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Taking A cultivate approach to Improve Community Health

Health foundations are increasingly recognizing that their mission is not simply to award grants to deserving nonprofit organizations, but rather to play a catalytic role in improving the conditions that influence health, especially at a population level.

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The Foundation Review Article: How Can Foundations Promote Impactful Collaboration?

A new article examines how foundations can intentionally facilitate effectiveness among collaborative groups.

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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.

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Quick Poll Results: Contributions to Response Funds

Quick Poll Results: Foundation Contributions to Pooled Response Funds for COVID-19 Relief and/or Recovery.

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Grantmaker Focus by John Lumpkin

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic is becoming the defining moment of our time. And so too will the response. Coming through to the other side will take the collective effort of all sectors – including philanthropy – both in the now and in the rebuilding that will follow.

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Quick Poll Results: Foundation Payout in Response to COVID-19

Quick Poll Results: Foundation Payout in Response to COVID-19

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Views from the field by Howard Nochumson

COVID-19: The Eleventh Plague

In a time of crisis, the usual response of the philanthropic world is to focus on the provision of direct assistance. While such a response is admirable in most crisis situations, COVID-19 presents new challenges that may call for us to go against that initial impulse.

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Views from the Field by Frances G. Padilla

Philanthropy’s Role in Health Justice, Before and After COVID-19

So many people here in Connecticut and across the country live deep beneath the affluent surface. This virus, like the infrared technology, has highlighted the fault lines in our fragmented health care system through which many of them are falling.

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Views from the Field by Brenda Goins

Impact Investing: A Unique Partnership, Opening the Door to Increased Access to Health Care

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation was created with the proceeds from the sale of the nonprofit Memorial Hospital of Salem County when it was converted from nonprofit to for-profit status in 2002.

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Views from the field by Jason-Grisell

Smaller Foundations, Balancing Community Needs and Self-Sustainability

But we know that making a dent in deep societal issues and in drivers of health outcomes and health equity—like systemic oppression, institutionalized racism, and generational poverty—takes a lot more than writing a check.

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Views from the Field by Heather-Flaherty

Eight Ways to Build a Healthier Tomorrow as a Small Foundation

But we know that making a dent in deep societal issues and in drivers of health outcomes and health equity—like systemic oppression, institutionalized racism, and generational poverty—takes a lot more than writing a check.

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ClearWay Minnesota

For more than two decades, ClearWay Minnesota has led the fight against Minnesota’s top preventable cause of death and disease: commercial tobacco use. Our scope is among the broadest of any tobacco control organization in the country. The work we led has prevented thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations, and saved billions in worker productivity and health care costs.

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