The Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $3.9 million, increasing its total giving for 2016 to more than $29 million.
The grants are intended to help advance the foundation's mission to improve health equity and end domestic violence in California. Recipients include California State University, Sacramento, which was awarded $50,000 to provide logistical support for the Let's Get Healthy California Innovation Conference 2017 at the university's College of Continuing Education; the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which will receive $100,000 in support of outreach efforts to identify clients for the AIM Healthy Fund and disseminate learnings with respect to how flexible loan capital can enable community-based organizations to expand their services; the Asian Women's Shelter, which was awarded $86,000 to pilot, evaluate, and scale a multi-lingual training program that builds the capacity of bilingual domestic violence advocates in the state; and the Commonwealth Club, which will receive $50,000 to advance public narratives around health and safety by engaging influencers and citizens on prevention-related issues.
"In the face of looming changes and challenges, this quarter represented an incredibly productive period for the foundation and our grantees. We will continue to work together toward our long-term goals, defend the significant progress that has already been made, and recommit to our values more firmly than ever," said Blue Shield of California Foundation president and CEO Peter Long. "The innovations, ideas, and collaborations supported by this quarter's grants will be paramount to our ongoing success as we navigate the road ahead."
For a complete list of fourth-quarter grants, see the Blue Shield of California Foundation website.