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The Sidney Kimmel Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation

1900 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA United States 19103-3527

Telephone: (215) 665-2079


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-07-31)

Assets: $17,997,881

Total giving: $14,913,614






Established in 1993 in PA - Founded by Sidney Kimmel, who is founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jones Apparel Group, a designer, marketer and wholesaler of branded apparel, shoes and accessories with such internationally recognizable brands as Jones New York, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Evan-Picone, Joan & David and Nine West. His film company, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, has produced and/or financed such popular films as "9 1/2 Weeks," “The Kite Runner,” “United 93,” “Breach,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Adventureland,” “Death at a Funeral,” and “Synecdoche, New York.” Sidney Kimmel has committed to The Giving Pledge, and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy.

Purpose and Activities

Giving for cancer research and treatment; funding also for education and Jewish federated giving programs and causes.

Program Area(s)

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

Grants to Individuals Program

Research grants to physicians and young investigators for the study of cancer and translational science.

Kimmel Scholar Award

Each year the Kimmel Foundation expects to select up to ten grant recipients who will receive $100,000 per year for two years. Qualified applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree and must perform research in an American nonprofit institution during the period of Kimmel Foundation support. The foundation is seeking accomplished young investigators dedicated to a career in cancer research. Applications are limited to those who achieved the equivalent rank of Assistant Professor on or after July, 2011. Physicians who have both clinical and research responsibility are eligible if appointed on or after July, 2010. These awards are designed for researchers who do not yet have their own R01 funding. Applicants will be judged on the basis of quality of prior work, research proposed and letters of support. Funding of awards will be subject to execution of binding agreements setting forth terms and conditions under which scholarships will be provided.

Kimmel Translational Science Award

The foundation provides five additional awards specifically for physicians engaged in translational science. Eligibility includes those with M.D. or equivalent degrees, who have achieved the rank of Assistant Professor on or after July, 2010. Candidates must not hold R01 funding for the laboratory component of their cancer research. Applicants must demonstrate a significant personal involvement in the laboratory component of the translational project described. The translational aspect may involve either animal or human studies.

Fields of Interest

  • Cancers
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Education
  • Graduate and professional education
  • Higher education
  • Medical education
  • Nonprofits
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Judaic institutions
  • Public charities

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-07-31

Assets: $17,997,881 (market value)

Gifts received: $8,939,731

Expenditures: $15,465,812

Total giving: $14,913,614

Qualifying distributions: $15,457,988