Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.
Formally launched in 1982, GIH is known today as the professional home for health grantmakers, and a resource for grantmakers and others seeking expertise and information on the field of health philanthropy. GIH generates and disseminates information about health issues and grantmaking strategies that work in health by offering issue-focused forums, workshops, and large annual meetings; publications; continuing education and training; technical assistance; consultation on programmatic and operational issues; and by conducting studies of health philanthropy. Additionally, the organization brokers professional relationships and connects health grantmakers with each other as well as with grantmakers in other fields whose work has important implications for health. It also develops targeted programs and activities, and provides customized services on request to individual funders.
GIH is committed to promoting diversity and cultural competency in its programming, personnel and employment practices, and governance. It views diversity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral to its mission of helping grantmakers improve the health of all people. Diverse voices and viewpoints deepen our understanding of differences in health outcomes and health care delivery, and strengthen our ability to fashion just solutions. GIH uses the term, diversity, broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of both individuals (such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and socioeconomic status) and organizations (foundations and giving programs of differing sizes, missions, geographic locations, and approaches to grantmaking).
Statement of Ethics and Values
Our mission is to help grantmakers improve the health of all people. We are committed to evidence-based practice and work to promote discussion, questioning, and lively debate within the field. We strive to be a learning organization and to build learning communities within health philanthropy. We believe strongly in collaboration and when we work with others, do so with respect and candor.The purpose of this statement is to convey the standards to which the organization is committed, to make clear our expectations for board and staff, and to share with the grantmaking community what is most important to us. Our ethics and values inform our work and guide how we conduct ourselves. We will promote them through our internal policies and procedures, programming, and involvement with our Funding Partners.
We are committed to acting honestly, in accordance with internal policies and external laws and regulations.
We are committed to using our resources wisely and providing accurate public disclosure of our finances.
We are committed to taking responsibility for our actions and avoiding potential conflicts of interest.
We aim to be the best in our work, ideas, and services.
We are committed to treating the people and organizations with whom we work with fairness, dignity, and respect, and recognizing and appreciating the achievements and contributions of all.
We promote diversity and cultural competency in our programming, personnel and employment practices, and governance.
We commit to being responsive and accessible to the grantmakers and others we serve.
We strive to be visionary, proactive, innovative, and creative in all we do.