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Sierra Health Foundation


Last Updated: 2015-09-24

At A Glance

Sierra Health Foundation

1321 Garden Hwy.

Sacramento, CA United States 95833-9754


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $104,447,124

Total giving: $4,046,323





Additional Contact Information

Additional e-mail:


Established in 1984 in CA; converted from Foundation Health Plan of Sacramento -

Purpose and Activities

To invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs to improve health and quality of life in Northern California through convening educating and strategic grantmaking.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Conference and Convening Program

The program takes a leadership role in advancing healthcare dialogue by offering a neutral facility for meetings and symposia. The foundation's headquarters and conference center is located on the Sacramento River. Meeting space is available at no cost to health-related nonprofit organizations and public agencies. In 2007, the foundation hosted 472 meetings attended by nearly 14,400 people.

Employee Matching Gifts

The foundation matches gifts from all employees to 501(c)(3) organizations. The gifts are matched on a two-to-one basis with a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $5,000 for employees and board members.

Grizzly Creek Ranch for Kids

Near the City of Portola in Plumas County, operates full-time as a camp for children with special needs during the summer, and is available for use as a conference and retreat to other groups in the off season. The camp's mission is to improve the health, independence, and life skills of children through an organized camping experience.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loan guarantees to a youth center. The foundation also provided a local health center with an emergency short-term loan.

REACH--Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future

The program supports the healthy development of young people ages 10-15 in the California Capital Region, an area encompassing Sacramento County and parts of the eight surrounding counties.

Responsive Grants Program

The program is designed to promote health and well-being in Northern California communities by asking nonprofit agencies and organizations to tell us what their community needs and concerns are, and how a grant from the foundation can help address them. In the first funding round, the foundation awarded $1.2 million for 31 projects serving rural areas of our 26 country funding region.

Fields of Interest

  • Addiction services
  • Alcoholism
  • Biomedicine
  • Child development
  • Child educational development
  • Child welfare
  • Community and economic development
  • Crime prevention
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Leadership development
  • Mental health care
  • Nutrition
  • Rehabilitation
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $104,447,124 (market value)

Gifts received: $599,841

Expenditures: $11,669,582

Total giving: $4,046,323

Qualifying distributions: $9,576,337

Giving activities include:

$3,616,800 for grants

$429,523 employee matching gifts

$9,976,439 for foundation-administered programs