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Looking Ahead

The California Wellness Foundation has reached an important crossroads as an institution. With our current cycle of grantmaking scheduled to sunset in 2014, the Foundation's Board has embarked upon a strategic planning process to determine how we can best marshal our resources to advance our mission.

During my first year as the Foundation's President and CEO, an important focus of mine has been to lead an effort to seek feedback from our grantees, prospective applicants, community leaders, policymakers and other experts to hear your ideas on how we can best achieve our mission of enhancing the health and wellness of Californians. As part of this ongoing effort to capture your feedback, in June 2012 we launched a listening portal that was available to anyone visiting our website through October 22, 2012.

In the next phase of this effort, we have begun to call upon the expertise of our staff and external stakeholders to help us define the critical health and wellness issues that will face our state in the next five to 10 years. With the assistance of La Piana Consulting, our strategic planning process includes an examination of best practices among other foundations, several rounds of focus groups of our grantees throughout the state and interviews with thought leaders and key informants. Based upon these multiple and diverse sources, throughout 2013 our Board will craft a strategy to seize upon innovations in the field while building upon our 20-year legacy of impact.

Rest assured that meanwhile The California Wellness Foundation's "business" of grantmaking will remain in place during this time of transition. Under our current grantmaking program, we plan to continue reviewing letters of interest on an ongoing basis, and we will notify prospective applicants of the results, normally within three months. Our strategic planning process will be completed during the second half of 2013, and we will launch our new grantmaking program in late 2014.

I encourage you to stay tuned for updates as the process moves forward. Thank you for your outstanding work on behalf of all communities in California.

Best wishes for the holidays,

Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H.
President and CEO
The California Wellness Foundation


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