The California Wellness Foundation

The California Wellness Foundation
6320 Canoga Avenue
Suite 1700
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
USA

The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation has a Responsive Grantmaking Program that prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women's health, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or special projects outside the funding priorities.

Grants addressing the issue of violence prevention are commonly given to organizations that provide services for youth (ages 12-24) including mentoring programs, gang intervention programs, reentry programs, community-based violence prevention programs and after-school programs. An emphasis is placed on funding organizations that work with at-risk youth, including gang-affiliated and previously incarcerated youth. Grants are also made to organizations that provide leadership development activities to those working in the field of violence prevention, as well as organizations that inform policymakers and advocate for public policies that prevent violence against youth.

VPA focal persons

Gary L. Yates, President and CEO
Tel: +1 818 702 1900
Fax: +1 818 702 1999
Email: gyates@tcwf.org

Gary L. Yates is president and chief executive officer of The California Wellness Foundation and serves as a member of the Foundation's board of directors. He is also assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Yates joined the Foundation staff in 1992 after more than 20 years of experience in education and public health. Immediately prior to his association with The California Wellness Foundation, he was associate director of the division of adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Yates received his undergraduate degree in government from American University in Washington, D.C., and his master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. His primary area of interest and expertise is adolescent health, about which he has written and spoken extensively. Yates is actively involved in the leadership of numerous philanthropic, civic and community organizations and currently serves as vice chair of the board of Independent Sector. He previously served as vice chair of the board of the Council on Foundations and chair of the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the Foundation Consortium and Southern California Grantmakers. In recognition of his civic leadership and work in the field of health and human services, Yates has received numerous awards and official commendations.

Nicole J. Jones, Program Director
Tel: +1 818 702 1900
Fax: +1 818 702 1999
Email: njones@tcwf.org

Nicole J. Jones is a program director for The California Wellness Foundation, assigned to the Foundation's teenage pregnancy prevention and violence prevention health issues. She was previously program director for TCWF's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI), a 10-year, $60 million strategic philanthropic program approved by the Foundation's board of directors in 1992. Jones' responsibilities included oversight of the VPI's grants for public education and policy efforts. Prior to her appointment at The California Wellness Foundation, she was a program officer at the California Community Foundation. Before her work in philanthropy, Jones participated in the National Urban/Rural Fellows Program, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and served as a field representative for California State Assembly member Kevin Murray and Los Angeles City Councilmember Rudy Svorinich. She received an M.P.A. from the Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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