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December 22, 2014

Adriana Godoy Leiss
The California Wellness Foundation

$11.3 Million in Grants Approved at Cal Wellness’ December Board Meeting

First grants docket under Advancing Wellness

At its December 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) approved 102 grants totaling $11.3 million. As the first docket under the Advancing Wellness grants program, funding is in line with Cal Wellness’ commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting equity through advocacy and access.

Included in this docket is a subset of grants that provide core operating support and technical assistance to many of Cal Wellness’ long-time community partners who may be impacted by the Foundation’s transition to Advancing Wellness. This transition strategy is part of a one-time fund being distributed over the course of two Board dockets in December 2014 and March 2015.

A listing of grants approved at the December 2014 meeting can be found here.

The California Wellness Foundation is a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

On Oct. 1, 2014, Cal Wellness introduced its Advancing Wellness grants program 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 innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Since its founding in 1992, Cal Wellness has awarded 7,682 grants totaling more than $912 million.

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  • We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
  • We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
  • We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
  • We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
  • We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.

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To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

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