The mission of the Hussman Foundation is to provide life-changing assistance through medical research, education, and direct aid to vulnerable populations having urgent needs or significant disabilities.
To achieve the greatest impact, the Foundation emphasizes projects having the capacity to save or significantly improve lives, at a small financial commitment per person affected. These projects are often on the margin that divides a modest amount of help from nothing at all.
The Hussman Foundation seeks to “tip the balance” in critical areas where research or intervention can significantly alter the course of individual lives, and where resources would otherwise not be available. The Foundation also helps organizations to develop grant-writing and reporting procedures so they can secure long-term funding from broader sources.
The Hussman Foundation's work was recently honored with the 2013 Philanthropist of The Year award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Foundation projects include:
- supporting promising medical research in autism, diabetes, malaria and other conditions, along under-funded lines of investigation;
- establishing model programs in a variety of fields that can provide springboards for broad replication (e.g. educational inclusion, pediatric diabetes testing), and;
- providing emergency or “stop-gap” assistance to health programs and schools in impoverished countries, where individuals suffer life-threatening diseases or are displaced without access to basic education, stable living conditions, or human rights.
The Hussman Foundation is a private 501-c(3) charitable organization. We attempt to review but generally cannot respond to unsolicited grant proposals. The Foundation generally does not provide unrestricted grant funding to other organizations, instead allocating the majority of its grants to specific projects viewed as likely to save or materially alter the course of individual lives at a small cost per person affected.
The Foundation generally denies allocation of grant funds to overhead or indirect costs not specific to the completion of funded projects. However, the Foundation may approve small indirect allocations (generally 5-10%) in cases where the activities of a grant-receiving organization are closely aligned with the mission of the Foundation.
For further information:
Hussman Foundation Grant Principles (PDF)