How we Work
As a funder, community leader, and partner we work to meet our mission through program development, grantmaking, community partnership, and advocacy. We are deeply committed to the success of our grantee partners and our 17-town region. We approach our relationships with grantee partners from a place of trust, rather than suspicion. We select grantees with care and attention and offer guidance and support beyond the grant. We aspire be a true partner, so organizations can focus on their mission and community needs.
Our Focus Areas
Our strategic framework directs the foundation’s focus towards the underlying conditions impacting health – external factors such as our homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods which create opportunities for health and well-being. From this framework, FCH identified three focus areas:
We’re dedicated to learning and continual improvement. For us, this means centering the experiences of our grantee partners, practicing mutual accountability, and learning from failure. We regularly act on what we learn to make improvements to our work and freely share how the foundation’s resources have been put to work. Our current strategic framework was developed from feedback from community stakeholders and our grantee partners.
Photo by Anne Day.
Learning & Evaluation
We evaluate to be accountable to the region we serve, learn with the organizations we partner with, and to determine if our strategies to improve health, well-being, and equity are working. Understanding our impact and being open to improvement helps us be a better partner, funder, and community leader.
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Accountability & Transparency
We’re accountable to the people we work with and serve. As a hospital conversion foundation, we recognize that we’re stewards of public assets and freely share FCH’s financial reports and the organizational documents that guide us.