Want to Bring Social Justice and Health Equity to your Community?

It begins and ends with people power.

Whether you just stepped foot in California or you were born and raised here, we want your communities, and the local, regional, and statewide policies (or “rules”) that affect your life, to work for everyone.

Find out what you can do to organize within your community, and change the health outcomes for everyone.

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Our Progress & Learnings

Our Progress & Learnings

The California Endowment is committed to promoting shared learning among our grantees, partners, board, and staff to create healthier communities.

We do so through supporting evaluation and research and through sharing what we learn with our partners and the field. We work to apply data and research in real time to inform strategy and to create greater impact. In addition, we seek feedback on our role as a funder and change-maker in order to become a more effective leader.

The following learning are what we have to date:

New Report: Toward Greater Transparency and Accountability

Toward Greater Transparency and Accountability: An Assessment of The California Endowment’s Funding to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led Organizations: Executive Summary and Full Report (October 2020).

This brief reports on TCE’s commitment to improved tracking, reporting, and transparency of TCE’s funding to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)-led organizations as shared in TCE’s Statement on Race and Racism.
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Strategic Review: Building Healthy Communities 2013

This memo analyzes TCE’s mission on embarking on an ambitious, complex strategy to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Three years into its 10-year, $1billion commitment to Building Healthy Communities (BHC), foundation leaders have decided to “hit the pause button” and commission an external assessment of the implementation of its strategy to date. The timing of this Strategic Review—mid-course—provides information for TCE to strengthen, improve, and build on the groundwork that has already been laid by the foundation’s grantees and partners.
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There’s Something Happening Here: A Look at The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative

Provides broad qualitative assessment of the progress of local BHC implementation (as of late 2013) and recommendations about the challenges that BHC needs to address in the future.
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The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities 2020 Foundation Transition Research Report

Provides comprehensive findings about the experiences of other California and national foundations with transitions from major community change/place-based initiatives.
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A New Power Grid: Building Healthy Communities at Year 5

Summarizes the views of TCE’s Executive Team on the progress of BHC at the mid-point, including significant accomplishments, mistakes made and lessons learned.
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A Brief Synthesis of Cross-Site Measures of Progress Over the First Five Years

A brief synthesis of cross site measures of progress over the first five years of Building Healthy Communities.
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President’s Youth Council.

The President’s Youth Council is a body of youth ambassadors across California that serves in partnership with the CEO of The California Endowment to ultimately shape The California Endowment’s investments and culture.

As ambassadors, the President’s Youth Council members provide community perspective by centering youth voices to cultivate narrative and systems change through storytelling to improve the health of underserved communities across California.


Serve as thought partners

In three year terms by providing youth perspective in advancing health equity and health justice campaigns.

Serve as representatives

Of the youth leadership body of The California Endowment.

Participate in leadership and professional development opportunities

To strengthen leadership skills to help them be more effective advocates for the communities.

Gain access to networking and mentorship opportunities

With the President & CEO and the staff of The California Endowment and support the connection of youth with regional, state, and national youth empowerment campaigns for social justice and addressing the needs of youth and their communities.

Amplifying voices of those traditionally excluded.

The California Endowment values the energy, agility, and fearlessness of youth leadership and youth organizing in its many forms including local, statewide and online community building, and lifting the voices of those traditionally excluded from public conversations to create opportunities for their stories to be told and heard.

It’s driven by a vision of what constitutes a healthy community: one in which youth and adults thrive and all community members have the opportunities, supports and resources to develop their full potential, thus achieving greater health equity for all Californians, especially those who have experienced disadvantage or historical injustice.

Members of the President’s Youth Council:

Kimberly Gudino
Kimberly Gudino Sacramento
Binti Musa
Binti Musa City Heights
Karla Ortiz
Karla Ortiz Boyle Heights
Leslie Renteria Salome
Leslie Renteria Salome City Heights/Merced
Noah Santiago
Noah Santiago Long Beach
Dean Welliver
Dean Welliver South Kern/Berkely

Explore Programs Offered by The California Endowment.

CalEndow Live is the public programs arm of The California Endowment designed to convene, build solidarity and create a connective tool to uplift voices in community for social change.

Advancing Health Equity Awards & Workshop

Advancing Health Equity Awards & Workshop

Advancing Health Equity Awards honor local California public health departments who are exploring new territory and developing bold strategies to build power for health and racial equity. They showcase and reward public health department practices—with awards totalling $175,000 the first two cycles, and $235,000 the third cycle—that can inform and shape future health and racial equity work.

The Advancing Health Equity Workshop is designed for California-based public health practitioners who believe in fundamentally transforming how we approach health creation in this country. Practitioners gather to learn, support and inspire one another, and share innovative strategies that can build community voice and power for the health of all Californians.

Our intention is to hold the Awards every two years and the workshop yearly. Given how the Corona Virus is changing our social landscape, the Planning Committee is evaluating how best to bring public health practitioners together.

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CalEndow Live

CalEndow Live

CalEndow Live is the public programs arm of The California Endowment. With health and racial equity at the center of our programming, CalEndow Live offers inclusive and topical lectures, roundtable discussions, film screenings, critical conversations with authors, educators, organizers, activists and artists, and through town halls and creative experiences.

Calendow Live is open for all and free for the public good. Check back to learn more about upcoming virtual events.

Youth Awards

Youth Awards

Across the state, young people are standing at the frontlines, taking action, and leading conversations to create lasting change that will lead to a more equitable and healthy future. The Youth Awards, created in 2018, recognize and celebrate the young changemakers and youth-allied organizations that have made a tremendous impact on improving the health of their communities and across the state of California.

Award recipients are youth leaders between the ages of 13 and 26 whose actions impact public policies, create innovative models of service, strengthen local institutions, and inspire youth power in communities across California.

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