Common Ground Healthcare Foundation joins Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

July 25, 2023 – The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation (GGBCF) and Common Ground Healthcare Foundation (CGH Foundation) are joining forces to improve the health and prosperity of residents in 25 eastern Wisconsin counties where Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative’s (CGHC) members live, work, learn, and play.

The collaboration adds the CGH Foundation to the GGBCF family of funds. CGHC is the largest and one of the most tenured Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual health insurers in the state of Wisconsin. It launched the CGH Foundation to expand its ability to partner with community organizations that are helping people gain a foothold when they meet an obstacle with their health or finances.

An initial, expedited grants cycle will invest new funding into programs and initiatives that will support activities that enhance the health and wellbeing of community members. The CGH Foundation is also interested in innovative collaborations that closely align with the CGHC mission.

“We are thrilled to join hands with The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to address the critical issues of health and financial obstacles faced by individuals in our community,” said CGH Foundation President, Melissa Henderson. “Through this partnership, we aim to offer a lifeline of support, helping those who face adversity to regain their strength, resilience, and confidence.”

CGHC CEO Cathy Mahaffey agrees, “the CCH Foundation is Common Ground Healthcare Cooperatives’ way of saying thank you to our communities. By partnering with GGBCF we can combine our resources to provide support that will help other non-profit organizations continue their great work.”

Typical grant awards will be between $5,000 and $50,000. To be eligible, programs must directly or indirectly serve individuals in at least one of the following counties: Brown, Calumet, Dodge, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Shawano, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, or Winnebago.

“Through this new grants program, nonprofits will have greater opportunity to access the resources they need to meet their communities’ evolving needs,” said Amber Paluch, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation’s senior vice president of community impact. “This new partnership leverages our grantmaking experience to efficiently distribute significant resources across the region where we know there is great need.”

Nonprofits are encouraged to apply now through September 30, 2023, at Applicants are encouraged to contact Kari Olsen, Director of Grants and Scholarship Programming, with any questions. Awards will be distributed in November.


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