At Northwest Health Foundation, we track our giving to communities of color, including immigrants and refugees; disability groups; culturally-specific, multi-cultural and disability-led organizations; and 501(c)(4) organizations. We also track our giving across geographies. This holds us accountable to our equity priorities and helps guide our relationship building and future grantmaking. 


Total Giving in 2018: 182 Grants totaling $3,406,818


Large vs. Small Grants

We gave 71 large grants totaling $3,251,486 in 2018, for an average large grant size of $45,796. (Large grants are more than $5,000.) These were made primarily through our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities initiative and the Health & Education Fund.

We gave 111 small grants totaling $155,332, for an average small grant size of $1,400. (Small grants are $5,000 or less.) Most of these came from the President’s Fund, Sponsorships and Oregon Active Schools.


Giving to Communities of Color: $2,874,052

67% of our grants and 84% of our grant dollars went to communities of color in 2018.

More about our grantmaking to communities of color.


Giving to Disability Communities: $281,767

8% of our grants and 8% of our grant dollars went to disability communities in 2018.

More about our disability equity work.


Giving Across Our Region

In 2018, we gave 98 grants totaling $2,101,651 to organizations within Multnomah County.

We gave 83 grants totaling $1,305,167 to organizations outside Multnomah County.

We gave 12 grants totaling $190,500 to organizations in Southwest Washington.

Northwest Health Foundation serves Oregon and five counties in Southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum).


501(c)(4) Grantmaking

In 2018, we gave 9 grants totaling $416,251 to 501(c)(4) organizations. That's 12% of our grant dollars.

The other 88% went to 501(c)(3)s.

By giving to both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, we use all the tools we have in our toolbox to improve health for everyone in Oregon and Southwest Washington.


Reflective Leadership

Northwest Health Foundation asks grant applicants to identify whether their program or organization is culturally-specific, cross-racial or multi-cultural, and/or disability-led. Definitions for these terms can be found here.

In 2018, 82 grant applicants indicated their program or organization was culturally-specific. 91 indicated their program or organization was cross-racial or multi-cultural. 10 indicated their program or organization was disability-led. 54 did not identify as any of these.