Who We Are
The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation was founded in 2002 for the purpose of promoting the health and wellness of Salem County residents. Headquartered in Salem, the Foundation has made over $56 million in grants, contributions and scholarships to 68 organizations, all with the specific requirement that the funds address health problems in our county.
The Area We Serve
Salem County is New Jersey’s least densely populated county, with an estimated population of approximately 65,000 people. Located in southwestern New Jersey and bordered by Gloucester and Cumberland Counties, Salem County also is separated by the Delaware River from New Castle and Kent counties in neighboring Delaware. Approximately 42 percent of the county’s land is under “active farm cultivation.”
Healthy Kids, Bright Futures Initiative
In 2012, the Foundation established the Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative to focus on childhood obesity and teen pregnancy. These health issues were prioritized as a direct result of our planning process, which included comprehensive discussions with nonprofit agencies, schools, service providers, healthcare institutions, parents and teens. The Healthy Kids, Bright Futures initiative reaches into the schools and community based organizations striving to make a difference for children and youth and their families.
Areas of Interest
Areas of particular interest to the Foundation include but are not limited to:
Improving Access to Health Care
Proposals that permit broad segments of the population, especially underserved groups such as the poor and migrant workers, better access to primary and specialty medical services, including dental care and behavioral healthcare, are encouraged. Improved transportation systems for patients, support services for caregivers and advocacy initiatives to increase public and private funding to meet local healthcare needs are examples of projects designed to improve access.
Increasing the availability and utilization of proven techniques for the prevention of accidents, injury and illness are a Foundation interest. Examples of such programs include immunizations, screenings and wellness and fitness programs.
Efforts to promote the recruitment, education and retention of skilled healthcare professionals in Salem County are favored. While the Foundation does not provide direct grants or scholarships to individuals, scholarship and loan programs towards this end, especially through Salem County post-secondary institutions are an area of interest. Programs that offer career training in healthcare professions where a critical shortage of trained personnel can be documented are encouraged.
The 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 basis for any strategy must be supported by a set of values that guide the institution and those who act on its behalf and steward its funds. These values will provide a touchstone for future leadership that should stand the test of time.
We believe in being fair, balanced and honest in our interactions with the public and among ourselves. We are committed to using objectivity as a primary premise for our decision making.
Spirit/Passion for Philanthropy
We imbue all of our deliberations and actions with a spirit and passion for Philanthropy, and endeavor to encourage others to join us in this journey.
Impact Through Collaboration
We recognize that our community cannot thrive, nor can solutions be found to problems unless we form and encourage collaboration among those who can impact change. This value is coveted internally, among our staff and board members and externally among all stakeholders.
We lead with an unrelenting commitment to being a learning and knowledge sharing organization, scanning the field for new and best practices and innovative ways to solving problems, and bringing opportunities to our grantees. Our ear is to the ground, so we can stay current with the challenges and successes of service providers, practitioners and clients and seek their input so they can continue to deliver the highest quality service and access to their constituencies.
Commitment to Excellence
We endeavor to strive for excellence in all of our actions, business operations, stewardship of funds, relationships with stakeholders and nonprofit providers. We hold our grantees to the same standards by insisting they improve their capacities and reach for high performance. We evaluate ourselves and apply what we learn back to improve our practices.
We are thought of as a trusted partner and are known for funding quality programs.
Stewardship with Vision
We are mindful of the responsibility and obligation we have to ensure our funds are managed well not just by us but also by the nonprofits we support. With innovation comes risk and we balance each with a deliberative and data based approach.
We value the ability of private philanthropy to serve a unique and ongoing role in our society. The Foundation diligently attends to preserving and enhancing its financial corpus in order to meet the challenges of the future as well as the present.