OK, folks. We are looking for conversation partners…. Won’t you take a minute to share your ideas and thoughts with us after you read this? This week’s topic…
Impact: Three ideas for driving transformational change through joint learning
People sometimes comment that I have an intriguing (if not downright “cool”) title: VP for Impact. Usually it opens up a conversation about EHF’s vision, how we understand our responsibilities as a philanthropy, and how we can engage continual learning to have better impact in moving towards that vision over time.
What is Community Engagement (CE)? The term was given a formal definition by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back in 1997. It is “a process of working collaboratively with groups of people who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests, or similar situations with respect to issues affecting their wellbeing.” This work begins with locating the right groups and then building a collaboration that will engage them and build local action. Why should it matter to the Episcopal Health Foundation? It matters because it works.
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?
This is the first post on the Episcopal Health Foundation’s brand new V1SION blog. The purpose of our blog is expand on our one vision (V1SION) of transformation to healthy communities for all. We believe to transform community health, it means changing the way philanthropy traditionally works. So, we want you to know what we’re doing—the projects we’re working on, the conversations we’re having, the questions we’re wrestling with each step along the way.