We fund organizations and projects which disrupt our current behavioral health space and create impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.
We support local grassroots organizations that are working to advance recommendations outlined in the Think Bigger Do Good Policy Series.
Our participatory grantmaking alters the traditional process of philanthropic giving by empowering service providers and community-based organizations to define the strategy around a specific issue area or population.
We provide funds at below-market interest rates that can be particularly useful to start, grow, or sustain a program, or when results cannot be achieved with grant dollars alone.
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November is National Family Caregivers Month and a time to recognize and appreciate unpaid caregivers for everything they do. This month, Alyson Ferguson, Chief of Operating Officer at the Scattergood Foundation, reflects on her role as a family caregiver.
Being a caregiver for a family member or loved one with a mental health and/or substance use disorder is a special and unique responsibility. You may choose the role, or it may be thrust upon you. To be honest, it is exhausting, scary, and all-consuming. But it can also be rewarding, and bring you closer to your loved one than ever before.
On September 13, 2020, my sister-in-law celebrated two years of sobriety. She is an amazing person and an inspiration to all in her life. Her journey to sobriety was long, hard, and at many times circular. She experienced relapses, provider changes, inpatient stays, partial hospitalization, recovery homes, and more. The only thing during her active use period that didn’t change was the constant sense of worry from her brother and me.
I firmly believe in the saying, “You will worry yourself to death.” I felt the effects of worrying; I didn’t sleep, I was irritable and depressed. I couldn’t find joy in my typical pleasurable activities. While at sporting events, on vacation, or having family meals, I would find myself wishing my sister-in-law was there. When she was there, I was nervous about saying something or doing something to trigger her and cause a relapse. I felt myself on the path of worrying myself to death.
After a few months, I found a few coping mechanisms that helped:
Being a caregiver is like playing a team sport. You must: practice your coping skills, train your mind and body for the endurance challenge, rely on your teammates, and know when you need to sit on the sidelines.