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Grants & Programs

October 2018

Archstone Foundation (Long Beach, CA)

In recognition of its 30 years of grantmaking, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA’s unwavering commitment to Geriatrics, and David B. Reuben’s 25-year leadership, Archstone Foundation approved a $1,000,000 expansion grant over 10 years for the existing Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair.

With this expansion, the Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair will focus on education, program development, and research on how to improve the care of older people. A specific emphasis will be placed on disseminating successful innovations to health care providers, systems, and policymakers, who will be served by learning about the programs and revising payment structures, as well as other incentives toward adopting successful, innovative approaches to caring for older persons with chronic diseases.

The Endowed Chair will also continue to focus on how to increase the insufficient number of geriatricians working to care for older people and necessary to meet the rising need for geriatric specialty care. In 2017, there were fewer than 7,500 board certified geriatricians nationwide.  

Future and past Endowed Chairs efforts have and will continue to respond to the 2008, Institute of Medicine (IOM) three-prong strategy identified to meet the health care needs of the increasing number of older Americans in its report “Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce”:

  • enhance the geriatric competence of the entire workforce;
  • increase the recruitment and retention of geriatric specialists and caregivers; and
  • improve the way care is delivered.

For more information on UCLA’s Division of Geriatric, click here.

Phone: 562.590.8655


The California Endowment (Sacramento, CA)

The California Endowment has created a $10 million fund to support statewide outreach and education efforts for the upcoming 2020 census. These efforts will focus on the 10 to 14 million Californians considered “hard-to-count populations” including immigrants, communities of color, LGBTQ, lower-income families, and others.

This investment comes at a crucial moment as the federal government considers adding a question to the 2020 census questionnaire asking residents about their citizenship status. The addition of the question has prompted legal challenges by several states, including California where there is already a heightened climate of fear and mistrust in government.

The Endowment’s $10 million commitment will complement the $90.3 million allocated by the State of California. It’s resources will support the following:

  • State and regional level advocacy, education and cross-sector coordination
  • Statewide coordination of philanthropic efforts
  • Media, communications, and message testing
  • Planning and implementation of regional Get Out the Count (GOTC) strategies
  • Technical assistance
  • Evaluation
  • Rapid response funding for low response census tracts and unforeseen issues

Under the United States Constitution, the census serves as a fundamental building block for our democracy, affecting not only the apportionment of each state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, but also the federal level of investments in local communities.

Census data serves as an essential public health tool that allows public health officials, practitioners, advocates, and philanthropy to address public health issues and see trends over time. For the census to be useful for both the public and the private sector, it must be inclusive of all persons living in the country, not just citizens.

Data collected through the census informs a range of local services and decisions including location of schools, hospitals and housing, and helps the private sector make investment decisions about facilities, hiring, and marketing. Census data also influences the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal government resources every year to states and localities and is used to draw local and state district lines.

The Endowment joined more than 300 foundations in signing a letter filed with the Commerce Department, rebuking the question. To read the letter, click here.

Contact: Jeff Okey
Phone: 213.928.8622


The California Health Care Foundation (Oakland, CA)

A recent article in the New York Times, “This ER Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.” cited a grant given by the California Health Care Foundation to support this effort.

An excerpt from the article states:

“A 2015 study out of Yale-New Haven Hospital found that addicted patients who were given buprenorphine in the emergency room were twice as likely to be in treatment a month later as those who were simply handed an informational pamphlet with phone numbers.

After Dr. Herring read the Yale study, he persuaded the California Health Care Foundation to give a small grant to Highland and seven other hospitals in Northern California last year, in both urban and rural areas, to experiment with dispensing buprenorphine in their E.R.s. Now the state is spending nearly $700,000 more to expand the concept statewide as part of a broader, $78 million effort to set up a so-called hub-and-spoke system meant to provide more access to buprenorphine and two other addiction medications, methadone and naltrexone…”

To read the full New York Times article, click here.

