April 17, 2020

10th Annual i2 Innovation Initiative – Delayed

We continue to be inspired by our nonprofit and funding communities during the COVID-19 emergency. Wonderful partners have stepped forward and shifted their priorities to immediately respond where help is needed. We are deeply grateful for the services and sacrifices being made throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.

Due to the uncertainty of recovery timing from COVID-19, and in an effort to focus resources and attention on critical regional priorities related to its impacts, Alliance is looking at a possible late 2020 start to the funding cycle for the i2 Innovation Initiative. Through the i2 Innovation Initiative, we seek to find, fund and support the most promising innovations and social enterprises that have the potential to transform the current health paradigm (high cost and poor outcomes), especially for marginalized populations.

As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we will publicly announce the timing and details for the next i2 grant challenge as soon as it is scheduled. We encourage you to sign up for our updates to be sure you get notification of the i2 schedule when it’s announced.

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About Alliance Healthcare Foundation.
We work to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties through collaborative funding, convening and advocacy.

We believe wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, economic and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Society, community, neighborhood and family are collectively responsible for creating an environment of health and wellness. Wellness is personal and is not the same for everyone.

We currently operate a portfolio of five programs:

i2 Innovation Initiative—also referred to as “venture philanthropy”—based on the thesis that innovation capital (often high risk, high reward) is needed to transform the current paradigm (high cost and poor outcomes) and improve quality, increase capacity and reduce costs;

Mission Support—based on the belief that trusting those closest to our constituents and providing core operating support for great organizations will best advance our mission;

Responsive Funding—based on the belief that it is important to be responsive to time-sensitive community needs and opportunities;

InvestUp—based on the belief that it is important to actively and strategically be looking for ways to meaningfully advance our mission and it is worth spending some or all of our corpus—beyond the earnings off of our endowment—if we can substantively, sustainably and positively change the dynamics, and

Impact Investments—based on the thesis that we can activate our investment portfolio to achieve more positive impact.

AHF Media contact:
Karen Winston, Communications Director, Alliance Healthcare Foundation
P 858-348-6472 E karen.winston@alliancehf.org

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