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Grants & Programs

September 2018

George Family Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)

The George Family Foundation has approved grants that will support authentic leadership programs, a new multiyear exhibit on Minnesota's Native American communities, and faith-based social justice efforts. The foundation awarded $2,140,000 to 21 organizations. The complete list of grants includes:

  • American Medical Student Association Foundation—to support the HEART-IM program. ($30,000)
  • Auburn Theological Seminary—to support general operations. ($50,000)
  • Center for Courage and Renewal—to support the Academy for Leaders program in Minnesota. ($20,000)
  • Duke University—to support the Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative. ($300,000)
  • Harvard Business School—to support the George Leadership Fellowship fund. ($125,000)
  • Harvard Kennedy School—to support the George Leadership Fellowship program. ($675,000)
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs—to support scholarships for the Policy Fellows program in the nonprofit sector. ($75,000)
  • Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing—to support general operations. ($25,000)
  • Faith in Public Life—to support Understanding and Countering the Language of Violence: Building Interfaith Networks of Solidarity with Religious Minorities and Immigrants project. ($50,000)
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas—to support its STEM Programming for Girls at the STEM Center for Excellence on behalf of the Next Generation Fund. ($20,000)
  • Guthrie Theater—to support its 2018–2019 Annual Fund. ($25,000)
  • Interfaith Youth Core—to support its Alumni Relations program. ($150,000)
  • Juxtaposition Arts Inc.—to support general operations on behalf of the Next Generation Fund. ($20,000)
  • Minnesota Arboretum Foundation—to support the its youth environmental education programs. ($20,000)
  • Minnesota Historical Society—to support the Native American Galleries/Our Home: Native Minnesota and Lacrosse exhibits. ($100,000)
  • Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota—to support the Peer Education in Minnesota: Building Youth Leaders for a Healthier Future project. ($225,000)
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas—to support reproductive health education for middle and high school students. ($20,000)
  • Sojourners—to support general operations. ($100,000)
  • The Sanneh Foundation—to support capacity building and program expansion. ($60,000)
  • Tides Foundation—to support general operations for Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. ($30,000)
  • Voyageur Outward Bound School—to support the Twin Cities Center. ($20,000)

Contact: Kate Lilja Lohnes
Phone: 952.893.7140


George Gund Foundation (Cleveland, OH)

The George Gund Foundation expressed its continued commitment to state and local voter advocacy initiatives by awarding several grants at its summer 2018 meeting to help increase participation by historically underrepresented populations. The grants support strategies to increase racial and economic fairness in voter registration and voting and to help all citizens realize that their best interests require a vibrant, healthy political system. Among the grants awarded are:

  • Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates, Inc., a volunteer-led voter registration, research, and advocacy organization serving the needs of underrepresented citizens and students in the Cleveland, Ohio area. ($25,150)
  • The Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a coalition of more than 20 groups working to organize Ohioans to push for social, racial, and economic justice through voter registration; promoting criminal justice reform; student organizing; and leadership development and training. ($200,000)
  • Ohio Voice, a statewide coalition of nonprofit organizations working to increase the collective influence of its members and the constituencies they serve through strategic, coordinated, nonpartisan civic engagement activities, specifically by engaging and raising the influence of historically marginalized populations. ($125,000)

The foundation also awarded $8.94 million in additional grants that reflect its deep interests in education, human services, the environment, arts, and economic development. These grants included:

  • Case Western Reserve University—to fund research and data collection on properties in Cleveland to help develop strategies for lead hazard control. ($75,000)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District—to support its ongoing transformation by growing the number of high-quality Cleveland, Ohio schools. (Three grants totaling $890,000)
  • Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art—for the inaugural minority curatorial fellowship to help address the national lack of diversity in the arts field. ($144,000)
  • LAND studio—to support a planning initiative that will position Shaker Square to best serve the needs of the surrounding community. ($50,000)
  • West Creek Conservancy—to support the creation of a state designated water trail along the Cuyahoga River, allowing canoes and kayaks easier navigation. ($50,000)


Phone: 216.241.3114


Healthcare Initiative Foundation (Germantown, MD)

The Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) awarded $74,000 in FY18 Small Grants to support 19 organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland working to provide high-quality, comprehensive, and sustainable health care. HIF’s grants support three priorities: to improve the quality and availability of comprehensive health care; to build the capacity and sustainability of the health care network; and to grow a highly skilled and culturally competent health care workforce.

