High Impact Strategies for Health Philanthropy

posted on: April 5, 2011

Geography, poverty, literacy rates and other social factors exert greater cumulative influence on disparate health outcomes in the United States than do disease, injury or mortality.

How can health philanthropy be more effective at deploying its limited resources to address disparate health outcomes and reform the ineffective and costly health system?

In this video, NCRP Executive Director Aaron Dorfman, announces our latest report Towards Transformative Change in Health Care: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy written by award-winning health philanthropy veteran,Terri Langston.

Langston, suggests using a nuanced approach based on two high impact grantmaking strategies from Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best:

  • Including targeted means and processes within universal programs.
  • Funding significantly social justice.
Other highlights from the report include:
  • Numerous examples of foundations practicing exemplary philanthropy in their current grantmaking.
  • Practical suggestions for funders that seek to improve the effectiveness of their health grantmaking, including working collaboratively with other foundations, government and advocacy organizations, and initiating “place-based” work in their communities.
  • Discussion questions to help foundation decision-makers think through their current priorities and programs and how to make this report relevant to their work.
This is the second in a series of reports that invites grantmakers focused on specific issues to rethink their funding strategies to generate the greatest impact. A report on education philanthropy was published in October 2010. Future reports will be for funders concerned about the environment and the arts.
What do you think about the grantmaking strategies suggested in the report?

Yna C. Moore is communications director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).