Rx Foundation’s Executive Director, Jennie Riley, recently joined Exponent Philanthropy’s The Catalytic Philanthropy podcast to discuss how the Foundation pivoted to funding Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement to advance health justice in 2019.
Listen to both parts of “How a Small Foundation Builds Communities’ Power to Advance Health Justice, by Supporting Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement”
Pivoting to Advocacy and Organizing: Changing Grantmaking Tactics in Service of Our Core Mission
In an article originally written for Exponent Philanthropy’s Blog in July 2021, Executive Director of the Rx Foundation, Jennie Riley, shares how the Foundation has pivoted to funding Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement.
In the first 18 years, the Rx Foundation made over $20 million in grants to support innovative leaders and projects, largely based within the health care delivery system. While many of those grants were impactful, we saw the limits of programmatic changes in broadly improving health care quality and access.
The Building Capacity for Health Advocacy program was a big shift and logical next step for a foundation established in 2002 by a family in Boston who had a national vision of “a prescription for better health care.”
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