Health funders have been remarkably passive as the most urgent public health crisis in recent memory has claimed ever more lives—70,000 last year alone. The good news is that Mike Bloomberg is now paying attention.
Data-mapping tools and projects are cropping up increasingly in philanthropy, as funders look for new insights about major problems. A case in point is the Anthem Foundation’s work on public health.
Health conversion foundations play a growing role in helping communities that are off the beaten path. Now, as three new such foundations get ready to give away $300 million annually, advocates for rural America hope that more support is set to flow.
Blue Shield of California Foundation is looking to step up its game, bringing “new kinds of solutions and approaches” to complex health and equity challenges. As part of that push, it’s created a new fellowship program.
A $25 million gift earmarked for a public health school finds a Giving Pledge signee with a decades-long track record of Florida-based philanthropy turning his attention 3,000 miles west, to San Diego. What’s that about?
When it comes to health equity, names like Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kresge come quickly to mind. But many local funders are also stepping up work here, like the Rhode Island Foundation.
Health legacy foundations are playing a growing role in local grantmaking—often in ways that are nimble and responsive to nonprofit needs. The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is a great example of that.
Helping low-income people make gains in health and other areas often requires that service providers work together more effectively. We look at how a funder in Massachusetts is upping its efforts to make that happen.
As health funders move upstream to address the underlying drivers of health disparities, they’re broadening their strategies. The latest example: A $2.75 million grant to boost rural and minority small business owners in Colorado.
It’s not often that we see funders pooling money to create a not-for-profit generic drug company. In fact, we’ve never seen it before. Which is why the creation of Civica Rx deserves a close look.
This California-focused grantmaker was launched last September and has now completed its second round of local giving, with a focus on patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness.
The U.S. still has a major problem with access to health insurance and healthcare. But it has a far broader healthcare affordability problem. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is on the case.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust continues to address key healthcare challenges faced by rural residents. We look at the latest big grant by this national funder working off the beaten trail on matters of life and death.
While the Mary Black Foundation has a narrow geographic mandate in South Carolina, its evolution in recent years offers a window into several larger trends that are changing the foundation world—and the American South.
The growth of health legacy foundations has been one of the biggest stories in philanthropy in recent years. A case in point: the sudden appearance of a new $3.2 billion grantmaker in New York.
The Avangrid Foundation is helping a local food bank distribute fresh food year-round in an era when about 14 percent of Americans use food pantry or meal services.
Philadelphia’s First Hospital Foundation has a new name and a more targeted focus this year. Here, we look at what’s changed from the funder’s previous decades of giving.
As CVS Health continues to move forward with its anti-smoking push, the American Cancer Society has emerged as a key partner. We take a look at their latest joint effort.
As the deadliest public health crisis in recent memory rages on—new data shows that 72,000 people died from drug overdoses last year—most foundations are taking a pass. Here are two exceptions.
As Crown Family Philanthropies moves into its seventh decade of giving, it’s teamed up with the Chicago Foundation for Women and other local funders to step up the fight against domestic violence in its home city.
Tobacco’s biggest adversary has put up $20 million to start a global watchdog organization to push back against industry disinformation. Here’s how that fits into philanthropy’s broader fight against smoking.
Jackie Cooper was a successful businessman but was just as well known for his dedication to the issue of HIV/AIDS. Here’s how the fund that he and his wife established gives in Oklahoma.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation continues to fund organizations that work to improve seniors’ quality of life—including a program in Boston that wants to make the whole city accessible and inclusive for older residents.
Two of the most recent efforts coming out of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation are supporting pediatric dentistry and children’s mental health.
The grantmaking of the Maine Health Access Foundation offers a good example of how regional health funders are grappling with the complex interplay between issues of poverty, power and health.
Like a lot of health funders, the Episcopal Health Foundation in Texas is taking a systemic, “upstream” approach. Part of that strategy is about strengthening health systems in a rural state with millions of uninsured people.
As more health funders focus on the underlying causes of poor health, some are zeroing in on the critical role of adverse childhood experiences. We look at a Texas foundation’s new initiative in this area.
Experts and top funders in rural America say there’s far more activity and sophistication in this corner of philanthropy than most people realize. But also some challenging issues, especially for newcomers to the field.
Even before the shooting in Parkland, Florida, funders were backing local approaches to curbing gun violence. Now, some—like Cal Wellness—are looking to fuel the new student activism on guns and other issues.
In an era of mega-givers and "big bets," making lots of very small grants may seem out of step with the times. But as we’ve reported, quite a few funders give out mini-grants for different reasons. Here’s an example.