“From the beginning, we’ve been dedicated to being transparent and measuring the true impact of our work to create healthier communities in Texas,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “We publish our evaluation reports because we want to be accountable as a health philanthropy.”
Episcopal Health Foundation conducts an annual evaluation of its work for two primary purposes. First, as an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) and a public charity, EHF strives to be transparent about and accountable for the use of the abundant resources entrusted to us. Second, we want to learn from our previous experience about how to improve our work and increase our impact going forward, especially in the context of implementing our Strategic Plan.
The 2020 Evaluation Report analyzes the results of 397 active community health investments, 220 of which we initiated in 2020, and 177 which were made in prior years and remained active during 2020. Foundation investments include grants, research projects, and community and congregational engagement programs. Investments may be financial or non-financial in nature.
In 2020, EHF initiated $23.3 million in new financial investments. This represents a combined total of new grants, research projects, engagement activities, and contracts facilitated by the president’s office. In addition to these new investments, there are $62.7 million in financial investments from prior years, which were active during 2020. Our non-financial investments included a total of 31 convenings, trainings, and webinars hosted by EHF with 262 organizations represented and 879 individuals attending. In 2020, EHF directly served 54 of the 57 counties in our service area either through financial or non-financial investments.
As EHF faced COVID-19, we stayed true to our mission, yet we also had to be flexible in this unpredictable and frequently changing environment. We set up two supplemental funding cycles for a total of $6 million, and we offered non-financial support to grantees as well. We are on a journey and will continue to learn and document small wins and inevitable missteps. We learned lessons about communication, relationships and partnership. We recognize that philanthropy cannot meet the needs of our communities alone, but through collaboration, funders can serve to mitigate some of the early challenges.