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We All Have #ReasonsForHope

As America struggles with the discord and despair brought by recent violence, Cal Wellness President and CEO Judy Belk joins philanthropic leaders across the U.S. in a campaign to raise up reasons for hope. The campaign, featuring newspaper ads across the country and the social media hashtag #ReasonsForHope, encourages us all to share stories of hope and to take action by engaging with organizations in our communities that are working for positive change.

At Cal Wellness, we draw hope from efforts to improve the health of all Californians by leveling the playing field so that everyone has access to safe neighborhoods, good-paying jobs, and quality health care services.

Here are just a few of Cal Wellness’ #ReasonsForHope


Pooling resources to prevent gun violence—Every year, guns kill about 3,000 Californians in places that should be safe havens. But now donors who want to stop gun violence in California can join the Hope and Heal Fund. This new pooled fund will focus resources on proven solutions and new ideas to create meaningful change. Cal Wellness is proud to be a charter member. For more information, contact Gwen Walden at 415.449.0582 or


Ensuring access to clean water—Community Water Center co-founder and co-executive director Susana De Anda was honored by the White House as one of ten White House Champions of Change for Climate Equity. We’re inspired by Susana’s leadership in advocating for equitable access to clean water throughout California and mobilizing community leaders to take action. To get involved, visit


Developing pathways to employment—Military veterans often face challenges finding jobs that provide income and benefits sufficient to manage their sometimes complex health needs. NPower’s Technology Service Corps program in the Bay Area helps vets transfer their valuable experience and develop new skills to build careers in technology. The program also provides services to address psycho-social wellness needs. Check out a video about their work. To learn more, you can also visit


Creating a health care system that works for everyone—We believe everyone has the right to quality health care. The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) does great work to identify smart strategies that promote inclusive health care programs. CIPC also works to build coalitions that educate and advocate to improve access to care as a key to raising the quality of life for all Californians. Learn more and get inspired at

What gives you hope?

Share the positive action taking place in your community with the hashtag #ReasonsForHope.

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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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