Alliance Healthcare Foundation 2014: The Year in Review

A year of expansion, innovation, and goodwill

In 2013, we established separate funding for Imperial County to give nonprofits in the area more of the resources they needed to help those in need. In 2014, we continued to grow in both Imperial and San Diego Counties, serving more organizations with our Mission Support Grants than ever before. Last year, we saw an increase in collaboration and innovation amongst nonprofits, and more organizations are taking the initiative to improve health and wellness in their communities.

At Alliance Healthcare Foundation, we are honored to facilitate these developments. In 2014, we awarded $2,989,899 through Mission Support Grants, Innovation Initiative Grants, and Responsive Grants, an increase from 2013’s $2,330,396 and 2012’s $2,134,000.

Our 2014 Mission Support grantees served the following populations

  • 69% served poor populations
  • 66% served the underinsured/uninsured
  • 41% served homelessness/homeless.
  • 62% served children/youth

With the announcement of our next round of Mission Support Grantees coming soon, we are excited to see what 2015 will bring for us and our community, and we’re looking forward to working with more of the wonderful leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties.


2014 Mission Support Grant Recipients

With Mission Support Grants, we aim to catalyze real, sustainable change in San Diego & Imperial County by funding organizations that are advancing health and wellness for those in need. The organizations that receive Mission Support Grants represent a wide range of interests and needs in our communities, but all of them are working to advance health & wellness for vulnerable and underserved populations.

In 2014, we funded the following organizations in San Diego County:

  1. 2-1-1 San Diego  – 2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of the County.
  2. Alliance Health Clinic  –Alliance Health Clinic provides low-cost primary health care for the low income, immigrant and refugee members of the community regardless of age, sex, or pre-existing conditions.
  3. Bayside Community Center  – Bayside Community Center empowers our diverse community to improve its quality of life through services, education, and advocacy.
  4.  CHIP (Community Health Improvement Partners) – Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) non-profit collaboration of organizations who envision communities where everyone achieves optimal health
  5. Christie’s Place – Christie’s Place provides HIV/AIDS education, social services, advocacy & basic needs assistance.
  6. Council of Community Clinics – The Council of Community Clinics and its subsidiaries represent and support community clinics and health centers in their efforts to provide access to quality health care and related services for the diverse communities they serve with an emphasis on low income and uninsured populations.
  7. Embrace  – Embrace mobilizes college students to serve less fortunate members of civilian and military veteran communities.
  8. Neighborhood House Association – Neighborhood House Association is designed to develop children, families and future leaders of our communities through empowerment, education and wellness.
  9. North County Lifeline – North County Lifeline’s mission is to build self-reliance among youth, individuals and families through problem solving, skill-building and accessible community-based services.
  10. AHF-Home-Outdoor-OutreachOutdoor Outreach  – Outdoor Outreach empowers at-risk and underprivileged youth to make positive lasting changes in their lives through comprehensive outdoor programming.
  11. San Diego County Medical Society Foundation – The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation (SDCMSF)’s mission is to improve community health, access to care for all, and wellness for patients and physicians through engaged volunteerism.
  12. San Diego LGBT Community Center – San Diego LGBT Community Center enhances and sustains the health and well-being of the LGBT and HIV communities through a variety of programs, services, activities and resources.
  13. San Diego Rescue Mission – The San Diego Rescue Mission’s goal is to provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, rest for the weary, and hope, love and faith to those seeking a different way of life.
  14. San Diego Youth Services – San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) is a nationally recognized, comprehensive non-profit organization that has helped stabilize the lives of more than a half-million young people and their families since 1970.
  15. Serving Seniors – Serving Seniors’ mission is to help seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives.
  16. Shakti Rising  – Shakti Rising is a social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and the larger community.
  17. Solutions for Change – Solution for Change’s mission is to provide every child in the greater San Diego region with a safe, loving home.
  18. Somali Family Service – Somali Family Service, guided by its community champions, helps Somali and other African families in becoming responsible, independent and contributing members of San Diego through its programs that promote health, educational and economic success, and leadership efforts.
  19.  UC San Diego Owen Clinic – The Owen Clinic is among America’s top HIV care programs because of its comprehensive offerings, its very experienced healthcare staff, and its affiliation with UC San Diego Health System.
  20. UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic  – The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, in partnership with the community, provides accessible, quality healthcare for the underserved in a respectful environment in which students, health professionals, patients, and community members learn from one another.

