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The Dana Foundation

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open


Incorporated in 1950 in CT.

Charles A. Dana, an attorney, New York State legislator, industrialist, and philanthropist, founded what is today the Dana Corporation. He was president of the Dana Foundation from 1950 to 1966, and actively shaped its programs and principles until his death in 1975. His abiding beliefs were in the capacity and responsibility of individuals to shape and advance their lives and in the singular role of philanthropy in helping them to do so.


brain research, health organizations, neuroscience, science


Giving on a national basis.

No grants to individuals, or for annual operating costs, deficit reduction, capital campaigns, or individual sabbaticals.


Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $242,498,391 (market value)

Expenditures: $15,632,384

Total giving: $9,495,622

Qualifying distributions: $14,403,590

Giving activities include:

$9,469,162 for 183 grants (high: $2,598,469; low: $2,500)

$26,460 employee matching gifts

$4,995,201 for 4 foundation-administered programs


The following grants are a representative sample of this grantmaker's funding activity:

  • $4,750,000 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, in 2012. For Clinical and Translational Research Neuroscience-related
  • $2,701,468 to Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, New York, NY, in 2012. For public education campaign on neuroscience research
  • $2,000,000 to Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, in 2012. For Neuroimaging
  • $450,000 to University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 2012. For neuroimmunology research
  • $250,000 to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 2012. For Clinical Neuroscience Research
  • $150,000 to Emory University, Atlanta, GA, in 2012. For Clinical Neuroscience Research
  • $150,000 to Reading Team, New York, NY, in 2012. For general support
  • $150,000 to Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 2012. For Neuroimaging
  • $100,000 to Duke University, Durham, NC, in 2012. For brain and immuno-imaging research
  • $15,000 to Saint Georges School, Middletown, RI, in 2012. For general support