We know that our impact as a foundation ultimately rests on the strength of our local health ecosystem for our vision and mission to be fulfilled. Aligned with our strategic plan, we are tracking our progress towards that vision and ensuring our learning and evaluation approach reflects our goals and actions to advance racial equity and, in turn, achieve health equity in our service region.


In collaboration with health leaders in the region, we developed a framework that helps us assess how our work is creating change, addressing needs and achieving measurable impact.

This framework helps us assess how well our “talk” aligns with our “walk” by:

      • Demonstrating how we are being accountable to our mission, vision and values articulated in our strategic plan
      • Assessing and adjusting our internal and external processes to be better partners with community members
      • Sharing how we are moving the needle on issues that are impacting the region

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With our evaluation framework in hand, we have begun to dive deeper into data collected since our Foundation’s reinstitution in 2018. We collect qualitative and quantitative data at three levels to learn about the scope of conditions our partners are working in and improve our approaches, strategies and course-correct as needed.

We collect this information through:

      • Letters of inquiry, grant applications, site visits and year-end reports from grantee partners
      • Conversations with health leaders in our region
      • Collaborative tables with local funders and with residents in our service region


We aim to share our learnings and insights with our community partners and peers in philanthropy to enrich our collective understanding of what is happening at organizations serving our region’s community members and the broader health ecosystem.

Click here to access the report

We spent 2020 listening to, learning from, and collaborating with grantee partners and peer funders to direct rapid response funding to communities hardest hit by the pandemic. We understood that meeting the moment required much more. So, we turned to community to understand those needs and developed a strategic pandemic response for the next three years that has influenced how we do our grantmaking and how we move forward in partnership with community.

Our community partner insights report, “Reimagining Health & Wellness: Building an Equitable COVID-19 Recovery with Community” summarizes the experiences and challenges of nonprofit organizations and communities in our service region and examples of their resiliency during the most extraordinary circumstances of recent history. While these are hyper-local insights and reflections, many are applicable beyond our service region, including those that speak to philanthropy’s role in this moment and beyond.