November 29, 2017

Grantmakers in Health publishes Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland program officer’s perspective of philanthropy

Grantmakers In Health recently published a “Views from the Field” perspective of philanthropy from Erica Chambers, program officer for health at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland. In the article, Understanding Community Engagement: An Outsider-Turned-Insider’s Perspective of Philanthropy, Chambers discusses lessons learned as a community organizer over the last decade working in the nonprofit and public sectors. 

Prior to philanthropy, she led a multi-stakeholder community health coalition focused on healthy eating and active living (HEAL). She said the experience solidified her respect for the field of community engagement and organizing, and provided valuable lessons. She also provides examples of how the foundation’s partners lead with equity, community engagement and organizing, and resident voice to drive neighborhood change.

Read the entire article here.

Erica Chambers is a member of the Grantmakers In Health (GIH) HEAL Funder Learning Community, an intensive, longitudinal learning and networking experience exploring current and emerging opportunities and challenges facing foundations of all sizes, types and approaches. Her article was inspired by the deliberations of the learning community at the 2017 GIH Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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