Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved $3.75 million in grants to 20 organizations to improve financial strength in families, address domestic violence, shift the social norms that enable violence, and support the people who have been most impacted by COVID-19.
“We are incredibly proud to support these outstanding partners and their powerful work to address racial injustice, economic inequality, health inequity, and domestic violence. Together, we are building a future in which California will be the healthiest state, and free of domestic violence.”
As California grows, and the needs of those in our communities change, so does the opportunity to meet new challenges with integrity, partnership, equity, and a renewed sense of what is possible.
80% of health outcomes are not tied to health care. There are many factors that contribute to health—from access to affordable housing and good schools to ensuring personal and community safety. That’s why we’re focusing on the following three areas of work:
Last week, a coalition of funders launched the California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF) to finance Black-led organizations throughout the state. Along with its explicit support for Black leadership, the fund is notable for its focus on power-building, according to Akonadi Foundation President Lateefah Simon.
Inequities that increase the risk of childhood trauma and domestic violence have worsened during the pandemic. "We envision a future in the Bay Area where leaders, communities and residents unite to prevent pervasive adversities in childhood and promote healthy development.” Alongside Genentech and Futures Without Violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation is going “All in for Kids” in to prevent domestic violence and help kids heal and thrive.
Philanthropic organizations and funders have joined together to launch the California Black Freedom Fund, a new $100 million initiative to provide abundant resources to Black-led power-building organizations in the state over the next five years. Co-created with Black leaders and organizers, the first-of-its-kind fund will ensure that California's growing ecosystem of locally rooted Black-led organizing efforts have the sustained investments and resources they need to eradicate systemic and institutional racism.
Domestic violence all too often explodes outside of California’s homes, resulting in the deaths of not only people in those households but also law enforcement and collateral victims. State leaders could prevent these tragedies, the Little Hoover Commission stated in a report released Friday titled “Beyond the Crisis: A Long-Term Approach to Reduce, Prevent, and Recover from Intimate Partner Violence.” Domestic violence now is treated as a family issue, but Little Hoover’s staff recommended in this report that state leaders adopt a strategic statewide plan for early intervention that is based on accurate data.
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