List of National and Local Foundations Focusing on Behavioral Health and Disparities

List of National and Local Foundations Focusing on Behavioral Health and Disparities

Aetna Foundation -- The Aetna Foundation is currently focusing its grant making on issues that improve health and the healthcare system in three areas. The first focus is Healthy Eating and Active Living, primarily built around bridging the gap between kids and good nutrition; creating momentum for a healthier generation; and encouraging healthy habits in a housing ommunity. The second is Health Care Equity, which is bringing together bright minds to take on inequities and investigating differences in how health care is delivered to racial and ethnic minorities.  The final focus is Innovation in Underserved Communities, which explores if multilingual and culturally-linguistic recipies and nutrition data can influence people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and diet and if performing large-scale health and social problem data analysis can improve care coordination and identify issues affecting health. For more information on these three program areas click here.

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation -- The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation annually accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that meet one of the foundation's two basic purposes — to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society. Grants are awarded only to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and must have the potential of helping American children in a large geographic area (more than one state).

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation -- Through their Closing the Gap on Health Care Disparities Program , the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations seeking to address health care disparities in Massachusetts communities. The Foundation will support initiatives that take a comprehensive and innovative approach for improving access and reducing barriers to quality health care and support services for groups experiencing specific health disparities.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation -- The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation focuses on reducing health disparities around the world.  One of their priorities in the US is to reduce mental health disparities by building health care and support services for patients at the community level.

CIGNA Foundation -- The CIGNA Foundation defines its activities in terms of four primary impact areas. Potential grantees will be expected to demonstrate how their activities positively impact one of these areas: 1) Promoting Wellness: Building awareness, helping people manage their health challenges and making health services available and affordable for all; 2) Expanding Opportunities: Reaching across barriers – be they based on gender, ethnicity or physical condition – to tap the talents of every person; 3)Developing Leaders: Supporting the type of community service that gives talented individuals the experience to become future leaders; 4) Embracing Communities: Connecting neighbors to create networks that will address the complex social and environmental challenges we all face.

Commonwealth Fund -- The Commonwealth Fund has nine program areas this fiscal year, the Fellowship in Minority Health focuses on creating physician-leaders who will pursue careers in minority health and health policy.

Connecticut Health Foundation -- Through their Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Initiative the Connecticut Health Foundation funds Connecticut-based organizations with programs that: 1. Create public will to decrease racial and ethnic health disparities in access and treatment; 2. Improve the quality of systems that enhance patient-provider interactions in order to promote health equity.

Hanley Family Foundation -- The Hanley Family Foundation provides funds nation-wide to organizations that advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism, chemical dependency and addictive behavior, including support for related research and education.

Health Trust -- Based in California, the Health Trust funds organizations that directly benefit residents of Santa Clara County and/or Northern San Benito County.  Through their Healthy Communities Initiative, the Health Trust funds organizations that work to reduce health disparities.

Hogg Foundation -- The Hogg Foundation has a focus on improving the mental well-being of all Texans and places emphasis on cultural and linguistically competence in mental health care.  They fund fellowships and scholarships to develop the mental health care workforce.  For more information click here.

MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation -- Based in Massachusetts, the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation funds programs that serve the MetroWest area of Massachusetts.  Through their Racial and Ethnic Disparities Initiative they fund programs wishing to become a part of an ongoing, community-wide and collaborative effort to reduce health disparities in the MetroWest area.

NCB Capital Impact -- In its Innovative Community Lending for health care project NCB Capital Impact provides flexible financing solutions that successfully preserve and expand affordable health care and behavioral care for low-income families across the country.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- RWJF funds programs across the country that support their seven program areas.  One of their program areas focuses upon Vulnerable Populations and funds programs committed to meeting the emerging health needs of communities by identifying smarter, cost-effective ways to address problems of the most vulnerable.  RWJF seeks new and different partners to expand their reach that can bring smart, innovative solutions to America's communities.

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland -- Based in Cleveland, Ohio the Sisters of Charity Foundation funds organizations serving Cleveland citizens in one of its focus areas, one of which includes Health Disparities.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation -- Based in Massachusetts, this foundation funds Massachusetts based programs that improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being of older adults, with a focus on eliminating disparities.

Walmart Foundation -- Under their National Giving Program, one of the Walmart Foundation's focus areas includes Health & Wellness which focuses on improving access to health care, reducing health care disparities and promoting healthy lifestyles.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation -- In the United States the W.K. Kellogg foundation has as one of its focuses, Food, Health and Well-Being.  This focus area has as one of its emphases to foster stress mitigation and reduction efforts (physical activities, violence prevention) designed to improve mental health and well-being, and create conditions that support mental and physical well-being of marginalized children and families.