In Imperial County, we funded:

  1. Cancer Resource Center of the Desert  – Cancer Resource Center of the Desert is a community organization dedicated to providing a guiding hand and compassionate heart to cancer patients and their families through services that educate, guide, support, and empower the patient through the cancer journey.
  2. Children and Parents Council – The Children and Parents Council’s mission is to prevent child abuse and to raise awareness through countywide parent education in English and Spanish, parent/community seminars, teen support groups and the annual Children’s Fair.
  3. Comite Civico del Valle –  Comite Civico del Valle provides comprehensive environmental services to underserved residents including migrant workers, immigrants, farm workers, adults, adolescents, parents, and young adults experiencing environmental challenges.
  4. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – CASA of Imperial County is a private non-profit organization that serves the needs of abused and neglected children.
  5. AHF-Home-FamTreeFamily Treehouse – The Family Treehouse assists in the development of healthy, happy, hearty families through health promotion, early childhood interventions, and technological training.
  6. Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District  – Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District is focusing on implementing and sponsoring programs that increase access and awareness to healthcare services and education for the underserved in the surrounding community.
  7. Imperial Valley Food bank bank  – The Imperial Valley Food Pantry is fighting hunger, bringing health and hope to the Imperial Valley.
  8. Neighborhood House of Calexico  – Neighborhood House of Calexico brings together individuals and resources to provide leadership, advocates for community betterment to meet the needs of the less fortunate and gives voice to individuals who otherwise remain invisible and silent.
  9. Sister Evelyn Mourey Center – The Children and Parents Council’s mission is to prevent child abuse and to raise awareness through countywide parent education in English and Spanish, parent/community seminars, teen support groups and the annual Children’s Fair.

We also provided several Responsive Grants to nonprofits in our community in 2014.

AHF began the Responsive Grants program to help organizations capitalize on time-sensitive opportunities that might expire over the course of a lengthier grant application process.

Some recipients of these grants last year were:  

  1. 2-1-1 San Diego received a planning grant for expansion to Imperial County.
  2. The Glenner Memory Care Centers needed to upgrade its IT system to provide proper treatment and care. We provided a responsive grant to help them with this effort.
  3. Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) was awarded a planning grant for a health survey for LGBT seniors.
  4. Mama’s Kitchen received a responsive grant to help fund the purchase of new ovens.
  5. Survivors of Torture, International received gap funding for a licensed psychiatry resident.
  6. United Way Imperial County had a greater need to provide food in 2014. AHF provided a responsive grant to help them execute their mission and meet their goals.

Innovation Initiative

We developed the Innovation Initiative (I2) to support innovative programs and ideas that increase the capacity and coordination of the healthcare delivery system, one of our strategic priorities.

Since 2010, we have awarded this $1 million grant to an organization providing solutions for local healthcare access issues in an innovative, creative way. This year, we announced Solutions for Change as the Innovation Initiative recipient. As shown in this YouTube video, Solutions for Change advances health and wellness by “changing attitudes and rebuilding lives for homeless families with children.”


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AHF In the Community


Mayor_FaulknerTo advance health and wellness in San Diego and Imperial Counties, we supplement our grant-making activities with a focus on advocacy and education to foster collaboration and to stimulate innovation. We believe that by networking with other thought leaders in our space, we can spark creative solutions to some of our community’s most pressing issues.

One of the benefits of being an AHF grantee is access to the seminars and events we offer. In 2014, we provided registration for the grantees’ CEOs/Executive Directors and their Board Chair to attend the USD Governance Symposium. This is the third year in a row we have offered this top-notch seminar to our grantees.

AHF also held a get together for our grantees’ CEOs and executive directors at Dave & Buster’s. This offered everyone a chance to have fun while also networking and forming relationships with other leaders in the San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The Imperial County executives, in particular, noted that this meet-up afforded them the chance to talk with one another and to catch up on recent events, something they rarely receive the opportunity to do otherwise.

Look Ahead to 2015

In 2015, we are looking forward to another year of funding, learning and collaboration opportunities. As our reach expands in Imperial County and as innovation in our communities continues to rise, we hope that 2015 holds an even brighter future for the underserved in our communities.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Robert B. McCray, Board Chair
Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Nancy L. Sasaki, Executive Director
Alliance Healthcare Foundation
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