UniHealth Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW:  Almost all the foundation's assets go into the hospital fund, which is limited to hospitals in San Fernando, Santa Clarita Valley, Westside, Downtown Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, and Orange County.

FUNDING AREAS: Health and hospitals

IP TAKE: The UniHealth Foundation accepts letters of inquiry from eligible organizations all throughout the year. There aren't any formal application forms to fill out and the process is pretty straightforward.

PROFILE: The UniHealth Foundation won't exactly pay your medical bills, but it is making your hospitals a little better if you're being treated in Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, UniHealth was created out of the mergers of lots of other health-care providers, including Health West Foundation, Lutheran Hospital Society of Southern California, and Catholic Healthcare West. In 1998, UniHealth transformed into a living, breathing non-profit public benefit corporation, organized to fund charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. With around $300 million in assets, the foundation has been sending funds to hospitals and research facilities around the city ever since. Current financial information can be viewed here.

There are two separate funds at the UniHealth Foundation: the hospital fund and the general purpose fund. Most of the assets go into the hospital fund, which is limited to hospitals in San Fernando, Santa Clarita Valley, Westside, Downtown Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Long Beach, and Orange County. Although general purpose fund grants don't necessarily have to go to hospitals, they do have to be tied exclusively to the health-care industry.

You can find a list of recent grants made in both categories on the Grantee Database.

UniHealth has made headlines by funding teaching clinics about patient-centered medical home care and studies about caring for for adult children with developmental disabilities. 

UniHealth used to be run by Mary Odell, who was no stranger to philanthropic foundations. Prior to committing to UniHealth, she ran the Riordan Foundation and its public reading foundation, Rx for Reading, for eight years. But now, Bradley C. Call is the chief executive officer, and Jennifer Vanore is the vice president of programs. 

Another name you should know at UniHealth is Caroline Chung, the grant manager. She worked with UniHealth as a grants administrator for five years, bailed for a year-long stint at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and promptly came back to UniHealth with a managerial title.

Fortunately for grantseekers, the foundation does accept letters of inquiry throughout the year. Check out the How to Apply section for details. The Grantmaking Framework section is also worth a look. General questions can be directed to Caroline Chung at cchung@unihealthfoundation.org.

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