EVERYONE deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life. Unfortunately, many of us face barriers to health every day. That's why Northwest Health Foundation makes grants to community-led organizations, forges partnerships with like-minded funders and advocates for policy change. We believe these are some of the best ways to eliminate those barriers and improve life for everyone in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

We gauge all of our work against our equity priorities and guiding principles.


GRANTMAKING

In 2016, we made $3,232,203 in grants.

This included:

Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Collaborative members gather in Astoria, Oregon.

Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Collaborative members gather in Astoria, Oregon.

$850,000 to our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Collaboratives. They're using the funds to build power for kids & families in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

$75,000 to The Oregon Community Foundation for Improving Dental Health and $100,000 to Playworks Pacific Northwest to expand into new communities, both as part of Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Cultivate Success.

$132,100 to various community-led advocacy efforts and organizations as part of Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities Equip Voices.

$1,706,600 to our final round of Kaiser Permanente Community Fund partners, who work toward creating a vibrant, healthy and fulfilling future for everyone.

$159,000 to Oregon schools through Oregon Active Schools to support programs that inspire a lifelong love of physical activity.

$75,000 to organizations and convenings selected by our President and CEO Nichole June Maher as part of the President's Opportunity Fund.

$74,000 in sponsorships to support community building gatherings and celebrations, fundraisers, conferences, networking and happy hours, job fairs, film festivals, workshops and other events.

 

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

A community Visit to Ontario, Oregon.

A community Visit to Ontario, Oregon.

In 2016, we hosted two Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities gatherings with Community Collaboratives, in Astoria, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Over 75 Collaborative members, NWHF staff and board participated in each one, and the room reflected our region’s kids in a way most decision-making rooms never do.   

We hosted a gathering of over 120 Kaiser Permanente Community Fund and systems partners at Muslim Educational Trust’s Community and Educational Center in Tigard, Oregon. Past and current funded partners had the opportunity to celebrate and share their successes, as well as network with each other and think about future steps they might take.

We deepened our outreach for Oregon Active Schools with Nike and Kaiser Permanente, visiting elementary school campuses throughout the state, maintaining relationships with existing Active Schools, and encouraging new schools to apply for funding.

We continued planning with committed partners for a new health and education initiative, which we'll launch in 2017.

We furthered our partnership with Northwest Area Foundation, working together to design a future funding opportunity, which will focus on the intersection of health and economic opportunity.

We participated in panels and spoke at events throughout our region and the country, including Grantmakers in Health and Philanthropy Northwest's annual conferences, as well as other local and regional leadership conferences; national conversations on equity; City Club of Portland Friday Forums; award receptions and ceremonies; college convocations and more.

We convened leaders of color and white allies to plan intentional programming to strengthen trust and collaboration across organizations and communities.

 

ADVOCACY

Storytime with kids and parents at Adelante Mujeres.

Storytime with kids and parents at Adelante Mujeres.

In 2016, we continued to lobby in Salem and build relationships with policymakers, while doggedly ensuring our 2015 legislation was implemented with communities’ best interests in mind.

We supported three key electoral achievements: an affordable housing levy in Vancouver, an affordable housing bond in Portland, and Career Tech in All Oregon High Schools (Measure 98).

We supported the work of Amplify to train and prepare candidates of color to run for office. Several Amplify candidates won local and state races in November’s election, resulting in one of the most racially diverse legislatures in Oregon’s history.

We supported statewide efforts to quash anti-immigrant ballot measures, keeping them from ever reaching voters.

We visited offices and meeting rooms throughout the region to remind partners and state agencies who our children and families are, and why they should be included in making decisions and designing solutions.

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY & CAPACITY

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Third place winning entry in the Equity Illustrated Design Contest, Designed by Matt Kinshella.

Third place winning entry in the Equity Illustrated Design Contest, Designed by Matt Kinshella.

We hosted Beyond Access: Disability Justice 101, a workshop led by activist Stacey Milbern. Stacey also joined us at our October board retreat to work more closely with board members, as well as our leadership and program team staff, on furthering our disability equity work.

We published Striving for Disability Equity, a series of four blogs addressing our organizational ableism and what we’re doing to confront it.

