Grantmakers In Health

Grantmakers In Health Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs to improve health.

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Its mission is to foster communication and collaboration among grantmakers and others, and to help strengthen the grantmaking community's knowledge, skills, and effectiveness. Formally launched in 1982, GIH is known today as the professional home for health grantmakers, and a resource for grantmakers and others seeking expertise and information on the field of health philanthropy. GIH generates and disseminates information about health issues and grantmaking strategies that work in health by offering issue-focused forums, workshops, and large annual meetings; publications; continuing education and training; technical assistance; consultation on programmatic and operational issues; and by conducting studies of health philanthropy. Additionally, the organization brokers professional relationships and connects health grantmakers with each other as well as with grantmakers in other fields whose work has important implications for health. It also develops targeted programs and activities, and provides customized services on request to individual funders. GIH is committed to promoting diversity and cultural competency in its programming, personnel and employment practices, and governance. It views diversity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral to its mission of helping grantmakers improve the health of all people. Diverse voices and viewpoints deepen our understanding of differences in health outcomes and health care delivery, and strengthen our ability to fashion just solutions. GIH uses the term, diversity, broadly to encompass differences in the attributes of both individuals (such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and socioeconomic status) and organizations (foundations and giving programs of differing sizes, missions, geographic locations, and approaches to grantmaking).

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The preliminary agenda for this year's GIH annual conference, Building a Just and Equitable Future, is now LIVE! Learn m...
04/15/2021

The preliminary agenda for this year's GIH annual conference, Building a Just and Equitable Future, is now LIVE! Learn more about our breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more -- and plan to join us virtually from June 8-11: https://bit.ly/3sqqNGW

The preliminary agenda for this year's GIH annual conference, Building a Just and Equitable Future, is now LIVE! Learn more about our breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more -- and plan to join us virtually from June 8-11: https://bit.ly/3sqqNGW

The March GIH Bulletin is now live! Hear from GIH President and CEO Cara James on the road ahead for philanthropy; and f...
03/24/2021

The March GIH Bulletin is now live! Hear from GIH President and CEO Cara James on the road ahead for philanthropy; and from The Duke Endowment, The George Family Foundation, and Health Foundation of South Florida on approaches to systems change and strategic grantmaking. The Bulletin also includes the latest on grantmaking, awards, transitions, and other news in health philanthropy. bit.ly/3lLTJHE

It’s official! Registration is now open for the 2021 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Building a Just and E...
03/23/2021
Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

It’s official! Registration is now open for the 2021 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Building a Just and Equitable Future. Join us virtually from Tuesday, June 8 – Friday, June 11 for four days of learning, sharing, and networking! This year’s conference invites participants to help reimagine how efforts to improve health outcomes are designed and implemented. In sessions related to philanthropy’s evolution and leadership, the new Administration’s priorities, climate change, mental health, public health, rural health, and the design of an equitable COVID-19 recovery, compelling speakers will present cutting-edge ideas designed to inspire philanthropic action and inform foundation funding. Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/3lQtgsN #GIHac

Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy

Congratulations to the 2021 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy recipient, Blue Shield of California...
03/18/2021
Grantmakers In Health Announces 2021 Award Winners | Grantmakers In Health

Congratulations to the 2021 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy recipient, Blue Shield of California Foundation Chief Program Director Carolyn Wang Kong and the 2021 Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy recipient, Recover Alaska Executive Director Tiffany Hall! Read more about this year's award winners at the link below, and plan to hear from them at this year's GIH Annual Conference, Building a Just and Equitable Future! http://bit.ly/3bYN3CX

Grantmakers In Health (GIH) is pleased to announce Carolyn Wang Kong as the 2021 recipient of the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, and Tiffany Hall as the recipient of the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy.

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by g...
03/05/2021
Gun Violence Prevention Infographic | Grantmakers In Health

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by guns each year. In September of 2020, GIH surveyed our Funding Partners to explore investments in gun violence prevention. With support from The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the survey results have been compiled into a one-page summary infographic:

https://www.gih.org/publication/gun-violence-prevention-infographic-2021/

Gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States, with approximately 120,000 Americans injured or killed by guns each year. GIH surveyed our Funding Partners in September 2020 to explore investments in gun violence prevention. The survey results have been compiled into a one-page summary....

