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Meyer Foundation and Consumer Health Foundation Form Health Funding Partnership

September 24, 2009

One key goal of the partnership is streamlining and simplifying application and reporting processes for nonprofits with a single process for both foundations. The partnership allows Meyer to benefit from the deep knowledge and expertise of the Consumer Health Foundation without expanding its staff.

“Foundations are always asking our grantees to be open to innovative new ways of working together, and we feel that foundations have a real opportunity—especially in this difficult economic time—to model the kind of collaboration they hope to see among grantees,” says Julie L. Rogers, President and CEO of the Meyer Foundation. “Meyer’s commitment to funding in health remains strong, and our priorities and funding interests will continue to focus on expanding access to primary care throughout the region. As the country faces the prospect of healthcare reform, we believe that Meyer’s health funding–and the good work of our grantees—remains critical to enabling access to high quality healthcare.”

The Meyer Foundation and CHF have worked closely together for nearly a decade, and there is considerable overlap in funding priorities and grantees. CHF staff will manage the application and review process for health and mental health grants and make recommendations to Meyer staff and board.

“We are excited at the prospect of working more closely and strategically with our colleagues at the Meyer Foundation,” says Margaret O’Bryon, President of the Consumer Health Foundation. “We have a shared history as partners committed to improving the health of our region. Our work together has included the creation of the Regional Primary Care Coalition and other collaborative endeavors.”

For more information about this partnership, visit: http://www.meyerfoundation.org/new-partnership