Announcing the Blueprint for A Better Safety Net

In April 2020, HealthSpark Foundation announced the launch of a dedicated effort to understand the impact of the pandemic on Montgomery County’s social safety net, to explore the cracks and disparities that it exposed, and to identify tangible ways to build a safety net system that is stronger and more equitable than it was before the crisis.

This effort refreshes our vision for the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative, originally crafted in 2017. Our new Blueprint, created in partnership with over 100 community groups, nonprofits, civic leaders, and others, sets a broad and inclusive vision, highlights our shared principles as we rebuild a better system, and outlines six opportunities for taking action.

This Blueprint has a place for everyone in our community to take part- whether you are a nonprofit leader, a neighbor, a person of faith, a government administrator, or a member of a civic group. We encourage you to learn more and join us in rebuilding a stronger, more equitable, and more resilient Montgomery County.

Featured Resource

Many nonprofit organizations talk about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity, but many find it difficult to truly integrate these concepts into their work and how they operate. The Anti-Racist Organizational Change Toolkit, from CommunityWise Resource Centre, provides an example of how one organization started a process of Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC). 

The purpose of this resource booklet is to: 

  • Tell the story of how an anti-racist organizational change project started
  • Share some of the resources this nonprofit has found and developed along the way.
  • Provide guidance on how other nonprofits can start their own process.

Seeding great ideas.

HealthSpark Foundation invests in promising opportunities to build healthy and thriving communities. More than a grantmaker, we seek to inspire leadership, knowledge, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives forward progress and social justice for all people.