Mission & Values
Our mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
UniHealth’s grantmaking vision is focused on the areas of Population & Community Health, Healthcare Delivery Systems, and Healthcare Workforce.
We fund hospitals, clinics, and other community-based nonprofit organizations who are seeking to improve the health and well-being of our rich and diverse communities. Our grantees range from direct service providers to wellness-focused programs to organizations addressing the social determinants of health. We welcome you to learn more about our Funding Strategies and our commitment to creating connection, collaboration, and inspiration across the healthcare continuum.
We practice responsive grantmaking, bringing humility and empathy to our conversations with community, philanthropic, and nonprofit leaders. We are committed to cultivating balanced, positive relationships as active thought partners with our grantees.
We are always honing our skills and deepening our knowledge base in order to best serve the community. A commitment to responsibly overseeing and managing the foundation’s resources guides everything we do.
We make honesty and adherence to our code of ethics a top priority, embracing a spirit of continuous quality improvement, collaboration, ongoing review of processes, and ongoing assessment of trends and evolving best practices for both healthcare and philanthropy.
We encourage direct, honest, and open communication, both within our team and with our grantee partners. And we seek to learn from our grantees’ challenges by fostering trust and a commitment to walking alongside them as they endeavor to tackle complex problems with innovative solutions.
In its early years, UniHealth operated as a nonprofit parent corporation serving nonprofit medical centers and for-profit subsidiaries and affiliates. In the decade to follow, dramatic increases in healthcare costs coincided with decreasing levels of insurance reimbursements, making it difficult for community healthcare providers to operate and remain viable. In mid-1996, the UniHealth Board of Directors determined that UniHealth could better serve its constituency and fulfill its charitable mission by becoming a grantmaking foundation. In 1998, UniHealth merged its medical centers with Catholic Healthcare West, adopted Restated Articles of Incorporation, and became a private grantmaking foundation committed to improving the health and well-being of our community.
Explore our Funding Strategies to learn more about becoming part of our ongoing legacy.