The political chaos at the national level has a direct impact on the wellness of Californians. People are living in fear — fear of deportation, fear of losing health coverage, fear of violence. That’s not acceptable.
GRANTS AWARDED UPDATE
July 19, 2017
Richard Tate, Vice President of Public Affairs
The California Wellness Foundation
Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation today announced grants totaling more than $8 million as part of its Advance and Defend Wellness campaign, a focused response to threats to the well-being of Californians in the nation’s unpredictable political and social landscape. Many of the grants are multiyear, general operating grants, which allow grantees to be responsive to emerging needs in the rapidly changing environment. This brings to more than $14 million the amount of grants awarded since the campaign was announced in January.
“The political chaos at the national level has a direct impact on the wellness of Californians. People are living in fear — fear of deportation, fear of losing health coverage, fear of violence. That’s not acceptable,” said Judy Belk, president and CEO of Cal Wellness. “As a health funder that values health as a human right, we’ve pushed ourselves to respond quickly and strategically to address the needs of our state’s most vulnerable people, and we continue to look for ways to partner with colleagues in philanthropy, business and government to advance and defend the wellness of all Californians.”
The strategies behind the Advance and Defend Wellness campaign, along with key grants within those areas, are listed below.
In addition to grantmaking, Cal Wellness uses its voice and public affairs capacity to advocate for health as a human right and wellness for all. The Advance and Defend campaign statement, titled “Together, We Advance and Defend Wellness,” was issued in January 2017, and resulted in a six-month online campaign. A variety of philanthropic and community partners issued their own statements and perspectives on Twitter and other social media channels, using #AdvanceandDefend. Many of those interactions are spotlighted here, on Storify, an online tool for aggregating social media.
The California Wellness Foundation is celebrating 25 years as a private, independent foundation with a mission to advance wellness for all Californians by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Since its founding in 1992, Cal Wellness has awarded more than $987 million in charitable contributions, which include matching gifts and 8750 grants.