Letter from the President, Views from the Field, Grantmaker Focus, and more…

January / February 2019

What’s Coming Up in 2019 for GIH and Health Philanthropy?
In 2019, there are several trends we will be following. They reflect the wide range of health funders’ priorities, as well as new understandings of the factors that affect health. These trends show that, in general, funders are grappling with the changing environments of service delivery, health in communities, and organizational effectiveness.
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VFF: A Southern Foundation’s Journey towards Equity
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation has been on an arc of change for many years, accelerating integration of an equity approach over the past three. As our understanding of the importance of equity in creating healthy communities has evolved, so has our approach.
VFF: Promoting Nurturing Care for Our Youngest Children
In 2018, the Nurturing Care Framework was released at the World Health Assembly, providing a new opportunity to shine a spotlight on the importance of the earliest years of life.
VFF: What It Takes for a Foundation to Achieve Success: Essential Ingredients and Lessons Learned
Create healthy outcomes through lasting systems change for children in the state of Connecticut. This was the charge to the Children’s Fund of Connecticut when it was created 25 years ago as a public charitable foundation. We have identified five basic premises as essential to this work and nine lessons learned.
Grantmaker Focus: Maria Socorro Pesqueira, President, Healthy Communities Foundation
“Our goal is to ensure that every resident in our service area has the resources and opportunities to live a full healthy and happy life, regardless of income, where they live or their racial and ethnic background.”


New Funding Partners
GIH is pleased to welcome new Funding Partners AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, The Bingham Program, and CARESTAR Foundation!
GIH Announces New Board Members
GIH is pleased to announce that Gil Alvarado, Andrea Cole, Laura Gerald, Gary Nelson, Brenda Solórzano, and Winston Wong have been elected to its board of directors. Their three-year terms begin in March 2019. To read more about this year’s new board members and officers, click here.
Save the Date for the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy
If professional development is one of your New Year’s resolutions, mark your calendar for the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, which will be held from June 12-14 in Seattle! From small communities to the national arena, funders are focused on ideas, innovations, and impact. The 2019 annual conference will be a time to share strategies, identify best practices, and discuss new priorities. Registration opens at www.gih.org in late February.


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Grants & Programs
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation (Detroit, MI) • The California Endowment (Los Angeles, CA) • Cambia Health Foundation (Portland, OR) • Cone Health Foundation (Greensboro, NC) • Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville, FL) • Healthcare Foundation of Wilson (Wilson, NC) • MetroWest Health Foundation (Framingham, MA) • Montana Healthcare Foundation (Helena, MT) • The New York State Health Foundation (New York, NY) • Paso del Norte Health Foundation (El Paso, TX) • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton (Canton, OH) • The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) • St. David’s Foundation (Austin, TX) • Williamsburg Health Foundation (Williamsburg, VA)
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Dr. Louis J. Beccaria (Phoenixville Community Health Foundation) • Blue Shield of California Foundation (San Francisco, CA) • Natalie K. Castellanos (Health Foundation of South Florida) • Tyler Covington, Dr. James Hoekstra, and Dr. Linda Taylor (Foundation for a Healthy High Point) • Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (Louisville, KY) • Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck (Missouri Foundation for Health) • Christopher A. Langston (Archstone Foundation) • Stephen Manuszak (George Family Foundation) • Earl Maxwell (St. David’s Foundation) • Mary O’Donnell (Retirement Research Foundation) • Retirement Research Foundation (Chicago, IL) • Langley Shealy and Donna Waites (Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina)
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation (Boston, MA) • Episcopal Health Foundation (Houston, TX) • Maine Health Access Foundation (Augusta, ME) • NYS Health Foundation (New York, NY) • RCHN Community Health Foundation (New York, NY)
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