Contact: Lisa Aliferis
Phone: 510.587.3159


Colorado Health Foundation (Denver, CO)

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) announced that the Colorado Health Foundation has awarded it a $1 million grant to support the remaining four years of its 2017-2021 strategic plan. With the grant, WFCO will enhance operations to strengthen infrastructure and leverage philanthropy to broaden its statewide reach, deepen its impact, and affirm its role as an anchor institution for the economic advancement of Colorado women and their families.

In 2017, WFCO formed Women Achieving Greater Economic Security (WAGES), a programmatic body of work to advance equity through research, public policy, and direct-service grantmaking. Informed by the insights of nearly 1,300 Coloradans, WAGES helps women reach economic security by increasing access to education, job training, equal pay, paid family leave, and affordable high-quality child care.

The Colorado Health Foundation’s $1 million grant is the second grant WFCO has received in two years from leading philanthropic organizations to support its statewide work. In 2017, Women’s Funding Network awarded WFCO $150,000 for up to three years to shape public policy that will help break intergenerational cycles of poverty by addressing the needs of caregivers and their children at the same time.

Contact: Taryn Fort
Phone: 303.953.3666


Jewish Healthcare Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) approved more than $1 million in grants. Grantees include the following organizations:

  • Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI)—to collaborate with RAND on an initiative that will build on MWRI’s research expertise in maternal mortality and aim to develop a series of proposals to the National Institutes of Health and other funders related to women’s cardiovascular health during and after pregnancy. The initiative will focus on research that can be translated into best practices for cardiovascular health care for pregnant women, and on addressing gaps in care. ($600,000).
  • Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh—to establish a Healthy Aging Program, through which the Aging Institute will conduct novel research and leverage technology to help seniors slow the progression of disability and disease. The program will use electronic health records, biological markers, personal monitoring devices, self-assessments, and other measures to stratify health risks for seniors and develop personalized interventions that promote successful aging. ($300,000 over 2 years)
  • Carlow University—to develop and implement behavioral health training for its physician assistant and nursing programs and help to create a sustainable training model that addresses a workforce shortage, strengthening the expertise of more front-line health care workers who serve as the gatekeepers for getting mental health care to teens, young adults, and adults. ($100,000)
  • AcademyHealth—to hold a 2019 summit in Washington, DC to develop a national policy and advocacy strategy that creates a robust safety net for teens and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The summit will gather leading legislators, behavioral health professionals, insurers, researchers, and community advocates to identify best practices in diagnosis and treatment, and to identify policy levers that address payment, scope of practice, and overall workforce barriers. ($55,000)
  • Network for Excellence in Health Innovation—to hold a national maternity care summit in Washington, DC in November 2018. The multistakeholder summit aims to identify state and federal policy opportunities to improve maternal and infant care and outcomes; reduce racial and ethnic disparities in such care and outcomes; and increase access to high-quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective maternal and infant care through bundled payment approaches and other innovations in reimbursement and practice. ($25,000)
  • WESA, the local NPR affiliate—to provide independent coverage of health care issues of interest to the residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. (Renewal grant of $50,000)
  • Human Services Integration Fund—to support the Public Health Improvement Fund. Both of these funds, operated through The Pittsburgh Foundation, are designed to seed innovation in the public sector. (Renewal grant of $30,000 over two years)

Contact: Karen Folk Weinstein
Phone: 412.394.5464


John A. Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)

The John A. Hartford Foundation approved four new grants totaling $6,895,184 in September 2018 to disseminate Patient Priorities Care, support new Health and Aging Policy Fellows, scale the age-friendly health systems model in ambulatory care settings, and address unmet family caregiving needs in diverse communities.