We partnered with Meyer Memorial Trust on the Equity Illustrated design contest.

We said goodbye to our colleague Fannie Black and welcomed a new grant administrator, Shannon Duff.

We asked our staff and board how they identify and shared the results widely. We did this because we believe the staff and board of an organization should reflect the communities it serves, and we want to hold ourselves accountable to attracting and retaining diverse staff and board members. Diverse cultural, linguistic and community identities make organizations stronger, smarter and more effective.

We deepened our national relationships at conferences hosted by Grantmakers in Health, Philanthropy Northwest, Democracy Alliance, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, The Communications Network, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Neighborhood Funders Group, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and several others.

We criss-crossed our region to attend partners’ events and visit communities.

We filled our community meeting rooms at the Center for Philanthropy almost every day in 2016. Thousands of people met, fundraised and celebrated in our spaces, using the rooms for everything from staff retreats to naturalization ceremonies to campaign launch parties.


2016 FUNDED PARTNERS

KAISER PERMANENTE COMMUNITY FUND

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area
Community Alliance of Tenants
Disability Art and Culture Project
Evolve Workforce & Property Management
Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington
Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Oregon Health Care Interpreters Association
The Trauma Healing Project
Western States Center

Sponsorships

Adelante Mujeres
Airway Science for Kids
Amamantar y Migrar
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon
Amplify
Asian American Youth Leadership Conference
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Bay Area Hospital
Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley
CAPACES Leadership Institute
CAUSA Oregon
Clark County Latino Youth Conference
Coalition of Communities of Color
Coalition of Community Health Clinics
Community Alliance of Tenants
David's Harp
Daybreak Youth Services
Disability Art and Culture Project
Drexel H. Foundation
Edúcate Ya
Elkton Community Education Center
Eugene/Springfield NAACP
Familias en Acción
Family Access Network Foundation
Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic
Friends of the Children of the Klamath Basin
Greater Smiles
Harney District Hospital
Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Centers
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Hope Rising
I Have a Dream Foundation Oregon
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe
La Clinica del Valle
Latino Network
Legacy Health Foundation
LGBTQ Community Center
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Maslow Project
Momentum Alliance
Native American Youth & Family Center
North by Northeast Community Health Center
Northwest Down Syndrome Association
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
Oregon Child & Family Services Council
Oregon Child Development Coalition - Ontario
Oregon Community Health Workers Association
Oregon Oral Health Coalition
Oregon Public Health Institute
Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition
Outside the Frame
PFLAG Pendleton
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
Playworks
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center
Portland Two Spirit Society
Rogue Pack
Safety and Justice Action Fund
Samaritan Health Services
Self Enhancement, Inc.
South Lane Mental Health Services
Southern Oregon Education Service District
Spect-Actors Collective
Street Roots

HB+HC Communities Collaborate

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Coalition of Communities of Color
EUVALCREE
Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon
Healthy Living Collaborative of Southwest Washington
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
Let's Talk Diversity Coalition
Lower Columbia Hispanic Council
Momentum Alliance
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

HB+HC Cultivate success & equip voices

Amplify
Bring Vancouver Home
CAUSA Oregon
Coalition of Communities of Color
Committee for Safe, Stable and Affordable Homes
Oregon Latino Health Coalition
Oregon Voice
Playworks
Safety and Justice Action Fund
The Oregon Community Foundation

President's opportunity fund

African Youth and Community Organization
CAUSA Oregon
Centro Cultural de Washington County
Centro de Ayuda
Centro Latino Americano
Chinook Indian Nation
City Club of Portland
Coalition of Communities of Color
Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue River
Disability Art and Culture Project
Eugene & Springfield Asian Council
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
KairosPDX
Lotus Rising Project
Mano A Mano Family Center
MRG Foundation
Muslim Educational Trust
North by Northeast Community Health Center
Our Town Our Kids
PHAME Academy
Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon
Portland Latino Gay Pride
Portland Two Spirit Society
Radio Tierra
Reaching and Empowering All People, Inc.
Sankofa Collective Northwest
The Next Door, Inc.
Verde