Partnerships

Since its inception in 2014, the VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn has proudly invested millions of dollars in grants to support nonprofit organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of people in the North Penn region. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VNA Foundation typically made grants during two cycles each year, and provided funding in the form of General Operating, Program or Capacity Building grants. These grants were in addition to the VNA Foundation’s signature grant investment, the Abington Dental Access Grant program (a collaborative effort between Abington Jefferson Health and the Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society), as well as its ongoing support of the Bucks-Mont Collaborative for Health and Human Services (an association focused on forging partnerships and shared learning among both nonprofit and for-profit health and human service providers throughout our region).

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.

Annual Summaries

Annual Summary 2019-2020

Annual Summary 2018-2019
Annual Summary 2017-2018

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.

We stand united with those whose tireless efforts aim to create a more just and equitable North Penn community, with healthier outcomes for all.