September 21, 2016
Contact: Cecilia Laiché, Cal Wellness
Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health and Wellness-Focused Organizations With $40,000 grants to cover paid time-off of their chief executives
Los Angeles — The California Wellness Foundation announces that eight nonprofit executives have been recognized with the 2016 Cali Wellness Sabbatical Program Award.
The Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Award was created to improve the long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits by providing their executives with the rest they need to continue to direct their organizations’ missions. The program provides a $30,000 grant to each of the eight organizations to cover its leader’s salary during the sabbaticals, plus an additional $10,000 to each organization to cover expenses related to the professional development of managers and staff who will assume extra responsibilities during their leader’s absence.
This year’s honorees are Patricia Wall of Homeless Action Center, Laura Tancredi-Baese of Home Start, Incorporated, Viveka Rydell of Pediatric Dental Initiative of the North Coast, Luisa Buada of Ravenwood Family Health Center, Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin of The Sierra Fund, Paula Wilson of Valley Community Healthcare, Debra A. Farmer of Westside Family Health Center, and Cynthia Carey-Grant of Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease.
“All the honorees have made important contributions to the health and wellness of their communities,” said Fatima Angeles, vice president of programs. “The sabbatical award provides them with the opportunity to recharge and then return to their organizations with renewed vitality and focus.”
The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded 8,265 grants totaling more than $950 million.
The Foundation pursues its mission of improving the health of the people of California through its Advancing Wellness grants program, which is designed to promote equity through advocacy and access. The grantmaking focuses on three interconnected portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. The program also includes the Opportunity Fund to support the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, public policy work and innovation.
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