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2024 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Bold Results Through Courageous Action. Tickets are sold out and the waitlist is now closed.

If you are on the waitlist, we will notify you by May 24 if a seat becomes available. Please email Danielle Johnson from A Special Gathering Place at gih@aspecialgathering.com with any questions.

Cara V. James and Lindsay Goldman in The Well News: The Older Americans Act Is Not Keeping Pace With Today’s Older Adults

May 14, 2024
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Grantmakers In Health President and CEO Cara V. James and Grantmakers In Aging Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Goldman cowrote a commentary on the need to renew and modernize the Older…

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GIH and GIA response to Senate request for information

Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging Release Policy Recommendations for Older Americans Act Renewal

March 28, 2024
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On March 21, 2024, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) responded to a request for feedback about the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

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Grantmakers In Health Announces 2024 Award Winners

Billie Hall of the Sunflower Foundation to Be Honored with the 2024 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy

March 26, 2024

Billie Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sunflower Foundation in Kansas, will receive Grantmakers In Health’s 2024 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy.

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Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families to Be Honored with the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy

March 26, 2024

Joan Alker, Executive Director and a cofounder of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) in Washington, DC, will receive Grantmakers In Health’s 2024 Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.

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Announcing GIH's 2024 Policy Priorities

GIH seeks to take a more active role in defining the key issues that will advance better health for all and support health philanthropy with thought leadership and programming to make a lasting impact by influencing advocacy, policy, and funding in targeted areas

This policy agenda identifies our public policy priorities for the coming year. We selected priorities that effect policy and systems change towards health and health equity; align with GIH’s strategic plan; are actionable, timely, relevant, evidence-based, and realistic for GIH’s involvement; galvanize staff, Board, Funding Partners, and health philanthropy; leverage GIH’s organizational resources and unique positioning to lead; and allow GIH to remain nonpartisan. We hope these priorities will also inspire the field of health philanthropy and encourage greater collaboration and commitment to common policy goals among funders. We look forward to working with funders and others to advance this agenda.

GIH Health Policy Update Newsletter

An Exclusive Resource for Funding Partners

The Health Policy Update is a new monthly newsletter produced in collaboration with Trust for America’s Health. Drawing on GIH’s policy priorities outlined in our policy agenda and our strategic objective of increasing our policy and advocacy presence, the Health Policy Update provides GIH Funding Partners with a range of federal health policy news.

Advancing Health and Creating Lasting Impact: MacKenzie Scott’s Grants to Health Foundations

April 15, 2024
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In 2019, MacKenzie Scott announced that she was stepping into the world of philanthropy to give away her multi-billion-dollar fortune “until the safe is empty”. She has kept her word—to date, she has given away $16.5 billion. Her initial process for choosing which organizations would receive grants was shrouded in mystery. From 2019 to 2023, Scott used a process she termed “quiet research” to identify possible grantee organizations. The lucky organizations received a call from Scott’s consultants, who let them know they were receiving a grant for immediate use however they would like to spend it. In the Fall of 2022, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) became one of those grantee organizations, along with more than 20 health foundations. Two additional GIH Funding Partner organizations received gifts in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

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Driving Change through Public-Private Collaboration at Age + Action 2024

On May 7, 2024, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) and Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) cohosted a funders-only meeting at the National Council on Aging’s Age + Action 2024 conference. The session, “Driving Change through Public-Private Collaboration,” focused on bridging connections between the public and private sectors to improve the health and well-being of older adults in…

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Cara V. James and Lindsay Goldman in The Well News: The Older Americans Act Is Not Keeping Pace With Today’s Older Adults

Grantmakers In Health President and CEO Cara V. James and Grantmakers In Aging Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Goldman cowrote a commentary on the need to renew and modernize the Older Americans Act for The Well News, which was published on Monday, May 13, 2024: “We have known for years that the Older Americans Act and…

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Recent Reports

2023 Survey Summary: Climate Change Strategies

This infographic summarizes the responses to a Grantmakers In Health funder survey, conducted in May and June 2023, on how philanthropy is addressing climate change, and the barriers and opportunities that exist to support climate-related efforts.

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Funder Support for Health Care Transformation

This infographic summarizes the responses to a Grantmakers In Health funder poll, conducted October 2022, on how philanthropy is supporting health care transformation efforts, especially those concerned with improving quality of life, coordinating complex care, and taking patient preferences into account.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Aging and Older Adults Grantmaking Survey

To better understand how philanthropy has responded to these challenges over the course of the pandemic, Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers In Aging launched a joint survey in November 2021 to learn how health and aging funders are addressing COVID-19 related needs among older adult populations and potential long-term impacts on future grantmaking.

