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On Thursday, March 14, we hosted a luncheon for funders to discuss the findings from a just-released report from the Center for Social Innovation entitled " Racial Equity and Homelessness in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: Initial Findings ". With funding from our foundation, Your Way Home hired...
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Photo by Jessica Griffin, Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer. Philabundance is embarking on a far-reaching plan to attack hunger. Ambitiously titled “Ending Hunger. For Good,” the initiative will involve Philabundance’s collaborating with partners who provide social services to low-income...
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We have released the first-ever Best Practices Guide for Montgomery County Food Pantries. Since we began working in a targeted fashion with food pantries in Montgomery County in 2014, we heard a repeated request for a guide that would provide practical and detailed information on how they could...
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HealthSpark Foundation awarded over $316,000 in 10 Innovation Lab grants this year. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 for short-term (12-15 months) pilot or proof of concept collaborative projects to test ideas to strengthen Montgomery County's safety net system. The Innovation Lab is a key...
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Photo by Anthony Pezzotti, Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer. Ginny Kahr, 70, is burdened with troubles she couldn’t foresee. Never did she think she’d be living alone on $1,200 a month in federally subsidized housing in Lansdale’s Schwenckfeld Manor . And she couldn’t have imagined that a...
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As part of its Resiliency Initiative, we are launching a new Leadership Capacity Building Program for safety net providers working in Montgomery County. This program was created based on feedback we received from health and human services leaders about the need for training that would: Bolster...
Naomi Zitin, the noted leader and first female board chair of the North Penn Hospital in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, passed away on December 14th at 95. Her obituary can be found at philly.com . HealthSpark Foundation was created in 2002 from the sale of the North Penn Hospital. We pass along our...
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As part of our Safety Net Resiliency Initiative , we are accepting grant applications until November 2, 2018 for pilot projects through our Innovation Lab . Innovation Lab Goals The Innovation Lab seeks to advance community learning and includes two short-term goals: Safety net system providers...
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On September 6, 2018, HealthSpark Foundation welcomed nearly 200 people to Normandy Farm Conference Center for a Community of Practice meeting. This was the third such meeting, following other convenings in March and June. Community of Practice meetings have been an important component in Phase 1 of...
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July 3, 2018 – For Immediate Release Colmar, PA – The HealthSpark Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of the following officers and one new member: Chinwe Onyekere, Chair Warren Hilton, Vice Nicholas Bucci, Treasurer Joel Johnson, Secretary Brian O'Leary, New Board...