Founded in 2002 as the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, we awarded our first grants in April 2004. Since that time, we have awarded more than 500 grants totaling more than $50 million to fund programs in 16 counties in western and central New York. From our inception, we have focused our funding on programs that improve health outcomes for two underserved populations in our regions – older adults and children birth to age five who are impacted by poverty.
Over the course of our history, that evolved to include community health capacity — the ability of our region’s health systems and community-based organizations to meet the needs of the people we serve. In 2020, we re-affirmed our commitment to these focus areas and evolved our vision through the lens of racial and socioeconomic health equity.