Board Designated Grants

Board Designated grants enable The Health Foundation to identify and support special opportunities that do not fit the Synergy Initiative or Activation Fund guidelines but complement The Health Foundation’s grant portfolio and mission. Organizations cannot apply for Board Designated grants.

Since 2000, The Health Foundation has granted almost $2,000,000 to 25 organizations through Board Designated grants. Below is a list of some of the organizations which received a Board Designated grant over the years.

♦ 2019 Worcester Homecoming
♦ 2016 Support for The Campaign For a Safe and Healthy Massachusetts
♦ 2015 Special Initiative to Protect Consumers’ Legal Rights to Coverage Under Health Reform
♦ 2013 Criminal Justice Diversion Project

Marilyn E. Plue Director Recognition Awards

The Board of Directors of The Health Foundation established The Marilyn E. Plue Director Recognition Award (“Plue Award”) in honor of Marilyn E. Plue who served as the first Secretary of The Health Foundation Board, as a symbol of appreciation for the service of former Directors. The award provides for an unrestricted $10,000 grant to a health-related nonprofit serving the Central Massachusetts region in a fashion complementary to The Health Foundation’s grantmaking agenda, as designated by the retiring director.

Since 2000, The Health Foundation has granted over $330,000 to 35 organizations through the Plue Award. Below is a list of organizations which have received a Plue Award over the past five years.

♦ 2019 Abby’s House
♦ 2017 Heywood Hospital, Quabbin Retreat
♦ 2017 GVNA HealthCare
♦ 2017 Community Healthlink, Worcester Youth & Family Services
♦ 2017 Boys & Girls Club Worcester, Plumley Village Clubhouse
♦ 2016 Facing History and Ourselves
♦ 2016 The Gusha Family Oral Health Fund
♦ 2015 Pernet Family Health Service
♦ 2015 The CASA Project
♦ 2015 Health Law Advocates
♦ 2015 Community Legal Aid
♦ 2015 St. John’s Church Food for the Poor Program

Community Member Recognition Award

The Board of Directors of The Health Foundation established the Community Member Recognition Award (“Community Member Award”) as a symbol of appreciation to community members (i.e., non-Board members) who have completed service on a committee of the Board. The award provides for an unrestricted $5,000 grant to a health-related nonprofit serving the Central Massachusetts region in a fashion complementary to The Health Foundation’s grantmaking agenda, as designated by the retiring community member.

Since 2000, The Health Foundation has granted $170,000 to 34 organizations through the Community Member Award. Below is a list of organizations which have received a Community Member Award over the past five years.

♦ 2018 Heywood Hospital, Multicultural Task Force
♦ 2017 YWCA of Central Massachusetts
♦ 2017 Worcester County Food Bank
♦ 2016 Juvenile Advocacy Group, Milford
♦ 2016 Catholic Charities Diocese of Worcester County
♦ 2015 The Jane Fund of Central Massachusetts