The doctor and chairman of the board for the Peninsula Health Care District helped give out $2 million in grants this year to 10 local nonprofits. In the past 14 years, the organization has given away in excess of $17 million.
What do you look for when reviewing applications? We look at the impact the organization will make on the physical and mental health of people in the district. It’s a vague answer, but we bore down to the detail.
Who are some of the recipients? For example, the Children’s Health Initiative was one of the recipients. They give health insurance to 760 children. They seemed very meritorious to us. Also, CORA — Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, a domestic violence organization — was deserving. I guess we look for a way of using our resources to sort of multiply the effects of these very good nonprofits serving the district.
With the state of the economy, did you see an increase in applications? There was an uptick in applications. We probably had around 20 applications, but in this recession it was an increase not only in the number of applications but also an increase in the amounts requested.
What’s it like having to turn some of those organizations down? It’s never a happy moment when you have to turn good people down. But like everything else, we have to assign priorities and we have to make decisions that would have the greatest impact and influence on our district.