BHHS Legacy Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)
BHHS Legacy Foundation has joined a major initiative tackling youth food insecurity in Arizona. GENYOUth is working to equip schools in high-need communities with Grab-and-Go meals during breakfast and throughout the school day through its Mission 57: End Student Hunger program. The foundation sponsored 10 meal carts for schools throughout Maricopa County, Arizona and two in the Tri-State region. The donation will increase access to fresh, nutritious food for local children. A total of 57 schools throughout Arizona will receive meal equipment packages, including breakfast carts, milk coolers, and NFL FLAG-In-School kits. Together, the initiative will provide more than 8.5 million school meals to over 31,000 Arizona students each year.
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Mary Black Foundation (Spartanburg, SC)
The Mary Black Foundation awarded $1,134,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County, South Carolina. The funded organizations include:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters—to build its capacity to address IT and cyber security concerns. ($15,000)
- The Children’s Museum—to support a Mobile Museum for the purpose of delivering educational programs directly to children in underserved communities. ($65,000)
- CommunityWorks—to support residents in need of affordable housing through financial education, coaching, and down payment assistance. ($30,000)
- Harry Dallara Foundation—to work with the City of Spartanburg, South Carolina and neighborhood organizations to catalyze greater engagement of at-risk and minority youth in organized baseball by renovating youth baseball fields at Duncan Park. ($100,000)
- Evans Training Center—to provide a comprehensive array of program services, including residential housing, to men battling addiction. ($15,000)
- GoForth Recovery—to provide clients access to therapists with specific addiction, trauma, behavioral, and family counseling skills. ($15,000)
- Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg—to provide access to dental screenings, prevention, and restorative care to thousands of children in need. ($30,000)
- Hope Center for Children—to provide evidence-based parent education through the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P). ($50,000)
- Institute for Child Success—for general operating support, leading to a systems-level change to improve early childhood development outcomes. ($50,000)
- JUMPSTART—to provide services that address the educational, employment, health care, housing, and family relationship needs of previously incarcerated residents in Spartanburg, South Carolina. ($15,000)
- Middle Tyger Community Center—to support This Is My Child, which serves children, ages 6 weeks through four years in Spartanburg School District Five. ($50,000)
- Ruth’s Gleanings—to provide residents with access to healthy foods through the Our Gleaning and FoodShare Spartanburg programs. ($200,000 over two years)
- Servants for Sight—to provide essential eye care for Spartanburg residents who face multiple barriers to accessing care, including transportation, glasses, and eye surgery. ($20,000)
- Spartanburg Area Mental Health—to raise mental health awareness and provide clinical care in underserved communities in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. ($324,000 over two years)
- Spartanburg County First Steps—to support Quality Counts, a quality rating improvement system for child care programs. ($130,000)
- Upstate Forever—to develop a master plan for the Tyger River Confluence Park and Blueway Project. ($25,000)
In addition, the foundation received an unexpected gift from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott who has donated $8 million to the Mary Black Foundation, supporting its mission to invest in people and communities for improved health and wellness in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. With this funding, the foundation will develop a strategic initiative aligned with its current goals to advance health equity, expand impact investing, and increase grantmaking that helps people overcome barriers and achieve positive health outcomes.
Contact: Molly Talbot-Metz at 864.398.4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (Boston, MA)
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation announced $250,000 in grant funding to support nonprofit organizations that help connect new immigrants to resources and services for their health care needs in communities across the Commonwealth. Each of the 10 organizations receiving funding from the foundation’s Special Initiatives grant program has extensive experience assisting with the health care needs of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants.
The foundation regularly awards Special Initiatives grants, in addition to its major grantmaking programs, to support nonprofits that seek to positively impact health or health care access for Massachusetts residents who have been economically, socially, culturally, or racially marginalized.
Each of the following organizations received $25,000 in one-year funding:
- African Community Economic Development of New England—to ensure that new immigrants and arriving refugee families have the support they need to successfully acclimate and thrive in their new home country.
- Agencia ALPHA—to improve the quality of life of immigrants in Massachusetts by empowering community members to become leaders, overcome social challenges, and fight xenophobia.
- Brazilian Women’s Group—to promote political and cultural awareness and contribute to the development of the Brazilian community.
- Centro Presente—is dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latino immigrant community of Massachusetts.
- Immigrant Family Services Institute—to expedite the successful integration of recent immigrants into the social and economic fabric of the United States with justice and dignity.
- International Institute of New England—to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement, and pathways to citizenship.
- Lawyers for Civil Rights—to work statewide with communities of color and immigrants to fight discrimination and foster equity through creative and courageous legal advocacy, education, and economic empowerment.
