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First Hospital Foundation welcomes Lauren Wechsler

June 27th, 2017 | Foundation news

The First Hospital Foundation welcomes Lauren Wechsler as its new program director. In this role, Lauren will be responsible for the planning, design, and implementation of the foundation’s strategic grant initiatives. She will also build and maintain productive relationships with partner nonprofits and communities to further develop understanding of health disparities and the foundation’s role in addressing them.

Lauren has ten years of experience in program and policy development and implementation, with a particular emphasis on capacity building, community engagement, and applied research. Most recently, she managed the federal Building Neighborhood Capacity Program at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington DC. Her prior experience includes serving as senior associate for the Economic Mobility Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts and as coordinator for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford University and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. A native of the Philadelphia area, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Public Purpose at the William Penn Charter School.

Funders Respond to the Changing Political Environment

April 26th, 2017 | Foundation news

In an article posted by Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, First Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director, Ann Marie Healy, along with Mailee Walker of the Claneil Foundation and Jennifer Leith of the Douty Foundation, were interviewed by Karen Race of the Claneil Foundation for an article focused on local funders responding to the changing political climate. As changes in policies and funding from the government are shifting, funders are grappling with how best respond to the increasing needs of nonprofits. The article describes that approach taken by three foundations in the Philadelphia region. Click here for the full article.

The Foundation’s 2016 Grant Cycle is Suspended

April 26th, 2016 | Foundation news

The First Hospital Foundation will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year.  In its first  19 years of existence, the First Hospital Foundation has made 278 grants to 157 nonprofits totaling $19.5 million.

We are now engaged in a strategic planning process that will continue through 2016.  This process will serve a variety of purposes.  Primary among these is to maximize our grantmaking in the current health care environment. We are exploring opportunities to improve our processes and to measure our impact on the health of the community.  During this process, the Foundation’s Board and staff will be concentrating our efforts on developing a sound strategy that allows everyone the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.

We will be focusing most of our efforts on the planning process described above; therefore, the Foundation is suspending its 2016 grant cycle. We will not be accepting grant applications this year. 

We will announce our new grantmaking strategy in early 2017.

The Foundation welcomes new Grants Administrator, Kyra Sanborn

December 15th, 2015 | Foundation news

First Hospital Foundation has hired Kyra Sanborn as its new Grants Administrator, where she will be responsible for grantmaking operations through all stages of the process. Kyra joins the Foundation with a background in communications, having worked primarily with international college student at a property management company. She is a recent Temple University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications and a minor in cognitive neuroscience. In her free time, Kyra enjoys outdoor activities, playing music, and figure skating.

2015 Grant Awards

December 9th, 2015 | Foundation news

We are pleased to announce that on December 7, 2015, the Board of Directors of the First Hospital Foundation Foundation awarded over $1.6 million in grants to 46 nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Read more here.



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