Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation

Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation
Integrity, Stewardship, Innovation, Commitment

The Mission

Advancing the health and wellness of vulnerable populations in Imperial County.

The Vision

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.

Learn more about the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation.

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.

2020 MSG Awardees

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.

Thanks to generous donations, another round of COVID-19 Response funding opened March 15, 2021 and will close April 2, 2021. 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.

We are always seeking community representatives to serve on our committees.

If you are interested in serving with us, please send a cover note and your resume to

Board of Trustees Bios

Honorary Council

Dr. Adolphe Edward

El Centro Regional Medical Center
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Todd Finnell

Imperial County Office of Education

Dr. Martha Garcia

Imperial Valley College

Dr. Kathleen Lang

California Health & Wellness
Vice President Regional Operations

Larry Lewis

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gregorio A. Ponce

San Diego State University, Imperial Valley

Haydee Rodriguez

Central Union High School

Sara Sanders

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Chief Development Officer

Enrique Martinez

Imperial Irrigation District
General Manager

Yvonne Bell

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Chief Executive Officer

Endowment Fundraising

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.


Contact Us

P.O. Box 3005
El Centro, 92244

The Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation works to advance the health and wellness of vulnerable populations in our community. Help us by contributing today.