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. This holds us accountable to our equity priorities and helps guide our relationship building and future grantmaking. 


Total Giving in 2017: 218 Grants totaling $1,281,048


Large vs. Small Grants

We gave 22 large grants totaling $1,018,798 in 2017, for an average large grant size of $46,309. (Large grants are more than $5,000.) These were made primarily through our Healthy Beginnings+Healthy Communities initiative.

We gave 196 small grants totaling $262,250, for an average small grant size of $1,338. (Small grants are $5,000 or less.) Most of these came from Sponsorships and Oregon Active Schools.


Giving to Communities of Color: $1,088,779

3 out of every 5 grants, and more than 4 out of every 5 grant dollars, went to communities of color in 2017.

More about our grantmaking to communities of color.


Giving to Disability Communities: $58,425

1 out of every 10 grants, and 1 out of every 20 grant dollars, went to disability communities in 2017.

More about our disability equity work.


501(c)(4) Grantmaking

In 2017, we gave 13 grants totaling $244,000 to 501(c)(4) organizations. That's 1 out of every 5 of our grantmaking dollars. 

The other 4 out of 5 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.