HEALTH FOUNDATION INC

Contributing to a healthier community since 1991.

aka The Health Foundation, Inc.   |   N Wilkesboro, NC   |  www.healthywilkes.org

Mission

The mission of The Health Foundation, Inc. is to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Wilkes County, North Carolina.

Notes from the nonprofit

While The Health Foundation is pleased to raise money and make grants in our community to support health care initiatives, it is also important that we leverage our support by reaching out to others who share our vision. Therefore, not all of what The Health Foundation’s management and staff do to raise money can be quantified into dollars that show up on our own books.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Mrs. Heather W. Murphy CFRE

Board Chair

Mr. David E. Shelton

Main address

PO Box 667

N Wilkesboro, NC 28659 USA

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EIN

56-1745194

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wilkes County is a sprawling, geographically diverse community spread out over 750+ square miles. We're located about an hour's drive by highway away from any major cities. Wilkes is a Tier-1 economically disadvantaged community, and 1 in 3 children live below the poverty line. Our goal is to make it possible for every child and adult in Wilkes County to be safe, healthy, and able to thrive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

West Park Medical Campus

In 1995 we purchased a declining strip shopping center conveniently located 1/4 mile from Wilkes Regional Medical Center and have converted it into a centralized destination for medical care. Physician recruitment efforts to our rural community are enhanced by the availability of attractive offices. We structure our rents so that non-profits programs and services pay heavily discounted rates, allowing programs such as the Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic and The Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Care Center to serve more clientele. We are currently working to develop our central green space in the park to create an environment of active living.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Health Foundation offers scholarships to students entering health care professions who profess a demonstrable interest in working in Western North Carolina. Since its inception in 1998, the scholarship program has provided $163,300.00 to students with a passion for working in health care. Many of our students are "non-traditional," adults with established families who are seeking a new career by following their dreams. The vast majority of these students attend and graduate from our local community college, and remain in Wilkes to strengthen and build our medical community.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Health Foundation raises money for health care initiatives in the community, absorbing the expenses and returning at least 100% to the program, service or project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Health Foundation provides both financial support and structural support to organizations seeking the best practices in fundraising, reviews of business plans, and internal control issues. We also help write competitive grant proposals for organizations who do not have internal capacity to do so.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Health Foundation has received a three year, $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to make sure every child in Wilkes County grows up safe, healthy, and able to thrive. We are folding a variety of evidence-based interventions into this initiative, include school-based physical activity programs, adverse childhood experiences resiliency training, and workplace wellness.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 1995

Association of Healthcare Philanthropy 1995

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of coalition meetings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Grant-Making and Capacity Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Steering Committee meets frequently to evaluate potential evidence-based interventions. This number also includes our quarterly board meetings and meetings of the COPE task force.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Healthy Eating Active Living

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have representation from our school system, health department, Partnership for Children, medical professionals, and community leaders.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grant-Making and Capacity Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We make grants to build health care infrastructure and improve the health of the residents of Wilkes. Unadjusted 2020 number includes our scholarship awards to health care students.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grant-Making and Capacity Building

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer open grants as well as matching grants and "mini grants," and we have a robust scholarship program.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100% of The Health Foundation's Board of Directors contribute to the financial sustainability of the organization, in addition to their board service.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fundraising

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fundraising

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of the people who live in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Our organization is committed to community engagement, health equity, and addressing social determinants of health using a systems approach.

We understand that, as a small, place-based non-profit organization, we can achieve great impact by utilizing a multi-pronged approach to solving our community's challenges. For starters, by focusing on Wilkes County, we are able to target our support to make every dollar count.

A fundamental strategy involves the financial support we provide. Grant-making is a primary strategy that allows us to invest in the community's most promising programs and services. We also provide below-market rents to non-profit service providers at our centrally located medical park. By keeping rents low in a premium location, we ensure that people seeking medical care, regardless of their ability to pay, has access to care.

But money is only one of the many ways in which we make a difference. Over the years, we've adopted a number of creative strategies so that even our relatively small organization can make a big difference.

We choose to be a catalyst for change by joining with others who share our vision. We collaborate with other groups in the community who share our goals, helping them fund raise, fine-tune their business models, and increase their capacity to render services. Donors to The Health Foundation thus help us leverage gifts from others, including larger institutions who otherwise might not consider a grant to our rural community.

We convene different groups around common causes, recognizing that difficult problems require complex solutions. In this way, we can not only identify problems, but begin to come together around ideas and strategies that can capitalize on our community's unique strengths.

We look for new, innovative solutions, but we also recognize the great need to support programs and services that have proven successful over time and who need resources to meet the challenges of serving more people with less. That is why we continue to invest in the operational support of key health and human service providers here.

