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October 24, 2008

David Littlefield, TCWF
(818) 702-1900

TCWF Appoints Program Director

Frank A. Lalle Assigned to Foundation’s Special Projects Grantmaking

Woodland Hills, CA –The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced the appointment of Frank A. Lalle as a program director for special projects.

“Frank is an experienced grantmaker and brings a wealth of knowledge about the nonprofit sector and the health of underserved communities,” said Gary L. Yates, president and CEO. “We are pleased he will be playing a part in the pursuit of our Foundation’s mission to improve the health of the people of California.”

Lalle brings experience in philanthropy and law to his position as program director. He is assigned to special projects grantmaking, which responds to opportunities that fit the Foundation’s mission but are outside the health issues prioritized for funding. Before joining TCWF, Lalle worked as a grantmaking director at Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, and prior to that, he worked at the Peninsula Community Foundation in San Mateo.

Before entering the foundation world, Lalle served as a supervising attorney with the Legal Aid Society, where he focused on legal services for low-income families, older adults and children with disabilities. During his 15-year tenure at the society, Lalle represented clients in individual and class action lawsuits in the areas of health care and public benefits, and also founded the Health Consumer Center, a health advocacy project serving low-income people. A member of the State Bar of California, Lalle earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Beloit College in Wisconsin.

“It is a great honor to serve in this new position, Lalle said. “I have long admired TCWF's sustained commitment to improving the health of the people of California through support of organizations working to achieve that important goal.”

The California Wellness Foundation is an independent, private 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. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women's health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities. TCWF is one of the state's largest foundations. Since its first year of operation, the Foundation has awarded 5,169 grants totaling more than $641 million. Last year, TCWF awarded $64 million in grants in pursuit of its mission.

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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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