The United States census, taken every 10 years, is vital to the philanthropic and business sectors, government, and communities across our country. The federal government allocates over $800 billion each year to states using formulas that rely on census data like population size and other demographic indicators.
To date, Cone Health Foundation has made grant investments of $86 million, spread over 1,500 grants in four priority areas (access to care, adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV, and mental health and substance use disorders).
Given the amount of public expenditures devoted to health and concerns about the impact of changes in public policy on the nation’s most vulnerable residents, health grantmakers need to understand existing state and federal policies affecting revenues and expenditures and the implications of any changes on the table. They can also play an important role in the development and implementation of these policies. This portfolio, prepared for GIH’s 2004 Fall Forum, provides information and resources to help grantmakers understand the connections between health and fiscal policy.
Funding public policy work is as important to health improvement as funding for direct services. Lessons learned from funding advocates include the importance of providing core operating support, the need to engage the grassroots, and how to empower community members.
After passage of federal legislation creating the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Rose Community Foundation stepped in as the private partner in a public-private partnership to ensure its implementation in Colorado. Van Dusen and Nash share six key lessons learned about engaging government as a collaborator.
A hot topic of discussion in philanthropic circles in recent
years has been the phenomenon of sizable new foundations being created as the result of nonprofit health care organizations converting to for-profit status.
How can health grantmakers and state policymakers collaborate and when does it make sense to try? What does it take to develop and sustain these relationships? This piece is based on Smith’s plenary remarks given at Grantmakers In Health’s 2000 Washington Briefing, The Intersection of Health Policy and Philanthropy.