The William G. Mcgowan Charitable Fund
The Fund was created by William G. McGowan, one of the recipients of a heart transplant. Thus health care, particularly cardiac care, and medical research are one of the Fundís emphases. Grants are also awarded to programs and projects in education and community programs for the most vulnerable. Priority is given to programs that have demonstrated success, measurable outcomes, have a plan for sustainability, and aim to end cycles of poverty and suffering. Education grants support exceptional business students through the McGowan Fellows Program as well as exceptional Pre-K through 12 programs that creatively address the current challenges in the educational system for the purposes of promoting retention and graduation rates in underserved or underachieving populations. Community grants support programs that address the quality of life challenges for the elderly, for those who are victims of abuse, those who are disabled, and those who suffer from hunger, homelessness, unemployment, or illness. Grants are awarded in the greater Denver Metropolitan and Greater Eagle County area (only programs that advance low-income, single-parent families toward economic security, independence, and overall well-being); Illinois (only Aurora and the Chicago neighborhoods of Austin and North Lawndale Ė all others are by invitation only), and Kansas City Metropolitan, Kansas. Also eligible to apply are nonprofits in the Reno Metropolitan area of Nevada; Rochester Metropolitan area of New York (Buffalo Metropolitan by invitation only); Lackawanna and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. (invitation only at this time). Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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