  • Case Western Reserve University: Age-Friendly Health Systems Ambulatory Care Continuum— to produce training tools and resources that can be used in retail ambulatory care settings to address the “4Ms” of the Age-Friendly Health Systems model (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility). ($945,684 for one year)
  • Diverse Elders Coalition: Addressing Unmet Family Caregiving Needs in Diverse Older Communities—to allow the coalition to investigate the state of caregiving in diverse communities and develop an educational and training curriculum, as well as action plans for the coalition and individual members to implement in subsequent phases. ($549,678 for 15 months)
  • Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene: Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program—to continue the Health and Aging Policy Fellows program, which provides professionals in health and aging with a year of financial support, career opportunities, and expanded networks to directly influence the policymaking process and become effective advocates for older adults, for four additional years and support at least 48 new Fellows. ($2,399,822 for 51 months)
  • Yale University: Patient Priorities Care: Dissemination and Scaling—to support the dissemination of Patient Priorities Care, a process ensuring that older adults with multiple chronic conditions receive care aligned with their articulated values, goals, and health priorities. ($3,000,000 for four years)

Contact: Clare Churchouse
Phone: 212.324.7480


Health Foundation of Western and Central New York (Buffalo, NY)

Health Foundation of Western and Central New York announces a new initiative titled, "Co-Creating Well-Being: Supporting Children and Families Through Trauma," which has a focus on enhancing the lives of children and families. This is a multi-year, three-phase initiative that will build the capacity of the community to develop strategies and programming to support children and families who have or are experiencing trauma. In this first phase, the foundation is working together with its partners, the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation, the John R. Oishei Foundation, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation toward expanding the number and spectrum of trauma-informed programs and services available in central and western New York.

Phase I will provide two types of expert training: trauma and trauma-informed practices, and utilization of the Human-Centered Design approach to solving programs. Phase II will provide in-depth, hands-on utilization of human-centered design to assist organizations to engage with community members ‘to design with and not for’ when responding to community need. Phase III will provide funds for organizations that participated in Phase I to identify, design, and implement trauma-informed intervention and practices based on evidence and the insights gained through the utilization of human-centered design.

Co-Creating Well-Being is targeted towards all who work with children under five and their families. In addition to early childhood education and care providers, the foundation is eager to work with organizations that engage with children in other ways such as libraries, museums, and churches.

For more information on Co-Creating Well-Being, click here. To apply to participate in the expert trainings on trauma and human-centered design, click here.

Contact: Nora O'Brien-Suric
Phone: 716.852.3030


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation approved a new five-year strategy for the Catholic Sisters Strategic Initiative. This new strategy highlights how sisters, through their presence and focus on human development work, can bear prophetic witness through vocation.

The vision for this next phase is for Catholic sisters to become global leaders in the provision of sustainable human development services, while remaining grounded in the vitality of their spiritual witness. With ministries at the heart of human development efforts and with a commitment to serve people from all walks of life and religious beliefs, Catholic sisters are uniquely positioned to be recognized as among the most trusted and effective leaders in meeting the global promise to end poverty by 2030 and beyond - a component of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The new strategy seeks to achieve this by investing in four intersecting portfolios: 

  • Sisters’ Education: Increase the financial and human resources capacity needed to sustain congregations of sisters, their services, and the organizations they are serving.
  • Human Development Services: Expand services to disadvantaged and vulnerable youth and young adults 15 to 25 years old and their families. Areas of focus include: education, food security, health care, human trafficking, and youth entrepreneurship.
  • Knowledge: Research, gather, apply, and disseminate information to improve practices of congregations and leadership conferences, expand and improve the quality of human development services, and increase collaborative partnerships.
  • Innovation: Create sustainable solutions to challenges to the vitality of sisters’ organizations and the sustainability of their human development services.

To learn more about the Catholic Sisters Strategic Initiative, click here.

Contact: Tenille Metti
Phone: 818.851.3733


St. David’s Foundation (Austin, TX)

St. David's Foundation has provided funding to purchase 40 portable air conditioners to provide dozens of older adults and people with disabilities much needed relief from potentially deadly heat in central Texas. Volunteers from Austin Cops for Charities, an organization comprised of Austin police officers, and volunteers from Meals on Wheels Central Texas will install the air conditioning units, all at no cost to the recipients. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, St. David's Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell, and Meals on Wheels Central Texas CEO Adam Hauser spoke about the partnership at a special presentation and installation event at the home of Billy and Frances Hunter. Mr. Hunter, who is 73 years old, has lived in the house for nearly his entire life.

Contact: Thad Rosenfeld
Phone: 512.628.8131