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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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Views from the field by Lisa M. Medellin

Health Equity … It’s a Journey, Not a Destination

COVID-19 has struck with a vengeance, hitting African Americans, older adults, and those with chronic health conditions the hardest. Simultaneously, our nation is experiencing a moment of reckoning, resulting from a long history of racism that has shaped the foundation of this country and thus permeates every system and institution.

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Using Foundations’ Power to Advance Racial Equity

Will foundations deliberately use their resources, reputation and influence to push for meaningful institutional and social change?

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Grantmaker focus by Erin Jackson-Ward

Cedars-Sinai

The beauty of philanthropy lies in its inherent flexibility and ability to adapt. We have an obligation to “meet this moment”—a moment of dual public health crises: COVID-19 and race equity—and an opportunity to change the landscape, dynamics, culture, and outcomes of our field. In times of crisis, where innovation and collaboration across systems are enhanced, I am reminded why I chose public health as a career and am committed to adapt, listen, andcontinue support for the most vulnerable.

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Prodding New Thinking and New Action: The Crucial Power of Foundations

It is no longer sufficient to be a “good grantmaker.” More and more foundations are grappling with philanthropy’s defining question: “What will we do to make the world a better place, especially for people who have historically been denied the opportunity to lead full, healthy lives?”

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Quick Poll Results: Provision of General Operating Support to Grantees and Other Nonprofits

GIH’s July 2020 Quick Poll asked foundations about the provision of general operating support to help current grantees and other nonprofits weather the financial impacts of COVID-19.

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Grantmaker focus by Qiana Thomason

Health Forward Foundation

As we continue our work, Health Forward Foundation will center racial equity in our core competencies of leadership, advocacy, and resources. Practicing racial equity means that we will work to create the conditions in which one’s racial identity has absolutely no influence on their ability to thrive. This aspiration requires Health Forward to be the change we wish to see by ensuring racial equity becomes our very ethos.

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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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