Posts in 'Systems Change'

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Social safety net organizations often focus on addressing individual issues- providing a family with food to alleviate their hunger, providing emergency shelter after an eviction. But work must be done to address systemic issues at a policy level that allow these individual situations to occur. That...
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By

Russell Johnson, President and CEO

As we edge closer to the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, I’ve been reflecting on the ways that our social safety net system is being challenged to not just return to normal, but to lead a paradigm shift in how we conceptualize a healthy community. Our country’s “normal” includes systemic...
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If babies born to Black women in Montgomery County had the same infant mortality rate as babies born to white women, then 61% of Black infant deaths could be prevented. This shocking call to action is the impetus behind Montco Mamas, a public-private collaboration and 2021 HealthSpark Innovation Lab...
Commissioned through a partnership between HealthSpark Foundation, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia Southern New Jersey, Scattergood Foundation, and the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund, this report speaks to the financial health of the Greater Philadelphia five-county area nonprofits. It compares...
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HealthSpark Foundation recognizes its role in advancing racial and social justice opportunities for all people- in both word and action. We understand that the roots of inequity run deep in our society, and we strive, with our philanthropic and community partners, to fully understand our own roles...
This report by The Monitor Institute at Deloitte outlines four potential scenarios for the next 12-18 months, and recommends actions and considerations for nonprofit and funders in each scenario. Many organizations trying to navigate through this moment may find themselves alternatively paralyzed or...
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Posted on behalf of Russell Johnson, President and CEO HealthSpark Foundation is pleased to offer tuition support for up to 10 Montgomery County community leaders who apply and are accepted to participate in the 2020 Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange (GPLEX) Conference. This year’s GPLEX...
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By Russell Johnson, President and CEO Earlier this month, after years of advocacy work, the United State Supreme Court issued a ruling protecting LGBTQ+ people from workplace discrimination. It was a long overdue ruling. The ruling resonates personally for me. I serve as president of a private...
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. In March 2016, CommunityWise Resource Centre started a process of Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC)...
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Together with forty-one community partners, HealthSpark Foundation has launched an effort to rebuild the social safety net post-pandemic called Build Back Better. Partner organizations, which represent nonprofit safety net providers, universities, faith groups, advocacy groups, elected officials...