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Trends in Healthcare Philanthropy:
A Resource List

The following bibliography was created to help grantmakers and grantseekers keep up with the latest developments in healthcare philanthropy. This resource list contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center's Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, as well as links to useful Web resources. For additional reports, articles, and other materials on the topic, search the Catalog by combining “philanthropy” with health-related terms in the Subject field. (sample search)

Surveys and Reports

Effects of the Economic Crisis on Health Foundations: Results of a Survey of GIH Funding Partners. Washington, DC: Grantmakers in Health, 2009. 8 p. Subject File Number: 228
Provides findings from a survey of 127 Grantmakers in Health Funding Partners that was conducted from November 25th, 2008 to January 5, 2009. The survey contained questions that explored changes in assets, budgets, strategies, and operations, as a result of the economic downturn. Full Text

The Effect of the Economic Recession on Health Care Philanthropy. Falls Church, VA: Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, 2008. 18 p. Subject File Number: 703

Presents the results of a member survey conducted in early December 2008 by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. Indianapolis, IN: Giving USA Foundation, annual. Call Number: 401 AAFR

An annual statistical analysis of charitable contributions that includes a section on health philanthropy.

Hubbell, Gary J. Forces of Change: The Coming Challenge in Hospital Philanthropy. Falls Church, VA: Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, 2004. 46 p. Call Number: 227 HUB

Intersecting trends may lead to a downturn in giving to hospitals in the years between 2010 and 2030, according to research by the author. Beginning with an overview of the current situation in the hospital industry (specifically nonprofit community hospitals), Hubbell compares his findings on donor behavior to the work of Paul Schervish and others.

Knowledge to Action: Critical Health Issues and the Work of Health Philanthropy over 25 Years. Washington, DC: Grantmakers in Health. 2007. 176 p. Call Number: 226 GIH KNO

Status reports, statistical details, and bibliographies are provided for each of the following areas: access to care, aging, children and youth, health promotion, HIV/AIDS, mental health, public health, quality of care, racial and ethnic disparities in health, and social and environmental determinants of health. The introductory essay provides a historical look at health philanthropy.

Meslin, Eric, Patrick M. Rooney, and James G. Wolf. "Health-Related Philanthropy: Toward Understanding the Relationship Between the Donation of the Body (and Its Parts) and Traditional Forms of Philanthropic Giving." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 37--Supplement (March 2008): p. 44S-62S.

Explores health philanthropy in terms of time and money, as well as donations of blood, tissue, and organs. Also presents results from a national survey conducted in 2003 by a research team at the Indiana University Center for Bioethics.

U.S. Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2007. Brooklyn, NY: Funders Concerned About AIDS, 2008. 48 p. Subject File Number: 235

Based on data collected from funders and supplemented by additional sources, this report provides data on grantmaking for HIV/AIDS in 2007. Features comparative data from prior years and addresses the changes in HIV/AIDS grantmaking between 2005 and 2007. Includes appendices. Full Text

Case Studies From the Field

“Community Building for Children's Health: Lessons From Community Partnerships for Healthy Children.” Foundation Review, vol. 1 (Winter 2009): p. 43-54.
A summary of Community Partnerships for Healthy Children, a program that was designed to enhance the health of children in northern California by building social capital and utilizing community assets. The 10-year initiative was supported by the Sierra Health Foundation.

Funder Collaborations Addressing HIV/AIDS: Examples From Around the World. Brooklyn, NY: Funders Concerned About AIDS, 2008. 28 p. Subject File Number: 235

19 case studies illustrate varied effective grantmaker partnerships in fighting the global spread of HIV and AIDS. Names and contact information are provided for each profiled initiative.Full Text

Herper, Matthew. “Patient Power.” Forbes, vol. 182 (15 September 2008): p. 70-2, 78-9. Subject File Number: 233

Explains how patient advocacy groups, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, are helping to bring drugs to the market faster by funding drug development and clinical trials.

McNally, Len and Rachael N. Pine. “Partnering to Advance Public Health: A Foundation Supports Public Programs.” Health Affairs, vol. 28 (March-April 2009): p. 578-83. Subject File Number: 532

Provides two examples to illustrate the New York Community Trust's grantmaking strategy for supporting public health programs. The approach, which focused on impact, scale, and sustainability, was used to launch programs to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and colon cancer.

Page, Benjamin B. and David A. Valone. (eds.) Philanthropic Foundations and the Globalization of Scientific Medicine and Public Health: Proceedings of a Conference Jointly Sponsored by Quinnipiac University and the Rockefeller Archive Center With Additional Support From the Dreyfus Health Foundation. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2007. xviii, 195 p. Call Number: 414 PAG

Various authors contribute to a history of the Rockefeller Foundation's international health initiatives and, secondly, provide an analysis of the current world-wide work of foundations in the delivery of health care services.

Walker, Karen E., and Claire Gibbons, Marco Navarro. “Children's Futures: Lessons From a Second-Generation Community Change Initiative.” The Foundation Review, vol. 1 (Winter 2009): p. 12-23.

Describes Children's Futures, an initiative designed to enhance the health and welfare of young children. The authors discuss results and lessons learned from the first five years of the 10-year project. Started in 2002, the initiative is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Grantmaker Affinity Groups

Stay informed about trends in healthcare philanthropy by reviewing articles, reports, and/or news at the web sites of these health-related funder networks:

Disabilities Funding Network

Funders Concerned About Aids

Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights

Grantmakers In Health

Foundation Center Resources

FC Stats
Identify foundation giving trends in health by reviewing statistical tables developed by the Foundation Center's Research Department.

Foundation Directory Online
Learn about current funding priorities of health funders by searching the Center's comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers.

Philanthropy News Digest - PND
Browse the latest news on healthcare philanthropy at PND, the Center's online news service.

Search PubHub to find recent foundation-sponsored reports on the subject of health. You can also subscribe to PubHub's health RSS feed.
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