Pierre S. de Beaumont started an independent, private foundation in 1998, with a broad health-related purpose. Mr. de Beaumont wanted his philanthropy to reduce human suffering from disease, but chose to give the Foundation’s Board of Directors ultimate discretion in the choice of specific funding priorities.
Mr. de Beaumont believed in a broad mandate for the Foundation and supported a general concentration on public health, where he hoped the Foundation could make a significant impact. He was strongly interested in initiating programs that had the potential to become self-sustaining and particularly liked entrepreneurial projects that could be profitable.
Mr. de Beaumont encouraged the Foundation to follow sound corporate management principals, such as excellent customer service, and to be nimble and responsive to worthy requests. He believed in the concept of engaged philanthropy, which is why the Foundation has always worked closely with its grantees. Mr. de Beaumont preferred projects that had specific outcomes and would provide additional support to ensure that those outcomes could be expanded or taken to scale. As a result, the Foundation has worked with grantees to see an initial idea developed, implemented, and evaluated; as well as supported subsequent projects that grew out of initial grants.
de Beaumont Timeline
Pierre “Pete” S. de Beaumont incorporates an independent, private foundation.
Bylaws are adopted naming the following directors: Mr. Pierre S. de Beaumont; James Sprague, MD; Murray Brennan, MD; and Leroy Parker, MD.
The de Beaumont Foundation is awarded 501(c) (3) status as a tax-exempt private foundation.
The de Beaumont Foundation awards its first grant to the Molecular Immunology Foundation to support cancer vaccine research.
The Foundation expands its funding with a grant to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to support emergency preparedness efforts.
The Foundation expands its emergency preparedness funding with a grant to the Arlington Department of Health to develop a public health emergency volunteer management system.
Dr. James Sprague is elected Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Board bestows the honorary title of Chairman-Emeritus to Pierre S. de Beaumont.
The de Beaumont Fellowship for Cancer Vaccine Research is established, with a grant to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. James Sprague becomes the full-time CEO.
The de Beaumont Foundation opens an office on River Road in Bethesda, Md.
The de Beaumont Foundation conducts a needs assessment with public health leaders across the country.
The Foundation refines its focus on public health and the Board adopts a new mission statement: The de Beaumont Foundation seeks to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of local health departments.
The de Beaumont Foundation funds the first face-to-face meeting for the Big Cities Health Coalition, convening health directors of the largest cities in the United States.
Mr. de Beaumont dies and leaves his estate to the Foundation.
The Foundation begins its partnership with the Public Health Informatics Institute at The Task Force for Global Health.
Ariel Moyer is hired as the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer.
Foundation funds fuel expansion of New York City’s Epi Scholars program to Los Angeles and Seattle.
Brian C. Castrucci is hired as the Foundation’s Chief Program and Strategy Officer.
As part of the NYC Macroscope Project, the Foundation funds the NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES), which helps determine whether electronic health records can be used to assess population health.
The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP) publishes a supplement devoted to the Big Cities Health Coalition.
Partnering with ASTHO, the Foundation hosts and convenes the Public Health Workforce Strategy meeting, which leads to the creation of the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development.
The Foundation reaches full endowment; it moves to new offices at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Md., to accommodate its growing staff.
The Practical Playbook to Integrate Primary Care and Public Health launches at a National Press Club news conference featuring a keynote address from J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MPP, National Academy of Medicine, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The following year, Oxford University Press publishes the textbook version of the Practical Playbook.
The Foundation collaborates with ASTHO on the Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH WINS), the first nationally representative assessment of public health workers.
The BUILD Health Challenge announces its first awardees at a National Press Club news conference featuring a keynote address from Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Edward L. Hunter is hired as President and CEO. Dr. Sprague continues his service as Chair of the Board of Directors.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the de Beaumont Foundation release the results of the 2014 PH WINS survey, the largest survey of the public health workforce. It reveals challenges in turnover, professional development, and diversity.
The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice publishes a supplement devoted to the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey.
The de Beaumont Foundation launches CityHealth, an initiative to promote nine policies that are proven to improve health and rated 40 cities on their adoption of the polices. Later in the year, CityHealth releases its first rating of cities. Five cities earn gold medals, five earn silver, and 9 earn bronze.
After serving as Chief Program and Strategy Officer for six years, Brian Castrucci is named CEO. The Foundation expands its leadership team, adding its first Vice President of Communications, Mark Miller, and its first Vice President of Impact, Dr. Katie Sellers.
Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, joins forces with the de Beaumont Foundation as a partner in CityHealth, embracing the Foundation’s focus on policy as a tool to improve community health.
CityHealth releases its second annual city ratings, with 25 cities earning a gold, silver, or bronze medal, up from 19 the previous year.