California Wellness Announce $6 Million to Advance, Defend Wellness

The California Wellness Foundation has announced an initial round of grants totaling more than $6 million to organizations working to respond to immediate and emerging threats to the well-being of Californians.

To that end, the foundation has prioritized four areas through its Advancing Wellness program — the needs of immigrants, access to health care, bolstering the safety net, and preventing hate-based violence. Grant recipients include Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, which was awarded $195,000 over twenty-seven months to expand its efforts to improve access to health and dental coverage and care for underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders; the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, which will receive $250,000 over two years in support of its community organizing activities and outreach to policy makers, advocates, and opinion leaders; Charitable Ventures of Orange County, Inc., which was awarded $150,000 over two years for Resilience Orange County, a coalition of grassroots organizations working to develop common policy goals and strategies to advance immigration and violence prevention policy reforms; and the Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network, which will receive $200,000 over two years to provide leadership training and technical assistance to organizations working to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are victims of harassment and violence in their schools.

In addition to the grants, the foundation announced that it will leverage $50 million of its endowment for program- and mission-related investments over the next five years to advance its efforts to protect and promote the health and wellness of all Californians.

"When the communities we serve are under attack, we take action," said Cal Wellness president and CEO Judy Belk. "The disruptive and dangerous changes in immigration policy and the attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have brought a season of suffering in which our most vulnerable residents struggle to protect themselves. That’s why we've committed all of our resources — our grantmaking dollars, our financial investments, and our voice — to advance and defend wellness."