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  • Foundations Helping Consumers Find Their Way
    March 21, 2019
    Health foundations have long supported the essential work that connects consumers to health insurance coverage. After the passage of the ACA, foundations put that experience to work to promote consumer awareness and uptake of the new coverage options. This scan of the field explores the myriad ways in which health philanthropy supported consumer assistance related to health insurance coverage in the years following the passage of the ACA, the challenges that arose during the course of that work, and the opportunities that foundations capitalized on. The scan includes results from a survey of 47 GIH Funding Partner organizations and also features in-depth interviews with five foundations investing in consumer assistance. This publication shares key findings to inform funders as they strategize about the next generation of work.


  • Gun Violence Prevention Infographic
    October 24, 2018
    Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by guns each year. GIH surveyed Funding Partners in June 2018 to explore investments in gun violence prevention and found that health funders who support gun violence prevention efforts are investing in a wide range of prevention strategies, including support for high-risk populations and policy advocacy. The survey results have been compiled into a one-page summary infographic.

  • Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing Neighborhood Conditions That Shape Health
    June 12, 2018
    From sidewalks to toxic stress, evidence shows where people live has a greater impact on health than medical care, behavior, or genetics. Based on a survey of 66 Funding Partners, this scan of the field explores how grantmakers are addressing neighborhood factors that influence the health of communities such as housing, community development, the built environment, and transportation.


  • Behavioral Health Funding Infographic and Directory
    August 10, 2017
    GIH’s latest survey report highlights current trends and gaps in behavioral health philanthropy. GIH surveyed Funding Partners in March 2017 about investments in mental health, substance use, trauma, and other behavioral health issues.



  • Policy Engagement by Local Health Funders
    August 26, 2016
    Policies made at the local level have a tremendous influence on people’s health. Our new publication explores how health funders inform and influence local policy decisions that play a critical role in shaping community health and well-being.


  • Behavioral Health Survey Results
    August 4, 2015
    GIH surveyed our Funding Partners about their behavioral health focus areas, strategies, and target populations, and compiled the results into summary charts and a funder directory.

  • Beyond Grantmaking: Health Foundations as Policy Change Agents
    March 3, 2015
    Funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, this report seeks to help the field of health philanthropy maximize its strategic potential and minimize the difficulties inherent in taking on new roles by both describing ways funders are directly engaging in policy change efforts and distilling the key lessons learned from these experiences.


  • Foundation Strategies to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living
    March 5, 2014
    Growing recognition of the nation’s obesity epidemic and its profound impact on population health has led an increasing number of health funders to identify the promotion of healthy eating and active living (HEAL) as a strategic priority. GIH conducted this scan of the field to gain a clearer understanding of health foundations’ strategic approach to HEAL.


  • A Profile of Foundations Created from Health Care Conversions
    June 9, 2009
    This report is the tenth in the GIH series that tracks and reports on the emergence and activities of health foundations formed from transactions involving hospitals, health plans, or health systems. The survey of foundations created from health care conversions collects basic information regarding the year of transaction, geographic location, assets, tax status, and focus of grantmaking.

  • Effects of the Economic Crisis on Health Foundations
    May 11, 2009
    To learn how health foundations are responding to the current economic crisis, Grantmakers In Health surveyed the field at the end of 2008. The survey sought information on how health foundation assets and grantmaking budgets have been affected, the strategies health foundations are using to support grantees, and how foundations are addressing their own financial challenges. 


  • Connecting to Community and Building Accountability
    January 14, 2008
    Foundations formed from health care conversions are very much engaged with their communities and seek their involvement in program planning and priority setting, according to a new report from Grantmakers In Health (GIH). The findings in Connecting to Community and Building Accountability reveal that the majority of health foundations promote some kind of community input in their work, although most are not required to do so.  


  • The Business of Giving: Governance and Asset Management in Foundations Formed From Health Care Conversion
    March 1, 2005
    This report looks at the composition and function of boards of directors in foundations formed from health care conversions, as well as how the foundations manage the investment of their assets. This report is the latest in GIH's series of reports on these foundations.  Findings show that foundations formed from health care conversions have strong structures in place to guide their grantmaking and other activities, as well as the prudent management of their assets.







  • Tracking Foundations Created from Conversions
    February 8, 2001
    Since 1980, more than 170 foundations have been created as the result of the conversion of nonprofit hospitals, health plans, and health systems.  GIH periodically surveys these organizations to learn about their grantmaking and operations.









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