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Funding Opportunities to Reduce Violence

The Alliance for Safety and Justice, a crime prevention and victim support organization, released a report detailing the grant opportunities for community-focused safety and violence prevention as a result of the $1.9 trillion stimulus and COVID-19 relief bill.

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Applying Contribution Analysis in Policy and Advocacy settings

The Center for Evaluation Innovation has released a brief by Laura Hopkins summarizing tools and tips for implementing contribution analysis.

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Voter Engagement Messaging and Activities for Private Foundations

The Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative has released a new collection of resources specifically geared to help private foundations get engaged in the upcoming election. Private foundations can help get out the vote in a number of ways and these guides clarify what activities are permissible.

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2011 Terrance Keenan Award Acceptance Speech

Read the acceptance speech of Drew Altman, head of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, upon receiving the 2011 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. He shares his thoughts on what foundations should be, concerns about the field, the theory of change, and his experience transforming Kaiser into what it is today.

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Building Capacity for Health Advocacy at the State and Local Level

This paper was prepared in conjunction with a strategy session convened by GIH and sponsored by the Missouri Foundation for Health and The California Endowment last fall. It examines philanthropy’s role in advocacy, the various sectors that constitute the field of health advocacy, capacities required to effectively engage in advocacy efforts, ways health funders have facilitated advocacy capacity development, and key issues for future action.

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Giving Voice: The Power of Grassroots Advocacy in Shaping Public Policy

Within advocacy work, there exists a wide spectrum of strategies that can be employed to change or shape public policy. Yet, too often, nonprofit health organizations tend to limit themselves to a narrow range of strategies that typically includes education, policy/data analysis, and limited legislative advocacy. While these strategies are important to public policy work, they may not be enough to influence policymakers in today’s increasingly special interest and ideological-driven political system.

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2010 Terrance Keenan Award Acceptance Speech

Read about The Commonwealth Fund’s Dr. Mary Jane Koren’s 30 years of work to improve the quality of institutional long-term care, and be inspired by her willingness to take chances on innovation, revisit old ideas, and find treasure among the wreckage.

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2009 Terrance Keenan Award Acceptance Speech

Read about Mr. Yates’ groundbreaking work at The California Wellness Foundation and be inspired by his leadership as he guided his organization through unchartered territories and spearheaded a new approach to grantmaking.

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A Tribute to Terrance Keenan at the 2009 Annual Meeting Seeing the Future with 20/20 Vision

Terrance Keenan, a founder of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), passed away on February 25 at the age of 85. Known for his leadership, innovation, and compassion, Mr. Keenan was a generous, consummate grantmaker whose career spanned more than 50 years in philanthropy, 46 of which were spent with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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A National Foundation Undertakes a Regional Strategy in the South

The Health Reform Program of the Public Welfare Foundation supports advocacy so that the voices of the people served by the health care system can be informed and effective. Poverty, health disparities, and underfunded advocacy capacity describe the South.

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Collaborating Where Health Happens

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), our mission is to improve health and health care for all Americans. But improving health for the most vulnerable requires acknowledging that factors such as poverty, violence, inadequate housing, and education contribute to poor health.

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From the Ground Up

The resource portfolio is from GIH’s 2006 annual meeting, From the Ground Up: Improving Community Health, Inspiring Community Action.

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Interested in learning more? Contact Eileen Salinsky.