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Evaluations & Lessons Learned

Assessing a Foundation’s Contribution to Public-Policy Change: A New Framework

Cal Wellness retained MastersPolicyConsulting to retrospectively assess how the Foundation and its grantees contributed to public policy changes related to its grantmaking over a 10-year period. “Assessing a Foundation’s Contribution to Public Policy Change: A New Framework” — published in The Foundation Review in March 2016 — describes the framework that was created to determine the degree to which Cal Wellness and its grantees contributed to policy changes, which may be useful to other funders engaged in public policy work.

Evaluations and Lessons Learned from our Grantmaking

Evaluations and Lessons Learned from our Grantmaking is a web-based series produced by Cal Wellness to share lessons learned and information gleaned from our grantmaking programs and strategies.

Archive of Evaluations and Lessons Learned from our Grantmaking


Grants Program Survey

This section includes the results of confidential surveys that are conducted every few years of Cal Wellness’ grantees and those declined funding.

Archive of Grants Program Surveys


Links to evaluation-themed editions of Reflections, a series produced by TCWF to share lessons learned and information gleaned from its grantmaking practices and strategies

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.”

 

Reflections on Grantmaking That Lasts: Key Findings of The California Wellness Foundation's Responsive Grantmaking Program

 

Reflections on Sustainability—Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Three TCWF Initiatives

Reflections On TCWF‘s Responsive Grantmaking Program

 

Reflections on TCWF’s Violence Prevention Initiative

Reflections on Evaluating our Grants


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  • We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
  • We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
  • We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
  • We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
  • We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.


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