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The Donaghue Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-10-20

At A Glance

The Donaghue Foundation

(also known as The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation)

18 N. Main St.

West Hartford, CT United States 06107-1919

Telephone: (860) 521-9011


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $70,292,391

Total giving: $1,365,847






Established in 1991 in CT - The Patrick & Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation was established by the will of Ethel Donaghue in memory of her parents. Miss Donaghue, who died in West Hartford in 1989, directed that the charitable trust of more than $50 million, named for her parents, be devoted to medical research of practical benefit to human life

Purpose and Activities

Support for medical and health-related research including epidemiological, community health, and health services research academic, and other health-related institutions. The foundation is particularly interested in understanding the process by which knowledge from research is adopted in to practice or policy .

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants to scientific researchers in CT for clinical, epidemiological, community health, and health services research.

Fields of Interest

  • Brain and nervous system disorders
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Health
  • Higher education
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • People with disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $70,292,391 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,361,162

Total giving: $1,365,847

Qualifying distributions: $2,153,907

Giving activities include:

$1,365,847 for 21 grants (high: $220,000; low: $1,000)

$9,344 for foundation-administered programs