CareSource Foundation Ends the Year with $2.8 Million in Awards

DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2016, the CareSource Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary by awarding $2.8 million to 147 deserving nonprofit organizations throughout Ohio. Since 2006, the CareSource Foundation has awarded over 1,000 grants and invested $14.5 million to strengthen the network of health and human service nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

In the second half 2016, the CareSource Foundation provided nearly $1.5 million in funding to 66 organizations in Ohio through 2 signature grants, 6 surprise grants and 58 responsive grants. The grants were selected through a rigorous review process that evaluates innovation, impact and sustainability. The high-impact signature grants included a focus on coordinated mental health care services, affordable housing and health services for low-income pregnant women.

The CareSource Foundation provides grants to nonprofits who are working to eliminate poverty, provide much-needed services to low and moderate-income families, build healthier communities and develop innovative approaches to address significant social issues.

“In the CareSource Foundation’s 10-year history, we’ve had the opportunity to invest in over 1,000 important, innovative nonprofits throughout Ohio,” said Cathy Ponitz, Vice President, CareSource Foundation. “These organizations make positive transformations in the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and families. We are inspired by their work and proud of the partnerships we have shaped together over the past decade. Ultimately, these partnerships create models of positive change that impact our communities and broader social structure for the better.”

10th Anniversary Celebration
The CareSource Foundation’s 10th Anniversary milestone was celebrated through 10 surprise grants given to deserving community partners. A total of $100,000 was given in surprise grants with each of the following 10 organizations receiving $10,000. Six of these grants were awarded in the second half of 2016.

  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Wellness Initiative
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Cleveland
  • Reach Out Montgomery County
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio
  • Changing Gears
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Mom’s House
  • Live Healthy Appalachia
  • Cleveland Hearing and Speech

CareSource Signature Grant Recipients
The CareSource Foundation awarded three signature grants in the remainder of 2016. These awards are focused on innovative, high-impact approaches to solving critical social issues. In total, $1,050,000 in awards have been allocated to the following organizations:

  • Levitt Pavilion Dayton – A previously announced grant of $750,000 to the Levitt Pavilion Dayton is providing funding for the redevelopment of Dave Hall Plaza to include the Levitt Pavilion Dayton. The new venue will serve as a catalyst for future development and economic growth.
  • Community Development for All People – A grant of $80,000 will allow the Community Development for All People to partner with the CareSource Foundation, Moms2Be and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide stable housing and other support to pregnant women and families in need.
  • Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services – This grant of $220,000 will provide funding to create the Front Door Experience which will connect individuals to an array of behavioral health services and create opportunities to serve uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Funding by Region
In addition to the three signature grants awarded to organizations in Dayton, Columbus and Troy, 58 responsive grants and six 10th Anniversary Surprise Grants were given in the second half of 2016. Columbus and Cleveland area nonprofits received more than $100,000 in grants while over $1,000,000 was invested in the Dayton region through responsive and signature grants.

Athens / Pike County / Portsmouth – $22,000
Live Healthy Appalachia (10th Anniversary Grant)
Pike County Outreach Council of Churches
Potter’s House Ministries
Cincinnati / Hamilton – $56,000
Big Brothers and Sisters of Warren and Clinton counties
Changing Gears (10th Anniversary Grant)
First Step Home
Healthy Beginnings
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
Parachute Butler County CASA
People Working Cooperatively
Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio
Cleveland / Akron / Canton / Youngstown – $148,300
Achievement Centers for Children
Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (10th Anniversary Grant)
Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care
Carmella Rose Health Foundation
Center for Advanced Mental Health Practice (CAMHP) Foundation
City of Cleveland, Department of Public Health
Cleveland Hearing and Speech (10th Anniversary Grant)
Domestic Violence Project
Far West Center
Greenleaf Family Center
Lake County Free Clinic
Mature Services
Neighborhood Alliance
Rape Crisis Center
Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County
Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
Voyager Program
We Care We Share
Yesh Tikvah
Zanes Foundation
Columbus / Delaware / Mt. Vernon – $152,500
Association for the Developmentally Disabled
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence
Community Development for All People (Signature Grant)
Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio
Mercy and Grace on Wheels
New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter
Prevent Blindness Ohio (10th Anniversary Grant)
Recreation Unlimited Foundation
Reeb Avenue Center
SON Ministries of Ohio
University Area Enrichment Association
Welcome Warehouse
Dayton / Springfield – $1,077,000
African Christian Community Center
Agape for Youth
Clark County Literacy Coalition
College Mentors for Kids
East End
Eastway Behavioral Health
Family Violence Prevention Center
Hannah’s Treasure Chest
Health Partners Free Clinic
Levitt Pavilion Dayton (Signature Grant)
Mercy Manor
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio
Springfield Christian Youth Ministries
Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services (Signature Grant)
Womanline of Dayton
Toledo / Findlay – $44,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio
Findlay Hope House
Mom’s House (10th Anniversary Grant)
Providence Center for Social and Economic Empowerment
Sara’s Garden
Toledo Day Nursery
Zepf Center

About CareSource
CareSource is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for leading the managed care industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans. Today, CareSource offers a lifetime of health coverage to more than 1.5 million members across four states including offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.
Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource has a workforce of 3,100 employees. CareSource is living its mission to make a lasting difference in its members’ lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.

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