Tufts Health Plan Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder is committed to funding the needs of older adults in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Letters of intent are accepted at select times of the year.

FUNDING AREAS: The elderly, health, affordable housing, mental health

IP TAKE:  Grantmaking has been ramping up in Boston lately, especially in affordable senior housing and senior mental health.

PROFILE: The Tufts Health Plan Foundation (THPF) was established in 2008 to support health and wellness in states the company serves: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. James Roosevelt Jr. created the foundation to address health care in these places with Tufts Health Plan assets.

The bulk of funding goes toward policies and solutions to help senior citizens live their healthiest and happiest lives. This funder likes to support collaborations. In a recent grant cycle, it awarded 21 new grants that represented collaborations with over 200 community organizations. The funder has awarded more than $26 million in the three New England states it serves, with New Hampshire funding just beginning in 2016.

Boston has been a primary site of THPF funding, driven by the fast growth of the city’s senior population and the approximately 73 percent of seniors falling into a low-income bracket. Past grantees in Boston include Enterprise Community Partners, the Trustees of Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts Foundation. These grants went to affordable housing, behavioral health, and other age-friendly initiatives in the city. A full list of past grants can be viewed here.

Most funding in Boston targets improving the age-inclusiveness of the city through programs and community-level policies and systems. THPF also seeks to support populations at high risk of health disparities due to low income. The foundation's three focus areas are Systems and Best Practices, Policy and Advocacy, and the Foundation President’s Leadership Fund.

Systems and Best Practices support health and wellness, workforce development, purposeful engagement, and field and capacity building. Policy and Advocacy grants go to transportation, housing, the built environment, employment, social and civic inclusion and participation, communication and information, and community support and health services. The James Roosevelt Jr. Leadership Fund supports community leaders in current and new activities related to building age-friendly communities.

THPF accepts unsolicited letters of intent; an organization can be considered for a grant once per year. Multiyear grant requests are considered, and applicants are notified by email whether they are invited to submit a full proposal. You can find a list of due dates for letters of intent for each focus area on the funder’s website.

The foundation also provides resources on its website, such as healthy aging data reports for Massachusetts and Rhode Island and workshops provided through the Healthy Living Center of Excellence. THPF is part of the Massachusetts Health Aging Collaborative, a network of local leaders with common goals to benefit seniors. In the past, THPF partnered with The Boston Foundation to host the Building Age-Friendly Communities Summit at the Westin Waltham and the Age-Friendly Communities Conference at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

There are about seven members on the THPF staff, led by Nora Moreno Cargie, who is president of the foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. Her email is Nora_Moreno_Cargie@tufts-health.com. General questions can be directed to the staff at foundation@tufts-health.com or 617-972-9400. The funder’s mailing address is 705 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472.


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