On June 20, 2019, the Shape Up SF Coalition and Northern California Grantmakers’ Bay Area Health Funders Group co-hosted a conversation with nonprofits and funders to strategize how San Francisco can be a leader in health equity and healthy eating active living programs by further supporting agencies who will likely be applying for funding through the Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax.
While the new public funds offer new opportunities to support healthy eating/active living, private philanthropy can play an important role to ensure that the nonprofits implementing them are set up for success. Capacity building support can help nonprofits develop new and strengthen existing high quality programs for residents, and continue their engagement in policy and systems change work that can impact the root causes of health inequities.
The purpose of the meeting was to start a dialogue with private philanthropy about their role to support chronic disease prevention in innovative new ways. We wanted to hear from organizations that are on the ground, doing vital work to improve the health of some of our most vulnerable populations; and how they think funders can help build agency capacity to increase the impact and sustainability for the health of the communities you serve in San Francisco.
Thank you to our panelists, our speakers, and all the participants who made this first conversation such a success!