Funding Priorities – The Health Equity Model*
*(adapted with permission from the Colorado Department of Public Health)
The Foundation wholly embraces the tenet upheld in 1948 by the World Health Organization in its constitution — “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Our grant-making efforts are prioritized among three funding areas, each with specific goals: Health and Health Care, Quality of Life, as it pertains to Health, and Education. To achieve the most meaningful return on its grant investments within these priority areas, the Foundation encourages eligible nonprofit organizations to develop sustainable projects that will significantly impact the status of health and quality of life, as it pertains to health, within the service area.
Health and Health Care
Our goal is for the people of our region to have access to the quality health care providers, medical treatment and knowledge they need to be well. We believe that good health and healthcare are critical keys to the future of our region.
Therefore, we support activities and organizations that work to provide or promote access to medical, dental and behavioral health care, medication, treatment, health screening, quality of care improvements, and prevention and wellness education.
Quality of Life, as it pertains to Health
Our goal is to invest in a healthy, productive, safe and vibrant community. We believe that quality of life, as it pertains to health, is an important factor in the overall health, well-being and future of our region.
Therefore, we support activities and organizations that work to address needs in human service areas that are pertinent to good health such as youth development, senior issues, domestic violence, patient and family support services, and disaster relief.
Our goal is to improve the educational standards and opportunities in our region. We believe that investing in education today, particularly for our youth, will ensure an improved state of health and quality of life, as it pertains to health, for the future of our region.
Therefore, we support programs, activities and organizations that work to promote and enhance pre-kindergarten, K-12 and special education initiatives, as well as adult education, medical literacy and nonprofit organizational sustainability.