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.

Rural Development Hub

The Foundation

Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation is serving the role of a Rural Development Hub to focus on improving prosperity and well-being for all in the region. This role has been initiated by providing Health and Wellness grants and resources to address the health challenges and disparities that the people of Imperial County face.

A priority is to make sure that the most vulnerable communities and populations are visible to and heard by those making decisions that affect their daily lives. Our work around Civic Engagement will support community members to engage, elevate their voices, and participate in planning to make a reality the changes they want to see. Community Building Hubs will create the space and opportunity for community members to gather and mobilize around the priorities they identify and partner with local nonprofits that can enhance their efforts. These hubs will become their power base as they meet with institutions and government representatives with solutions on how to improve conditions.

Nonprofit Capacity Building is a critical component of the work. With the proper skills, capacity and resources, nonprofits, and community members, will become changemakers and decision-makers ensuring that prosperity and well-being is attainable by all. The Imperial Valley as a whole, needs external support and resources to elevate its voice and visibility and we invite others to create a Rural Funders Network to demonstrate a new way of balancing resources, power and decision making within rural communities.

The Alliance Healthcare Foundation is demonstrating this concept of balance by transferring 10% of its wealth to the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation. We know this is long-term work and it will require resources in perpetuity to sustain it. Raising a $25 Million Endowment has begun and we are looking for others to grow it to support the Imperial Valley’s future!

Learn more about the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation.

Mission Support Grants

The Mission Support program is based on the belief that partnering with those closest to our constituents, and providing core operating support for great organizations, will best further IVWF’s mission for the most vulnerable.  

2021 Imperial Valley Mission Support

We will be awarding one-year, unrestricted general operating grants ranging from $5,000 - $25,000 per recipient. The 2021 Mission Support fund total is $200,000.

Mission Support is provided for nonprofit organizations serving primarily Imperial County. Preference will be given to organizations based in Imperial County.

To qualify for IVWF’s 2021 San Diego Mission Support, your organization must:

  • be a 501(c)(3) or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor;
  • serve regions in Imperial County, and
  • be aligned with IVWF’s mission of advancing health and wellness for the most vulnerable in Imperial County, who often experience inequities in health and social outcomes.

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.

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 as of June 2021 $846,000 has been distributed. Read the full report here.


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

College of the Desert

Dr. Kathleen Lang

California Health & Wellness
Vice President Regional Operations

Larry Lewis

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
Chief Executive Officer

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

Dr. Victor Jaime

Imperial Valley College
Superintendent/President (Retired)

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.