Every aspect of our life impacts our health.
Californians need neighborhoods where:
- Children can ride bikes and play together in nearby parks
- Parents can buy healthy, affordable foods at local markets
- Everyone feels safe walking to school or work
Californians need schools where:
- Quality school food and beverages are the norm
- Exercise is part of the school day
- Social-emotional health is promoted, leading to improved behavior and better decision-making
Whether you just stepped foot in California or you were born and raised here, we want your communities, and the local and statewide policies—or “rules”—that affect your life to work for everyone.
With smart grant making good leadership, and people power, we believe we can make the state of health in California better for all.
We focus on fixing broken systems and outdated policies, ensuring the balance of power is with the people.
We don’t focus on the individual, we focus on the larger community as an ecosystem of health.
We work with citizens and elected leaders to find lasting solutions to impact the most people we possibly can.
The goal is simple: First, change the way people view health—from the notion that health happens in the doctor’s office to a belief that health happens where you live, work, learn, and play.
We call this “narrative change.” Second, integrate smart solutions in communities across the state. We do this by working with our partners and grantees to fundamentally change “the rules”—laws, policies, and systems—that impede health in our communities.
We envision a California that leads the nation as a powerful and conscientious voice for wellness, inclusion, and shared prosperity.
- Where the talent and genius of all young people are no longer left on the sidelines, but are central to the state’s future;
- Where California invests in the wellness of all and assures meaningful opportunities for all, particularly the next generations, and those who have been excluded from opportunity because of discrimination, marginalization and stigmatization;
- Where there is racial truth and reconciliation, justice and healing;
- Where public institutions are responsive to, and reflective of, the will of all the people;
- Where all have voice, and are empowered to participate in a robust democracy;
- Where health destiny is not determined by a person’s ZIP code;
- Ultimately making California the nation’s healthiest state, and a model that fulfills America’s true promise of equality and justice for all people.
Together we will work toward a California for All in the 21st Century.
In support of this vision, The California Endowment will invest in three bold ideas in the decade to come.
These ideas have been shaped by our last decade of listening to and engaging with young people and grassroots communities across our state. These three ideas are:
People PowerDeveloping young and adult leaders to work intergenerationally to raise up the voice of marginalized communities and promote greater civic activism as essential building blocks for an inclusive, equitably prosperous state.
Reimagined Public InstitutionsTransforming our public institutions to become significant investors in, and champions of, racial and social equity, and in the healthy development and success of young people for generations to come.
A 21st century “Health for All” SystemEnsuring prevention, community wellness, and access to quality health care for ALL Californians.
Our clean bill of health
We were endowed with the funds and the mandate to ensure health and justice for all.
The 17-person Board and its committees help decide The Endowment’s grant-making priorities. All the rules around how these funds can be spent are outlined in the documents below. These documents keep us principled and The Endowment working.