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

March 2020

Welcome GIH’s New CEO, Dr. Cara James
Current events are a reminder of how much our world is changing, and how essential it is that we come together to achieve better health at home and around the world. As I am settling into my new role, my top priorities are to ensure the health and safety of my GIH colleagues and provide support for the many organizations that make up the field of health philanthropy during this challenging time.
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Quick Facts: COVID-19 and GIH Operations

GIH staff will be telecommuting beginning today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We expect no disruption in programming or functioning, and our staff members remain available and committed to supporting each of you in your work.

GIH has made the difficult decision to postpone our April meetings, Birthing a New Reality: Ending Maternal and Child Health Disparities in the United States and Funding Equity: Assessing the Journey. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.

We are still planning to hold the GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy from June 17-19 in Minneapolis. We continue to monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and will inform the field if our plans change.

COVID-19 Resources for Funders
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Issue Focus – Responding to the Opioid and Drug Overdose Epidemic
While opioids are at the forefront of our country’s drug policy discourse, they are not the only drug devastating communities, nor will they be the last without sustained, coordinated action. Philanthropy is uniquely suited to respond to immediate challenges while also supporting broader systems change.
Views from the Field – Advocacy in an Election Year
As elections approach, foundations across the country are considering how to best raise awareness of issues ranging from health equity and climate change to immigration reform and criminal justice.Health foundations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code—which includes both private foundations and community foundations—must comply with IRS rules requiring 501(c)(3) organizations to remain nonpartisan.
Grantmaker Focus – Cambia Health Foundation
“We believe that the health of individuals is a product of the health of communities. Therefore, we believe that the communities we serve are more important than our foundation—their needs are more important than ours; their information and ideas are better than ours; they are more deserving of recognition and praise; their time is more valuable than ours. For these reasons, we aim to give our partners maximum flexibility, time, opportunity, connections, advocacy, and support so that together we can learn and lift up the solutions that will change society for the better.”


Register for the GIH Annual Conference Today
Registration is now open for the 2020 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, the largest gathering of health funders in the country. The GIH annual conference is your opportunity to connect with your philanthropic peers, as well as the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners on the issues and challenges that matter the most to our field. We continue to monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization on the spread and potential impact of COVID-19, and will inform the field if our plans change. Currently, we recommend registering for your space at this year's meeting, with a reminder that cancellations made by Friday, May 29 are eligible for a full refund.


Grants & Programs

Jessie Ball duPont Fund (New York, NY) • Episcopal Health Foundation (Houston, TX) • George Family Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (Wellesly, MA) • Healthcare Georgia Foundation (Atlanta, GA) • New York Community Trust (New York, NY)

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Russell Booker, Karen Knuckles, and Ed Memmott (Mary Black Foundation) • Charles Cain, Tony Collins, and Patrick Harman (Foundation for a Health High Point) • Debbie Chang (Blue Shield of California Foundation) • Bruce Chernof (SCAN Foundation) • Storme Gray (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy) • Ruben Guerra and Lisa Saenz (Paso del Norte Health Foundation) • Qiana Thomason (Health Forward Foundation)

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Blue Cross of Massachusetts Foundation (Boston, MA) • Paso del Norte Community Foundation (El Paso, TX)

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