CareSource Foundation Ends the Year with $2.8 Million in Awards

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DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In 2016, the CareSource Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary by awarding $2.8 million to 147 deserving nonprofit organizations throughout Ohio. Since 2006, the CareSource Foundation has awarded over 1,000 grants and invested $14.5 million to strengthen the network of health and human service nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

In the second half 2016, the CareSource Foundation provided nearly $1.5 million in funding to 66 organizations in Ohio through 2 signature grants, 6 surprise grants and 58 responsive grants. The grants were selected through a rigorous review process that evaluates innovation, impact and sustainability. The high-impact signature grants included a focus on coordinated mental health care services, affordable housing and health services for low-income pregnant women.

The CareSource Foundation provides grants to nonprofits who are working to eliminate poverty, provide much-needed services to low and moderate-income families, build healthier communities and develop innovative approaches to address significant social issues.

“In the CareSource Foundation’s 10-year history, we’ve had the opportunity to invest in over 1,000 important, innovative nonprofits throughout Ohio,” said Cathy Ponitz, Vice President, CareSource Foundation. “These organizations make positive transformations in the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and families. We are inspired by their work and proud of the partnerships we have shaped together over the past decade. Ultimately, these partnerships create models of positive change that impact our communities and broader social structure for the better.”

10th Anniversary Celebration

The CareSource Foundation’s 10th Anniversary milestone was celebrated through 10 surprise grants given to deserving community partners. A total of $100,000 was given in surprise grants with each of the following 10 organizations receiving $10,000. Six of these grants were awarded in the second half of 2016.

  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Wellness Initiative
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Cleveland
  • Reach Out Montgomery County
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio
  • Changing Gears
  • Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Mom’s House
  • Live Healthy Appalachia
  • Cleveland Hearing and Speech

CareSource Signature Grant Recipients

The CareSource Foundation awarded three signature grants in the remainder of 2016. These awards are focused on innovative, high-impact approaches to solving critical social issues. In total, $1,050,000 in awards have been allocated to the following organizations:

  • Levitt Pavilion Dayton – A previously announced grant of $750,000 to the Levitt Pavilion Dayton is providing funding for the redevelopment of Dave Hall Plaza to include the Levitt Pavilion Dayton. The new venue will serve as a catalyst for future development and economic growth.
  • Community Development for All People – A grant of $80,000 will allow the Community Development for All People to partner with the CareSource Foundation, Moms2Be and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide stable housing and other support to pregnant women and families in need.
  • Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services – This grant of $220,000 will provide funding to create the Front Door Experience which will connect individuals to an array of behavioral health services and create opportunities to serve uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Funding by Region

In addition to the three signature grants awarded to organizations in Dayton, Columbus and Troy, 58 responsive grants and six 10th Anniversary Surprise Grants were given in the second half of 2016. Columbus and Cleveland area nonprofits received more than $100,000 in grants while over $1,000,000 was invested in the Dayton region through responsive and signature grants.

Athens / Pike County / Portsmouth – $22,000

Live Healthy Appalachia (10th Anniversary Grant)

Pike County Outreach Council of Churches

Potter’s House Ministries

Cincinnati / Hamilton – $56,000

Big Brothers and Sisters of Warren and Clinton counties

Changing Gears (10th Anniversary Grant)

First Step Home

Healthy Beginnings

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

Parachute Butler County CASA

People Working Cooperatively

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

Cleveland / Akron / Canton / Youngstown – $148,300

Achievement Centers for Children

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (10th Anniversary Grant)

Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care

Carmella Rose Health Foundation

Center for Advanced Mental Health Practice (CAMHP) Foundation

City of Cleveland, Department of Public Health

Cleveland Hearing and Speech (10th Anniversary Grant)

Domestic Violence Project

Far West Center

Greenleaf Family Center

Lake County Free Clinic

Mature Services


Neighborhood Alliance

Rape Crisis Center

Society for Handicapped Citizens of Medina County

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio

Voyager Program

We Care We Share

Yesh Tikvah

Zanes Foundation

Columbus / Delaware / Mt. Vernon – $152,500

Association for the Developmentally Disabled

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence

Community Development for All People (Signature Grant)

Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio

Mercy and Grace on Wheels

New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter

Prevent Blindness Ohio (10th Anniversary Grant)

Recreation Unlimited Foundation

Reeb Avenue Center

SON Ministries of Ohio

University Area Enrichment Association

Welcome Warehouse

Dayton / Springfield – $1,077,000

African Christian Community Center

Agape for Youth

Clark County Literacy Coalition

College Mentors for Kids

East End

Eastway Behavioral Health

Family Violence Prevention Center

Hannah’s Treasure Chest

Health Partners Free Clinic

Levitt Pavilion Dayton (Signature Grant)

Mercy Manor

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Ohio

Springfield Christian Youth Ministries

Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services (Signature Grant)

Womanline of Dayton

Toledo / Findlay – $44,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio

Findlay Hope House

Mom’s House (10th Anniversary Grant)

Providence Center for Social and Economic Empowerment

Sara’s Garden

Toledo Day Nursery

Zepf Center

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for leading the managed care industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans. Today, CareSource offers a lifetime of health coverage to more than 1.5 million members across four states including offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.

Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource has a workforce of 3,100 employees. CareSource is living its mission to make a lasting difference in its members’ lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.

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Fran RobinsonManager, Media RelationsDirect: 937-531-2374



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