Foundation Funding

Any organization, from a foundation to a private business, will be more open to supporting an initiative which reflects its own interests and values. An organization that might be reluctant or unable to contribute monetary support may be willing to contribute some sort of in-kind support, from office supplies to staff time.

The type and amount of funding, what entities are eligible to apply for funding, and the application process itself vary widely between philanthropic organizations. Stakeholders should also remember to look at state and local foundations, as well as national organizations.

Two general resources on foundations:

  • The Foundation Center (external link): provides information about local level and community foundations. The website includes a "Foundation Finder" directory that allows you to search for foundations by name, state, and/or zip code.
  • The Grantsmanship Center (external link): provides information on foundation resources, including community foundations and corporate giving programs by state.

The following organizations have funded DSW projects in the past and/or fund projects in the health workforce area:

Atlantic Philanthropies (external link): Atlantic Philanthropies makes grants through its Ageing Program (external link) to ensure that 1) older adults are treated with dignity and respect, 2) are fully empowered to shape their own destinies, 3) have access to health and support systems, 4) are represented by a strong cadre of leaders, and 5) are able to actively contribute their expertise and experience for the good of society. Atlantic Philanthropies previously partnered with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund the Better Jobs Better Care grants.

Center for Health Care Strategies (external link): CHCS works to improve the quality of health and health related services for beneficiaries of our nation’s health coverage safety net—Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. CHCS works with state officials, health plan leaders, and consumer organizations across the country to improve health services for low-income families and for people with severe illnesses and disabilities whose needs cross over from the routine to the highly specialized. In the past CHCS has made grants aimed at improving community-based long term care services.

The Commonwealth Fund (external link): The Commonwealth Fund (CWF) is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. CWF is currently funding an Evaluation of Culture Change in For-Profit Nursing Homes (external link), and several other projects focused on person-centered care and engaging front-line workers. CWF makes grants to non-profits and public agencies.

John A. Hartford Foundation (external link): The John A. Hartford Foundation seeks specifically to enhance and expand the training of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals who care for elders, and promote innovations in the integration and delivery of services for all older people. Grants are generally made to 501(c)(3)s and to state colleges and universities. Applications are normally by invitation, but organizations who feel their project fits the Foundation’s guidelines may submit letters of inquiry.

Hitachi Foundation (external link): The Hitachi Foundation’s Business and Communities grant program targets new practices that can be used by both businesses and community organizations to benefit economically isolated individuals and the larger community, particularly in traditional low-wage sectors like health care. Grant seekers must have 501(c)(3) status. Applications are by invitation only, but the Foundation has an online inquiry system to which organizations can submit information and receive a response about whether their project is eligible. The Hitachi Foundation is currently funding the Jobs-to-Careers (external link) grant program with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (external link) (RWJF): RWJF funds a variety of health care improvement initiatives, including those aimed at improving quality. They partnered with Atlantic Philanthropies to fund the Better Jobs Better Care grants.

Although RWJF awards most of its grants through calls for proposals, they also award grants in response to unsolicited proposals (external link) in their Building Human Capital, Pioneer and Vulnerable Populations program areas. These unsolicited proposals are accepted at any time and awards are issued throughout the year.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundations (external link): The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, mainly under its “Pathways out of Poverty” portfolio, funds several workforce retraining and improvement grants including this 2011 Grant to PHI in Michigan (external link). The Mott Foundation is currently especially interested in funding projects that involve community colleges in providing certifications to low income, low skilled individuals to launch them into better jobs. Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited; those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry.

MetLife Foundation (external link): The goals of the MetLife Foundation are to strengthen communities, promote good health and improve education. In recent years, it has focused on a variety of aging initiatives that help people remain physically and mentally fit, engaged in the community, and deal with caregiving. Most recently, the MetLife Foundation, in collaboration with the American Society on Aging (external link) developed a new awards program for community-based organizations doing exemplary work to support family caregivers.

State Foundations

A number of states have foundations which concentrate on improving healthcare. For example;

  • SCAN Foundation (external link): The SCAN Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit charitable foundation dedicated to long-term services and supports that keep seniors self-sufficient, at home and in the community. The SCAN Foundation provides grant support to promising program models that integrate long-term care medical treatment and human services for seniors in the setting most appropriate for fostering independence. The Foundation is focused not just on supporting care-based programs, but also on funding programs that will impact policy in California and nationwide. In 2009, the SCAN Foundation supported five grantees to develop a series of continuing education curricula (in-services) for the direct care workforce. The geriatric-focused curricula, which are based on adult learning principles, will support California’s direct care workforce by enhancing and developing knowledge and skills to provide care. The curricula are available at no cost for employers of direct care workers to use as part of their training. The curricula focus on: Dementia; Strengthening Communication and Problem-Solving Competencies; Care at the End of Life; Medication and Falls; Strengthening Communication and Building Partnerships with Family Caregivers; and Managing Pain in Older Adults. For more information on these initatives, please visit: http://www.thescanfoundation.org/grants-rfps/direct-care-workforce (external link)

Created by: admin. Last Modification: Tuesday 26 of July, 2011 16:27:00 EDT by EKDilla.

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The DSW Resource Center closed effective August 31, 2014. The site is being maintained as a static archive of resources through December 2014.

Please visit the CMS Workforce Page (external link) and visit our partners’ websites for additional information on or after December 31, 2014.

Check out the Winter 2014 edition of the DSW Resource Center newslettter!

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The US Department of Labor (external link) announced a new rule to the Fair Labor and Standards Act which focuses on guaranteeing minimum wage and overtime for home care workers including those in the Direct Service Workforce. This rule will go into effect January 1, 2015. The DSW Resource Center created a Home Care Rule Page with information and resources related to this announcement.

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