To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.
We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.
To apply for funding, applicant organizations must generally have a valid tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity, not as a “private foundation” under section 509(a). In addition, the Foundation does not fund Section 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated supporting organizations.
Cal Wellness will not consider organizations that discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin, nor consider activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations. Grants are not generally awarded for annual fund drives, building campaigns, major equipment or biomedical research. Cal Wellness does not provide international funding or fund organizations located outside the United States.