Sustainability Project: MissionWise® Awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to Train Nonprofits in Business Planning

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Seattle-based MissionWise® , the national consulting arm of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®), announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Sustainability Project will train several of the Foundation's grantees on how to build organizational capacity and long-term sustainability through business planning.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to collaborate once again with C.H.E.F. and its MissionWise division in the continuation of this unique and important sustainability project

MissionWise®, the consulting division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) that helps health and human service nonprofits become stronger and more sustainable in their efforts to eliminate health inequities, announced that it has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to kickoff the second wave of its training program for grantees on how to build organizational capacity and long-term sustainability through business planning. The training program, which commences in November, was preceded by a similar training program that MissionWise and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation successfully piloted with a diverse group of grantee organizations over the course of nearly three years.

Developed by the MissionWise division of C.H.E.F. and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Sustainability Project will provide mentoring to two separate training classes, each over a one-year period, to help a variety of nonprofits improve their impact, operational effectiveness and financial sustainability. With a curriculum that encompasses training, strategy development, technical assistance, implementation and evaluation, more than fifty health and human service organizations will benefit from the project by acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to build and improve their business capacity. This program is predicated on the notion that nonprofits will have a greater likelihood of achieving their mission and financial bottom lines if they have a strong business plan and diverse revenue base.

According to Larry Clark, President and CEO of C.H.E.F., "We are honored to receive this second wave of funding for training from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and are appreciative of their ongoing commitment and dedication to helping other nonprofits learn the skills required for building capacity and long-term sustainability." Clark continued, "MissionWise is uniquely qualified to help other nonprofits strengthen their management and business capabilities, retain their mission focus, and become more financially self-sufficient because we are part of a nonprofit that has been operating as a successful social enterprise for more than thirty years."

"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to collaborate once again with C.H.E.F. and its MissionWise division in the continuation of this unique and important sustainability project," said Jane Isaacs Lowe, PhD, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Our decision to continue with this initiative was based upon the many successful outcomes that were achieved by our grantee organizations during the pilot training completed last October."

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, please visit http://www.rwjf.org.

About Comprehensive Health Education Foundation

Founded in 1974, Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.®) is a nationally known nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote health and quality of life through education. With a focus on helping other health and human service organizations eliminate health inequities across ethnic, racial, and income groups, C.H.E.F. offers a unique blend of philanthropy and advocacy, as well as mentoring and training. For information about C.H.E.F., please visit http://www.chef.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

About MissionWise

MissionWise provides consulting, training, and mentoring expertise in building capacity so health and human service nonprofits and organizations can become stronger, more sustainable, and better achieve their missions. Its diverse clients include foundations, grantees, and other health and human service organizations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), Treatment Research Institute (TRI), Denver Harbor Clinic, Collaborative to Advance Funding in Palliative Care (CAFPAC), In SHAPE Program of Monadnock Family Services, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and Presidio YMCA, among others. For information about MissionWise, please visit http://www.missionwise.org or call 1.800.323.2433.

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