- Rian Immigrant Center of Boston—to empower immigrants, refugees, and international exchange visitors to get on the path to opportunity, safety, and a better future.
- True Alliance Center Inc.—to promote advocacy in the Haitian community related to education, housing, immigration, health, and economic development.
- Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires—to provide access to free, comprehensive health care for those in the Berkshires who are income-qualified and uninsured or underinsured.
These grant recipients will meet with individuals and families to help determine their health needs and connect them with resources and services to meet those needs. They will also coordinate as needed with other community-based organizations and local and state agencies to ensure that their services are additive, not duplicative.
Contact: Greg Turner at 617.243.9950 or email@example.com.
Burke Foundation (Princeton, NJ)
The Burke Foundation is partnering with the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to launch the New Jersey Centering Alliance to support its ongoing expansion of Centering, an innovative group-based approach to delivering prenatal and pediatric healthcare, to 50 sites by 2026.
Though among the wealthiest states, New Jersey has the fourth-highest maternal mortality rate and some of the worst pregnancy, birth, and infant health outcomes in the country. The situation is especially dire among communities of color.
Utilizing relationship-based group healthcare for pregnant women and families with young children can move the needle on these outcomes. Centering is associated with fewer preterm births and low birthweight babies plus higher rates of breastfeeding, child immunizations, and well-visit attendance.
The New Jersey Centering Alliance will be led by a 21-member advisory group that will work to grow the number of Centering sites in New Jersey, build a community of practice among existing sites, and bolster Centering’s sustainability.
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Contact: Leonela Serrano at 609.251.4030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Con Alma Health Foundation (Santa Fe, NM)
Con Alma Health Foundation recently received a $5 million gift from global philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott. This investment will further Con Alma’s mission to advance health equity and improve the health and well-being of all New Mexicans.
With this donor gift, Con Alma will develop a strategic initiative aligned with its current goal of advancing health equity—when all New Mexicans have equal opportunities for a healthy life, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. The foundation will prioritize addressing the most urgent health needs and will publicly announce when it is ready to accept grant applications in 2024.
Foundation for a Healthy High Point (High Point, NC)
The Foundation for a Healthy High Point announced its Fall 2022 grant awards totaling $1,100,609. The local efforts propose to address access to care, behavioral health, capacity building, health equity, food security, health promotion, and housing/homelessness.
The specific focus of this cohort is broad, ranging from improving access to primary care and mental health services to expanding legal advocacy for children affected by domestic violence. Funds support implementing school-based telehealth in two elementary schools, increasing prevention services for sexually transmitted infections, developing a perishable food recovery program, and expanding street outreach services and intensive case management for people who are homeless.
The health-related grant recipients are:
- Boys & Girls Club of Greater High Point—to expand its capacity and support a part-time project coordinator, staff salaries, and program equipment and supplies. ($40,000)
- The Children’s Law Center—to expand its reach in High Point, North Carolina and raise awareness about its services among newly appointed judges. ($50,000)
- Community Clinic of High Point—to support its ongoing operational expenses and capacity building to support its development and fundraising efforts. ($122,000)
- Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation—to support staff time and program-related expenses. ($63,300)
- Greater High Point Food Alliance—to support its efforts to alleviate hunger by creating and implementing city-wide and neighborhood-focused initiatives to develop sustainable food systems. ($15,000)
- Growing High Point—to support new positions to support community engagement and marketing. ($65,000)
- Guilford Adult Health—to address the health care needs of uninsured adults. ($80,000)
- Guilford County DHHS, Division of Public Health—to build infrastructure for the clinic to offer integrated behavioral health services. ($23,000)
- Guilford Education Alliance, Inc.—to support its partnership with Cone Health, GCS, and Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine to implement school-based telehealth clinics in two Title I High Point elementary schools over three years. ($250,000)
- Out of the Garden Project—to support the purchase of a chef’s mobile cooking cart, cart equipment, generator, staff time, and educational materials. ($23,500)
- A Simple Gesture—to expand its RePurpose perishable food recovery program to Greater High Point, North Carolina. ($50,000)
- Triad Health Project—to expand its prevention services, including increased PrEP Care Program enrollment, STI testing hours, and education sessions. ($50,000)
- YMCA of High Point—to expand its Social Emotional Learning Out of School Time Program. ($40,000)
- YWCA High Point—to support its two-day Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference focusing on social determinants of health. ($50,000)
The foundation funded 35 projects for $2,106,295 in grant awards this year.
Contact: Curtis Holloman at 336.822.7740 or email@example.com.
