Evaluations and Lessons Learned from our Grantmaking is a web-based series produced by the Foundation that allows Cal Wellness’ staff, grantees and contractors to share lessons learned and information gleaned from our grantmaking programs and strategies.
Published in November 2014 by MastersPolicyConsulting, this is an evaluation of The California Wellness Foundation’s public policy grantmaking under the 14-year Responsive Grantmaking Program (RGP), which concluded in September 2014. From its inception, Cal Wellness has recognized the importance of supporting advocacy and public policy activities in order to improve the health of Californians, particularly those living in low-income communities.
MastersPolicyConsulting thoroughly examined the RGP’s nine portfolios and analyzed findings across the grants program for common themes. Among its key findings was that, over the life of the RGP, Cal Wellness had a positive impact on public policy at three levels:
Included in this section are t he results of confidential surveys that are conducted every few years of Cal Wellness’ grantees and those declined funding.
A recent edition of Reflections is the executive summary of an evaluation we commissioned from Harder+Company titled “Grantmaking That Lasts: Key Findings of The California Wellness Foundation's Responsive Grantmaking Program.”
Guided by our mission, we pursue the following goals through our grantmaking: