Name of Foundation: California Wellness Foundation
Location: Woodland Hills, Calif.
Contact info: www.calwellness.org Phone: (818) 702-1900
Coverage Area: California
Subject Area: Health
Assets: $794 million
Last Year Total Giving: $41 million
In a nutshell: The California Wellness Foundation was founded in 1992, a byproduct of insurance company Health Net’s conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status. The foundation was created to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
The foundation specifically targets youth within its Teenage Pregnancy Prevention account. Prior grantees include organizations that provide outreach activities for reproductive health care, access to contraceptive services, and comprehensive programs for pregnant and/or parenting teens.
An emphasis is placed on funding peer-provider clinics and other reproductive health organizations that work with high-risk, sexually active, underserved teen populations. TCWF also funds organizations that provide leadership development activities for reproductive health care workers and organizations that inform policymakers and opinion leaders about the issue of teen pregnancy.
Other programs that address youth issues fall within the Violence Prevention program. Grants generally are awarded for mentoring programs, gang intervention programs, re-entry programs, community-based violence prevention programs and after-school programs. An emphasis is placed on organizations that work with gang affiliated and previously incarcerated youth.
The foundation is led by Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H., who led the state’s Department of Health Services under former California Gov. Gray Davis.
Diversity in the Health Professions
Teenage Pregnancy Prevention
Work and Health
How to Apply: The Foundation accepts 1-2 page Letters of Interest, outlining the proposed project. LOI must indicate which area of funding the project falls under. For more information, click here.
Recent News and Grant making:
Grants, Mid Year 2013