Our Approach

The de Beaumont Foundation’s mission is to transform public health in the United States by improving the effectiveness and capacity of local and state health departments. We strive to create meaningful, long-term partnerships that are built around not only financial support, but also a sharing of knowledge and expertise through active participation and technical assistance.

The Foundation embraces a hybrid approach to philanthropy—part grantmaker and part think tank. We support the work of our nonprofit partners through traditional grants but we also develop and implement programs and research projects internally in our core program areas: workforce development, building infrastructure, and information & data. In all of its grantmaking, the de Beaumont Foundation strives to support model programs that can be easily replicated and/or taken to scale.


How We Work

The de Beaumont Foundation is not a traditional grantmaking organization.

We strive to create meaningful, long-term partnerships built around not only financial support, but also a sharing of knowledge and expertise through active participation and technical assistance. The Foundation embraces a hybrid approach to philanthropy—part grantmaker and part think tank. We support the work of our nonprofit partners through traditional grants but we also directly develop and implement programs and research projects to help achieve our mission to transform the practice of public health in America.

In all of our work, the Foundation aims to support innovation and transformation. We recognize that we are in a unique position to explore new and exciting opportunities to address challenges facing the field of public health—to take chances and have impact. While we have engaged in a number of large, national initiatives, we generally prefer the role of incubator, supporting strategic, targeted programs that can be replicated or taken to scale.

We are committed at all levels to promoting strategic learning and knowledge sharing, both internally and externally. We use a wide range of information, analysis, and evaluation to help us understand how to invest our time and resources to best support our program strategies and overall mission. We are intentional about devoting resources to learning activities for the public health workforce and developing a strong research program that leverages existing data that can be utilized in new, innovative ways. We make it a priority to share what we learn with our grantees, our partners, the broader field, and the public through publications, convenings, communications, and presentations.

We focus on long-term partnerships and a set of programs and priorities that support and transform public health organizations. We explore new ideas and work closely with potential grantees, or internal staff and subject matter experts, to develop programs that have impact.


Mission

The de Beaumont Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and transform public health in the United States by improving the effectiveness and capacity of local and state health departments.

The de Beaumont Foundation believes that a strong public health system is essential. The Foundation works to strengthen and transform the practice of public health through strategic and engaged grantmaking. Programs funded by the Foundation build the capacity and stature of the public health workforce, improve public health infrastructure, and advance the distribution and relevancy of information and data in the field.


Areas of Focus

The public health system has critical responsibility for protecting citizens from invisible threats to air, water, and food; averting new threats from emerging diseases and bioterrorism; and preventing disease by promoting immunization and a healthy lifestyle. However, in the face of significant funding cuts and a shrinking public health workforce, today’s public health departments must work smarter and more efficiently to provide these essential services. To that end, the de Beaumont Foundation’s mission is to transform public health in the United States by improving the effectiveness and capacity of local and state health departments.

Specifically, the Foundation is committed to the following core program areas:

Transform Public
Health Practice

The de Beaumont Foundation focuses on programs and initiatives that strengthen public health practice through innovation, tools, and training. We seek to foster innovation in and for governmental public health agencies and to accelerate the adoption of promising approaches through strong peer networks of public health practitioners.

Build Cross-Sector
Partnerships

The de Beaumont Foundation focuses on programs and initiatives that connect public health agencies to key partners. We seek to strengthen the leadership role of public health officials within government and across sectors in their state/community, including the health care delivery system, through partnerships and collaboration.

Strengthen the Voice
of Public Health

At the de Beaumont Foundation, we think public health needs a new voice – and a new language to speak about the value of what we do. As we develop this strategic priority, we aim to create new tools and approaches for communicating about public health. Better communications will help public health officials bridge the gap between our field and others, help open doors to new partnerships, and help build support for public health approaches.

In all of its grantmaking, the de Beaumont Foundation strives to support model programs that can be easily replicated and/or taken to scale.