Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation seeking to fund community-based organizations with major grant dollars – Miami’s Community Newspapers

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is seeking to fund community-based organizations throughout Miami-Dade County with grants up to $50,000 each. Qualified tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations conducting grass-roots work that improves, preserves, or restores the health and healthcare of local area citizens have until April 15 to apply.

Since 1992, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has responded to identified community needs, said Aldo C. Busot, Chairman of the Coral Gables-based nonprofit foundation. Our board is appreciative of the work being done by our grant recipients throughout the community. The Board of Directors remains committed to sustaining its support in meeting the needs of our local community-based organizations. Busot is a senior vice president and financial advisor with Busot Group at Morgan Stanley in Coral Gables, and a graduate of the University of Miami.

From its earliest days, the foundation board wanted the foundation to serve the immediate grassroots needs of both children and adults and has successfully done so by awarding 468 grants to more than 300 community-based organizations over the years.

According to Charles Dunn, M.D., Chairman of the Community Grants Committee, The Community Grants program is the backbone of the foundation. The local organizations that receive funding are providing much-needed services and contribute to the well-being of our community. A graduate of University of Miami School of Medicine, Dr. Dunn is a long-established family medicine practitioner in Coral Gables.

Local organizations that qualified last year for the first-time, during the foundations 2019-20 funding cycle, included Friendship Circle of Miami offering behavioral physical and occupational therapies for children with special needs in Miami-Dade County; and Iam Able, with a county-wide reach for its Able 2 Adapt program that provides mentoring and exercise-based therapy for individuals with paralysis.

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center also has been funded in past years to support scholarships and new equipment for their equine-assisted program for special needs children all across the county.

Other award recipients include Wounded Veterans Relief Fund, , Fishing With Americas Finest, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Canine Assisted Therapy, Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, the Coral Gables Womens Club Childrens Dental Clinic, and Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, among many others.

In addition to community grants, the foundation also has undertaken three signature initiatives in conjunction with UMs Miller School of Medicines Dept. of Pediatrics with the establishment of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Dept. of Human Genetics, and the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute.

According to the Foundations Managing Director John Edward Smith, Since its inception as a grant-making institution, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has invested some $48 million into our community. Foundation grants serve as recognition of the admirable work so many community-based organizations are doing across the county to improve the quality of life for citizens.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for the 2020-21 grant cycle now through April 15, 2020. Funding priorities include:

Projects that promote health education and prevention, and early detection of disease;

Health related projects that assist children and the economically disadvantaged; and

Projects that target medical care.

Qualified organizations that propose to conduct projects or programs related to the health needs of the citizens of Miami-Dade County, and are seeking funding support from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, should first submit a letter of inquiry. Programs and projects are funded depending upon the budget in the $5,000 $50,000 range. Applications are available online at http://www.JTMacdonaldFDN.org.


With a long legacy of service to the local community, Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables is the genesis of todays Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation. The foundation grew from the sale of the hospital in 1992. Starting as a grant-making institution with an initial fund balance of $12 million, over the course of the past 20 years, the foundations fund balance has appreciably grown. Today, the foundation continues funding and invest in the healthcare and medical needs of the local community.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation is located at 1550 Madruga Ave., Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146. For information, call 305-667-6017 or send an e-mail to info@jtmacdonaldfdn.org.

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