Morgan Stanley Community Affairs Grants

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Scholarship, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Community Affairs

Community Affairs manages Morgan Stanley’s core philanthropic outreach. Our responsibilities include grant making, employee community engagement, oversight of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and our signature program, the Morgan Stanley Global Alliance for Children's Health. Among the key priorities for the Firm and the Foundation are children’s health, diversity education, and encouragement and support of Morgan Stanley employees’ community involvement.

The Firm’s Community Affairs programs are complemented by several other local U.S. and international initiatives, including local giving by business units directly throughout the world, the Morgan Stanley International Foundation based in London, the Inspire Program in Japan, and a growing Community Affairs program across the Asia Pacific region.

In total, Morgan Stanley’s worldwide philanthropy provided over $76 million to nonprofit organizations in 2011.


Through the Morgan Stanley Foundation and direct corporate contributions, Morgan Stanley Community Affairs provides roughly $20 million annually to:

  • Create and deliver excellence in children’s healthcare through the Morgan Stanley Global Alliance for Children’s Health
  • Invest in students to create access and opportunity in the financial services sector for members of underserved communities
  • Encourage, recognize and reward Morgan Stanley employee community engagement

Morgan Stanley Global Alliance for Children’s Health

We invest in innovations in pediatric care, so that more children can get the healthy start they need for consistent and meaningful achievement in life. Our Alliance is focused particularly on preventable death and disease in the youngest children and supports leading centers of pediatric excellence and other prominent children's outreach groups. Our funding is divided into three segments: creating centers of excellence to foster innovation, thought leadership and direct care for underserved children. The flagship of our efforts is our 40-year relationship with the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. More recently, we expanded our outreach to other international hospital partners, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and Beijing Children's Hospital. We also focus on providing support to children suffering from malnutrition in the United States and abroad. In addition to our Step Up to the Plate campaign launched in 2009 and lead partnership with Feeding America, Morgan Stanley is the first major corporate supporter of Grow Clinics, specialty operations that target families with children suffering from medical complications associated with malnourishment primarily due to poverty.


Morgan Stanley has a long-standing commitment to investing in students and faculty in minority and underserved communities. We focus on career development through scholarships, fellowships and internships at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We give priority to programs serving diverse student populations and to those that offer access to opportunities in the financial services sector. Our programs include the Richard B. Fisher Scholars Program, a college scholarship, as well as internship initiatives for minorities.

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  • Geographic Scope
    • Morgan Stanley Community Affairs grants and programs, with few exceptions, benefit U.S.-based charities.
    • Our funding is limited to national initiatives and those serving multiple cities across the United States.
    • Our support of local initiatives (serving only one metropolitan area or state) is restricted to those organizations for which our employees are active and ongoing volunteers. Local grants are therefore coordinated solely through our VIP; charities cannot apply directly for VIP grants.
  • Eligible applicants are organizations with 501(c)(3) exemption or other charitable status .


  • Morgan Stanley Community Affairs does not make contributions that fall within the following categories:
    • Organizations without 501(c)(3) exemption or other charitable status;
    • Political causes, candidates, campaigns or lobbying programs;
    • Capital and endowment campaigns outside of our hospital partners;
    • Grants to individuals;
    • Special events including dinners, walks, runs and golf events;
    • Religious, fraternal or professional sports organizations; or
    • Documentaries, individual performing arts groups or productions.