Well Being Trust: Grants for California

OVERVIEW: The Well Being Trust was created when two health organizations merged and is largely focused on mental health in California.

FUNDING AREAS: Mental health

IP TAKE: This is a new foundation, but one with a lot of money to spend on one specific cause. But mental health groups in California should not be surprised to see funding leave the state in the future.

PROFILE: Established in 2016, the Well Being Trust is a foundation that was created when Providence Health and Services and St. Joseph Health came together to form Providence St. Joseph Health. With this merger came a commitment to improve the way health care is delivered and to help needy, high-risk patients. The Well Being Trust was initially called the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, and it began with a seed endowment of $100 million. Mental health in California is the top grantmaking priority for this funder.

The trust’s mental health focus began with an initial $10 million in grants, part of a larger $30 million commitment to mental health across the state. The grant announcement was made jointly by Well Being Trust and Providence St. Joseph Health, a faith-based nonprofit parent organization connected to at least 50 hospitals, 829 clinics, and hundreds of programs in the Western U.S. That $10 million in mental health grants went to four groups in Northern California and eight groups in Southern California. Beyond mental health in California, the organization is interested in the social and spiritual health of the entire nation. It takes a social movement approach to grantmaking and invests in clinical and community initiatives. It aims to serve as an advocate for public policy at all levels. Grantmaking goals include access to care, building resilience among children, reducing mental suffering, promoting addiction recovery, creating hope for people with mental illnesses, and reducing the stigma around mental health.

Lately, the foundation provides over $8.5 million in grants per cycle. See the funder’s news and press releases to learn about recent giving. Grantmaking is focused on both Northern California and Southern California. However, the funder is based in Oakland and directs much of its grantmaking in this region.

The Well Being Trust does not unsolicited applications for funding. To contact the staff, fill out the online form and sign up to receive email updates from the organization.

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