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Our Mission

The Salem Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to invest in sustainable initiatives that promote the overall health of Salem County residents. The Foundation’s vision is to be a financial resource for organizations specializing in servicing the health needs that are deemed to be unmet or underserved.

The Foundation opened its offices in August 2003. The first grant was awarded in January 2004 and since that time the Foundation has awarded 59 grants to 43 organizations for a total of $10,148,406.

2014 Kids Count Report Released

The 2014 Kids Count Report compares New Jersey’s 21 counties on 13 measures of child well-being, including child poverty, health, safety and education. The Advocates for Children of New Jersey publishes the report. The statistics should be used to inform local, county and state leaders, as well as community organizations, in their efforts to improve the well-being of all New Jersey children.

Improving the Health of our Children

The Salem Health & Wellness Foundation has announced a new initiative Healthy Kids, Bright Futures, with a focus on nutrition and childhood obesity and teen pregnancy. The Foundation believes its greatest impact can be made by dedicating funds to influence change in reducing the health disparities of children and adolescents in Salem County. Investing in greatly reducing childhood obesity and teen pregnancy in Salem County is our first commitment to this goal. Further, we believe that we can make the greatest impact by:

  • Promoting innovation through best practices and successful models in both our proactive and responsive grantmaking.
  • Increasing our influence and institutional leverage on behalf of those we serve by playing multiple roles beyond grantmaking.

New Partnership with CFNJ

SHWF, Community Foundation of New Jersey and others have established a $51 million fund to dramatically increase spending on health and wellness initiatives in Salem County. Learn More