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Perspectives From Health Philanthropy

Exploring the Packard Foundation’s U.S. Reproductive Health Initiative

The Packard Foundation has a long history of funding efforts that protect, regain, and expand access to abortion and contraception and funding innovations to expand access to these services as part of its U.S. Reproductive Health initiative. To explore the foundation’s current work, specifically at the state level, Grantmakers In Health’s Miranda Wesley spoke with the Packard Foundation’s U.S. Reproductive Health Director, Elizabeth Arndorfer.

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A New Philanthropic Approach to Supporting the Health and Capacity of Rural Communities

To understand health and wellness in rural America, it has been suggested that you need to find a trusted intermediary inside the region that is walking hand-in-hand with the community. Aspen Institute’s Community Strategies Group describes this type of intermediary as a Rural Development Hub. Rural Development Hubs focus on advancing an asset-based, wealth-building approach to rural community engagement and economic development. This inherently includes increasing the health and wellness of the community and its residents; increasing local ownership of all types of assets from cultural, social, financial to political, attracting external resources and funding; and it always includes low-income, under resourced people and places. Hubs seek to transform regions by treating root causes of multigenerational poverty and disease by shifting the balance of power and developing a stronger power base in the community and with those most impacted by the issues at hand.

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Expanding Youth Mental Health in Philadelphia Schools

Youth in the United States are in crisis. Rates of depression and anxiety in children have been on the rise, the result of factors like social media, pandemic related issues like isolation, and trauma from gun violence and poverty. Between 2016 and 2020, diagnoses of depression in youth ages 3-17 increased by nearly 30 percent and were higher for children of color and LGBTQ children according to a 2022 study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Upcoming Webinars

Investing in Inclusion: The LGBTQ+ Community & the Census 

Celebrate Pride Month with a funder briefing about LGBTQ inclusion. Key gaps in federal data collection have left advocates, policymakers, researchers, and others without critical insights into disparities, opportunities, and the effectiveness of interventions designed to advance equity for LGBTQ people.

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Roundtable Discussion for Health Funders’ Policy Staff

Join this informal roundtable discussion to connect with your peers, explore pressing issues, and share your experiences to advance policy change.  

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Roundtable Discussion for Health Funders’ Policy Staff

Join this informal roundtable discussion to connect with your peers, explore pressing issues, and share your experiences to advance policy change. 

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Upcoming Convenings

2024 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

We are excited to announce that the 2024 GIH annual conference, Bold Results Through Courageous Action, will be held on June 4 – 6 in Portland, Oregon at Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. Every year, GIH brings together the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy today.

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Birth Equity Funders Summit: Aligning Strategies to Advance Equitable Birth Outcomes

This summit, designed exclusively for funders, aims to provide comprehensive strategies, tools, playbooks, and deep learning opportunities, fostering immediate implementation and collaboration. Acknowledging the underrepresentation of professionals from ethnically marginalized backgrounds, including BIPOC grantmakers, we commit to supporting, empowering, and creating a safe space for these voices. Our goal is to ensure that all participants leave with tangible insights and clear expectations for advancing equitable birth outcomes.

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Executive Director

The new Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead an already successful foundation to make an even greater impact in the industry and, most importantly, on the lives of patients with breast cancer.  The organization has evolved from being a volunteer-run operation, supported by a handful of donors, to an organization with national reach, professional staff, and a Board with solid institutional knowledge, and a wellspring of fresh ideas and energy from its newer members.

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Chief Science Officer for The Medical Foundation

Health Resources in Action is seeking a highly talented and experienced Chief Science Officer (CSO) for the Medical Foundation (TMF), a department which facilitates biomedical sciences grantmaking services.  TMF provides strategic advising of the design and administration investments in biomedical sciences to a range of clients and partners.

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Senior Learning & Evaluation Officer

As part of this work, the position is responsible for creating and implementing comprehensive plans that integrate strategic conversations with learning and evidence, designing and deploying evaluation studies, and engaging the teams in learning that informs future strategy work and assesses existing work. The Senior Officer also supports aspects of organizational capacity building around strategy, evidence and learning, as well as creating and overseeing structures and practices for the Learning & Evaluation team to improve and innovate their own practices.

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Managing Director

The inaugural Managing Director serves as the coordinating and operational lead for the Coalition to Advance Public Safety. In service of CAPS’ life-saving work, the Managing Director will facilitate collaboration among Core4 team members, funders, local leaders, and other stakeholders; monitor and report on project deliverables and objectives; and manage coalition finances and administration.

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FEATURED POSITION

Associate Director of Advancement

This role is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious fundraising professional to bring project management skills, relationship management experience, and appetite for growth to a dynamic organization at the forefront of the movement to heal systemic and interpersonal violence.

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