The Wellness Collaborative is very fortunate to have the support of several funders who believe in our approach to building community health. Current funding partners include:
The Collaborative receives funding to support core operations (mainly staffing) from the Betterment Fund, as part of a multi-year grant award spanning 2017-2019. Betterment has supported the Collaborative this way for several years, with a separate multi-year grant award that provided support from 2014-2016.
Betterment is a philanthropic organization created by the will of William Bingham, 2nd, to support charitable purposes. Current grant priorities include education, health, conservation, community support, economic development, and early childhood.
Multi-year grant funding from this charitable endowment supports core operations for the OCWC across 2017-2019. In addition to staffing support, this funding allows the Collaborative access to InsightVision, a powerful tool that supports strategy management and measurement. Essentially, it helps to tame the complexity of working with lots of partners on issues that are impacted by many factors.
The Bingham Program works to promote health and advance medicine throughout Maine, and is administered by the Tufts Medical Center.
As part of the Healthy Communities program, OCWC is funded to implement strategies that address the health issues of substance use disorder and obesity through the root cause issues of isolation/disconnection/not feeling valued. Previous funding supported a process of working with the county-wide community to identify a health issue or two that needed immediate work, and then working with the community to make a plan to for positive change around those issues. Throughout this process we paid special attention to including people who were often left out of community conversations and decision-making.
MEHAF funding supports the work of four partners chosen by OCWC members to address the chosen health issues: Western Maine Addiction Recovery Initiative, 5210 Let’s Go! Oxford County, Alan Day Community Garden, and the Community Safety Workgroup’s subcommittee on Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resilience. Grant funding also supports OCWC personnel, including partners who support our Community Engagement work and Restorative Community Trainings.
As the state’s largest, private, nonprofit health foundation, MEHAF works to promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improve the health of everyone in Maine.
Maine West is a partnership of local and regional organizations dedicated to addressing systemic rural challenges and enhancing community well-being in western Maine through increased collaboration across the economic, education, health and conservation sectors. The Collaborative participates as a partner representing health and wellness interests, and receives funding to support active involvement in meetings and activities. Current focal areas of this initiative include: Active Communities, Broadband Access and Adoption, and Educational Attainment and Aspirations. Maine West is an initiative of the Bingham Program.
As A "Healthy People, Healthy Places" grantee, the Wellness Collaborative was fortunate to receive funding to support growing our capacity by adding a staff member, workgroup support, strategic funding for workgroup priorities, and more.
The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience.
Through the Collaborative’s administrative home at Healthy Oxford Hills (a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, which is part of Western Maine Health), significant in-kind support is provided, including administrative and financial oversight, working space, and infrastructure.Stephens Memorial Hospital has specifically included the Collaborative in its strategic plan for community health.