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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

March 2018

Finding Leverage Over the Social Determinants of Health: Insights from a Study of 33 Conversion Foundations by Doug Easterling and Laura McDuffee at Wake Forest School of Medicine explores the strategies employed by conversion foundations as they seek to influence the social determinants of health at the community level. The study, which focuses on 33 conversion foundations in 25 states, reveals how foundations are stimulating change across a broad spectrum of social and economic factors such as opportunities for job training, access to quality childcare, increasing civic engagement, improving high school graduation rates, and making it easier for ex-offenders to re-enter their communities.

January 2018

The Colorado Health Foundation is working to redefine the role of program officers. Using the Community Engagement IMPACT Practice Model, the foundation is changing how staff do their work, engage deeply with communities, and achieve lasting impact. The model reflects both the evolution of philanthropic practices in recent years, as well as what the foundation has learned about itself and the health of the communities it serves.

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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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