America’s biggest donors gave more than $11.9 billion in 2023. This year’s report features our analysis of the list, giving trends among megadonors, and a look at their giving to and from their foundations and donor-advised funds in 2023. The report highlights some of the country’s most interesting philanthropists, including a look at how those who will dominate big […]

Penn researchers believe it is possible to protect people with a BRCA gene mutation from cancer with the prick of a needle, instead of aggressive surgeries and stressful screening regimens that aren’t guaranteed to prevent disease. – The Philadelphia Inquirer

During a period of painful budget cuts, New York City lawmakers secured private funding to pay for free swim lessons for 2,000 second graders starting in June.


A $1 million donation has been made to the city of Highland Park for the construction of a permanent place of remembrance to honor the victims of the parade mass shooting that claimed seven lives on July 4, 2022. The donation by Jon and Mindy Gray, current residents of New York City, is the first […]

Mindy and Jon Gray, founders of the Gray Foundation, prioritize high-risk, high reward research projects, or as Executive Director Dana Zucker puts it, “funding early, innovative work.” Oftentimes, she explains, “that’s the space where the breakthroughs happen.” PREcision DIabetes ConsorTium (PREDICT), a collaboration between the University of Chicago’s Data for the Common Good and UChicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center, […]

Across the five boroughs, schools celebrated NYC Scholarship Month this January 2024 – the opportunity for new families to activate and view their children’s NYC Scholarship Accounts for the very first time! 

All 70,000 public school second graders were going to get free swimming lessons under a city council law passed last year, but it was postponed for a year as part of the Mayor Eric Adams budget cuts. Now Wave Makers, a program devised by the City Council and the nonprofit Asphalt Green, will provide free […]

As NYC elementary students begin the school year, the diverse group of educators sends an encouraging message reminding students of the boundless opportunities available for their educational futures

From Health Pulse Newsletter in Crain’s New York Business (08/11/2023) The Gray Foundation, a Midtown-based nonprofit that aims to expand BRCA-related cancer research, announced Thursday that it has awarded $25 million for seven research teams to study gene mutations that increase risk of cancer. Women who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation are at […]

The Gray Foundation today announced $25 million in funding for 7 research teams to study new approaches for prevention, early detection, and interception of BRCA-related cancers. The new grants are part of the Foundation’s ongoing Team Science program, which funds innovative BRCA-related collaborative research. For this cycle, the research teams were selected from more than […]

A foundation created by Jon Gray — president of private equity giant Blackstone Group — and his wife Mindy has awarded $25 million to seven research teams to fight BRCA-related cancers, and all but two of them are based here in Greater Boston. The fact that most of the money from the Gray Foundation’s latest […]

After decades of limited success, scientists say research has reached a turning point, with many predicting more vaccines will be out in five years. In Philadelphia, Dr. Susan Domchek, director of the Basser Center at Penn Medicine, is recruiting 28 healthy people with BRCA mutations for a vaccine test. Those mutations increase the risk of […]

On June 26, 2023, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and the Gray Foundation announced the 2023 high school graduates selected to receive scholarships from the UNCF Gray NYC Scholars Program. Funded with a $3 million grant from the Gray Foundation, the program helps underrepresented New York City students from low-income backgrounds attend and earn their […]