The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) is a private independent 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. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded 7,690 grants totaling more than $912 million. It is one of the state’s largest private foundations. To learn more about the Foundation, visit our website at www.CalWellness.org.
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Resources from the January 27, 2015 SCG program Politics, Policy, and Philanthropy: How Your Funding Priorities Could be Impacted This Year.
Resources from the SCG partner event, Learning from National Leaders on Pay-For-Success, held January 23, 2015.
Resources from the SCG Veterans Funders Group Meeting on January 21, 2015.
The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), the only full-time resource devoted to disaster philanthropy, released a new report to help donors, NGOs, government agencies, and media gain an increased understanding of how much foundation funding is spent on disasters each year, by whom, and for what activities.
A Portrait of California 2014–2015, the latest edition of the benchmark California report that brings together original data and innovative analysis using the American Human Development Index, a simple ten-point scale that measures well-being in California's 265 Census Bureau-defined neighborhoods and breaks down the numbers by county, major city, and racial and ethnic group.
The report brings new light to such pressing themes as income inequality and captures the noneconomic inequalities that traditional analysis overlooks:
Reflecting on TCC Group’s 35-year history of designing, managing, and evaluating capacity building in a variety of formats, it is clear to us and to those with whom we work that the field is ready for an evolution in the ways we talk about capacity building. A foundation has already been laid for this new conversation by the diverse and thoughtful practice of many in the sector.
The purpose of this quarterly checkup by Fostering Media Connections is to assess the health of the child protection reform effort in Los Angeles County. In the 207 days since the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection issued its final report, county leaders have given weight to the work conducted by the BRC by voting to implement the commission’s recommendations and by creating a transition team to help implement its ideas. The transition team, DCFS and the Board of Supervisors have since made strides in moving an enormous county administration to see some of those reforms stick.
Resources from SCG's 2014 Annual Conference at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on November 5, 2014.
The below article by Durfee Foundation President Carrie Avery was published online by the National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 20, 2014:
Within the context of, and as a complement to traditional philanthropy, this guide by Northern Trust includes a high-level overview of the field of impact investing by examining several impact investing practices and strategies, namely, program-related investments, mission-related investments, socially responsible investments and social impact bonds.
Resources from the SCG program Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Understanding the Crisis, held August 25, 2014.
Resources from In Focus: Health Care Reform and its Impact on the Undocumented.
Resources from The Economic Impact of the Arts in LA: The Stats Matter
This issue brief is an excellent "first-read" for funders newly interested in environmental health and environmental justice. It provides funders with a basic understanding of concerns about environmental impacts on health and an introduction to strategies grantmakers are pursuing to address these impacts.
For funders new to environmental health, this issue brief offers an introduction to basic concerns about chemicals and health, as well as with an overview of related funding strategies.
The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation was founded in 1999, and began formal grantmaking for educational programs in 2003. The youngest family members were always welcomed at board meetings, which were typically held at family residences and often during school vacations. After a few years of informal youth engagement, the family realized that something more formal was needed to engage the growing number of interested youth. The Junior Board was founded in 2006 as a way for the kids to learn about philanthropy and gain hands-on experience in grantmaking.
Reports, presentations, recap notes, photos, and audio and and video recordings from the 2014 Public Policy Conference.