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Foundation Operations

The challenges facing foundations as organizations include board issues, finances, grantmaking, evaluation, and communications.  GIH addresses these challenges in ways that enhance funders' abilities to make a difference in the health of the populations and communities they serve. GIH programming includes hands-on technical assistance, webinars, and surveys on trends in the field of health philanthropy.

Contact Katherine Treanor for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue Spotlight

February 2019

Health grantmakers are helping community stakeholders turn their ideas into action. In a recent Health Affairs blog post, Doug Easterling and Sabina Gesell of Wake Forest School of Medicine explore how foundations including The Clinton Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust are taking a “cultivation” approach to address pressing issues such as food insecurity and transportation at the local level.

January 2019

bi3, a grantmaker dedicated to transforming health in the Greater Cincinnati region, collaborates with health system partners, community leaders, and other health grantmakers to achieve its goals. In The Power of an IDEA to Transform Health, the foundation shares the four key grantmaking principles common across its most successful projects. They are: Identifying and leveraging strengths, Driving cross-sector collaboration, Emphasizing learning, and Attracting diverse leaders.

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    Learn more about nontraditional funding strategies by browsing frequently asked questions, a resource list, and suggested readings.

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