1. I can’t upload my narrative/expenditure report?
Please contact Grants Operations via gms@calendow.org
2. Where can I find copies of the narrative questions and/or expenditure report forms?
Copies of the narrative questions and expenditure report forms can be found here.
3. What are the system requirements for online reporting?
Users must have access to the internet and a web based browser that allows cookies.  Certified browsers for online report submissions include:
Internet Explorer v8.0 or higher
Mozilla Firefox v3.6.1 or higher
4. I forgot my password?
From the Account Login page, click the “Forgot your password” link. Upon clicking the link, provide your email address and you will be sent a temporary password.
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5. I have an account login, but do not see my grant requirements?
Verify with your authorized reporting contact whether you have been granted access through our Global Account set-up. If no access has been granted, have the authorized reporting staff contact gms@calendow.org.
6. How long does it take to create a login account?
Grants Operations takes 1 to 2 business days to process your request, depending on the volume of requests in a given week.
7. I want to include attachments but the system only allows for a narrative and expenditure report.
Please list those attachments you wish to include in your narrative. The Program Manager will notify you to submit those attachments separately, if needed.
8. How do I change the accountholder login?
Please contact gms@calendow.org and we will change the reporting contact for you.
9. How do I request a no cost extension?
A request for the extension, with the extension date and a brief justification, may be submitted in writing to your Program Manager or Grants Analyst no later than 10 days prior to the end of the grant.  Extension requests are not automatic and must be approved by The Endowment.
10. Our grant is about to end and we have unexpended funds, what do we do?
Please notify your Program Manager before the closing of the grant to discuss.
11. What happens if grant funds are not spent exactly as budgeted?
Except for changes to or additions of employee benefits or indirect costs or any capital expenditure, subcontract/consultant cost or incentive or the addition of new line-items, The Endowment (TCE) will allow grantees up to 100 percent flexibility between the Personnel and Non-Personnel categories, and 100 percent line-item flexibility within those categories, without prior approval. Changes to the preceding exceptions may be allowed, but only with prior written consent of a budget modification by TCE.
Line-item flexibility notwithstanding, each grantee must use all funding provided in a TCE grant pursuant strictly to the outcomes listed in that grant agreement and are required to maintain adequate financial records of the grant-funded activity. TCE retains the right under its grant agreement, upon written notice, to audit grantee’s books and records relating to grant expenditures.
12. How do I submit my report?
Please review the “How to Submit Reports” resource, also found on the Grants & PRIs page of TCE’s website.
13. Where do I find my reporting deadlines?
Deadlines can be found by logging-in to the reporting online portal, and viewing the list of active grants and deadlines under the ‘Requirements’ tab.
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14. Where can I find the list of grant outcomes and indicators to include in my narrative report?
Please refer to the Grant Agreement, Section III ‘Expected Outcomes of Grant’ for a full list of grant outcomes and indicators.
Grant information can also be found by logging-in to the reporting online portal, and selecting the corresponding grant report form under the ‘Requirements’ tab.  Grant Objectives/Outcomes (also known as outcomes/indicators) are listed within the Grant Information.
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15. More Questions?
If you have questions regarding online reporting, please contact gms@calendow.org or your Grants Analyst.  Depending on the question, your answer will come via e-mail or telephone. We strive to respond within 2 to 3 business days.

LOS ANGELES (June 20, 2016) – The California Endowment today announced a $306,344 grant to the International Rescue Committee in Los Angeles, to help support the health and mental health needs of Syrian refugees who will be resettling in California. It is anticipated that approximately 10,000 Syrian refugees will be resettled in the U.S. this year, with approximately 25 percent of them to be resettled in California. San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Oakland and the Central Valley are the regions expected to receive the majority of the Syrian refugees who will resettle in California.

“These are individuals and families that have suffered greatly and it is our duty as Californians to help welcome them and integrate them into our communities,” said Robert K. Ross, MD, president and CEO, The California Endowment. “Not only have they endured the trauma of war and will most certainly need immediate access to health and mental health services, but they have also risked perilous obstacles just to get to a place of safety.”

