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December 6, 2017

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Over One Million in Grants

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – On December 4, 2017, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees met and approved just over one million dollars to programs in Greater Williamsburg.  
 
Of the 15 grants approved, five focus on behavioral health.  “As the opioid abuse epidemic in Virginia illustrates, investment in programs that promote well-being has never been more urgent,” said Foundation President and CEO, Jeanne Zeidler. “We are starting to support some opioid-addiction treatment,” said Zeidler, “but we are continuing to invest heavily in family counseling, violence prevention, and many other proven methods of behavioral health treatment.”
 
Not all programs need a large investment of money to be effective.  A grant of five thousand dollars will help ensure that Williamsburg has a safety net for new moms and dads who may struggle with postpartum depression.   Williamsburg Health Foundation’s grant for $5,000 to Postpartum Support Virginia will help staff and promote Williamsburg’s Maternal Mental Health Coalition which includes obstetricians, pediatricians, Sentara Williamsburg, private counselors, Child Development Resources (CDR), breastfeeding groups, Colonial Behavioral Health, others.  “All these partners checking in with new moms and asking the same questions about their mental health creates a safety net built not on program dollars but on collaboration and cooperation,” said Zeidler.  
 
A complete list of grants is available at www.williamsburghealthfoundation.org.  
The Williamsburg Health Foundation has a vision of individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all.  “All of us have a role to play in making ours a healthier community that promotes well-being,” says Zeidler.  “Whether you read to a young child so they enter school ready to learn, donate healthy foods to the foodbank, or check in on a friend or neighbor who lives alone, we want everyone in our community to promote health and the positive experiences that create a healthier community.” 
 
The Williamsburg Health Foundation was founded in 1996 with proceeds from the partnership between Sentara Healthcare and the former Williamsburg Community Hospital.  Since its inception, the foundation has granted over 74 million dollars.

Grant Cycle 2017 2-Year Summary (Excel) Press Release (Word)


 
 

November 15, 2017

Williamsburg Health Foundation Hosted Greater Williamsburg Housing Symposium
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the William & Mary School of Education, the Williamsburg Health Foundation hosted a panel of experts to present research on housing in Greater Williamsburg.  “With so many groups, including the Williamsburg Health Foundation, sponsoring meaningful studies of local housing needs, we thought it important to gather everyone together to share information,” said Jeanne Zeidler, President and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation.  For more information, contact the Foundation at info@WilliamsburgHealthFoundation.org. 
 
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June 12, 2017

20 Local Programs that Make Greater Williamsburg Residents Healthier Receive Over 3.5-Million in Funds from the Williamsburg Health Foundation. 
 
 

December 6, 2016

 

In 2016’s second and final round of grants, the Williamsburg Health Foundation awarded over a million dollars to 15 different organizations – bringing the year’s grants to total more than $4.5 million.

 

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WHF Cycle 2 Year 2016 Grants Approved by Program Area

Virginia Gazette

 

June 8, 2016
 

Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Latest Grants Create Health Opportunities for All.
 

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WHF Cycle 1 Year 2016 Grants approved by Program Area

 

April 2016
 

The Williamsburg Health Foundation hosted “Advocating for Virginia’s Children” a talk by Margaret Nimmo Crowe, Executive Director of Voices for Virginia’s Children on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the College of William & Mary School of Education (Dogwood Room). Voices for Virginia’s Children develops and champions policies and practices that positively impact the health and well-being of Virginia’s children and families. 
 
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January 2016

The Williamsburg Health Foundation announced the election of two new members to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Elizabeth “Beth” Fletcher Davis of Sentara and Tom Tingle of Guernsey Tingle Architects were elected to the board on December 7, 2015.

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December 2015

In its second of two grant cycles for 2015, the Williamsburg Health Foundation announced it is investing 1.3 million dollars in local agencies.

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Cycle 2 Year 2015 Grants approved by Program Area

October 2015

This is the 2015 version of our biennial report, “The Status of Citizen Health in Greater Williamsburg: What are the Community Health Indicators Telling Us?”. For the report we collected and analyzed the publically available community-level health and health-related data. The goal of the report is to transform the data into actionable knowledge. It is our hope that the report will facilitate community dialogue, inform health and human service providers and decision makers, and serve as a catalyst for collaborative approaches that will address identified needs and gaps. In many cases, the findings in the report highlight disparities in health opportunities and outcomes among different segments of our community.

September 2015

2015 Annual Awards: Healthy Food, Healthy Lives!

Virginia Gazette
In his closing remarks at Thursday’s awards ceremony, Chairman of the Williamsburg Health Foundation Board of Trustees Jeffery Smith touched on the interconnected nature of health and wellness. “Nothing happens in isolation,” Smith said. “Our honorees today collaborate with each other, our schools, for-profits and nonprofits alike to serve our community. We thank them.”

WYDaily
Fresh, nutritious food was the focus of the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s annual awards ceremony Thursday. The Williamsburg Farmers Market, KelRae Farms, Meals on Wheels and Virginia Peninsula Food Bank were all recognized for the roles they play in providing fresh, nutritious and tasty food to the people of the Williamsburg area.

