United Health Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The charitable arm of UnitedHealth Group focuses giving on access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, disease prevention, disease management, healthy aging, and promoting active lifestyles in communities throughout the country.

IP TAKE: While this funder isn’t the most accessible, it does support a pretty diverse set of public health groups. Likeminded grantseekers should consider getting in touch to at least make an introduction.

PROFILE: The United Health Foundation was established in 1999 as the philanthropic arm of health insurance and health services company, UnitedHealth Group. The foundation focuses on the overall health of communities across the nation. Specific areas of focus include increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, disease prevention, disease management, healthy aging, and promoting active lifestyles.

As a funder tuned into community health, United Health gives widely to local nonprofits or the local chapters of national organizations, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Public health projects and initiatives supported by United Health are pretty diverse and include basically anything, from anti-tobacco campaigns to enhancing asthma care.

While the foundation focuses much of its funding on community work, it isn’t unusual to see it award grants to national organizations, such as the American Lung and American Heart associations.

Grant amounts are also rather diverse, ranging anywhere from $5,000 up to $3 million, though most awards tend to stay around $10,000 to $200,000.

The United Health Foundation takes a proactive approach to its grantmaking and therefore does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It does, however, encourage grantseekers to get in touch with any questions.

PEOPLE:

  • Chris Stidman, President
  • Dan Limbago, Vice President, Grants and Programs
  • Anne Yau, Vice President, Grants and Programs
  • Shelly Kepner, Director, Grants and Programs

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