The majority of funding will go directly to resettlement agencies accepting the most Syrian refugees to help access health, mental and social services, to help ensure coordination among California’s 22 resettlement agencies, and to support communications strategies that support the refugee resettlement effort.

“To be effective, the state’s resettlement agencies will have to coordinate to a greater degree than ever before,” said Martin Zogg, Executive Director, IRC in Los Angeles.  “This first-ever project will ensure Syrian refugees receive a more a comprehensive and coordinated statewide response than any previous group of arriving refugees.  But it will also provide a model for interagency collaboration that will benefit all refugees resettled in the state.  We’re deeply grateful for The California Endowment’s singular consideration and support for this unique community of immigrants.”

The International Rescue Committee in Los Angeles (IRC-LA), has resettled refugees in California for more than 40 years and is one of the oldest and largest resettlement agencies in the state. It is one of eight International Rescue Center offices throughout California and has strong relationships with IRC offices in San Diego, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose and a number of other refugee agencies throughout the state.

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s website at www.calendow.org

Oakland, CA (Feb. 18, 2016)Capital Impact Partners and The California Endowment today announced the launch of the Healthier California Fund, a new $20 million loan fund for projects that support growth and innovation at community health care centers and clinics in underserved, low-income California communities. This initiative, in partnership with The California Endowment, will help build the capacity of health centers and clinics throughout the state to deliver quality health care to an even greater number of patients in need, provide better interest rates for projects that support innovative health care approaches, and support health centers that need technical assistance to grow their operations.

“Through the Healthier California Fund we can positively impact communities throughout California by financing innovative health care solutions that deliver social impact in underserved communities and address the social determinants of health in those communities,” said Scott Sporte, Capital Impact Partners’ Chief Lending Officer. “Improving services and access to affordable, quality health care in local areas in need will help California build capacity to fully implement the Affordable Care Act, and ensure all people have access to affordable, quality, convenient health care in local settings.”

The Healthier California Fund Fund fills a much needed niche for health centers and clinics looking for financing to grow their operations, fully implement the Affordable Care Act, and better serve vulnerable and uninsured patients. Unlike loan products offered by traditional financial institutions, this mission-driven fund offers a variety of key features designed to support and improve health care across California including:

  • Flexible terms and below-market rates.
  • Special rates for “innovation” projects.
  • Financial support for technical assistance.
  • Financing for real estate acquisition, construction and expansion, equipment purchasing, and working capital.
  • Loans from $500,000 to $6 million.

“The California Endowment is committed to improving the health of all communities across California.  We are pleased to deepen our partnership with Capital Impact Partners to support community health centers as they expand and innovate to serve the needs of our historically underserved communities,” said Dan DeLeon, chief financial officer and Vice President, The California Endowment.

Capital Impact Partners, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution, employs an investment and social impact strategy that allows them to partner with community health care providers throughout California to increase access to quality care, improve health outcomes, spur economic development supporting healthy communities, and encourage innovation in the delivery of quality healthcare.  Over its 30-year history, Capital Impact Partners has financed more than 50 percent of California Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).  With over $250 million in loans, the organization is the state’s largest nonprofit health care lender.

“When we set out to build our new facility, we had no idea how critical Capital Impact would be to our project.  The loan process was straightforward and staff support exceptional.  We truly found a partner ready, willing, and able to help us serve the thousands of people in our community in need of access to affordable health care,” said Valerie Jonas, Chief Development Officer at Axis Community Health in Northern California.

Capital Impact provided Axis with a $6 million loan to help the center serve an additional 17,000 patients through the construction of 27 new exam rooms, seven mental health counseling rooms, patient education facilities, and a pharmacy. Other examples of health centers that Capital Impact has provided loans to include:

  • Clinic Sierra Vista – $2 million investment for construction of facilities to provide comprehensive, community-based services including: health care, behavioral health, drug and alcohol counseling, and nutrition and education programs.
  • Lifelong Medical Care – $900,000 to grow medical, mental health, dental and vision services.
  • South Central Family Health Center – $1.77 million in construction loans to build exam rooms, labs, and diabetic care and prenatal care facilities.
  • John’s Well Child – $3.45 million for new exam rooms, dental chairs, and mental health rooms for comprehensive services.

