Posts in 'Safety Net'

A gardener wearing a hat and gloves bends down to plant seedlings in a raised bed. A fence and red barn are in the background.
Chester County Food Bank manages raised bed gardens at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore, where volunteers help grow food specifically for the organization's constituents. Courtesy photo used in article. As we’ve explored this month, poverty is unexpectedly present in Philly’s suburban counties— and...
Three people, likely a mom and a dad with a young child, sit around a table eating. Mom is also holding a small toddler who appears to be sleeping.
Photo by, copyright 2019. Habitat for Humanity's financial literacy class. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The following article from Generocity details one of our foundation's recent Innovation Lab grants. __...
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The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal released its 54th issue, which includes an article written by Tamela and Russ entitled, "Mending a Frayed Net: HealthSpark Foundation's Safety Net Resiliency Initiative." The article, copied below, can be found on the Social Innovation's Journal's website...
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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 the...
Three people sifting through fresh produce in a parking lot.
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...

Leadership Capacity Building Program

We are partnering with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College (NELI) to provide this capacity building program.

The program is designed to:

  1. Strengthen leadership and organizational capacity within nonprofit and public organizations in Montgomery County leading to a more financially sustainable system.

We commissioned Bee, Bergvall & Co. to create this toolkit to help food pantries better manage their finances and learn how to use their financial reports in planning. This updated toolkit builds upon two previous financial management toolkits – one for standalone pantries and one for faith-based...

Foundation launches Safety Net Resiliency Initiative

In January 2018, we launched our new Safety Net Resiliency Initiative. Over the next 10 years, the Resiliency Initiative aims to improve the ability of Montgomery County’s health and human services safety net system – and the organizations that contribute to and support the system – to weather uncertainty and meet the needs of people across the county.

Strategic Plan

Our board of directors adopted our current strategic plan, guiding our work through June 30, 2023.

We will continue to evolve our grantmaking focus over the next decade with a goal of “Assuring a nimble, real-time, resilient quality health and human services safety net system”. We will sharpen our focus on system change to address health disparities that hinder access and quality outcomes. And we will seek opportunities to ensure the financial and organizational health of the safety net system. 

Community Engagement

We engage our community in a number of ways. Our Safety Net Resiliency Initiative has been largely informed by the community of health and human service providers and stakeholders.