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The Charles A. Dana Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Charles A. Dana Foundation, Inc.

(doing business as The Dana Foundation)

505 5th Ave., 6th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10017-4921


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $241,247,697

Total giving: $9,101,857





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for grants inquires:


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

Purpose and Activities

Principal interests are in health and science, particularly neuroscience.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Clinical Neuroscience Research Grant

Translational researchers apply to test promising therapies, from animal model research, in a small number of patients with devastating, currently untreatable, brain diseases. Also supported are studies to develop ethical guidelines for clinical brain research, and prognostic data based on treatment outcomes in patients with severe brain injuries or disorders. Grant studies can receive up to $300,000 payable over three years.

David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program

The neuroimaging research program focuses on improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health, and prevent and treat disease. Funds support pilot-testing by investigators who are early in their research careers of promising, high-risk, and innovative ideas with a direct clinical application. Successful studies are then anticipated to be competitive for larger-scale support from other funders. Grant amounts may be up to $200,000 total, payable over three years. Applicants will be informed within ten weeks of the preliminary proposal deadline on whether they are invited to prepare full proposals. The first awards will be announced in Sept. 2014. Any subsequent award announcements will be made in Dec. 2014. For complete application information see foundation web site.

Employee Matching Gifts

The foundation matches the contributions of its employees to charitable organizations.

Fields of Interest

  • Brain and nervous system disorders
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Health
  • Medical specialties
  • Neurology
  • Science
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $241,247,697 (market value)

Expenditures: $15,294,418

Total giving: $9,101,857

Qualifying distributions: $13,521,619