Sustainability Project: MissionWise® Trains 11 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grantees in Business Planning

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Seattle-based MissionWise® has launched the third wave of its innovative training program for a group of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees to help them build organizational capacity and long-term sustainability through business planning.

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We are delighted to be able to continue The Sustainability Project in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and are appreciative of their ongoing commitment and dedication to helping their grantees learn the skills required for building capacity and long-term sustainability.

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 launched the third wave of its training program for a group of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees to help them build organizational capacity and long-term sustainability through business planning. The class was preceded by two similar training programs that MissionWise and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation successfully conducted with a diverse group of grantee organizations over the course of more than three years.

Developed by the MissionWise division of C.H.E.F. and funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Sustainability Project provides training, coaching, and mentoring to a select group of nonprofits for a one-year period to help them improve their impact, operational effectiveness and financial sustainability. With a curriculum that encompasses training, strategy development, technical assistance, and implementation, eleven 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 delighted to be able to continue The Sustainability Project in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and are appreciative of their ongoing commitment and dedication to helping their grantees learn the skills required for building capacity and long-term sustainability." Clark continued, "MissionWise is uniquely qualified to help 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-five years."

"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is pleased to continue our collaboration with C.H.E.F. and its MissionWise division on this innovative and much-needed sustainability project," said Jane Isaacs Lowe, PhD, Team Director and Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "There have been many successful outcomes that were achieved by our grantee organizations during the first two training program classes, and we look forward to more successes from our grantees during the third wave of this project."

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 quality of 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, The California Endowment, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), Public Health Law & Policy (PHLP), Treatment Research Institute (TRI), Houston Community Health Centers, Inc., 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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