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Applications due Oct. 15 for grants to strengthen nonprofits

This fall, Sierra Health Foundation will award Organizational Assessment grants to help health-related nonprofits improve their systems and infrastructure. Guided by a trained consultant, Organizational Assessment grantees will identify their organization's strengths and areas that need improving, and develop an action plan for long-term success.

Eligible nonprofit organizations must be located in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region, provide health-related services, have 501(c)(3) status and an annual operating budget of more than $500,000. The $10,000 grant will cover consulting costs, and grantee organizations will be expected to contribute $1,500 for action plan follow-up work with the consultant.

Applications for Organizational Assessment grants are due to Sierra Health by Oct. 15. View the Sept. 6 proposers' teleconference presentation and download application instructions and the application form on Sierra Health's Web site.

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Grants Advisory Board for Youth to expand in capital region

Through a growing partnership of local foundations, more youth will be able to lead grantmaking efforts in the capital region this year. Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento Region Community Foundation and the Placer and El Dorado community foundations are joining forces to expand the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) from one location to three.

GABY members award YouthHOPE (Youth Helping Other People Excel) grants for projects that are planned and carried out by young people ages 10 to 19. The GABY led by Sacramento Region Community Foundation will serve youth in Sacramento and Yolo counties, and the El Dorado and Placer community foundations will host new boards in their communities.

Through its REACH youth program, Sierra Health Foundation will contribute re-granting funds to each of the boards. Sacramento Region Community Foundation will provide training and technical assistance to the other community foundations, as well as staff support and re-granting dollars.

The Sacramento/Yolo GABY application deadline is Oct. 5. Application deadlines for the other boards will be determined soon. Visit the Sacramento Region Community Foundation's Web site to learn more about GABY and to download board member application materials. For more information about the GABY program, please contact Renée Mungas at (916) 921-SRCF or

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Nonprofit leaders selected for Health Leadership Class VII

Sierra Health Foundation has selected its seventh Health Leadership class, which begins Oct. 16. Twenty-six executives of Northern California nonprofits and local agencies will begin the six-month, intensive training with a four-day retreat at Sierra Health's Grizzly Creek Ranch Camp and Conference Center in Plumas County.

Class participants represent nine counties in Northern California and a range of programs, including youth-focused, child and family services, senior services, and housing and shelter services. They will come together for 14 days of instruction and complete team projects outside of class. The course culminates in a festive graduation ceremony in April.

The Health Leadership Program is designed to reward and develop experienced nonprofit leaders, and to expand their growth and impact within the communities they serve. The University of Southern California's School of Policy, Planning, and Development, and the Marshall School of Business provide the curriculum for this program that has graduated 156 fellows over the last six years. For more information on the program and a Class VII roster, visit Sierra Health's Web site.

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The CaliforniaSpeaks final report summarizes the results of a statewide forum held in August to discuss proposals for reforming California's health care system and send a message to state leaders about the public's priorities. Residents were randomly invited to participate at one of eight day-long forums linked by interactive television in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland-San Francisco and Humboldt County. Sierra Health Foundation co-sponsored the Sacramento forum.

Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) reports on health care reform and other health coverage issues affecting Californians are available on ITUP's Web site. ITUP identifies, assists and promotes new approaches to expand health care and coverage for California's uninsured. 

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