What are foundations doing?
- Large U.S. foundations committed nearly $5 billion for health in 2007
- Of the nearly $5 billion, 60% was spent domestically
- Giving for health has more than doubled domestically since 1997 and jumped more than 16-fold internationally, largely due to the Gates Foundation
- Health received the 2nd largest share of foundation support in 2007
What are the big questions?
- How is the funding being spent?
- What innovative programs and initiatives are being funded?
- What impact is it having?
Demonstrating effectiveness by measuring success
- Eradicating Tropical Diseases
Institute for OneWorld Health was the first U.S. nonprofit drug company. Supported by the Skoll Foundation, it develops affordable medicines to combat diseases of the developing world.
- Improving Maternal Health in
The MacArthur Foundation supported Pathfinder International’s Continuum of Care Project developing high-outcome low-tech solutions reducing deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage in India and Nigeria by as much as 60%.
- Expanding Access to Health Care for Children
Colorado Trust and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment helped launch the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics' School-based Health Center in Aurora, CO, serving a student population that was 75% uninsured.
- Expanding Access to Health Care for
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) and SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved Through Regional Collaboration) launched the “Vote & Vax” Project to increase flu vaccination rates for older and other at-risk Americans by partnering with local public health providers and election authorities to operate vaccination clinics at polling places on Election Day.