About the Health IT Grant Resource Directory
The HIT GRD™ is the result of years of research into the funding of health information technology by private foundations, community-based public foundations, community foundations, and corporate support programs. The publisher and researchers of the highly-regarded annual report on RHIO finance created this invaluable resource as a means of accelerating the build-out of health IT implementations and the adoption of advanced technology among providers large and small, urban and rural.
As federal funding sources slowly become available, private funding for components that fall outside of the federal guidelines, and to match government grants, will become critically important. Information on more than 4,000 private healthcare technology funding sources across the U.S. was located through painstaking research of more than 70,000 grantmakers' federal tax returns, using publicly available information to reveal foundations and others with a pattern of contributions for such projects. The fruits of thousands of tedius hours' labor are available in The Health IT Grant Resource Directory.
For providers, maintaining a competitive edge means gaining access to at least the same resources that are available to competitors. The HIT GRD is a simple and effective way to put that information in the hands of IT and business development leaders within provider organizations. But far more importantly, now that these funders have been unearthed, their contributions can be brought to bear on one of the most important national challenges in decades: the build-out of healthcare information technology.
Originally intended to be a single volume of a few hundred pages, researchers were astonished by the number of funding sources for health technology. The large number of entries for the directory necessitated dividing its more than 5,600 state-by-state entries (4,065 unduplicated grantmakers) into five regional editions. Nationally-focused funders are repeated in each volume, and regionally-focused funders are included within their respective New England, Middle Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast and West/Southwest volumes.
The directory is in electronic form (PDF) to make it fully searchable and to permit cut-and-paste convenience. Contact information is provided for thousands of grantmakers. The HIT GRD provides the materials necessary for initial contact and discussion with potential funders.
With each listing, the funder's website is given where available, and, where provided by the funder, the contact person's name, street address, telephone, email address and deadline information. The magnitude of grants given annually by each funder is included. If applicants must arrange to be invited to apply, it is noted.
Funder entries were selected from America's more than 50,000 foundations and other grantmaking private funders. Resources were selected based on patterns of giving, expressed funding interests, minimum grant values appropriate for regional or local economies, and other relevant criteria.
Strategic Approaches for Funding
In addition to the directory listings, the author brings twenty-two years of capital development experience to the question of how private funding entities should be approached, and how health IT grant applications may be made maximally effective based on new research on the lifesaving contributions of health IT, including increased patient safety, increased healthcare effectiveness, reduction of medical errors, containment of healthcare costs and advantages to the community's employers, human services networks and underserved populations.
The Study/Meet/Case capital development method brings processes familiar in the IT department to the funding effort: process modeling, financial feasibility study, and business case development. Used by nonprofit organizations to acquire community-wide support, the method is especially effective in projects that may require educating the philanthropic community.
Vendors will find a discussion of how they can assist customers with grant acquisition services.
From the Table of Contents:
Why Current Health IT Funding Falls Short
Healthcare is Expensive
Where Are We Going and Who’s Driving this Ambulance?
Foundations Support Communities and Communities Support Foundations
More Money for Smart Projects
How Health IT Funding Will Grow
The Study/Meet/Case Method
The Study Phase
Correlate the Studies
The Case For Support
Anatomy of the Case Document
Synergies, Dirty Words and Toll House™
Synergy on Steroids: Regional Strategic
Building Health IT Grantsmanship
Getting the Most From These Resources
How Funders Were Compiled
The Means to Give
The Willingness to Give
The Letter of Inquiry
How Partnerships and Vendors Can
Economies of Scale
Ethics of Vendor-driven Capital Development
How to Use This Directory
Table of Symbols
State-by State Regional Grantmakers
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