 

September 2015

KaBoom! The Building of Grove Community Playground: September 19, 2015

WYDaily
Jeanne Zeidler, president and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation, was aware of the need for a newer, safer place for kids in Grove to play, but it was not until she first heard about KaBOOM! at a Rotary Club meeting the wheels began to turn.
 

Virginia Gazette
An army of nearly 250 volunteers, clad in light-green T-shirts, swarmed an empty space Saturday morning near Grove Heights Avenue. In about five hours, the barren lot was transformed into a colorful playground, the new centerpiece of a Grove neighborhood thought by some to be long overdue for a makeover.

Celebrate the Building of the Grove Community Playground with this short video.

June 2015

In the first of two grant cycles for 2015, the Williamsburg Health Foundation, the largest private, grant-making foundation in Greater Williamsburg, announces grants totaling over three million dollars. The Foundation provides grants to organizations to help improve the health of the community, and it brings together multiple groups to solve health challenges that cannot be addressed by a single agency.

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June 2015

Grantee Perception Report

The Foundation proudly shares the 2015 Grantee Perception Report.  We believe that our  improved results derive from what we learned from the 2009 report and what we learn from working with our grantees every day.  In 2009, we committed ourselves to  creating meaningful, hard-working partnerships with grantees. With confirmation from this report, we think it’s working, and we pledge to continue this commitment. 

 The Center for Effective Philanthropy Grantee Perception Report 2015

February 2015

The Williamsburg Health Foundation announces new members and officers for its Board of Trustees. In its December meeting, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees elected two new board members and a new slate of officers.

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December 2014

In its second of two grant cycles for 2014, the Williamsburg Health Foundation announced it is investing nearly 1.4 million dollars in local agencies, bringing the total for 2014 to 4.5 million dollars.

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October 2014

Inspired individuals collaborating with multiple community partners can create health opportunities for all.  Hannah S. Ostroff of WYDaily.com captured that message from the annual awards event on October 30, 2014.

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Ann Efimetz, reporter for the Virginia Gazette, wrote a preview to the 2014 Annual Awards event and the new emphasis on recognizing those who help create a healthy community where everyone has the opportunity to 'be on the move' and exercise.

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The School Health Initiative Program, the foundation’s largest single program, received some great coverage in WYDaily.com.  The foundation supports active learning in the classroom, after-school challenge clubs, and improvement of the foods served in local school cafeterias.  

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June 2014

On June 2, 2014, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted to approve approximately three million dollars in grants. The largest single grant for $590,000 is designated to promote health in Williamsburg‐James City County Schools.
 

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January  2014

The Williamsburg Health Foundation welcomes two new trustees: attorney Paul W. Gerhardt and real estate broker and local business leader, Robert (Bob) Singley. Douglas Myers (WHF Board chair) also announced that Allison Brody, formerly the Director of Development at Child Development Resources, joined the foundation staff on January 1 as the Director of Community Resource Development and Engagement. 

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December 2, 2013

WHF Awards Nearly $1 Million to 13 Programs to Improve Health - The Williamsburg Health Foundation today announced that its Board of Trustees has awarded 13 grants totaling $996,500 to programs supporting behavioral health treatment and intervention, community health, education, food and nutrition, healthcare, and human services.

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October 3, 2013

Williamsburg Heath Foundation honors Healthcare Workforce development at the 2013 Healthcare Heroes event

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June 7, 2013

Williamsburg Health Foundation awards grants totaling more than $2.8 million to 20 programs supporting health care, behavioral health, human services and community health and wellness

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January 11, 2013

Williamsburg Health Foundation Names Three New Board Members

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December 4, 2012

Foundation Awards Grants Total Nearly $1.2 Million

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June 15, 2012

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $537,300 to 10 Community Programs

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June 12, 2012

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Grants Totaling More Than $2.6 Million to Four ‘Foundation-Directed’ Programs

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December 20, 2011

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Medical Care Grants Totaling $647,533; Foundation's Grant Awards for 2011 Exceed $4.4 Million
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December 2, 2011

Survey Helps Historic Triangle Leaders Plan for Doubling of Senior Population by 2030
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August 19, 2011

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Grant to Enhance Data on Region's Senior Population
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July 5, 2011

Foundation Awards $219,000 to Six Area Non-Profits; 2011 Grants Now Total More Than $2.6 Million
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June 21, 2011

Foundation Awards $388,000 to Area Programs Serving Seniors
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June 17, 2011

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards $985,618 to Three Foundation-Directed Programs
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June 14, 2011

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to Further Pioneering Work of Chronic Care Collaborative
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March 30, 2011

Health Rankings Useful, But Incomplete Data Skews View Of The Region
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February 18, 2011

Hundreds Expected at 'Missions of Mercy' Free Dental Clinic in Gloucester This Weekend
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February 15, 2011

GWMAP Distributes Record Number of Free Prescriptions to Economically Distressed Citizens in 2010
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January 21, 2011

WILLIAMSBURG HEALTH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS
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