These grants are projected to improve the health and wellness of 69,580 unduplicated Montgomery County, Maryland residents:

  • The ACE Project—to provide student athletes at Seneca Valley High School community service projects to improve and support health and wellness in the community through the coordination of a Germantown Community Health Day. ($1,000)
  • Ayuda—to expand comprehensive, linguistically, and culturally appropriate protection services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Montgomery County, Maryland. ($5,000)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington—to expand after-school programming focused on academics, fitness, and social emotional support for Montgomery County, Maryland students at two new sites: Watkins Mill Elementary School and Montgomery College. ($5,000)
  • Boys Town Washington D.C.—to expand behavioral health supports to 120 children and their families in Montgomery County, Maryland. ($7,500)
  • Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind—to partner with Clopper Mill Elementary School and Captain James E. Daly Elementary School to provide vision screenings, exams, referrals, and eyeglasses to students with limited access to vision care. ($5,000)
  • EveryMind—to recruit and place 16 bilingual, bicultural undergraduate and graduate level interns to expand mental health, case management, and counseling services. ($4,000)
  • Gaithersburg HELP—to provide emergency prescription assistance to five low-income, uninsured and underinsured people in Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village, Maryland. ($750)
  • Germantown HELP—to provide medical financial assistance and food assistance for uninsured and underinsured adults and children in Germantown, Maryland. ($2,500)
  • Leadership Montgomery—to assist with six Racial Equity Institute Workshops for county leaders and to support six follow-up community debriefings, facilitated by IMPACT Silver Spring. ($2,500)
  • Manna Food Center—to increase food distribution, nutrition education, and SNAP outreach in East County and UpCounty. ($5,000)
  • Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy—to train Montgomery County, Maryland health care workers in English skills to increase employee productivity. ($5,000)
  • Montgomery County Food Council—to create food referral guides at three Primary Care Coalition safety-net clinics working in collaboration with the Food is Medicine project and to support food and nutrition asset mapping utilizing Montgomery County FoodStat. ($5,000)
  • Montgomery County Television, dba Montgomery Community—to support the Community Wellness Symposium to reduce the stigma around mental illness for adults struggling with depression. ($2,500)
  • People Animals Love—to expand the Pet Visitation Program to additional Montgomery County, Maryland sites, using pet therapy dogs to support residents in need. ($5,000)
  • Shared Horizons, Inc.—to provide financial assistance for the medical needs of people living with disabilities in Montgomery County, Maryland. ($2,500)
  • Silver Technology Systems—to provide seniors with computer and technology consulting services to combat the effects of isolation on health in aging adults in Montgomery County, Maryland. ($750)
  • Spirit Club Foundation—to support the Supportive Fitness Partnership with the Jewish Council for the Aging for seven more months of fitness classes for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. ($5,000)
  • Warrior Canine Connection—to expand its Mission Based Trauma Recovery program, which partners with veterans to train service dogs, in collaboration with the Vet Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. ($5,000)
  • Women Who Care Ministries—to provide children at Captain James E. Daly Elementary School with healthy and nutritional weekend and summer meals. ($5,000)

Contact: Catherine Oidtman
Phone: 301.525.9253


Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced nearly $1.8 million in funding to support three programs: Nurses for Tomorrow, Supporting Treatment and Opioid Prevention (STOP) Initiative, and Building Healthier Communities.

  • Nurses for Tomorrow—to support scholarship funding for 22 nursing schools for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral nursing students. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in nursing scholarship grants. ($1.1 million)
  • Supporting Treatment and Overdose Prevention (STOP)—seven grants will increase access to evidence-based opioid use disorder prevention and treatment. The grants will support the following organizations: Caron Treatment Centers, Coatesville Youth Initiatives, CORA Services, Inc., Communities Volunteers in Medicine, One Day at a Time, Inc., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation, and Thomas Jefferson University. ($440,000)
  • Building Healthier Communities—10 grants will address health and wellness needs through support of community-based nonprofits. Included in this round of grants are: Boy Scouts of America, Faith in the Future, Intercommunity Action Incorporated, Linda Creed Breast Cancer, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Providence Center Youth Wellness Program, Veteran’s Multi-Service Center — Healthy Living Initiative, YWCA of Bucks County Focus on Healthy Living, and YMCA of Greater Brandywine. ($125,000)

