We do more than write checks.
We provide unique programs and opportunities to increase the capacity of nonprofits and improve the health of Middle Tennesseans. We know that population-level health improvement must focus on the impact that systems and policies have on health.
Because of this, we will start advocating alongside our grantees in 2019.
In 2019, we will use our influence to engage in advocacy alongside our grantees. This type of advocacy is an extension of our mission and previous advocacy work and comes at the request of our grantees and peer groups. Engaging in advocacy will allow us to address the root causes of the issues that our grantees work to address via our grants program. We will focus on expanding health care access and preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in partnership with our grantees and will use their input and feedback to determine when and how we use our influence. We will not engage in lobbying or earmark funds for lobbying.
We submitted a comment on the proposed “public charge” rule because it runs counter to our mission and values. The change will result in delayed treatment for chronic illness, a reduction in preventative care, and increased emergency room/emergent care usage, which results in poor health outcomes. Read our comments here.
Advocacy Training and Technical Assistance
We work to increase the capacity of our grantee partners by providing technical assistance and workshops independently and in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Community Catalyst, and the Frameworks Institute.
Our grantees told us that Tennessee needed high-quality, nonpartisan research and analysis on policies that impact the health of our community. In response to that, we committed $2.5 million over five years to launch The Sycamore Institute.
We fund and support cross-sector collaborations that address healthcare access and the prevention and mitigation of childhood experiences. We served as the backbone organization for the Get Covered Tennessee advisory committee which included nonprofits, insurance representatives, members of the private sector, and funders representing the entire state.