For more than 25 years, Local Funding Partnerships (LFP) has been ahead of the curve, supporting innovations in community health to grow, scale, and contribute to the establishment of national best practices. RWJF recognizes that poverty, violence, inadequate housing or education contribute significantly to poor health and that members of the communities who experience these firsthand are often the best source for solutions. LFP was the Foundation’s first program to source health solutions directly from the affected local communities.
In this video, local funders and grant recipients join with Jane Isaacs Lowe, senior adviser for program development at RWJF, and Polly Seitz, LFP's national program officer, to discuss the lessons of this initiative, as a showcase of the best of philanthropy, and the change it can catalyze.
In this video, RWJF President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, joins LFP's local funders and grant recipients to share perspectives on what makes partnerships successful, from collaboration, communication, and trust to a shared vision of social change.
Remarks from Polly Seitz, national program director, Local Funding Partnerships
In this guest post on the Giving Forum blog, Jane Lowe celebrates 20 years of Local Funding Partnerships. Learn how working with local funders has enabled RWJF to take the pulse of local communities, identify common threads across different parts of the country, and support local innovation. Now, partnership has become our norm.
Looking Back: LFP Milestones
In 1987, RWJF's board authorized $8 million for Local Funding Partnerships (LFP), a two-year trial of a new, broadly-focused matching grants program.
LFP was the first RWJF program to source health problems and solutions directly from the affected communities, including immigrant and refugee populations.
The program awarded more than 350 in its 25 years of operation.
- Village Nursing Home, Inc.
- Kalamazoo Child Guidance Center
- Latino Health Access
- Kahuku Medical Center
- Wilmington Health Access for Teens
- Cure Violence
- Supportive Housing and Managed Care
- Maine Medical Center / E.D.I.P.P.P.
- United Teen Equality Center (UTEC)
- Bridgeport Hospital Foundation / Child First
- Peaceful Pathways
- Philadelphia Mural Arts Center
- Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Program Evaluation, November 2013
Through Local Funding Partnerships, RWJF has provided more than $106 million to stimulate health-improvement projects in communities spread across 48 of the 50 states. All but a handful of the grantees accomplished their project objectives during the RWJF grant period, and most projects continued operating after their RWJF funding ended.View the report
"Collaborating Where Health Happens"
In an article for Grantmakers in Health, Jane Lowe describes how the original concept of partnerships between local funders and a national foundation evolved in a way that supported local innovation and advance strategy.Read the article
LFP's History: Lessons for Philanthropy
The history of LFP offers lessons for philanthropy about the importance of local ownership and control of programs, developing open lines of communications among partners with sometimes differing agendas, and establishing equality in relations among people working for large national foundations and smaller local philanthropies.Read the chapter from, "To Improve Health and Health Care"
in grants have been co-funded by RWJF and local funding partners since 1987.
In the News
April 15, 2013 - In this New York Times article, LFP awardee In Shape is cited as one of the few widely tried health-promotion programs for people with mental illnesses.
April 8, 2013 - LFP awardee Children's Advocacy Center marks its 10th anniversary servicing victims of serious physical and sexual child abuse, including 1,767 forensic interviews with abused children.
March 27, 2013 - Kicking off their 9th season, LFP awardee Students Run Philly Style connects students with adults who help them accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of a marathon.
- $414,915.00 awarded to Health Research & Educational Trust of New Jersey - Technical assistance and direction for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships program
- $64,104.00 awarded to Carino Community Children's Program - Mental health services for elementary school children
- $450,000.00 awarded to Community Health Care, Inc. - Primary health care system for indigent people
- $172,020.00 awarded to Chester County Community Foundation Inc. - Community outreach and family support for women at risk of poor pregnancy outcome
- $431,888.00 awarded to Boston Coalition Against Drugs and Violence, Inc. - Establishment of a drug diversion court