How We Work

 

Investing in Healthy Communities

 

HealthSpark Foundation employs these core strategies to promote innovative and sustainable initiatives to improve the quality and availability of health and human services in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Funding

The foundation strategically focuses its grants to support community organizations actively working to overcome systemic barriers of access to clinical and supportive services in areas of health care, housing and food security.

Current targeted funding areas are:

The foundation is particularly interested in promoting innovative and sustainable initiatives that will improve the overall quality and availability of health and human services in our community.

Collaborating

Key partnerships and collaborations that leverage core competencies and other resources often create new opportunities for solutions to persistent problems.  The foundation supports, partners and frequently spearheads collaborations to address community needs. 

Through strategic memberships with Grantmakers in Health, Philanthropy Network Greater PhiladelphiaGrant Managers Network and related groups, the foundation seeks to learn of evidence-based and best or promising practices to solve local problems. These external relationships are combined with valuable lessons from grantees garnered at site visits, in conversations or written reports to foster the foundation's learning culture. 

Often the foundation identifies various policy barriers that challenge or threaten its grantees and their clients with the prospect of failure and decline. The foundation collaborates with various special interest groups and others, such as the Pennsylvania Health Funders’ Collaborative, to craft policy solutions and overcome barriers.

Capacity Building

Health and human services organizations serving Montgomery County benefit from technical assistance provided by the foundation.

What is Systems Change?

The process of altering or transforming how major parts of the safety net are linked, function and influence one another.