Mental health is fundamental to our overall well-being—yet stress, burnout, depression, and anxiety are on the rise and ...
03/04/2021
Addressing the Mental Health Epidemic: Mindfulness, Healing, and Resiliency Strategies | Grantmakers In Health

Mental health is fundamental to our overall well-being—yet stress, burnout, depression, and anxiety are on the rise and COVID-19 has only exacerbated existing issues and inequities for many children, adolescents, and families. Philanthropy can help meet this critical mental health moment, both with immediate supports and long-term system change efforts, and by addressing the disparities disproportionately experienced by communities of color.

In this GIH webinar, funders dove into the current mental health landscape; highlighted cost-effective, prevention-oriented programs; and shared insights on the future of mental health and roles for health funders. Featured speakers include Henry Emmons, an integrative psychiatrist with Partners in Resilience, and Andrea Cole, Executive Director and CEO of the Ethel & James Flinn Foundation.

https://www.gih.org/event/addressing-the-mental-health-epidemic-mindfulness-healing-and-resiliency-strategies/

This timely conversation dives into the current mental health landscape; highlights cost-effective, prevention-oriented programs; and shares insights on the future of mental health and roles for health funders.

Save the date! The 2021 Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy will be held virtually from Tuesd...
03/03/2021

Save the date! The 2021 Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy will be held virtually from Tuesday, June 8 to Friday, June 11, 2021. The GIH Annual Conference is the best place to meet up with the bright minds, seasoned experts, and innovative practitioners working in health philanthropy today. Registration will open in late March. Stay tuned for more information!

https://www.gih.org/event/2021-gih-annual-conference-on-health-philanthropy/

Save the date! The 2021 Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Building a Just and Equitable Fu...
02/26/2021

Save the date! The 2021 Grantmakers In Health Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy, Building a Just and Equitable Future, will be held virtually from Tuesday, June 8 to Friday, June 11, 2021. Registration will open in late March. Stay tuned for more information!

Since #COVID19 began, foundations have altered their #HealthEquity programming and pivoted to foster more diverse, equit...
02/23/2021
Scan of the Field: Funder Approaches to Health Equity | Grantmakers In Health

Since #COVID19 began, foundations have altered their #HealthEquity programming and pivoted to foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments internally. In an effort to document and learn from this moment, GIH surveyed funders at the end of 2020 to better understand how foundations are tackling health equity, help identify new philanthropic approaches, and point to opportunities for creating more equitable outcomes and more inclusive foundations. The results of the survey are now available in an infographic from GIH:

https://www.gih.org/publication/scan-of-the-field-funder-approaches-to-health-equity/.

Philanthropic investments in health equity are growing in response to increased national attention. In an effort to document and learn from this moment, GIH surveyed its Funding Partners at the end of 2020 to identify whether and how foundations altered their health equity programming and pivoted in...

A perigee is the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth. Lisa Mennet, PhD, an...
02/16/2021

A perigee is the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.

Lisa Mennet, PhD, an infant and early childhood mental health practitioner and field leader, founded Perigee Fund in 2018. The name Perigee Fund evokes the secure attachment behavior in the young child who moves in an orbit around a primary caregiver and can safely enjoy both the warmth of intimacy, and the joy of independent discovery and exploration within a healthy relationship. Perigee Fund envisions communities where all parents and primary caregivers are supported in caring for their young children with confidence, competence, and joy.

Learn more about the Perigee Fund in our most recent #GrantmakerFocus!

https://www.gih.org/grantmaker-focus/perigee-fund/

Six years ago, Palm Health Foundation made a risky decision. Dissatisfied with the short-term gains of traditional respo...
02/09/2021
Transforming Communities Through the Social Determinants of Health | Grantmakers In Health

Six years ago, Palm Health Foundation made a risky decision. Dissatisfied with the short-term gains of traditional responsive grantmaking, the foundation launched the Healthier Together initiative in an effort to forge a deeper connection to community through the social determinants of health. The foundation transformed from a traditional funder to a local steward of shared resources, granting $1 million to six communities, and asked residents to lead the way in creating lasting, systemic change.

Learn more about the Healthier Together initiative in this #ViewsFromtheField by Patrick McNamara and Abigail Goodwin of Palm Health Foundation.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/transforming-communities-through-the-social-determinants-of-health/

Six years ago, Palm Health Foundation made a risky decision. Dissatisfied with the short-term gains of traditional responsive grantmaking, we launched the Healthier Together initiative in an effort to forge a deeper connection to community through the social determinants of health.

