Dedicated to Strengthening

   America's Future Through Education

Medicine and Health *

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* Note: Please see "Update from the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the President" for important program changes.

Caring Attitudes in Healthcare
For over 60 years, the Foundations have given to hospitals, medical schools, healthcare, and hospice programs. These efforts have enhanced medical education, the patient experience, and the quality of healthcare in America. Over the last three decades, our program focus has been to improve the human dimension of patient care through innovative approaches to “caring attitudes” across the healthcare system.

Effective November 2014, we are ending our philanthropic support for “caring attitudes” in healthcare programs and will broaden our focus to medicine, health and possibly medical research. During 2015 and 2016, the Foundations’ Trustees will engage thought leaders to explore future philanthropic priorities in medicine and health.  We aspire to be both visionary and realistic in this work, given the rapid changes in the complicated array of medical and educational organizations. 

For our colleagues who submitted grant proposals on or before November 1, 2014, we will stay the course to review carefully the work you have submitted for our philanthropic consideration. A small number of proposals will move forward for Trustee consideration during the May 2015 board meeting.   Some selected grant applicants will be contacted to adjust their grant timing to a review later in 2015. In early January, we will notify applicants whose proposals will not be funded.

Recent Grants
For Recent Grants in Health Care, please click here.


To answer general questions that may result from these programmatic changes, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website.