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Advance Safety, Defend Peace #Charlottesville

By Judy Belk

My heart broke again this weekend. The violence that erupted in my home state of Virginia reminds us how much work needs to be done to heal our country and to ensure safety in our communities.

We can’t tolerate hate, racism or those who use either to advance their agenda. No matter how it’s packaged – white supremacy, white nationalism, neo-Nazism – hate and racism threaten our collective well-being. To advance peace and defend the safety of our communities, we need to take action.

In our 25-year history, Cal Wellness has championed the public health approach to violence prevention here in California and beyond. More recently, in January of this year, we prioritized hate-based violence as a focus of our Advance and Defend Wellness campaign in response to the social and political climate.

What we’ve learned is this: The struggle is real, but there are dedicated people working every day to stop violence in our communities and to counter the racism and hate that fuels it. If you’re heartbroken or outraged (or both!) after the events in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend, take action by supporting these Cal Wellness grantees working to ensure the safety of residents in our state:

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Archive of For Wellness’ Sake Blog Posts

Advance Safety, Defend Peace #Charlottesville
August 14, 2017

Now Is the Time to Advance and Defend
April 4, 2017

Aftermath: Post-Election Reflections
November 9, 2016

Voices: The Power to Vote Is Awesome. Use It.
October 7, 2016

Critique of a Chronicle Column From the California Wellness Foundation’s CEO
August 18, 2016

Sunday Mourning
June 14, 2016

June 8, 2016

Raising the Minimum Wage: Five Reasons We Care
April 8, 2016

Message Of Gun Violence Prevention Summit: We Can Do This!
February 8, 2016

Enough! Stemming America’s Gun Violence Epidemic
December 14, 2015

Don’t Be a Wimp: Why a New Foundation CEO Wants to Be the ‘Influence Lady’
November 3, 2015

Memories of a Thirsty Childhood
August 17, 2015

Persevering in the Face of Charleston Tragedy
June 24, 2015

Fostering Youth’s Resiliency for California’s Future
June 16, 2015

Honoring California’s Health Leaders
February 24, 2015

Our Evolution to Advancing Wellness
November 6, 2014

Welcome to Wellness
October 1, 2014

Late Summer Reflections
August 27, 2014

Reflections and a Look Toward the Horizon
June 13, 2014

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An Unspoken Barrier to Getting More Black Girls in the Pool: the Hair Factor
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Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants’ Health at Risk
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Near Ferguson, a Struggle That Begins Before Kindergarten
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Health Shouldn’t Be Based On Where You Live
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A Postcard from California: Cal Wellness Foundation President on the ACA and the Foundation’s New Grants Program
Health Affairs’ Grantwatch Blog, October 29, 2014

On Sunday, Faith and Freedom
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Black Americans Donate to Make a Difference
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A Cycle of Class and Privilege Comes Full Circle
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Black Man’s Burden
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The Art of Giving: Feeding Our Minds and Souls
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Big Sky, Open Arms
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Our Guiding Principles

Guided by our mission, we pursue the following goals through our grantmaking:

  • To address the particular health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • To support and strengthen nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the health of underserved populations.
  • To recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase health and wellness within their communities.
  • To inform policymakers and opinion leaders about important wellness and health care issues.


The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

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