To learn the history of the VNA Foundation’s support of Health Access, Basic Health Needs, Collaboration and Capacity Building programs over the years, review our Annual Summaries from past years, visit our page describing creative partnerships in Our Community, and, or watch our short commemorative 5-year Anniversary Video.
In 2019, in a proactive effort to help under-counted and under-represented people in the North Penn region gain the resources and representation they deserve in the 2020 Census, the VNA Foundation launched its Census Inclusion Grants program. This grant program launched new partnerships with organizations serving people of color, immigrants and refugees, and English Language Learners, and helped link our providers in the North Penn region to the greater national goals for accurate and equitable representation in the 2020 Census. Review our 2019-2020 Annual Summary for details about the Census Inclusion Grants program.
In the challenging year of 2020, to maximize flexibility for our partners struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine, the VNA Foundation converted all of its Spring grants to General Operating support, relaxed or waived application and reporting requirements, and increased its giving budget dramatically. We served as one of the founding partners of the MontCoPA COVID-19 Response Fund, both giving and fundraising to distribute more than $700,000 for our local providers. By the summer of 2020, the VNA Foundation launched its North Penn Unity Grants program in the summer of 2020, aimed at fast-tracking flexible funding to meet the needs of our heroic nonprofit partners, and distributing $300,000 in grants to North Penn nonprofits through that effort.
Looking Ahead…focusing on partnerships to promote access and equity
Our North Penn community saw enormous challenges in 2020, and we at the VNA Foundation stand united with those working to promote access to health and human services for all our North Penn residents, with respect, dignity and human compassion. We stand in solidarity with our nonprofit partners who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, on both health and economic stability, and in recognition of the fact that the pandemic has had disproportionate effects on our neighbors in communities of color and those experiencing poverty. We support those organizations committed to serving all in North Penn with a focus on those in our society who have been marginalized, oppressed, or discriminated against. The VNA Foundation has re-worked its grant programs and increased its grant budget for 2021 and beyond in order to provide more General Operating support, multi-year funding, and shorter, more streamlined application/reporting processes, and to deliberately help to close the access-gap for people of color, immigrants/refugees, and English Language Learners.