Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation to infuse major grant dollars into community organizations

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Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation to infuse major grant dollars into community organizations
Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation to infuse major grant dollars into community organizations
Last year, Good Hope Equestrian Center received funding for its unique “Horses Helping Heroes” project, a community education and outreach project designed to improve the quality of life for Veterans who have returned from active duty with physical or mental impairments.

Long known for effectively helping fund community-based organizations focused on the health and well being of local residents, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is again seeking applications to issue community grants of up to $50,000 each.

The Coral Gables-based nonprofit provides much-needed funding for local programs and projects that are designed to improve, preserve, or restore the health and healthcare of citizens in Miami-Dade County.

“Since its inception as a grant-making institution, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has invested over $45 million into our community,” said Dr. Thomas Mark, Foundation Chairman. “The board of directors remains committed to sustaining its support in meeting the needs of our local community-based organizations.”

From the start, the board wanted the foundation to serve the immediate needs of the community from children to adults. Founded as a grassroots organization its largess was to serve the grassroots needs. Over the course of these years, some 455 grants have been awarded to more than 300 community-based organizations, making an impact on the personal and local level.

“The foundation is proud to provide grants to local organizations that provide much-needed service to others and contributes to the well-being of our community,” said Dr. Charles Dunn, Chairman of the Community Grants Committee. “This is the backbone of our foundation.”

According to the Foundation’s Managing Director John Edward Smith, “The work this organization and its board are doing significantly contributes to our community as a whole. They are touching future generations and truly inspiring others to make their communities – and their world – a better place.”

In essence, Smith added, foundation grants serve as recognition of the admirable work so many community-based organizations are doing across the county to improve the quality of life for citizens.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for the 2019 grant cycle, now through April 15, 2019.

Funding priorities include:

● Projects that promote health education and prevention and early detection of disease;
● Health related projects that assist children and the economically disadvantaged; and
● Projects that target medical care.

Qualified tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations that propose to conduct projects or programs related to the health needs of the citizens of Miami Dade County and are seeking funding support from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation should first submit a letter of inquiry (LI0).

Programs and projects are funded depending upon the budget in the $5,000-$50,000 range with occasional exemptions for programs that the board of directors find particularly meritorious. Applications are available online at www.JTMacdonaldFDN.org.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is located at 1550 Madruga Ave., Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146. For information, call 305-667-6017 or send an e-mail to info@jtmacdonaldfdn.org.


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