Impact Stories

 

The foundation focuses its grantmaking and community involvement to support the health and human services organizations that serve the needs of residents living in our community.

The following stories illustrate some of the foundation's concrete impact on nonprofits and the community.


Improving health can’t be done in silos.

 

We at HealthSpark Foundation have long recognized there are many factors that contribute to one’s health. Where you live, what you eat, what you do for a living and how much you earn – these all contribute to your health. Unfortunately, we are seeing this play out in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. It will be years before we understand the long-term effects of exposure to the high levels of lead in the water, especially on the children of Flint. The complexity and interwoven nature of these factors can make the notion of improving health more daunting: complex problems necessitate complex solutions.

This article, authored by Tamela Luce, was published in the September 2015 edition of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. Below is an excerpt from the article. Access the full article here.

How does a relatively small foundation foster significant change?

Halloween is a fun tradition, consuming too many sweets can contribute to cavities and weight gain. Local Y's have a solution.

Since 2009, the North Penn Community Health Foundation has invested $184,000 to support the integrated services provided by the Norristown Regional Health Center.

The Nutrition Coalition was launched in 2006 to reduce hunger and improve food security in the North Penn area by strengthening the emergency and supplemental food safety net system. 

Family Services of Montgomery County sought to achieve greater efficiency and better outcomes.

NPCHF spearheaded a six-year collaborative effort that resulted in the pilot of Pennsylvania’s first 2-1-1 health and human services one-stop call service, now serving all five counties in SE PA.

Indian Creek Foundation and Penn Foundation collaborated to provide behavioral health services for intellectually or developmentally disabled individuals diagnosed with a mental illness.