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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.

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Grantmaking

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

Innovation Award

Our annual $25,000 prize is awarded to a cutting-edge idea that holds the potential to catalyze progress in behavioral health.

Community Fund for Wellness

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.

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.

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Joe Pyle, MA President

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

Alyson Ferguson, MPH Director of Grantmaking

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

Samantha Matlin, PhD Director of Evaluation and Community Impact

Contact Samantha about program planning and evaluation consulting services.

Caitlin O'Brien, MPH Special Projects Manager

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


Youth Healing Team

Innovation Award

A group of young people who train adult professionals in ACEs, trauma, healing, and resilience. To date, they’ve trained over 1,200 professionals in trauma-informed practice.

About

As Hopeworks began to learn more about the effects of trauma and the power of traumainformed care, it quickly became evident that just helping youth heal was not enough. Youth could take the lead in training their own community. 

Thus the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team was born.

Beginning in June of 2014, Hopeworks staff began training youth about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma – and methods for coping and how to train others about these complex issues. So the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team got to work training teachers, educators, and other professionals. By January of 2017, the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team had trained over 1,200 people from across New Jersey. Their work has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Courier Post, SJ Magazine, and NJTVto name just a few.

The Youth Healing Team’s youth trainers help to develop the curriculum and are paid for their work. And by contracting for paid training sessions with the school districts and youth organizations across the region, the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team is able sustain itself for growth, building opportunities for more professionals to receive critical training in trauma-informed care.