foundation’s website.

PEOPLE: 

  • Greg Creed, Chairman and CEO
  • Laura Melillo Barnum, Executive Director
  • Pat Grismer, Director
  • Christian Campbell, Director 

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