Grants for specific disease focused organizations

1,102 organizations focused on specific diseases received at least $65.7 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 2,963 grants made from 1,771 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 1,771 foundations, 83% made just a single grant to named disease orgs, and 2% made grants to four or more named disease orgs. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$65,733,753
Total grant dollars given to specific disease focused organizations
2,963
Number of grants made annually to specific disease focused organizations
1,771
Number of grantmakers funding specific disease focused organizations
$1,000
Median grant size to specific disease focused organizations

Foundations that support organizations focused on specific diseases

Out of all grants made to specific disease focused organizations, 81% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 93% of the dollar-value of grants to named disease orgs. Foundations funding named disease orgs also made grants to food banks, homeless shelters, animal shelters, youth development programs, and universities.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
1,439
Medium
 
173
Large
 
158
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
41
Private
 
1,483
Corporate
 
96
Other
 
151

Grants made

Grants made to named disease orgsNumber of grantmakers
1
 
1,487
2-3
 
234
4-10
 
32
11+
 
18

Top 10 foundations supporting organizations focused on specific diseases

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to named disease orgsNumber of grants made to named disease orgsMedian grant size
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.3%112$71
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.2%111$150
Baird FoundationWINational1.3%92$87
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%73$290
Salesforce Com FoundationCANational0.1%62$100
Carmax FoundationVANational0.4%47$500
BaxterILNational0.2%40$100
Charity Partners FoundationMANational1.4%39$21
Westrock FoundationGANational0.1%30$49
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.2%22$960

Organizations focused on specific diseases grantees

Specific disease focused organizations with more than $5 million in total revenues received 82% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 60% of all named disease orgs.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
2,951
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
12

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$600

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
696
Illinois
 
646
California
 
276
Virginia
 
141
Other
 
1,204

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
702
Chicago
 
641
Washington DC
 
167
Los Angeles
 
111
Other
 
1,272

Top 25 grants made to specific disease focused organizations

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Clinton Health Access Initiative$11,649,786MalariaBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Fighting Infectious Diseases in$7,085,945PolioBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation$6,096,691Operational SupportJsi Research and Training Institute
Alzheimer's Impact Movement$6,024,958Public PolicyAlzheimer's Association
Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC)$5,059,201Delivery of Solutions To Improve Global Health; HivBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Lifeworks at Wku$5,057,937To Provide Research, Service, and Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Students, Faculty, and Other Constituents As Well As Enriching the Quality of Life for Those Within Its Reach.Wku Foundation
Clinton Health Access Initiative$4,285,564Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases; Pneumonia; Vaccine DeliveryBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Clinton Health Access Initiative$3,937,048MalariaBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC)$3,300,000HivBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Pact$3,000,000Toward the Costs of Establishing A Smart Power Myanmar Facility To Accelerate the Spread of Decentralized Renewal Energy Solutions in MyanmarRockefeller Foundation
Clinton Health Access Initiative$2,999,023Launch New ProductsBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Easter Seals Coastal Fairfield Count$2,834,167Note PayableOak Hill / The Connecticut Institute for the Blind Inc
Turning Pointe Autism Foundation$5,000Ipads To Supportnon-VerbalThe A Montgomery Ward Foundation
AIDS United$5,000To End the Hiv Endemic in the United StatesTie the Knot
Autism Society of North Carolina$5,000Support Individuals and Families With Autism in North CarolinaPorter B. Byrum Charitable Trust
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC)$5,000General SupportEvans Charitable Foundation
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF)$5,000To Fund Medical ResearchThe John Whitehead Family Foundation
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)$5,000Medical ResearchHoward and Barbara Farkas Foundation
Serra Project and Aid for AIDS and Serra Ancillary Care Corp and SP Housing$5,000CharitableConferencedirect Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)$5,000DonationMonarch Charities
Alzheimer's Association$5,000OperationsWinstead Charitable Foundation Trust
Autism Speaks$5,000Support People With AutismProfessional Contract Services (PCSI)
American Diabetes Association (ADA)$5,000General SupportBaptist Healthcare System
Arthritis Foundation New England Region$5,000General SupportBaptist Healthcare System
Alzheimer's Association - Colorado Chapter$5,000General Donation To Support Organization Or ProgramThe Colorado Health Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Specific disease focused organizations" category for this page is determined by the "G80: Specifically Named Diseases" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.