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.


Web Address

www.calwellness.org

Social Media Links

Twitter - @calwellness

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Recent News from California Wellness Foundation


The woking class American philanthropy turns left - The Economist
Foundation: Ford Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

In April the Ford Foundation announced $1bn in funding for social justice. The month before Goldman Sachs, a bank, trumpeted $100m in grants to curb...more

UC Riverside medical school grant aims to diversify physician workforce in Inland Empire
Foundation: California Wellness Foundation

The school has won a four-year, $450,000 grant from The California Wellness Foundation to diversify its enrollment. (Photo by Watchara...more

MacArthur Selects Winner of 100&Change Contest
Foundation: California Endowment, Weingart Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

... by a group of philanthropic partners that includes the California Endowment, the California Wellness Foundation, and the Weingart...more

A Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention | AAPIP
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Boston Foundation, California Community Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Essex County Community Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rose Community Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation, California Endowment, Chicago Community Trust, Cleveland Foundation, Columbus Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Minneapolis Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, San Diego Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Washington Women's Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, William T. Grant Foundation, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Open Society Foundations, California Wellness Foundation, Simons Foundation, Central Valley Community Foundation

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. As Asian American philanthropic leaders, we are outraged and horrified by the racially...more

Cal Wellness Hires Respected Philanthropic Leader and Activist
Foundation: California Wellness Foundation

“I'm excited to partner with Karren because she brings deep experience as an organizer, activist and expert in public policy and philanthropy,”...more

From the Picket Lines to Philanthropy: Joanna Jackson's Fight for Humility and Justice
Foundation: Weingart Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

In particular, she is proud of how SCG has evolved to advance philanthropic practice and spur these cross-sector collaborations. "There is...more

Humboldt Area Foundation launches fund for COVID-19 response
Foundation: Humboldt Area Foundation, California Endowment, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, California Wellness Foundation

The fund was established to collect contributions and provide grants to charitable organizations in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Curry...more

Here's Time for Change Foundation's Community Health Champion Award winner
Foundation: California Wellness Foundation

His philanthropy outside the foundation includes the Dream Project at Colton High School. For more than 10 years, the Dream Project has...more



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