In 1985, we awarded our first 44 grants—responding to the significant need for healthcare access, education and outreach in Northern California’s underserved communities. While grantees included local chapters of the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, most funding went to smaller, community-based organizations, and to regional college and university programs.
Seed money helped support family social services, senior peer counseling, suicide prevention, social and healthcare services for seniors, healthcare education in elementary schools, construction of a women’s and children’s shelter, a health publications library, medical equipment purchases, and services designed to benefit patients challenged by AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, alcoholism and other diseases.
We later began to focus funding for specific programs and initiatives. These have included: