Get Involved

Become a Thought Partner

Partner with us to produce thought leadership that moves the needle on behavioral healthcare.

Other options to get involved

Thank you!

We received your information and will be in contact soon!

More Think Work

Get Involved

Engage Us as Consultants

Need help building capacity within your organization to drive transformational change in behavioral health? Contact us to learn more about our services available on a sliding fee scale.

Other options to get involved

Thank you!

We reiceived your information and will be in contact soon!

More Think Work

Get Involved

Seeking Support

Select from one of the funding opportunities below to learn more or apply.

Other options to get involved


We fund organizations and projects which disrupt our current behavioral health space and create impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.

Participatory Funds

Our participatory funds alter traditional grantmaking by shifting power
to impacted communities to direct resources and make funding decisions.

Special Grant Programs

We build public and private partnerships to administer grant dollars toward targeted programs.

Program Related Investments

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.

Get Involved

Tia Burroughs Clayton, MSS
Learning and Community Impact Consultant

Add some text here

Alyson Ferguson, MPH
Chief Operating Officer

Contact Alyson about grantmaking, program related investments, and the paper series.

Vivian Figueredo, MPA
Learning and Community Impact Consultant

Derrick M. Gordon, PhD
Learning and Community Impact Consultant

Add some text here

Georgia Kioukis, PhD
Learning and Community Impact Consultant

Add some text here

Samantha Matlin, PhD
Senior Learning & Community Impact Consultant

Contact Samantha about program planning and evaluation consulting services.

Caitlin O'Brien, MPH
Director of Learning & Community Impact

Contact Caitlin about the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness, the Annual Innovation Award, and trauma-informed programming.

Joe Pyle, MA

Contact Joe about partnership opportunities, thought leadership, and the Foundation’s property.

Nadia Ward, MEd, PhD
Learning and Community Impact Consultant

Add some text here

Bridget Talone, MFA
Grants Manager for Learning and Community Impact

Add some text here

Hitomi Yoshida, MSEd
Graduate Fellow

Add some text here

Ashley Feuer-Edwards, MPA
Learning and Community Impact Consultant

Add some text here

Mindful Philanthropy​ Launches

May 28, 2020

For Immediate Release

May 28, 2020

Mindful Philanthropy
1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

For information, contact:

(901) 205-9484

Mindful Philanthropy​ launches to expand informed giving to mental health, addiction, and community well-being initiatives.

New non-profit’s goal is to increase high-impact philanthropy by connecting grantmakers and donors to knowledge, funding opportunities, and networks.

Philadelphia (May 28, 2020) M​indful Philanthropy, the only national resource of its kind, aims to significantly expand philanthropy for mental health, addiction, and community well​-​being initiatives. Barbara Ricci, nationally recognized mental health advocate, has been named Founding Executive Director. Seed funders include The John Heller Fund, Well Being Trust, Peg’s Foundation, and The Scattergood Foundation. The non-profit has identified three primary channels to achieve their goal:

  • – Maximizing donor impact through strategic giving. ​Mindful Philanthropy connects new and interested donors to subject matter experts and experienced behavioral health funders as they consider high​-​impact opportunities for funding. When donors see the positive impact of their donations, they are more confident in their giving and more likely to continue supporting these programs.
  • – Increasing overall investment in behavioral health programs. ​Mindful Philanthropy collaborates with foundations whether they are solely focused on behavioral health or working in adjacent areas like education, poverty alleviation, criminal justice reform, and health equity.
  • – Initiate, develop, and support new programs. ​Mindful Philanthropy will help initiate and drive interest in promising programs, research and policy initiatives that meet the criteria for high-impact philanthropy set out in “Health in Mind: A Philanthropic Guide for Mental Health and Addiction,” published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP).

“At CHIP, our goal is always to provide guidance that is both informed by the best available evidence and actionable,” says Kat Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy. “Our recent Health in Mind work benefited tremendously from the perspectives and networks that Paul Heller and Barbara Ricci shared with our team. I am thrilled to see how Health in Mind has now inspired them to work together to engage their peers in increasing high-impact funding for behavioral health.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has already spurred a rise in stress and trauma, increasing the demand for services that were already stretched to the breaking point by years of funding cuts. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 19 percent of respondents said the current crisis has had a “major impact” on their mental health.

“Mindful Philanthropy will play a vital role in bringing significant new resources to improving mental health and well-being in our nation. Well Being Trust is committed to building ‘movement infrastructure’ that can assure a strong foundation for measurable, sustained benefit. Core to this is having the economic resources that increase overall investment, and increased investment focus and associated leadership on what works,” according to Tyler Norris, CEO of Well Being Trust.

We are in a pandemic in the middle of another massive and unchecked epidemic in the United States. Five-hundred-thousand American lives were lost from 2015-2018 to alcohol use, drug use, and self-harm, yet foundation funding for mental health represents a fraction of overall philanthropy.

Funder Paul Heller of The John Heller Fund knows firsthand how grave the funding shortfall is​. “When we lost our son John to mental illness and addiction, we wanted to honor his memory,” he says. “I quickly realized that so little philanthropy went to behavioral health and the conditions that contributed to our son’s death. I decided I needed to change that. I believe connecting the heart with the head allows donors to make well-considered investments to achieve their philanthropic goals.”

Sponsors and Partners

Well Being Trust: ​Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. Created to include participation from organizations across sectors and perspectives, Well Being Trust is committed to innovating and addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America, and to transforming individual and community well being.

Peg’s Foundation: ​Peg’s Foundation believes in relevant, innovative, and, at times, disruptive ideas to improve access to care and treatment for the seriously mentally ill. Peg’s Foundation promotes the implementation of a stronger, more effective,
compassionate, and inclusive health care system for all. Guided by founder Peg Morgan to “Think Bigger,” Peg’s Foundation understands recovery from mental illness is the expectation and mental wellness is integral to a healthy life.

The Scattergood Foundation: ​The Scattergood Foundation believes major disruption is needed to build a stronger, more effective, compassionate, and inclusive society where behavioral health is central. At the Foundation, we THINK, DO, and SUPPORT in order to shift the paradigm and practice for behavioral health, and recognize the unique spark and basic dignity in every human. The Scattergood Foundation currently acts as Mindful Philanthropy’s fiscal sponsor.

John Heller Fund: ​The John Heller Fund, housed at The Scattergood Foundation, invests in high-impact nonprofits and initiatives within the fields of mental health and addiction. The fund honors the memory of our beloved son, John, who passed away in 2016.

Center for High Impact Philanthropy: ​The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, based in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, provides actionable and evidence-based guidance for individuals who want to ensure that their philanthropic funds make the greatest possible difference in the lives of others. Founded in 2006 as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.