Health Forward Foundation awards $10.65 million to nonprofits providing whole-person care

The Health Forward Foundation has announced that it has awarded $10.65 million in grants to nonprofits providing whole person care in the Kansas City region.

The grants will support a broad range of holistic care services, such as mental health, substance use disorders, housing, and food insecurity.

Health Forward Foundation Grants Awardees

Kansas City, MO — Health Forward Foundation is proud to announce $10.65 million in grants to 61 nonprofit organizations through invitation-based funding to support high-quality, equitable, culturally responsive, and whole-person care in our People purpose area.

These organizations are working to ensure everyone has access to high-quality medical, oral, and behavioral care, as well as social services, that center the full range of people’s experiences.

In addition, some funded organizations are diversifying pathways to health science careers, exploring “food is medicine” work, and re-enrolling Medicaid participants after the federal public health emergency concluded.

“It is truly a privilege to offer our support to these partners who tirelessly serve our community,” said Hayat Abdullahi, Health Forward Director of Community Impact. “These partners constitute a crucial component of our health care ecosystem, playing an indispensable role in promoting equity-centered, whole-person care. With their commitment, our journey toward a systemic change approach that prioritizes whole-person care is advancing with purpose.”

About Health Forward’s invitation-based funding approach

Philanthropy has historically made it difficult for some nonprofits to access funding. Health Forward strives to be different.

Health Forward provided this funding opportunity on an invitation basis to ensure it was equitable, streamlined, and didn’t place undo burden on applicants who may not have been a fit.

“We are proud to partner with organizations providing care that is anti-racist, culturally responsive, comprehensive, and trauma-informed,” said McClain Bryant Macklin, Health Forward Vice President of Policy and Impact. “Their approach is part of a larger movement to rebuild our systems so that health injustice is no longer an accepted norm in the Kansas City region.”

Below are the organizations Health Forward is partnering with. Some organizations received multiple grants to pursue different approaches to whole-person care.

Ad Hoc Group Against Crime
Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
Altruism Media
Belton School District #124
Benilde Hall
Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute
Care Beyond the Boulevard
Caritas Clinics (Duchesne Clinic)
Cass Community Health Foundation
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County
Don Bosco Centers
Donnelly College
El Centro
Friends of Yates
GateWay of Hope
$130,000 (two grants)
Guadalupe Centers
HCC Network
$231,250 (two grants)
Health Partnership of Johnson County
Hope Family Care Center
Hope House
House of Hope
Jewish Vocational Service
KC CARE Health Center
$610,000 (two grants)
Kansas City Kansas Community College
KC Scholars
Kids Win Missouri
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Level Up Kids
Mattie Rhodes Center
Mercy and Truth Medical Missions
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation
Migrant Farmworkers Assistance Fund
Mission Vision Project KC
Mt. Carmel Redevelopment Corporation
Newhouse Shelter
Northland Health Care Access
Nurture KC
Poetry for Personal Power
Reconciliation Services
Rose Brooks Center
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
SAVE, Inc.
Seton Center
Sheffield Place
Sisters In Christ
Swope Health
$562,500 (two grants)
Synergy Services
The Family Conservancy
The Kansas City Public Library
The Village Initiative
Thrive Allen County
University Health
$662,500 (three grants)
Uzazi Village
Vibrant Health
$500,000 (two grants)


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