We fund organizations and projects which disrupt our current behavioral health space and create impact at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.
Our annual $25,000 prize is awarded to a cutting-edge idea that holds the potential to catalyze progress in behavioral health.
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.
Contact Ami about the RISE Partnership.
Contact Alyson about grantmaking, program related investments, and the paper series.
Contact Samantha about program planning and evaluation consulting services.
Contact Caitlin about the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness, the Annual Innovation Award, and trauma-informed programming.
Contact Joe about partnership opportunities, thought leadership, and the Foundation’s property.
Developing community leadership to support mental health and wellbeing, the Intercultural Wellness Program trains immigrant leaders to center existing cultural practices and work with fellow participants to bring their learnings back to their communities.
The Intercultural Wellness Program represents a collaboration between the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and African Family Health Organization (AFAHO). Based on the Welcoming Center’s Immigrant Leadership Institute, the program trains participants to be community leaders in the areas of wellness and wellbeing. The program centers existing coping mechanisms within immigrant communities and encourages participants to operationalize these strategies to support themselves and others.
The program model involves a cohort of 20 individuals participating in a five-month training program with two training sessions per month. Each session focuses on a specific wellness topic, strategy, or coping mechanism as well as skill development for leadership and collective action, facilitation, and ensuring cultural authenticity. Training sessions are co-led by the Welcoming Center and AFAHO with guest lecturers who can provide expertise in behavioral health providers, faith initiatives, motivational interviewing and other wellness-related topics.
Between sessions, participants work together in groups to plan community projects in order to put their skills to action. The focus and format is determined completely by participants, with support from both the Welcoming Center and AFAHO. Potential projects include a series of gatherings in homes involving shared food, music, and discussion of solutions to barriers, community conversations about behavioral health stigma reduction, or a campaign of one-on-one discussions to address specific individual needs.