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In This Report, You’ll Learn
How health foundations engage their local communities.
If these foundations are prepared for leadership changes.
Steps health foundations are taking to ensure ethical behavior.
Basic stats on the 185 foundations created by health care conversions.
This report provides an update on health foundations created by health care conversions. It shares new information on how these foundations plan for the future, institute governance policies and interact with their communities.
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Wanted: An in-depth look at how health care conversion foundations operate and engage the communities they serve
Grantmakers in Health (GIH) has identified 185 health care conversion foundations, which held combined assets of about $21.5 billion in 2006. For this report, GIH asked officials from these foundations to answer 67 questions about how they set priorities, how they are planning for the future and what they’re doing to promote ethical, accountable behavior. More than 100 foundations participated in the survey.
Findings & Stats
Just over half of responding foundations have a policy for whistleblower protection.
75% of respondents report a moderate to high level of regular community involvement in their foundation’s program planning and priority setting.
More than 50% of responding foundations expect a leadership change in the next decade, yet just 21% have a written succession plan in place.
Statements & Quotations
Foundations created by health care conversions are actively soliciting information about community health and are shaping their work based on what they find.
Conversion foundations can be expected to continue to be a vital force in health philanthropy and will continue to make important contributions to the health of the people and communities they serve.
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