Advancing the health and wellness of vulnerable populations in Imperial County.
Healthy people living full lives in Imperial County
Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation was created to help address a critical health funding gap in Imperial County, whose population suffers from shocking health and environmental health problems despite the county’s importance to our nation’s food supply and clean energy goals. The new foundation was created specifically to tackle the county’s health inequities.
Mission Support Grants
The Mission Support program is based on the belief that trusting those closest to our constituents, and providing core operating support for great organizations, will best further IVWF’s mission for the most vulnerable.
Mission Support funding will be awarded to 501(c)3 nonprofits in Imperial County that serve the most vulnerable populations and are aligned to the Imperial County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priority areas:
Healthy Eating, Active Living
- Consumption of affordable, accessible, and nutritious foods.
- Engagement in affordable and safe opportunities for physical activity.
- Achieving and maintaining healthy weight levels.
Community Prevention Linked with High Quality Healthcare
- Asthma detection, management, and education.
- Prenatal Care—Early and Adequate.
- Diabetes detection, management, and education.
Healthy and Safe Communities and Living Environments
- Engagement in improving air quality.
- Prescription drug abuse prevention and treatment.
- Linking family members, caregivers, and persons living with dementia across systems of care and support.
Imperial County Mission Support will open in Q1 2021.
COVID-19 Response Fund
The Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation, in partnership with Alliance Healthcare Foundation and other generous donors launched a COVID-19 Response Fund in April 2020 for nonprofit organizations that serve Imperial County. As of December 2020, more than $850,000 had been raised and more than $560,000 had been distributed with another funding round to begin in January 2021.
When the funding round opens, nonprofit organizations are able to apply for a one-time grant ranging from $1,000 - $50,000.
Board of Trustees
The Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Its board is made up of community leaders in healthcare, business, government and the nonprofit industry who have committed to the Imperial Wellness Foundation’s mission, vision and values for the betterment of Imperial County.
Local community nominations are currently open for the following:
- Program Committee (up to 5 open seats). Committee members manage the funding process and make grant recommendations to the IVWF Board for approval. The funding process includes developing the grant application and evaluation system; reviewing applications, and advancing recommendations for grantees to the Board for approval.
- Board of Trustees (up to 3 open seats). Nominations received will also be considered for board seats unless otherwise specified. Note: IVWF is an all-volunteer working board.
The IVWF Program Committee and Governance Committee will consider all nominations received with the goal of expanding community representation in the grant making process and board fiduciary responsibilities. Self-nominations are acceptable.
Due to the urgency of Covid-19, please send nominations by January 4, 2021 along with a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations received after January 4 will be considered for future funding rounds, including 2021 Mission Support, as well as for board seats.
Timothy E. Kelley
Dr. Adolphe Edward
Dr. Todd Finnell
Dr. Martha Garcia
Dr. Kathleen Lang
Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce
With fundraising support and participation, the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation will underwrite and support organizations and individuals that are solving the health problems of Imperial County and promoting the wellness of its hardworking population.
P.O. Box 3005
El Centro, 92244