The Purpose of the Foundation

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was established in 1944 under the terms of the will of Mrs. Elsa U. Pardee, whose life was taken by cancer on October 2, 1944. Mrs. Pardee provided a $1 million trust fund "for the promotion of the control and cure of cancer." She directed that this bequest be used to support research in the field of cancer and to provide for others the advantages of new knowledge and techniques for the treatment of this related group of disabling and frequently lethal diseases.

Since 1944, this family-run foundation has proudly granted over $135 million to support two key areas:

  • Research programs directed toward discovering new approaches for cancer treatment and cure.
  • Financial support for cancer treatment

The "Pardee House" (an Alden B. Dow design)
is the home of the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation


Elsa U. Pardee Foundation
P.O. Box 2767
Midland , MI 48641-2767
Phone: 989.832.3691
Fax: 989.832.8842
Email: kmcdonald@pardeefoundation.org