With a strict focus on New England, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Company is a not-for-profit health services company with philanthropic interests. We look at the insurer's recent grantmaking in Boston and beyond.
The NORCAL Group Foundation was launched in September 2017 and just gave out its first round of grants. The funder is focused on patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness.
Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. This issue is finally getting attention from government and at least one big private funder in the state.
Health legacy foundations have become big, important players in regional philanthropy. And more of them are tackling the social determinants of health. A case in point: a Texas funder with $1.2 billion in assets.
The philanthropic arm of a pharmaceutical company branches out from its usual focus on diseases to look at the social determinants of health with a new gift and funding stream.
The Colorado Health Foundation's new coalition to end hunger is another example of foundations looking to engage a wider range of stakeholders to move the needle on a persistent social problem.
Private foundations like Robert Wood Johnson have led a push to address the social and economic determinants of health. Now, this approach is catching on with more corporate funders.
Even as new wealth flows for medical research and name-brand hospitals, basic care for low-income communities tends to fall through the cracks. We explore this disparity in the context of a big grant in L.A.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is taking a long-term and forward-thinking approach to aging issues in New England. We take a quick look.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation gives to community groups in Boston and elsewhere in the state with a big emphasis on access.
Gilead Sciences recently announced a 10-year, $100 million commitment to combat HIV/AIDS in the South—the latest funder to respond to a disturbingly high prevalence of infections in the region.
Food companies have a history of using funding research that minimizes the health risks of their products. They're still doing it—in developing countries where obesity is rising fast.
Amid intense uncertainty around healthcare policy, a California-based funder is backing a new journalistic effort to explore health inequities across underserved communities.
Behind sexual harassment and abuse lies a deep and toxic patriarchy, according to A Call To Men, a group that works with boys and men to change their attitudes—with strong support from key funders.
The number of Americans over 65 will double by 2050, with profound effects on U.S. society, but giving on aging is a backwater of U.S. philanthropy. How are those funders in the field trying to drum up more interest?
We talk to Scott Kriens, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has bankrolled a new "multiversity" to teach people how to lead more integrated, meaningful lives. That's not a cause you'll see techies embracing very often.
With its latest round of grants, a Bay Area funder doubled down on its commitment to bringing together players from different sectors to tackle complicated and deep-rooted problems.
Philanthropy's response to the deadly opioid epidemic has been lackluster. But in some hard-hit regions, funders have taken action. A grantmaker engaged in the fight in Southeastern Pennsylvania shares its lessons.
Nearly half of kids in the U.S. have experienced some form of trauma, which makes them more susceptible to obesity, heart disease and cancer later on. We dive into RWJF's new work in this emerging area.
While you might think that a lot of major health funders would be focused on diabetes, that's not really the case. On the upside, some of the foundations that are paying attention have very deep pockets.
Last year, the CVS Health Foundation made reducing tobacco use one of its top priorities, launching a campaign to create the country’s first tobacco-free generation. Here's where the money is going.
The U.S. is one of the few wealthy countries where the rate of women who die from childbirth complications is going up—with women of color more likely to die. The Groundswell Fund wants to do something about that.
Social isolation has been on the rise, and it can be as deadly as risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and smoking. RWJF is now making grants in this area, along with a handful of other funders.
The growing resources and sophistication of local health foundations is one of the most important stories in institutional philanthropy right now. Here's a good case study from the Lone Star State.
The latest grocery funder that we’ve gotten to know is the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, which is based in Phoenix. One of its priorities is educating kids about food.
In another sign of the spread of grantmaking focused on the social determinants of health, Aetna's philanthropic arm is backing things like bike share programs and fitness trails in low-income neighborhoods.
Aging might be inevitable, but there's a lot philanthropy can do to make it better. As America gets older, Grantmakers In Aging wants a more positive take on a natural process that affects us all.
A national movement called OpenNotes is trying to make it easier for patients and caregivers to access clinical notes written by healthcare providers. NYSHealth is the first state health funder to back it.
Many Americans are facing old age with almost no savings, putting at risk the big gains against elderly poverty of the past half-century. Few grantmakers are paying attention to the coming storm. Here's one that is.
Until health consumers have better information, it will be hard to improve an inefficient U.S. healthcare system. Can Yelp be part of the solution? A California funder hopes so.