(Philadelphia, PA) – The Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness announces six grantees to receive $5,000 planning grants and an opportunity for implementation funding in the fall. Each grantee represents a partnership between two organizations collaborating to deliver a program which aims to improve behavioral health outcomes for immigrants and/or refugees in Philadelphia.
The Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness is designed to alter the traditional process of philanthropic giving. In this innovative approach, representatives from community-based, immigrant-serving organizations comprise a Community Advisory Board who define the grantmaking strategy. Community Advisory Board member organizations include ACANA, AFAHO, HIAS PA, La Puerta Abierta, Nationalities Service Center, Puentes de Salud, Southeast by Southeast (a Mural Arts program), SEAMAAC, and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.
The Community Advisory Board also nominated Decision Making Group to administer the Fund. The Decision Making Group includes Erika Guadalupe Núñez, Ujjwala Maharjan, Selina Morales, Peter Pedemonti, Ludy Soderman, Cathi Tillman, Koutou Tou, and Layla Ware de Luria. These individuals evaluated the 20 applications received by the Fund and selected grantees.
By asking service providers and community organizations to not only inform a funding process but to actually drive it, the Community Fund shifts the power dynamic in the funder-grantee relationship.
“The grantmaking process brought together the best ideas, experiences and visions of the committee members, with an unwavering commitment to represent the voices of immigrant community members,” says Cathi Tillman, Executive Director of La Puerta Abierta and a member of both the Community Advisory Board and Decision Making Group. “Our collaboration was driven by the input and feedback of the community itself. Thus, participatory grantmaking is truly moving community engagement from vision to reality.”
Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness planning grantees include:
In addition to the $5,000 grants, grantees will participate in a 12-week planning period with training and consultation in program planning and evaluation. “Planning takes time and requires resources,” says Joe Pyle, President of the Scattergood Foundation. “At the direction of our Community Advisory Board, a process was developed to give organizations the time and space to create robust plans so that programs can be delivered successfully.”
Grantees will also have the opportunity to take part in a Community of Practice, which will begin after implementation grants are made in the fall. The Community of Practice will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to share best practices and make recommendations for broader systems change.
The Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness is supported by the Scattergood Foundation, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and Patricia Kind Family Foundation. The work of the Fund is facilitated by the Scattergood Foundation.
For more information, please contact Caitlin O’Brien, Special Projects Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org