An important aspect of our Medical Specialist's work is investigating potential resources and investors in medical non-emergency transportation. Here, Valerie Miller provides information on some of the more prominent Foundations and their involvement in medical transportation.
AARP Andrus Foundation
Scope: This foundation actively seeks new approaches to maximizing the independence of older persons. It supports grants in four areas: research, innovations (the translation of research into practice), dissemination of research information, and training the next generation of researchers in aging.
Scope: The Foundation's giving is focused on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
Scope: The CITIBANK Corporation through its Citigroup Foundation funds projects that focus on community development, education, and health care programs, especially community-based health initiative programs that focus on children's needs. There is no deadline. Most proposals are solicited. Unsolicited proposals will be accepted, but a favorable decision is less likely.
Educational Foundation of America
Scope: This foundation funds health programs for at-risk youth and families and women's reproductive health. Programs targeting Native American populations are also funded. Most grants are awarded to small organizations and for pilot projects, ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. Letters of inquiry are required. Write the foundation or check its Website for exact rules for formatting. There is no deadline for proposals.
Scope: The Commonwealth Fund supports efforts to help Americans live healthy and productive lives and to assist specific groups with serious and neglected problems. The fund awards grants for projects in its four major program areas: International Health Care Policy and Practice, Improving the Quality of Health Care Services, Improving Insurance Coverage and Access to Care, and Improving Public Spaces and Services.
The Ford Foundation
Scope: Program funds are available to assist projects addressing the problems of low-income people living in rural areas, especially women and minorities. Applications are considered throughout the year.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Scope: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation places a major focus on helping to improve people's lives through health and learning. The foundation favors preventive approaches and collaborative endeavors with government, philanthropic and not-for-profit partners. Priority is given to grants that leverage additional support and serve as a catalyst for long-term, systemic change. The foundation supports programs nationally in the areas of public health, nutrition, family planning and reproductive health. In the Pacific Northwest, priority is given to projects with a special emphasis on vulnerable children and their families.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Scope: Grants are made in the four areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. The Foundation's health programming goal is supported by five strategies to address current health system challenges: inform policy makers of needed changes in policy and practice; encourage developing models of comprehensive health care based on reorienting services toward public health, primary care and prevention; expand the health work force so that it is more reflective of the racial, ethnic, cultural and geographic makeup of the populations served; increase access, especially for vulnerable populations; and build the capacity of communities to form active partnerships with institutions. The foundation funds nonprofit facility construction or renovation, and major capital equipment purchases.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Scope: The Pew Charitable Trusts has six program areas including Health and Human Services. The national program for Health and Human Services strives to promote policies and activities that address compelling public issues; the local program for Health and Human Services supports increased opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and families so that they may improve their ability to function and achieve self-sufficiency. The local program also helps local nonprofit organizations strengthen their overall capacity to deliver needed services.
Scope: Programs contribute to the quality of life and vitality in communities through health and science education partnerships and local initiatives.
Tenet Healthcare Foundation
Scope: The Foundation's giving focuses primarily on local charities that address unmet health care needs.
Mr. Goodcents Foundation for Senior Independence
Scope: Community Transportation is our primary focus. Imagine the horror when a parent or grandparent learns driving is no longer safe. Imagine depending on family and friends. Feel the depression and isolation. 'Good Rides' is a strategy that helps communities give the freedom to live! The Mr. Goodcents Foundation is working with communities so people can age with the freedom to live. Join us in the journey to give the freedom to enjoy life to our parents and grandparents.
Scope: FAV, a nonprofit organization, was established to provide various benefits for all Veterans regardless of which branch of the military they were with. The Foundations main goal is to step in and assist Veterans, either through the Veterans Hospitals, homeless programs, educational programs, crisis programs, etc., where the local, state, and federal governments leave off.
National Veterans Foundation
Scope: To serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation's only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families. Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America's veterans.
Focus: Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.