Since #COVID19 began, foundations have altered their #HealthEquity programming and pivoted to foster more diverse, equit...
02/04/2021
Philanthropy’s Increased Focus On Health Equity Post–COVID-19 | Health Affairs Blog

Since #COVID19 began, foundations have altered their #HealthEquity programming and pivoted to foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments internally. In an effort to document and learn from this moment, GIH surveyed funders at the end of 2020 to better understand how foundations are tackling health equity, help identify new philanthropic approaches, and point to opportunities for creating more equitable outcomes and more inclusive foundations. GIH President and CEO Cara James shares insights from the results of this survey, Funder Approaches to Health Equity, in Health Affairs: https://bit.ly/3jlKAoe

Most of the foundation executives and program staff surveyed by Grantmakers In Health said that since March 2020 (when COVID-19 started to flare up in the US), their health equity programming has changed or will change. Respondents also talked about their foundations' initiatives on diversity, equit...

"COVID-19 has not been an equal opportunity pandemic. It has impacted Latinx, Black, and Indigenous communities; immigra...
02/01/2021
Bringing "Invisible" Communities Out from the Shadows: A Community-Centered Approach | Grantmakers In Health

"COVID-19 has not been an equal opportunity pandemic. It has impacted Latinx, Black, and Indigenous communities; immigrants, older adults, and the uninsured more profoundly than the general population. At the start of the public health crisis and several weeks after, the impact on these communities remained invisible with devastating health consequences."

Continue reading this #ViewsFromtheField by Maria Socorro Pesqueira, President of Healthy Communities Foundation, to learn more about how the philanthropic sector can respond to the pandemic with a community-centered approach.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/bringing-invisible-communities-out-from-the-shadows-a-community-centered-approach/

COVID-19 has not been an equal opportunity pandemic. It has impacted Latinx, Black, and Indigenous communities; immigrants, older adults, and the uninsured more profoundly than the general population. At the start of the public health crisis and several weeks after, the impact on these communities r...

"Too often we stop at social drivers of inequities, however, and miss the link between social determinants of health and...
01/21/2021
Managing America’s Crises Means Addressing the Political Determinants of Health | Grantmakers In Health

"Too often we stop at social drivers of inequities, however, and miss the link between social determinants of health and their political roots. Every social determinant of health is preceded by a political action, inaction, or impetus."

Revisit "Managing America's Crises Means Addressing the Political Determinants of Health", a Views from the Field originally published in September: https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/managing-americas-crises-means-addressing-the-political-determinants-of-health/.

Explore all archived Views From the Field articles at https://www.gih.org/category/views-from-the-field/.

Too often we stop at these social drivers of inequities, however, and miss the link between social determinants of health and their political roots. Every social determinant of health is preceded by a political action, inaction, or impetus. Political determinants of health create the social drivers....

"Events over the last year put a spotlight on the significant health, economic, and social disparities in our country. I...
01/19/2021
GIH Bulletin: January 2021 | Grantmakers In Health

"Events over the last year put a spotlight on the significant health, economic, and social disparities in our country. In the few days that have elapsed in 2021, that spotlight has focused in on the division our country faces, fueled by mistrust."

In the January #GIHBulletin, President and CEO Cara V. James discusses how we can build trust to create a more just, civil, and equitable society.

The January Bulletin also features a piece by the Healthy Communities Foundation on employing a community-centered approach during the pandemic, a piece from the Palm Health Foundation on transforming communities through the social determinants of health, and a #GrantmakerFocus on the Perigee Fund.

https://www.gih.org/publication/gih-bulletin-january-2021/

Events over the last year put a spotlight on the significant health, economic, and social disparities in our country. In the few days that have elapsed in 2021, that spotlight has focused in on the division our country faces, fueled by mistrust.

"Another aspect that we feel is very important is collaboration. For example, we have been a part of the Rural Health Pu...
01/13/2021
Con Alma Health Foundation: Health Equity and COVID Relief - The Rural Monitor

"Another aspect that we feel is very important is collaboration. For example, we have been a part of the Rural Health Public-Private Partnership with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and some of our other philanthropic partners like Grantmakers In Health. That kind of public-private collaboration is critical to the work we do."

