Making Their Mark provides a holistic view of 14 health conversion foundations that goes beyond data. Based on in-person interviews with foundation staff, trustees, and other stakeholders, it highlights each foundation’s distinct character and priorities. The main report explores the important connection between conversion foundations and the communities they serve, outlines the strategies they use to create impact, and identifies their relative strengths, as well as the challenges they face. The accompanying profiles spotlight each foundation’s history and grantmaking, and introduce the passionate staff and trustees leading the work.
This survey provides valuable insights into how and where funders are directing their resources and the perceived challenges to continued funding of the issue.
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.
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.
From sidewalks to toxic stress, evidence shows where people live has a greater impact on health than medical care, behavior, or genetics. As funders move upstream, there is increased interest in supporting efforts to build healthy places. This scan of the field explores how grantmakers are addressing neighborhood factors that shape health such as housing, community development, the built environment, and transportation.
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.
Update from the Field: Results of Grantmakers In Health’s 2015 Survey of Foundations Formed from Health Care Conversions
GIH’s Update from the Field provides a fresh, comprehensive profile of foundations formed from transactions involving nonprofit hospitals, health systems, health plans, and other health entities. Health conversion foundations have become a significant force in the philanthropic sector.
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.
To better track how philanthropy is investing in behavioral health, Grantmakers In Health surveyed our Funding Partners in the spring of 2015 about their behavioral health focus areas, strategies, and target populations. The survey results have been compiled into summary charts and a funder directory to help grantmakers with a focus on behavioral health learn from and connect with each other.
This GIH 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.