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David Colby of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Retiring This Week

December 31st, 2014

David C. Colby, long-time staffer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is retiring at the end of 2014, according to an e-mail he sent out to colleagues. He reminisced about what he had been working on over a nearly seventeen-year run at the large and well-known health foundation. This includes guiding the RWJF’s health […]

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Cigna Foundation and Nonprofit Aim to Revitalize Distressed Neighborhood: Community Development at Work

September 15th, 2014

The story begins with the failure of the economic engine—the relocation of a factory, perhaps, or the closure of a mine. Soon, joblessness, violence, and the deterioration of housing conditions follow. The impact on individual health levels can be devastating as rates of mental illness and substance abuse increase and more people do not manage […]

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Consumer-Generated Data in a Big Data World: Report from the California HealthCare Foundation

August 20th, 2014

The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs covers a broad range of opportunities for use of Big Data in health care that will benefit individuals, the public at-large, and health care enterprises. Big Data are getting bigger every day, as people create data while simply living their lives. They check into online social networks, use […]

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People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings

March 26th, 2014

Four new members have joined the board of Grantmakers In Health (GIH), effective March 7. Patricia Baker, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation; Patricia (“Patti”) Doykos, a director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation; Octavio Martinez, executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; and Scott Moyer, president of the Jacob and Valeria […]

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If You Partner, They Might Just Come: One Foundation’s Effort to Disseminate Data on Quality of Care

March 13th, 2014

In an ever-crowded media and Internet landscape, where the average attention span is short (and sadly getting shorter every year), how do you get consumers to pay attention? That’s a dilemma every organization faces, from Nike or Jet Blue to Save the Children. In the past, many of us in the foundation world assumed that […]

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Rockefeller Foundation Gives Award to Elton John; California HealthCare Foundation Project on Twitter and the ACA

November 7th, 2013

I am blogging about two unrelated topics today that caught my eye. The Rockefeller Foundation conferred its Lifetime Achievement Award on Sir Elton John on October 30. The foundation presented the well-known singer with this award “for his contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with the disease,” according to a foundation press […]

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Profiles of the Ten Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awardees

November 26th, 2012

This post, by my colleague Chris Fleming, originally appeared on Health Affairs Blog, which is GrantWatch Blog’s “big sister” blog here at the journal. On November 21, Health Affairs released a series of Web First articles profiling the winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Young Leaders Awards, which were announced this Fall on […]

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Ever Thought About Working in Health Philanthropy? Check out These Openings.

March 16th, 2012

Here are some openings that I found today on various foundations’ web sites and by word of mouth. Positions range from foundation presidents to a program assistant! Three Foundations Are Seeking New Presidents The Commonwealth Fund, as many of you know, is seeking a new president, because its long-time and well-known president, Karen Davis, is stepping down […]

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Where Has All the Grant Money Awarded Gone? How Grantors Tell Us Their Post-Grant Stories

February 21st, 2012

In this post, an observer of foundations who writes from Oregon offers some suggestions of how funders could improve their communications about results of grants. Ever wonder who gets grants and what those grants have funded? It is often surprisingly hard to find out. And it is even more surprising, given the importance for grant […]

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Post on the RWJF’s Use of Social Media Leads GrantWatch Blog’s 2011 Most-Read List.

January 10th, 2012

We compiled a list of the most-read posts during 2011, in case you missed any of these. The most-read GrantWatch Blog post in 2011 was on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s skill at using social media to communicate with those who follow its activities. And that is not surprising, because of the large population that […]

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Philanthropy Blogs Roundup: Global Health, Health Reform, Mental Health, and More

October 6th, 2011

Here are a few blog posts that caught my eye as I looked through blogs listed on GrantWatch Blog’s “Blogroll.” Other topics touched on are social media and quality of care. Global Health “Soros Pledges $27.4-Million for Rural African Development,” Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy Today blog, October 4. This short post summarizes an Associated Press article […]

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Job Hunters: Ever Consider Working for a Foundation? Check Out These Openings.

April 21st, 2011

For those who want to change jobs or find a job, here is a selected sampling of positions that appear to be still open. Please note that I am only mentioning here a few pertinent details. I have put links to URLs for fuller descriptions of the positions, with all of the caveats, limitations, etc.! […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during February 2011

March 7th, 2011

Below, we list the three most-read posts of the month. Take a look in case you missed one of these when the original tweet or e-alert was sent out. 1. “Update on What Foundations Have Been Doing in Oral Health Care” (Jan. 27, 2011). Read about the efforts of a number of foundations all over […]

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The Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during January 2011

February 4th, 2011

Below, we have listed the three most-read posts. Take a gander in case you missed one of them when the original tweet or e-alert was sent out. Make sure to read the comments on two of the posts, and add your own, if you are inclined to do so! 1. “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and […]

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Its Mastery of Social Media

January 25th, 2011

As Web administrator of ScanGrants, a free online database of funding opportunities in the health sciences, I spend hours trying to find grants, fellowships, science prizes, and scholarships in the health sciences to list on the site. I am doing this so that students, physicians, scientists, nurse researchers, public health experts, and health services researchers […]

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RWJF President Issues End-of-Year Letter: Outcomes of Grants; New Initiatives

December 21st, 2010

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), sent out a Letter to the Field on Dec. 14. The letter’s audience was RWJF grantees and partners (and for “the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health,” that encompasses a big group). Here is some of what she […]

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Roundup: What’s New on the Philanthropy Blogs

October 19th, 2010

Here are links to some recent blog posts from and about health philanthropy that caught my eye. They cover a variety of topics—from political contributions to water and sanitation to social media to the flu. All blogs mentioned are listed on our Blogroll on the right side of the page. “Healthcare Reform and Mental Health,” […]

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Foundations’ Use of Social Media; What Your Local Blues Foundation Has Been Working On

September 17th, 2010

The Foundation Center has just released a short publication on grantmakers’ use of social media, including blogs. (I include here some examples of posts by foundation presidents that have appeared in recent months on the GrantWatch Blog. Subjects range from health reform to HIV/AIDS to smoking prevention.) Also recently released is a report on what […]

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