In part 1 of a 4-part series featuring foundations serving rural areas in the time of COVID-19, Con Alma Health Foundation’s Dolores E. Roybal discusses how her foundation had to quickly pivot to provide immediate COVID relief in New Mexico while also addressing structural inequities.

Dolores E. Roybal, executive director of Con Alma Health Foundation, discusses how her foundation partnered with other funders to provide almost $2 million in grants and created an advisory committee of immigrant-led, immigrant-serving organizations to address barriers limiting access to services.

This year, Health Forward Foundation is celebrating 15 years of grantmaking. In this #ViewsFromtheField, Vice President ...
12/18/2020
Philanthropy Uniquely Positioned to Address Innovations in Safety Net Health | Grantmakers In Health

This year, Health Forward Foundation is celebrating 15 years of grantmaking. In this #ViewsFromtheField, Vice President of Programs Graciela Couchonnal outlines the valuable lessons that the foundation has learned about maximizing investments through innovations and partnerships to benefit those most in need.

Health Forward Foundation is celebrating 15 years of grantmaking. In this time, the foundation has anchored access to safety net health care for those most in need in the Kansas City region. Along the way, we have learned valuable lessons about maximizing our investments through innovations and part...

"Texas is one of 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid and currently has the highest uninsured rate of any state, fur...
12/16/2020
Supporting Clinics to Serve as Community Hubs for Health in Central Texas | Grantmakers In Health

"Texas is one of 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid and currently has the highest uninsured rate of any state, further exacerbating systemic inequities. The lack of access to health care, coupled with inadequate and under-resourced systems, has had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color and underserved areas. COVID-19 has laid bare the severity of these issues even more so. These factors, and our commitment to achieving health equity, have informed St. David's Foundation's primary care safety net strategy."

Read more from St. David's Foundation Senior Program Officers Abena Asante and Amy Einhorn in this #ViewsFromTheField.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/supporting-clinics-to-serve-as-community-hubs-for-health-in-central-texas/

In Texas, the lack of access to health care, coupled with inadequate and under-resourced systems, has had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color and underserved areas. COVID-19 has laid bare the severity of these issues even more so. These factors, and our commitment to achieving healt...

GIH is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Fowler, Maria Socorro Pesqueira, Qiana Thomason, Winston Wong, and Emily Yu ha...
12/15/2020

GIH is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Fowler, Maria Socorro Pesqueira, Qiana Thomason, Winston Wong, and Emily Yu have been elected to its board of directors. Their three-year terms begin in March 2021.

Learn more about the 2021 Board of Directors: https://www.gih.org/gih-news/gih-announces-new-board-members-2021/

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"At the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), we believe, along with many others, that those who are closest to the problem ar...
12/11/2020
Growing Local Philanthropy to Improve Health | Grantmakers In Health

"At the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), we believe, along with many others, that those who are closest to the problem are also closest to the solution and must be engaged and empowered to make sustainable, meaningful progress. Recognizing this, KHF launched the Giving Resources to Our World (GROW) Initiative with the goal of strengthening local philanthropy in communities across Kansas."

Learn more about the GROW Initiative in this #ViewsFromTheField by leadership at the Kansas Health Foundation.

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/growing-local-philanthropy-to-improve-health/

Community foundations are often in the best position to bring partners together, across sectors and geographies, and to tackle the complex set of issues facing their residents. They represent a network that can serve as a powerful force, including to improve health outcomes. Recognizing this, Kansas...

"Some foundations institute time-limited initiatives to maximize resources. Others adopt a spend-down approach to have i...
12/10/2020
Maximizing Impact in a Limited Time: Time-Limited Programs and Foundations | Grantmakers In Health

"Some foundations institute time-limited initiatives to maximize resources. Others adopt a spend-down approach to have impact within a short organizational lifespan. Both situations provide opportunity for a health-focused foundation to accomplish goals with urgency, but pose the challenge of doing so without the luxury of time. ClearWay Minnesota and Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) have embraced strategic and tactical advantages of being life-limited and having time-limited programs, respectively, to address persistent health issues."

#ViewsFromTheField

https://www.gih.org/views-from-the-field/maximizing-impact-in-a-limited-time-time-limited-programs-and-foundations/

Some foundations institute time-limited initiatives to maximize resources. Others adopt a spend-down approach to have impact within a short organizational lifespan. Both situations provide opportunity for a health-focused foundation to accomplish goals with urgency, but pose the challenge of doing s...

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