Contact: Ruth Stoolman
Phone: 215.241.4807


Merck Foundation (Kenilworth, NJ)

The Merck Foundation is supporting a new initiative with Marshall Health to launch the Great Rivers Regional System for Addiction Care (the System) to address areas hit hardest by the opioid epidemic in West Virginia. With a $2 million grant from the foundation payable over four years, the System is an innovative, comprehensive approach that aims to reduce opioid overdoses and overdose deaths, improve access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services, and help reduce the rising rates of HIV and hepatitis C infections. Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, and opioid use contributes to a significant increase in infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis C. West Virginia has the highest overdose rate in the United States and it ranks first nationally for rates of hepatitis B and second for rates of hepatitis C. Key components of the System will include:

  • comprehensive public health harm-reduction programs like risk reduction services, prevention education, and counseling and referral services;
  • integrated, community quick response teams;
  • hospital implementation of clinical pathways to treatment and recovery services;
  • specialized treatment centers to serve as central hubs for connecting individuals with addiction to recovery resources and treatment services;
  • opioid overdose reversal treatment education and distribution by local health departments;
  • community engagement and education to raise awareness and prevention of substance use and addiction; and
  • building a sustainable and scalable model.

Marshall Health and program partners will engage an independent evaluator to conduct a robust process and outcomes evaluation of the System. The coalition of partners aim to create and disseminate an effective regional community-based model that can strengthen local health care and public health systems in responding to the opioid crisis, and serve as a potential model for other states or regions.

Contact: Claire Gillespie
Phone: 267.305.0932


Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (Pottstown, PA)

Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (PAHWF) is celebrating 15 years of grantmaking by inspiring the Pottstown community to make healthier choices through grants to local schools, parks, and area nonprofit organizations. PAHWF will commemorate its 15th anniversary with a “We Fit Together” theme. This theme was chosen to represent the unity of PAHWF, its grantees, and the surrounding communities, which has led to the steady improvements PAHWF has made by teaching and funding good habits.

Throughout the year, PAHWF will launch a few initiatives and social media campaigns to highlight its grantees who have worked diligently to serve as catalysts for thousands of people to make positive health changes in their lives. Some stories will be featured on the foundation’s website, in its online Community Benefit Reports, and through other communication channels.

Some of the milestone accomplishments include the grand opening of Community Health & Dental Care along with its colocation with Creative Health Services, the Circuit Rider program, Walk/Bike Pottstown, Mosaic Community Land Trust and the Annual Home Garden Contest, the PEAK Initiative (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness), and Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute.

Contact: Rose Walters
Phone: 610.323.2006


The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced the 2018 Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI) grants totaling $95,000 to five organizations. This Initiative was established in 2003 with the intention to engage, support, and sustain the ministries of Catholic Women Religious in South Carolina. These ministries have been responsible for establishing schools, hospitals, and social service programs that have served hundreds of thousands of people over the years. The following ministries have been awarded 2018 CMI grants:

  • Felician Center—to support succession planning from women religious leadership to lay leadership to ensure the viability of Felician Center into the future.
  • Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc.—to support its mission of encouraging and supporting self-sufficiency and to address barriers related to housing, food, economic opportunities, financial literacy, health and wellness, and education through comprehensive case management, goal setting, and encouraging clients to take steps toward self-sufficiency.
  • St. Cyprian Outreach Center—to support the The West End - Yes We Can! Project which is a comprehensive self-help, life skills program for those wishing to make positive changes in their own lives and in the neighborhood and community where they live.
  • St. Francis Center—to support the Emergency Home Repair program which serves economically disadvantaged families in Northern Beaufort County, South Carolina. It will also support the Migrant Farmworker Outreach Program which provides 300 welcome boxes of food, towels, toiletries, shoes, and new toys for children of seasonal migrant workers when they arrive to pick the tomato crop.
  • Thumbs Up, Inc.—to support the Thumbs Up Family Intervention Project through hiring a contracted consultant who has experience working with at-risk youth and families, transporting parents to counseling programs, and materials/supplies for parent training.

Contact: Langley Shealy
Phone: 803.254.0230, ext. 19