Some of our current goals include:
1. Ensure each Wilkes County child grows up safe, healthy, and able to thrive.
2. Reduce the percentage of students in Wilkes County whose BMI is above the normal range.
3. Increase the number of child sexual abuse victims and their families receiving support services.
4. Improve the oral health of children living in poverty.

The Health Foundation's long-term strategy is to continue to grow a base of support from individuals and businesses so that we can invest those charitable assets in the most promising health care programs here.
We seek to:
1. Raise awareness of the most pressing health care issues facing our community through a community needs assessment conducted in concert with the Wilkes County Health Department and the Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
2. Participate in ongoing, community-wide asset-mapping in collaboration so that we can understand not only our problems, but the many strengths on which we can build strategies for solving them.
3. Serve as a catalyst for bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders so that we can collectively address the most pressing issues facing our community.
4. Serve not just as a financial resource, but as a trusted adviser where organizations can learn best practices in non-profit governance, understand non-profit finance, and build both internal and external capacity.

The Health Foundation has convened the Healthy Wilkes Action Team (HWAT), representing the hospital, public health, school system, pre-school programming, and philanthropy demonstrate a continued willingness to mobilize resources by engaging donors, identifying volunteers, and providing in-kind as well as financial support.

Wake Forest Baptist Health - Wilkes Medical Center has a robust commitment to the management of chronic disease and access to care. They provide access to care for the underserved, including the provision of lab services, x-rays, surgery, and prescription drugs for the treatment of chronic disease. They wish to enhance social support interventions in community settings to change physical activity levels.

The Wilkes County Health Department serves as a safety net for the uninsured and Medicaid population for primary and preventative care and has been granted two CDC Public Health Associates to implement action plans for prevention of chronic disease and injury prevention. They are also a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and are our county's main source of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Wilkes Community Partnership for Children (Smart Start) is implementing programs to ensure children enter school healthy, such as SPARK and SHAPE NC.

The Wilkes County Schools provides public education to students (preK-12) and are committed to implementing SPARK and a workplace wellness program.

The Health Foundation is a seasoned fundraising entity and serves as the backbone at the request of the coalition. By utilizing technical assistance, the Foundation will be better able to make a case for support, including economic impact, to philanthropic investors. The Foundation has hired a full-time Program Director to staff the backbone function, and its Executive Director is free to devote the necessary time to develop resources, recruit leadership, and serve as a neutral convener. The Foundation is aligning its grant-making practices with coalition priorities.

The Healthy Wilkes Action Team, the collective impact initiative for which The Health Foundation serves as the backbone entity, implemented Fitness-Gram in the Wilkes County Schools in 2014. Prior to its selection, we met monthly and conducted a Big Picture™ Analysis of the obesity epidemic in Wilkes County, during which we mapped community resources, developed short and long-term action plans, agreed to share data, reviewed EBIs through IMAPP, and engaged additional community stakeholders. Start-up costs were funded by The Health Foundation and will be sustained by Wilkes County Schools. We intend to implement additional school-based EBIs moving forward.

HWAT worked across sectors to enroll eligible individuals in the Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplace. The Wilkes County Health Department (WCHD) became the Certified Application Coordinator Entity, hiring and training four Certified Application Counselors with offices at the hospital, medical practices, the WCHD, and The Health Foundation, which provided funding.

A Kate B. Reynolds “Joint Use-Community Use of School Grounds" grant was secured by team members to upgrade the playground areas of all thirteen elementary schools. The schools developed “community parks" that may be used by the students during the school day and the community after school hours. Wilkes County Schools coordinated the effort with assistance from the Health Department, and further support to upgrade playgrounds was provided by The Health Foundation.

In January of 2020, the board of directors of The Health Foundation voted to take on the fiduciary responsibility and personnel management for a fledgling Child Advocacy Center when its parent organization was closing down. The CAC, which provides counseling to survivors of child sexual assault or extreme physical abuse, will be under THF management until they receive state accreditation and 501(c)3 status.

The Health Foundation currently provides below-market rent to the only organization in the county providing domestic violence and sexual assault resources, DANA. THF also provided a start-up grant to support an immediate start date for their client advocate.

Still, Wilkes County ranks in the bottom third of counties in the state for common health measures. Obesity is epidemic. Substance abuse remains a major concern. And access to care remains out of reach for the many people affected by the downturn in the economy. We know that it will take the combined efforts of many individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve our goals. We remain committed to improving the lives of those we serve.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HEALTH FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. David Shelton

R&D Properties

Term: 2013 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Richard Marlow

Cam Finley

Venture Properties

Bill Harris

Cathy Huie

Brame Huie Pharmacy

Richard Marlow

Penny Musson

Dariel Rathmell

Brad Shinaman

Lee Bentley

Vannoy & Colvard

John Oliver

Mary Spears

Diane Swaim

Jean Melton

William Clark

Wilkes County Schools

Glenda Adams

Craig Bennett

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.