Iowa Healthiest State Initiative offers a new community health funding review service to assist local communities and nonprofits

By Jami Haberl on Monday, May 21, 2018

HSI has assembled multiple philanthropic organizations to offer pre-proposal assistance prior to grant submissions

DES MOINES, IA (May 7, 2018) – Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) announced today that its Foundations work group has convened to offer a new form of assistance to Iowa-based communities and nonprofits as they plan their health-based funding requests.  This is a new service and type of support that does not currently exist in Iowa.  Conceptually like the current HSI effort to offer formal endorsements to community events that support physical, social and emotional health, this effort brings together six Iowa health-based funders and stakeholders.  

This HSI-led and orchestrated opportunity provides organizations, including cities, with community health projects input from multiple funders simultaneously. The goal is that this third-party feedback can help strengthen the concept or provide perspectives that can ultimately assist in positioning the project for resource commitments – internally or externally.

“Healthiest State Initiative is always looking for ways to provide service and tools that communities can use to improve health and health planning,” said Jami Haberl, Healthiest State Initiative executive director.  “We are excited to bring together this new service offering that we think is something many organizations and cities can benefit from.”

Through the use of a portal available at, interested parties can submit brief information about the project and receive simultaneous input from multiple philanthropies that could strengthen the project or concept for future funding. The statewide organizations coming together to offer this support include the following:

  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Iowa Council of Foundations
  • Mercy Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa Affiliate
  • Telligen Community Initiative 
  • The Wellmark Foundation 

“When the Foundations work group came together, we challenged ourselves to create something that didn’t exist and could help elevate HSI into the thought leadership space,” said Matt McGarvey, Telligen Community Initiative executive director and HSI work group chairperson. “Though not a formal funding proposal to any one of the participating philanthropies, it is an ongoing chance to simultaneously get input from many funders with a different health lens.  We think this feedback can only make health planning stronger.  We’re collectively honored to try to come together in this unique way to collaboratively attempt to further assist HSI in improving the health of Iowans.”

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The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal.For more information, visit