John A. Hartford Foundation (New York, NY)
The John A. Hartford Foundation approved grants totaling $12,350,005 for six initiatives that will spread age-friendly care focused on what matters to older adults and family caregivers, including in emergency departments and home-based care, and through advocacy and a new rural project.
- Center for Medicare Advocacy, Community Catalyst and Justice in Aging: General Operating Support: Advancing Equity for Older Adults—for general operating support grants to three national advocacy organizations that will continue to help ensure access to high-quality health care for older adults and support for family caregivers—the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Community Catalyst, and Justice in Aging. ($900,000 for three years)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Home Centered Care Institute, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy: Moving and Scaling Home-Based Primary Care, Phase III: Quality, Training, Advocacy, and Policy—to help build home-based primary care into health care delivery and health policy in the United States as a critical component of age-friendly care. ($2,889,592 for three years)
- National Alliance for Caregiving: The National Campaign for the RAISE National Strategy: Action Toward Implementation—to lead a national campaign to implement elements in the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. ($985,851 for two years)
- National Rural Health Association: National Rural Age-Friendly Initiative: Planning Grant—to develop resources, partnerships, and strategy for the implementation of a National Rural Age-Friendly Initiative to build age-friendly care for the one in five older adults living in rural geographies. ($575,000 for 18 months)
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale University, and American College of Emergency Physicians: Geriatrics Emergency Department 4.0: Accreditation, Dissemination, Sustainability, and Evaluation—to make emergency department care more age-friendly for older adults through three grants. ($4,027,565 for three years)
- Yale University: Patient Priorities Care Phase III: Dissemination and Sustainability—to support further dissemination of Patient Priorities Care, an approach that helps older patients and clinicians focus all health care decisionmaking on what matters to older adults based on their own health priorities. ($2,971,997 for three years)
Contact: 212.832.7788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (Pottstown, PA)
Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation awarded $1,144,900 to 25 projects and programs in the Pottstown, Pennsylvania area. The funds are divided between its two grantmaking pillars: Developing Youth Potential and Promoting Equitable Health and Wellness. Grants include:
- Borough of Pottstown: Riverfront Park Pedestrian Bridge Improvements
- Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County (Mission Kids): Mission Kids in Pottstown
- Douglass Township, Montgomery County: Douglass Park Trail and Park Improvements
- Family Services of Montgomery County: Positive Parenting Program
- Health Care Access: Health Programs
- Hearts Of Humanity Community Development Corporation: Healthy Plates from The Garden
- Hedwig House: Food and Housing Insecurity and Social Isolation Prevention Program
- Maternity Care Coalition: Early Head Start (EHS) program in Pottstown
- Orion Communities: Bridge Case Management and Direct Aid
- Pottstown Area Regional Recreation Committee: Regional Recreation Survey and DEI Training
- Pottstown Athletic Club: Fitnesstown USA, Community Support Center – The Adapted Advantage
- Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities: Food Access & More than Food Coaching & Education
- Pottstown FARM: SNAP Incentives, Two Bite Club & Operation143 partnership
- Royersford Borough: Trestle Bridge Rehabilitation
- Schuylkill River Greenway Association: Pottstown Outdoor Recreation Hub
- Soul Saving Our Underprivileged Lives: Breaking the Cycle
- STRIVE Initiative: Sustainability Action Plan II
- Trellis For Tomorrow: Building a Healthier Future through Youth and Food
- TriCounty Active Adult Center: Prime Time Health for Older Adults
- TriCounty Community Network: C2 & Launching Leaders – Service Provider Capacity Building
- TriCounty Community Network: C2 – Community Camp & Launching Leaders
- Vision To Learn: Access to Vision Care for Pottstown Students
- Visiting Nurse Association Community Services: Personal Navigator Program – Improved Health Outcomes Through Benefit Access
- YWCA Tri-County Area: Collaborative Opportunity Centers for Leadership, Health & Education Equity
- YWCA Tri-County Area: General Operating/ Youth Programming 2023-24
Contact: John Robertson at 540.817.8219 or email@example.com.
RRF Foundation for Aging (Chicago, IL)
In November, RRF Foundation for Aging approved $2.4 million in grants supporting aging-related efforts across its priority areas. Highlights include:
- Alivio Medical Center—to continue momentum of Healthy Illinois, a collaborative project addressing the health care coverage gap in Illinois for older immigrant adults. ($85,000)
- Diverse Elders Coalition—to build on a successful training model that improves service providers’ abilities to meet the needs of diverse family caregivers throughout the nation. ($80,000)
- Metropolitan Mayors Caucus: Aging in a Changing Region project—to better coordinate and plan for older residents and bring visibility to the issue of age-friendly communities. ($110,000)
For a full list of grant awards, click here.