From the beginning of EHF, we’ve been dedicated to being transparent and measuring the true impact of our work to create healthier communities in Texas. 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 2021 Evaluation Report analyzes the results of 325 active community health investments, 181 of which we initiated in 2021, and 144 which were made in prior years and remained active during 2021. EHF’s investments include grants, research projects, and community and congregational engagement programs. Investments may be financial or non-financial in nature.
In 2021, EHF initiated $37.3 million in new financial investments. This represents a combined total of new grants, research projects, and engagement activities. In addition to these new investments, there are $39.3 million in financial investments from prior years, which were active during 2021. Our non-financial investments include a total of 34 convenings, trainings, and webinars hosted by EHF with 367 organizations represented and 900 individuals attending. In 2021, EHF directly served 50 of the 57 counties in our service area either through financial or non-financial investments.