These projects bring needed services to more than 38,000 patients in underserved communities and improve local economies by providing more than 200 jobs and employment opportunities for both construction and operations.

“As a mission-driven lender, we invest in health care projects that serve low-income, uninsured populations often considered too risky for traditional banks,” said Ellis Carr, Capital Impact’s Chief Financial Officer and incoming President and CEO. “It is our objective to see that good projects that deliver social impact get the financing they need and that this investment benefits all Californians.”

About Capital Impact Partners
Capital Impact Partners transforms underserved communities into strong, vibrant places of opportunity for people at every stage of life. We deliver strategic financing, incubate new social programs, and provide capacity-building to help ensure that low-to-moderate-income individuals have access to quality health care and education, healthy foods, affordable housing, and the ability to age with dignity. A nonprofit community development financial institution, Capital Impact Partners has disbursed more than $2 billion to revitalize communities over the last 30 years. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., Capital Impact Partners operates nationally, with local offices in Detroit, Mich., and Oakland, Calif. Learn more at www.capitalimpact.org.

Media Contact:

Contact:  Jason Anderson, Senior Director of Communications, 703-647-2308 / janderson@capitalimpact.org

 

Los Angeles (Feb. 9, 2016) – The California Endowment today announced a $50,000 grant to Flintridge Center to support the planning process for the Pasadena/Altadena violence prevention plan known as the Vision 20/20 initiative. Funds will be used to help boost the impact and effectiveness of Vison 20/20 by identifying and filling gaps in programs and services.

“We must do better for underserved Californians by providing the right mix of services and creating opportunities for them to flourish. Vision 20/20 aims to do just that,” said Robert K. Ross, MD, president and CEO of The Endowment. “The California Endowment is especially pleased to provide these funds to boost prevention resources and increase opportunities for underserved and disenfranchised youth and adults that help keep our kids and communities safe.”

The Vision 20/20 coalition is currently developing career paths, training, and a network of relevant services for youth and adults. In addition, they are working to promote greater alignment and integration of the community-based service providers serving the community. The planning effort is staffed by a mix of individuals to ensure a balance of voices that include grass roots constituents, youth, nonprofits, faith leaders, government and business.

“We are tremendously grateful to the California Endowment,” said Jaylene Moseley, President of Flintridge Center. “This important funding will support a planning process to deepen the impact of the coalition’s work in the community.”

About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.

Kudos to our Governor Jerry Brown for accepting Syrian refugees into the state of California, when more than two dozen other Governors nationally are refusing to offer the welcome mat to families who have experienced considerable civil strife, violence, and chaos.

This past week, our Board of Directors announced that TCE would make emergency relief grants to community organizations who are supporting the settlement of these refugees into our state.  We traditionally utilize our emergency grants program for disaster relief, both natural and man-made.

Some will wonder and worry – as did the more than two dozen Governors last week – about the risk of welcoming terrorists masquerading as refugees into our communities.  And with 9/11, Charlie Hebdo, and Paris as painful reminders, the idea of opening our arms to Syrian refugees is not a risk-free proposition.  However, processing and screening of refugees from terrorism-involved nations involve greater levels of scrutiny and review from our State Department.

At the California Endowment, the way we see it is as follows: The idea and promise of America vastly outweighs the small risk of importing a terrorist among refugees.

America is at its greatest when it rises above the darkness, fear, and anxiety to stand tall for freedom, justice and dignity.  America is at its worst during slavery, Japanese internment during World War II, McCarthyism, homophobia, and anti-immigrant fear-mongering.  An open and welcoming democracy, is, by definition a messy business.  Wasn’t it Churchill who remarked, “Democracy is the worst form of government – but it’s better than all the others.”  Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, free and open elections all represent the most untidy aspects of our democracy – and at the same time, the most inspiring and exhilarating.

