Vitalyst Health Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Vitalyst Health Foundation is a health legacy foundation that is focused on access to care and coverage, healthy community design, community capacity building, community innovation and collaboration, and civic participation.

FUNDING AREAS: Access to care and coverage, healthy community design, community capacity building, community innovation and collaboration, civic participation

IP TAKE: This is not just another health funder awarding hospital grants. Vitalyst is also interested in policy and nonprofit capacity too.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Vitalyst Health Foundation is a health legacy funder formed after St. Luke’s Hospital System sold to a for-profit corporation. Before adopting its current name, it was known as the St. Luke’s Charitable Health Trust and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. The foundation aims to “connect, support and inform efforts to improve the health of individuals and communities in Arizona.” Current foundation priorities are increasing access to care and insurance coverage, working with municipal leaders to promote healthy community design, building community-based organizational capacity, promoting health and healthcare innovations and collaborations, and encouraging civic participation to advance health equity.

Access to care topics include the Affordable Care Act and healthcare workforce. Community policy focuses have included municipal planning, healthy food, transportation, and community needs assessments. Organizational effectiveness covers community-based organizations, fiscal scholarship, alliances, and policy continuum. The foundation focuses on care coordination, innovation grants, national funders, and value-driven healthcare in its collaboration category. Civic participation grants go towards inclusive decision-making to make healthcare more fair and equitable. Vitalyst has also partnered with the Arizona Community Foundation to fund grants for educating youth about healthy lifestyles and improving health in Native American tribes.

Innovation grants tend to be around $125,000, and medical assistance program grants are between $10,000 and $100,000. View a list of past grants here. The foundation spreads its grantmaking throughout the state of Arizona. The foundation also hosts informational meetings for grantseekers.

Vitalyst accepts unsolicited letters of intent from nonprofits via online platform. Direct general questions to the staff at 602-385-6500 or via email at


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