The Quality of Life Grant Program honors the selfless volunteer efforts of MDRT members who give their time to serve charitable causes in their own communities and worldwide.
The MDRT Foundation awards grants to the member’s designated charity in increments of USD 5,000 (maximum of 24 grants awarded), USD 10,000 (three grants awarded), USD 25,000 (two grants awarded), and one grant of USD 50,000.
Applicant (MDRT Member) Eligibility
- Applicant must be an MDRT member in the year that the grant is awarded.
- Only one Quality of Life grant (other than the top six) may be awarded to any individual in a three-year period.
- Upon receiving one of the top six Quality of Life awards, an applicant may no longer apply under the Quality of Life program. (Applicant may apply under a different MDRT Foundation program, subject to eligibility.)
- Applicant may only apply for, or endorse, one application per year for all grant programs, subject to eligibility.
- Applicant must be a contributor to the MDRT Foundation.
Grants are only awarded to organizations or programs that are non-sectarian, responsibly managed, employ appropriate fiscal accounting procedures, and are classified as 501(c)(3) by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. For applicants outside of the United States, an appropriate document from your government will be accepted. These organizations may include:
- Volunteer emergency services, emergency food or shelter groups
- Service to people with disabilities and mental health services (including alcohol and drug dependency programs)
- Programs for youth, senior citizens or at-risk groups, provided they are conducted on a not-for-profit basis
- Unique and unusual charitable programs
The MDRT Foundation does not provide funding for any of the following:
- Private charity, foundation or donor-advised fund
- Organizations not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and not eligible for tax-deductible support
- Religious organizations or sectarian causes, unless the particular program will benefit a large portion of a community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community
- Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, color, citizenship, disability, disabled veteran status, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, military service or status
- Organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
- Endowments or capital campaigns
- Film, music, TV, video and media production projects or broadcast program underwriting.
- Athletic sponsorships
- Fundraising events (such as dinners and walkathons)
- Performing arts tours
- Fraternal groups or similar clubs
- Colleges, universities or schools, unless the request is for a program or activity that benefits the public at-large or an at-risk group
- Association memberships
- General scholarship requests
- Organizations whose primary role is re-granting funds