NORCAL Group Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder, from a medical professional liability insurance company, supports patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness in Northern California and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness

IP TAKE:  This is a very new foundation that is exploring some interesting niches in health philanthropy. California nonprofits have an edge.

PROFILE: The NORCAL Group Foundation was launched in 2017 as the grantmaking arm of the NORCAL Group company. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and is a medical professional liability insurance company that provides services to hospitals, doctors, clinics, and medical groups. With roots in Northern California dating back to 1975, this company is now the eighth largest MPLI carrier in the nation. The foundation is an extension of the company’s 40-plus-year commitment to the communities it works in.

The NORCAL Group Foundation is focused on three health-related issues: patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness. It awarded its first grants in early 2018, most of them in California cities San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and Fresno. However, this funder actually makes grants in 37 states in the U.S., including all of the West Coast, and other regions. Support has gone to preventative care for homeless people, workshops for managing disease, nutrition counseling for people with diseases, and care for low-income and uninsured adults. Other grants have helped train physicians on wellness topics and to standardize clearance protocol for psychiatric patients in emergency departments.

Only NORCAL Group policyholders or those referred by a NORCAL Group employee are eligible to receive foundation grants. Funding centers on program and project support rather than general operating costs and capital campaigns. They don't support research, equipment, or events.

This foundation has two grant cycles per year, in the spring and fall. Applications are typically accepted in September and October, and again in March and April. There is no limit to the amount your organization can request.

The foundation is led by Joy Corso, who is based in Austin, Texas, and serves as foundation president and the vice president of communications, marketing, and customer experience at NORCAL Group. Scott Diener is the president and CEO of the NORCAL company. NORCAL Group offices are located in San Francisco, Austin, Jacksonville, Florida, and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The best method of contact is to email grants@norcalgroupfoundation.org. The NORCAL phone number is 844-466-7225.

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