The California Wellness Foundation has announced grants totaling $13.4 million to organizations working to respond to threats to the well-being of Californians.
Made through the foundation's Advancing Wellness program, grants were awarded to organizations working to help underrepresented groups advocate for policies that promote health and well-being; advance gun safety efforts; and assist foster and homeless youth. Recipients include the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ($50,000), Everytown for Gun Safety ($50,000), Mobilize the Immigrant Vote ($100,000), California Youth Connection ($250,000 over three years), and SchoolHouse Connection ($250,000 over three years). To help ensure the health and vitality of low- and moderate-income communities of color, the foundation also awarded grants of nearly $1.8 million over three years to the East Bay Community Foundation, $250,000 over two years to Inland Empowerment, and $250,000 over two years to Engage San Diego.
And in response to the Thomas Fire and the mudslides that followed, the foundation awarded grants of $100,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation and $50,000 to the United Way of Ventura County.
"Wellness requires having some measure of control, some way to influence the policy decisions that affect your health, and the health of your family and community," said Cal Wellness president and CEO Judy Belk. "We have deep respect for the voices of the people whose lives are at the center of every health policy — the ones who will be living with the effects of those policy decisions day after day. We are committed to supporting them through our grantmaking and by lifting our voice alongside them in advocating for equity and justice."
(Photo credit: Mobilize the Immigrant Vote)