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Grant-making

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Medical care can help treat the symptoms, but medical care alone wasn’t the key to improving the nail workers’ health. Instead, the solution required addressing the root causes of their problems. That’s why we embarked on an effort to use our experience and influence to improve the working conditions that were having a direct impact on the health of these women.

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Sep 28 2016

When men and mountains meet - A prevention story

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EHF program officer Jennifer Herrera shows the power of prevention that only happens when communities come together to find collaborative solutions.

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Aug 30 2016

Rethinking the nonprofit funding formula

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EHF program officer Katy Butterwick looks at the dramatic impact of improving nonprofit staff by funding operations, not just programs.

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Jun 3 2016

What to know before applying for federal grants

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Jo Carcedo, EHF's VP for Grants, has important tips and advice for nonprofits considering applying for federal grant money.

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Feb 29 2016

UPDATE: Closing the mental health care gap in East Texas

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See how the Foundation's partnership with Seminary of the Southwest and Burke is already working to help fill the need for quality mental health services in East Texas.

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Dec 3 2015

Can philanthropy and government work together?

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EHF explores how working with a government agency can impact social issues.

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Aug 3 2015

Taking Stock

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We’re six months into executing on our first strategic operating plan, 18 months into my tenure, a little over two years into our actual existence, and I’m taking stock.

 

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Jul 15 2015

Filling the "Rural" Void

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A new federal study shows rural areas get a small share of foundation grants across the country.  EHF hopes to change that in Texas.

 

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May 21 2015

Spreading Transformation - the One Simple Way You Can Help

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We just announced our first-ever grant partners. But what's the one thing they have in common that we'd like to improve? See how you can help spread positive change and transformation to community health across Texas.

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Apr 16 2015

What Makes a Good Grant Proposal? Part II: Decision-making Variables

Grant workshop for web.jpgIn keeping with the theme of what makes a good grant proposal, I want to share with you some of the variables we consider in our decision-making. Those variables can be categorized into five broad areas: alignment, organization overview, finances, administration, and strength of the proposal.

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Apr 8 2015

Why Strategic Philanthropy Makes a Difference

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EHF embraces an emerging thread of philanthropy that utilizes strategic planning, evaluation, and learning systems. We want to be accountable for the resources we steward, and we believe communities deserve that kind of accountability. But how does strategic philanthropy differ from non-strategic philanthropy?

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Mar 23 2015

Vulnerable Populations - What Makes Flowers Bloom?

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Flowers, like people, come in so many beautiful forms. They are resilient and strong with an inner desire to bloom to the fullest potential.  So, how do we help vulnerable populations "bloom" when it comes to community health?

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Feb 18 2015

What Makes a Good Grant Proposal?

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Since launching the grant-making system at the Episcopal Health Foundation, I am frequently asked by prospective applicants, “What constitutes a good grant proposal?”  Is it writing a good statement of need or utilizing SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic or relevant, and time-oriented) objectives? Still other questions have focused on matters of alignment—typically asked something like this: since EHF funds community-based primary care, and I’m a community-based primary care provider, that’s alignment—right?

Not necessarily.

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