Medtronic Philanthropy: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Medtronic Foundation is all about expanding access to healthcare, and although much of its funding goes to causes outside the United States, several million dollars a year stay in the country. 

IP TAKE: Medtronic likes the inspirational aspect of public health grantmaking, and has several initiatives that emphasize patient quality of life beyond the medical care and disease treatment.

PROFILE: The Medtronic Foundation aims to expand access to quality healthcare, especially for patients with chronic diseases. Although much of its funding goes outside the U.S., the foundation supports a number of public health initiatives in the U.S. These grants go to a broad range of programs, such as improving access to health care for underserved populations and chronic disease management. But it also thinks about patients as more than their disease: for example, since 2006, its Global Heroes project has brought together international long distance runners living with serious diseases to compete in a footrace in Minneapolis/St.Paul. 

Medtronic’s chronic disease management grantmaking empowers patients living with chronic disease, and leverages caregivers and health workers to enable optimum management. This program is active in six countries: India, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, China and the U.S. Medtronic also works to make current products and therapies more readily available in underserved areas. 

In the communities with Medtronic manufacturing facilities, Medtronic funds initiatives that expand access to healthcare. It also celebrates patients of chronic disease with the Bakken Invitation, which is a matching gift to a nonprofit of a civically active patient's choice. It also contributes to disaster relief funds under this banner. 

The majority of the Medtronic Foundation’s grants range from $10,000 to $150,000. The foundation also runs an employee matching grant program. Most matching grants fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range.

Medtronic is invitation-only, unfortunately, yet it explicitly states its desire to be an "open door" to new ideas. "If you think you have an idea that warrants funding consideration, please send us a brief description of the program, including how you think it fits within current Medtronic Philanthropy programming." If they like your query, you might get invited to submit an LOI or full proposal.

PEOPLE:  

  • Gary Ellis, Chair and Director
  • Tom Tefft, Vice-Chair and Director
  • Jacob Gayle, Vice President and Executive Director
  • Deb Anderson, Grants Administrator

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