Investing in the health of a nation requires thoughtful deliberation and vision. Grantmakers, especially those with a focus on health, play a unique role in helping support community innovation that can advance health. However, without a clear focus on what they are trying to effect, the direction they want to go with their investment, and how to accomplish their goals, how will the grant-making community ever know if it is making a difference and if it is improving health?
The United States, now more than ever, needs clear direction to create more comprehensive solutions to fragmented problems. Grantmakers play an essential role in this space and have a responsibility to further the movement currently under way to address mental health and wellness. However, without proper alignment with the community as well as other foundations, grantmakers may add to the cacophony rather than advance the movement.
Simply funding more programs is not the answer. More systemic solutions for these larger community problems need to be created, and our foundations can help lead the way. Health foundations can lay the groundwork to advance community innovation around mental health and wellness through their leadership, funding, and ongoing understanding of matching their investments with community need and ultimately connecting to policy that allows for scalability and sustainability.
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