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.
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.
Mark your calendar to attend the 2020 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Creating a Healthy Tomorrow, in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 17-19.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. The institute, founded by GIH with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a living legacy through which Terrance Keenan’s words and deeds will continue to inspire future leaders in the field.
Earlier this year, GIH launched the Effective Philanthropy Fund to to ensure organizational excellence in policies and practices and build the human capital of foundation staff, senior management, and governing boards.
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.
“In our community-based work, we find ourselves having moved into a position of power that we did not intend, and now have to be more deliberate about transitioning it back to the community it belongs to.”
We know that health and well-being are influenced by factors such as race/ethnicity, place, and socio-economic status long before individuals enter a doctor’s office. For that reason, much of our work aims to address social factors that influence health through the integration and coordination of care and services. By supporting integration, we aim to provide individuals and families with the full range of resources and supports that they need to thrive.
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.