The California Wellness Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 1992 as a result of Health Net's conversion from nonprofit to for-profit status.

The foundation is committed to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness, education, and disease prevention.

The foundation focuses on eight health issues which include diversity in health professions; environmental health; healthy aging; mental health; teenage pregnancy prevention; violence prevention; women's health; and work and health.

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Foundation Grants and Resources


Recent News from California Wellness Foundation

Cal. Wellness Foundation Grants $200K for Local Dental Care
Foundation: California Wellness Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) awarded Dientes Community Dental Care a $200,000 grant for core operating support to sustain comprehensive oral health services for uninsured and...more

Disaster relief recovery funds available to Napa and Solano nonprofits
Foundation: Solano Community Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

FAIRFIELD -- Solano Community Foundation reminds potential grantees that the 2018 application cycle is still open for two grant programs. Applications from Solano and Napa nonprofit organizations...more

Room to Reflect: The Small-But-Growing Set of Funders Paying for Nonprofit Sabbaticals
Foundation: Durfee Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

At the same time, there are underlying problems in philanthropy and nonprofit funding that this tactic can't solve. Note that some of the challenges found in executing sabbaticals that were...more

What an Equity Lens in Health Philanthropy Requires
Foundation: California Endowment, Colorado Trust, Johnson Foundation , Kresge Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

A new report finds that, broadly speaking, health legacy foundations “are expanding the scope of their grant making and initiatives to focus on the social determinants of health…[seeking] to...more

In California, These Funders Want to Keep Kids Out of the Criminal Justice System
Foundation: Liberty Hill Foundation, California Endowment, Weingart Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

There are a lot of big funding partners involved in this collaboration and an increasing interest in why so many young people of color are embroiled in the juvenile justice system. A few months ago,...more

Interfaith Sanctuary Alliance Holds Fundraiser for 805 Undocufund
Foundation: McCune Foundation, Annenberg Foundation , Ventura County Community Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

The McCune Foundation is providing leadership support and the Ventura County Community Foundation is providing administrative support. The fund has attracted some major donors, including Direct...more

Want Nonprofit Staff Longevity and Creativity? Consider a Sabbatical Policy
Foundation: Barr Foundation , Rasmuson Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

Last May, in NPQ, the Management Assistance Group outlined some options, including: ... Linnell, who has worked with nonprofits for nearly 40 years, says sabbaticals are a highly effective strategy...more

Biz Buzz: Mulligan named to board of California Wellness Foundation
Foundation: Napa Valley Community Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

Terence Mulligan of the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) has been named to the board of directors of the California Wellness Foundation. Mulligan has led the NVCF as its president for the last...more

Illuminating Impacts: A New Journalism Fund on Healthcare Inequities
Foundation: Johnson Foundation , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation makes grants in a variety of health-related fields and limits its giving to the state of California. The gift to Annenberg, however, finds the foundation zooming...more

Community Foundation gets grant to help fire victims
Foundation: Solano Community Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

Affected by the October Wine Country fires that devastated parts of Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties? A recipient of a $41,750 grant from the California Wellness Foundation, the Solano Community...more

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Social Entrepreneurship

$100 Million Fund That’s Fostering Detroit’s Minority Startup Entrepreneurs

$100 Million Fund That’s Fostering Detroit’s Minority Startup Entrepreneurs

Justine Sheu didn’t have any plans of becoming an entrepreneur. The Detroit-based millennial spent her early career educating underserved youth in the area. But with the backing of a funding initiative specifically targeted to boost women and minority entrepreneurs in Southeast Michigan, Sheu cofounded two education-technology startups.

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