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Our Mission & Programs

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund was established to realize and enlarge the magnificent human potential which William McGowan foresaw. Our vision is to impact lives today, create sustainable change, and empower future generations to achieve their greatest potential.

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund brings our vision to life through grantmaking in three program areas including Health care and Medical Research; Education, and Community Programs for Those Most Vulnerable. We give priority to programs that have demonstrated success, measurable outcomes, have a plan for sustainability, and aim to end cycles of poverty and suffering.

Resolute in our belief in the power of partnerships or collaborative efforts to maximize impact, we embrace opportunities to work with other funders in our program areas, and look for funding opportunities that share our philosophy and explore the possibility of joint projects with other non-profit organizations.

Healthcare and Medical Research
Because of Bill McGowan’s cardiac condition and heart transplant:We support programs and research projects that address the challenges and needs in cardiac healthcare.

Because Bill McGowan was a recipient of support to complete his final year of education, and because he deeply believed in the power of education to transform lives, we support exceptional business students through the McGowan Fellows Program, and support exceptional Pre-K through 12 programs that creatively address the current challenges in our educational system for the purposes of promoting retention and graduation rates in underserved or underachieving populations.

*Please note that when reporting on actual high school graduation rates, the McGowan Fund requires that graduation rate calculations be
based on the freshmen year through graduation, not on the senior year through graduation.

Community Programs
Because of the belief in the power of community and his actions in building community, we support programs in our communities that address 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.