Policy changes, or even the rumor of them, can happen quickly causing many in our communities to dramatically alter their behavior in ways that negatively impact their health and wellness. Health funders are increasingly interested in supporting local power building and advocacy to influence positive change on issues impacting community health - like housing or immigration policy. At our last Bay Area Health Funders Group meeting, we explored a range of strategies for engaging in advocacy work, including partnering with community foundations.
Community foundations can ease barriers for health funders to enter into advocacy work, by providing flexibility, a quick way to deploy funds, and a strong connection to local communities. After our last meeting, participants expressed interest in holding a joint strategy session focused on how community foundations and health funders can better coordinate their advocacy and community engagement work on issues that impact health, and to talk about possible alignment across the region. As we get closer to the official posting of the changes to the public charge rule, these partnerships can play an important role in supporting communities to educate, engage and act.
Join us for an interactive planning session with Bay Area community foundations and health funders to discuss opportunities for strategic partnership to advance advocacy and community engagement work in local communities.
This program is open to members of Northern California Grantmakers and non-member funders.
About the Bay Area Health Funders Group
Bay Area Health Funders Group (BAHFG) gathers in common cause toward the well-being of our communities. Funders from a spectrum of interest areas identify shared concerns and areas where they can support each other’s priorities.
Network members fund critical health issues such as access and equity and also welcome partners making investments to help build healthy communities more broadly, including nutritious foods, early childhood education, family services and environmental health.