Strategic Plan

In 2017, the Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan that will guide the foundation’s work through December 2023.  The two-year planning process was motivated by our desire to focus our resources to have the greatest impact. The plan reflects our belief that the complex and interrelated issues facing individuals, families, and communities can only be addressed through a long-range effort and sustained commitment.

Key Decisions

Through the strategic planning process, the Board of Directors refined our vision, mission, and guiding principles and affirmed our continued focus on the most vulnerable populations who are uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved. In order to direct all resources towards improving the health and well-being of all Philadelphians, the Board decided to terminate the Foundation’s secondary mission to support the preservation of historic artifacts and memorials at Pennsylvania Hospital.



The strategic plan focuses on two interdependent goals:

Advancing Health Equity

Advancing health equity requires increasing access to coverage and care, while addressing the root causes of current disparities.

Championing the Integration of Care and Services

Championing the integration of care and services, the primary focus of our grantmaking, recognizes the importance of addressing social determinants as a key strategy to promote optimal health and well-being.

Grantmaking Approach

Based on the newly refined vision, mission, and guiding principles, we will now concentrate our grantmaking in Philadelphia County. Our grantmaking process will focus on defined strategic initiatives, informed by learning from research, practice, and community experience. We will no longer have an open grant submission period but rather will proactively award grants on a rolling basis.

We believe that making progress on the issues we care about will require increasing the size of our grants and exploring multi-year commitments anchored in engaged partnerships with our grantees. We are committed to leveraging collective learning, action, and resources to advance our priorities by collaborating with diverse community leaders, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and cross-sector stakeholders.

Strategic Initiatives

The foundation’s strategic initiatives focus on the uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved, with a current emphasis on promoting the health and well-being of 1) children, ages zero to five, and their parents and caregivers and 2) immigrants and refugees. Throughout our work, we support community voice and leadership, including efforts to actively engage Philadelphia residents in designing and implementing systems, policies, and programs that advance health equity.