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Inside Philanthropy: How Tufts Health Plan is Using Small Grants to Sustain Momentum

posted Tue, Jun 19, 2018

From Inside Philanthropy: Community foundations and corporate funders have traditionally been the largest suppliers of mini-grants, but the ever-growing world of health legacy foundations can be found using such grants as well. As we've reported, there's now over 200 of these grantmakers—also known as health conversion foundations—and they're playing an increasingly large role in regional philanthropy, including in places where there aren't a lot of other foundations. As critical supporters of local health and human services nonprofits, health foundations may see good reasons to spread their grant money widely. For example, Tufts Health Plan Foundation, a funder that gives in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, recently announced a new mini-grants program. Lots of funders use mini-grants as a way to explore new interest areas without committing too much or to get their name out into the community. However, neither of these seems to be the case for Tufts. Although this foundation has only been around for about a decade, it’s already well-known in New England and solely committed to the needs of older adults.

 

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