The California Wellness Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling more than $8 million as part of a multiyear initiative to protect the well-being of Californians at risk as a result of the nation's unpredictable political and social climate.
The foundation's Advance and Defend Wellness campaign is designed to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to be responsive in a rapidly changing environment by supporting programs that address the needs of immigrants, protect access to health care, strengthen the safety net, and combat hate-based violence. Since announcing the initiative in January, the foundation has awarded more than $14 million in grants, including $200,000 over eighteen months to the Detroit-based Allied Media Project for a series of short videos that will be used to increase public awareness of projects that address the link between health and anti-hate efforts in the state; $250,000 over two years to the Black Women's Health Imperative in Washington, D.C., to strengthen the reproductive health safety net and increase access to reproductive health services for vulnerable Californians; $495,000 over two years to the Sacramento-based California Primary Care Association to strengthen its advocacy and communications infrastructure in support of community health centers in California; and $600,000 over two years to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles for community organizing, legal services, and policy advocacy efforts focused on the health and well-being of immigrants in Los Angeles and California more broadly.
"The political chaos at the national level has a direct impact on the wellness of Californians. People are living in fear — fear of deportation, fear of losing health coverage, fear of violence. That's not acceptable," said Cal Wellness president and CEO Judy Belk. "As a health funder that values health as a human right, we've pushed ourselves to respond quickly and strategically to address the needs of our state’s most vulnerable people, and we continue to look for ways to partner with colleagues in philanthropy, business, and government to advance and defend the wellness of all Californians."
For a complete list of second-quarter grants, see the California Wellness Foundation website.