FY24 Grantee Training

HIF FY24 Grantee Training September 21, 2023

Join the Healthcare Initiative Foundation as we review our FY24 grant process. We invite you to our office or  attend virtually. Click image above for registration link or click here.
The session will be recorded for those unable to attend.

HIF in Transition

Please welcome Lynn Arndt as HIF’s Interim Executive Director

Lynn brings a wealth of experience from both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  Lynn spent the early years of her career practicing law in Rochester, New York, working as an attorney and lobbyist in Washington DC and as a consultant in government contracts. In 2010, Lynn transitioned to the nonprofit world working first as a Volunteer Coordinator for Community Reach (formerly CMR) and ultimately as its Deputy Director. As such, Lynn was responsible for managing the organization’s four programs which serve as a safety net to the most vulnerable of our county. She also oversaw the Development Program for both Community REACH and its subsidiary, the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic. She then transitioned to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for Interfaith Works.  

In late 2019, Lynn broadened her nonprofit experience as CEO of BlackRock Center for the Arts. In this role, Lynn managed the arts organization through the pandemic and supported the creation of The UpCounty HUB, a critical food distribution program, now its own 501(c)3 nonprofit. Most recently, Lynn has served as a consultant to Community REACH as it completed its search for a new Executive Director.  

When asked about the opportunity of this role with Healthcare Initiative Foundation, Lynn says, “It is an honor to step into the role of Interim Executive Director for the Foundation during this time of transition. Under the leadership of Crystal Townsend, the Foundation has been essential in creating lasting partnerships and raising the voice of nonprofits in our community. I look forward to working with the incredible staff and continuing the work soon.”  

In addition to Lynn joining the HIF team, the Board of Directors also welcomes Jessica Fuchs back.  From 2019 to 2023, Jessica served as the Director of Grants and Community Impact at HIF.  As Communications Consultant, Jessica will use her knowledge of the Montgomery County health and wellness landscape, HIF’s mission and vision, and grantmaking portfolio to support the continuity of messaging with our community partners.   

Continuity of messaging during transition

In addition to Lynn joining the HIF team, the Board of Directors also welcomes Jessica Fuchs back.  From 2019 to 2023, Jessica served as the Director of Grants and Community Impact at HIF.  As Communications Consultant, Jessica will use her knowledge of the Montgomery County health and wellness landscape, HIF’s mission and vision, and grantmaking portfolio to support the continuity of messaging with our community partners.   

The HIF Board of Trustees and staff appreciate your partnership during this time of transition.  The HIF team – Lynn, Elissa, Faye, and Jess—are here to answer any questions you have regarding the Foundation’s transition plan, grantmaking calendar, upcoming site visits, or just to say ‘Hi!’.   

Crystal can be reached in her new role at The Washington Home Charitable Foundation at [email protected] and cell (301) 524-5369.

2023 Strategic Plan Recording

On July 27, the Healthcare Initiative Team hosted a virtual meeting to launch the Foundation’s 2023 Strategic Plan.  For those who were unable to attend, the session was recorded.  To learn more about the Foundation’s 2023 Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals, click here

The recording is also available on the HIF YouTube page here.  If you have questions about the 2023 Strategic Plan and our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals, please reach out to a member of the HIF team

2023 Strategic Plan Launch

HIF Launching 2023 Strategic Plan

Come talk with the Healthcare Initiative Foundation team about our newly developed 2023 Strategic Plan. We will share our refreshed Vision, Mission, and Goals and answer any questions you might have. Click image above for registration link or click here.
The session will be recorded for those unable to attend.

FY23 Small Grant Recipients

FY23 Small Grant Partners

Through the Foundation’s FY23 Small Grant cycle, $60,000 was invested in #14 nonprofit partners serving a variety of sectors throughout Montgomery County.
42% of funding is going towards serving Youth and Families, 40% to Behavioral Health services, 7% to Workforce, 6% to the LGBT+ community, and 5% to those with Differing Abilities**. Our partners estimate that through the next year that more than #6700 community members will be served.
To learn more about our grantmaking priorities, click here.
**These percentages represent an overlap in funding categories.

