Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation today announced that it awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to more than 900 nonprofit organizations in more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in 2016. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has granted more than $140 million in funds throughout the four states.
In 2016, more than $1.4 million in grants was distributed to the Foundation’s Healthy Food Fund initiatives within the region, with funds supporting programs that grow, distribute and/or market fresh food for low-income families and communities across the region. (See below for a summary of the Foundation’s 2016 major grant recipients.)
Healthy Food Fund grants included:
“While we are supporting community growers and markets on the supply side, we are also helping programs that build consumer demand for healthy food,” added Karen Voci, president of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. “Through cooking classes, nutrition and shopping education, as well as coupons that double a family’s purchasing power, we can continue to increase customers’ demand for the food grown right here in New England. That’s great for our health, for our environment, and for our economy.”
In addition to the $1.4 million in Healthy Food Fund grants, the Foundation also awarded $612,500 to 771 organizations in 265 communities through Harvard Pilgrim’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants program. This program enables each Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee to annually award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the charity of his or her choice. Since the inception of this employee-directed community grant program in 2002, the Foundation has contributed more than $5.2 million to thousands of organizations in the region. Areas of support have included schools, food pantries, youth development organizations, and fundraising events.
In 2016, $75,850 was awarded to non-profit partner organizations including Hands on Hartford, City Year, and Cradles to Crayons that support Harvard Pilgrim’s employee service in local communities. Harvard Pilgrim employees contributed $32,000 through the company’s annual giving campaign. These funds, along with $8,000 from the Foundation, were awarded to United Ways of New England for distribution to local non-profits. The Foundation also contributed $5,000 to the OneOrlando Fund to support victims’ families and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and $5,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.
Through the Foundation’s Health Equity Roundtable program, a $7,000 grant was provided to support Dimock Community Health’s hosting of the Health Equity Roundtable in Boston on transgender health care issues. A full report will be released in early 2017.
A summary of some of the Foundation’s 2016 major grant recipients is included below:
2016 Connecticut Grant Recipients: Total $263,197
2016 Maine Grant Recipients: Total $351,544
2016 Massachusetts Grant Recipients: Total $974,445
2016 New Hampshire Grant Recipients: $240,391
The Foundation helps build healthy communities by supporting programs that provide access to fresh, healthy food; improve the health of communities impacted by health disparities; and support Harvard Pilgrim employees as they invest their time and talents across the region.
Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve. The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation provides the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In 2016, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded more than $2.4 million in grants to more than 900 nonprofit organizations in the region. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded $140 million in funds and resources throughout the four states. For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.
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