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First Hospital Foundation welcomes Lauren Wechsler

June 27, 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.

2017 Lipman Family Prize Awarded to Women Against Abuse

May 4, 2017 | Uncategorized

Congratulations to Women Against Abuse, the first nonprofit in Philadelphia to receive the Lipman Family Prize. The organization received the prize during an awards ceremony on April 28, 2017, for its vision and leadership in Shared Safety: Philadelphia’s response to Relational Violence, a collective impact approach. Women Against Abuse is a nonprofit agency in Philadelphia providing care and advocating for victims of domestic violence. To read more, click here.

Funders Respond to the Changing Political Environment

April 26, 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.

Meeting Goals and Tracking Outcomes: A Look at Sunday Suppers

February 22, 2017 | Uncategorized

Sunday Suppers’ Executive Director, Linda Samost, was recently featured in an interview with Generocity’s Julie Zeglen. In the interview, Samost discusses the robust outcomes-tracking process that Sunday Suppers uses to prove its programs’ effectiveness. Sunday Suppers is a food access nonprofit that provides healthy cooking classes. To read more and watch the interview, click here.

New Report Reveals Impact of ACA Repeal on Pennsylvania

February 8, 2017 | Uncategorized

The Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative (PHFC) released a data report suggesting that nearly all Pennsylvanians would be affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The report indicates the magnitude of entities affected if the ACA is repealed, including not just those who are insured through the healthcare marketplace, but those residents with private healthcare coverage, residents insured through Medicare or Medicaid, hospital employees and consumers, and beyond. With the help of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN), the report includes an attachment of stories from consumers and what a repeal of their coverage would mean for them.   For a summary of PHFC’s data and Report, click here.

Cheers to 30 Years of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project

October 13, 2016 | Grantees in the news

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer article placed Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) in the spotlight for their dedication to providing equitable housing and supports for local women and their families. The article provides a brief, but impressive, history of WCRP’s formation, which began 30 years ago. Nora Lichtash, WCRP’s Executive Director, and  Stacie Moore, the board’s co-chair, were interviewed for the article. The two are recognized as leaders in organizing women for social change through affordable development.  Read the full article here.

Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform

July 11, 2016 | Uncategorized

All are invited to the Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform, taking place at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. The event is organized by The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and will feature speakers from national and local mental health and substance use organizations. This event is open to the public. Learn more and register by clicking here.


Sunday Suppers Featured on “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

July 11, 2016 | Uncategorized

In a recent episode of the KYW podcast, “What’s Cooking on 1060!”, Sunday Suppers’ founder, Linda Samost, described the Sunday Suppers program, which brings families together around the dinner table and offers access to healthy foods, education, and a social gathering space. To hear Samost talk about this valuable program, click here

Healthy Newsworks is celebrated with award from College of Physicians of Philadelphia

May 18, 2016 | Uncategorized

Healthy Newsworks is in the spotlight this May for receiving the 2016 Organizational Public Health Recognition Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The award is given annually to recognize organizations that contribute substantially to community health in the Philadelphia area.  Healthy Newsworks was honored for “its work to promote health and literacy by engaging elementary and middle school students to address intellectually and creatively the health issues that confront their generation.” To learn more about the award, click here.

The Foundation’s 2016 Grant Cycle is Suspended

April 26, 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.

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