HIF is Hiring

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Director of Grants and Community Impact is responsible for mission-driven and program-related grant investment programs including: development of strategy and approach, identification of investment opportunities, due diligence, and implementation and monitoring of HIF grantees. The Director plays a highly visible role in the community and meets with grantee partners and other stakeholders to develop and implement strategies to advance mutual goals. In addition, the Director serves as liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Grant Advisory Committee and is responsible for providing content expertise on a portion of the grant portfolio to the Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) and Board of Trustees. This is a full-time, exempt position which reports directly to the HIF President and CEO. HIF’s general business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday with occasional early morning, evening, and weekend meetings and events. Most of the work is performed onsite though there may be occasional.

COMPENSATION:

Salary ranges between $80,000- $100,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please send an email with a cover letter summarizing your qualifications as they relate to the position description, a resume (as a Word document or pdf), and your salary requirements to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2023 at 5pm.

View full position details here.

Manna Building Advanced Purchasing Pilot

In Spring 2022, the Healthcare Initiative Foundation (HIF) team began to hear about the hardships local food providers were having in their efforts to obtain fresh produce.  During the height of the pandemic response, federal COVID-19 Emergency Response dollars increased purchases and access to fresh and healthy produce.  In 2022, these dollars came to a halt and so did the access to fresh fruits and vegetables that local food partners had come to rely on.  Partners were forced to travel throughout the DC Metro Region to access healthy and nutritious produce. 

After months of discussions and learning tours with County government and local food leaders, the Foundation had a better understanding of the need. Crystal Townsend, President and CEO of Healthcare Initiative Foundation explains, “Food security is a social determinant of health and unequal access to healthy, culturally important, and affordable foods contributes to the health inequities and disparate health outcomes we see in our County. A new approach is needed to help build a sustainable health promoting local food system. HIF’s investment through this innovative contract growing pilot will encourage Montgomery County farmers to grow culturally important, farm-to-table crops creating a local solution to address our County’s food insecurity needs.”      

To develop and lead this proof-of-concept model, HIF has awarded $50,000 to Manna Food Center (Manna). While this pilot is a forward-thinking first step, it is being built using the proven Farm to Food Bank model that is led by Manna.  Farm to Food Bank was launched in 2010 to partner with local farms, orchards, and farmers markets to purchase local produce at a cost that is beneficial to both the farmers and partners and then distribute those nutrient-dense foods to people experiencing food insecurity through local food providers. Manna’s CEO, Jackie DeCarlo, elaborates, “HIF’s investment will allow Manna to test the ability of contract growing arrangements with Montgomery County-based farms to increase the amount of highly sought after and health-promoting foods that are available for the Hubs and other food assistance providers to share with community members experiencing food insecurity.  In addition to supporting the short-term necessity for additional produce for County residents, this financial support of the contract-growing model and enhancement to Manna’s Farm to Food Bank program addresses the ever-increasing need to support the local Montgomery County agricultural economy in order to realize Manna’s vision of Food for All.”

This 16-week pilot, built around the growing season, will partner with two Montgomery County farms – Lewis Orchards (Dickerson) and Farm at Our House (Brookeville) – that will provide produce to two consolidation hubs that have been underserved – Gaithersburg CARES Hub at Seneca Creek and the East County Hub at Kingdom Fellowship.  In this advanced purchasing model, the two hubs, through Manna, will place their order for specific produce (in pounds) at the beginning of the growing season (February 2023).  The $50,000 in funding from HIF ensures that these two partner hubs and 1700 members of their communities receive a specific amount of culturally-appropriate produce.

To learn more about this pilot project, please reach out to the team at HIF for more information. On May 23, 2023, Manna Food Center and the Farm to Food Bank project were highlighted in The Washington Post. The work of this proof-of-concept model was featured. Click here to view the article.