In 2007, health funders in Pennsylvania came together to set priorities and facilitate collaborations in areas of shared interest and high need throughout Pennsylvania. This meeting led to the formation of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative (PHFC) in 2008.
Under the leadership of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and HealthSpark Foundation and, PHFC has became a respected source of non-partisan information for policymakers and a strong collaborative of health funders working towards a shared aim of enhancing vulnerable populations’ access to high-quality and cost-effective health services.
PHFC strives to improve the effectiveness of health funders’ initiatives by collaborating, networking, sharing best practices, and creating a unified voice among funders working in communities across Pennsylvania.
- Ann S. Torregrossa, Executive Director of PHFC
- Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and Co-chair of PHFC
- Russell Johnson, President and CEO of the HealthSpark Foundation, and Co-chair of PHFC
PHFC Seeks to:
- Build knowledge of current developments and intersections in health philanthropy and state health policy.
- Enhance awareness of funders’ current grant initiatives and funding priorities to identify areas of convergence.
- Develop networks and explore opportunities for collaborative grantmaking.
- Leverage expertise and resources for greater impact.
- Establish or support opportunities for shared funding for specific projects.
PHFC’s Value to Health Foundations:
- PHFC provides a forum to obtain information about state policy.
- PHFC develops a collaborative group of funders, especially when funders are seeing the same policy issues and needs in their communities.
- PHFC develops a statewide, philanthropic voice to raise awareness and collaborate.
- PHFC intersects with national health funders and policy experts
PHFC Consists of 40 Health Foundations across Pennsylvania: