Biogen Idec Foundation: Boston Area Grants

OVERVIEW: The Biogen Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Cambridge-based drug maker and supports science education and human services in Boston and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Science education, human services, children and families

IP TAKE: This funder has restructured its grantmaking programs and is more focused than ever before now.

PROFILE: The Biogen Foundation is the grantmaking arm of the Biogen company and plays a significant role on the Boston philanthropy scene. The funder is “committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting effective science education initiatives and strengthening efforts to make science education and science careers accessible to diverse populations.” With its grantmaking program restructuring, the two focus areas are science education and strengthening communities.

Foundation grants are largely focused on hands-on science education and teacher development opportunities in science. However, the foundation also supports college readiness for students and basic social needs. These include child hunger, poverty, and social mobility. As a corporate funder, this foundation matches employee gifts up to $25,000 per employee for grants that go towards everything from camps for critically ill children to disaster relief efforts and other nonprofit causes locally and globally. Significant local grants have gone to science museums and STEM education programs.

A majority of foundation grants are between $5,000 and $50,000, although some grants have been in the millions of dollars. Learn more about this foundation’s giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking is largely focused on the Greater Boston area and North Carolina.

This funder accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The application form is online and includes an application guide and FAQ page. Direct general questions to Biogen at 781-464-2000.


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