Through the lens of our mission, the health of California is boosted by a culture of inclusion and civic participation.  The politics of exclusion – in its many forms – is toxic to health and wellness in our state.

In church this past Sunday, we offered a prayer for all peoples that reads: “For the world, that among nations made desolate by conflict and violence, justice and righteousness may flower anew.”

Indeed.

 

 

 

Los Angeles, Calif., (November 24, 2015) – The California Endowment, one of the nation’s largest private health care foundations, announced today it will make emergency relief grants available to several organizations helping Syrian refugees arriving in California.

“This is a moment to stand up for our values as Americans,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment. “Inclusion and compassion are at the core of The Endowment’s mission to create healthier communities across our great state. We are committed to do our part and support Governor Brown’s decision to welcome refugees to California.”

The Endowment will make small grants available to several community-based organizations that offer support to refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. These one-time only emergency grants will be designed to increase the capacity of organizations in select communities in California where refugees will be arriving. Organizations will be identified based on the location of arriving refugees.

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About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org.

 

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New Robust Platform, Same Mission

 

Los Angeles, Calif. (May 11, 2015) – The California Endowment, the state’s largest health foundation, today unveiled its new website – designed to bring more tools and features to its users, and allowing The Endowment to better connect with its many partner organizations, as well as thought leaders and the people of California.

“Our new site is an important engine to support The Endowment’s work to transform communities across California, and improve the fundamental health status of all Californians,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment. “The site’s new features allow us to reach more people and ultimately help realize more change throughout California.”

The website offers a fresh design and fully integrates with today’s digital environment. It’s mobile-friendly and easily accessible with new tools, interactive graphics, timely information and links to The Endowment’s social media platforms.

Please visit the site at: www.calendow.org.

Funding provided to 27 organizations working to improve health and reduce disparities 

Sacramento and Merced – Today, Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management announced nearly $500,000 awarded to 27 organizations working to improve health and reduce health disparities in the San Joaquin Valley through policy and systems change.  A full list of organizations that received funding through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund can be found here.

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund was launched in the fall of 2014 to strengthen the capacity of communities and organizations in the Valley and is supported by Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment and the Rosenberg Foundation.  Following the launch, a San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Briefing Paper and Mapping Report were released highlighting the Valley’s challenges and opportunities.

In December 2014, the Center for Health Program Management received 100 proposals totaling approximately $1.9 million in requests in response to the first release of request for proposals.  Proposals were received from all eight targeted San Joaquin Valley counties – Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare.  Approximately 20 percent of the proposals were for programs related to access to health services, 20 percent for healthy youth development and 20 percent for community safety.  The remaining proposals focused on issues ranging from housing to food security.

“Now is an opportune time to invest in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Sierra Health Foundation Center for Health Program Management President and CEO Chet Hewitt. “Each of the selected grantees provided powerful proposals and we look forward to working with them to improve health equity in their communities.”

“It’s important for funders to support and embrace the fine work that is happening in the San Joaquin Valley,” said The California Endowment President and CEO Robert K. Ross, MD. “These grantees are working toward sustainable change and improved health outcomes. We must support them in their efforts to advance their capacity to the next level.”

“We are pleased to be a partner in the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund to advance equity in the region,” said Rosenberg Foundation President Tim Silard.  “By addressing severe inequities, and promoting civic participation and systems change, these grantees are ultimately helping to ensure the future prosperity of all Californians.”

All awarded organizations will participate in grantee meetings and an initiative-wide evaluation.  The first San Joaquin Valley Health Fund grantee learning community meeting will take place on March 26 Fresno.

For more information about the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, please visit the Center for Health Program Management’s web site here.

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The Center for Health Program Management works to reduce health disparities in underserved communities. With commitment, creativity and collaboration, the Center promotes efforts to eradicate health inequities across California. www.shfcenter.org

Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy investing in and serving as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California through convening, educating and grantmaking. www.sierrahealth.org

The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation with a mission to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.www.calendow.org

The Rosenberg Foundation is a private philanthropy that believes that in order for democracy to thrive in our state and nation, every person in California must have fair and equitable opportunities to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. www.rosenbergfound.org