Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Foundation for the Public’s Health?

The Board of Directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) launched The Foundation for the Public’s Health in July 2015. The Foundation’s purpose is to mobilize partnerships and resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to further the activities of NACCHO, local health departments and other 501(c)(3) organizations that work to improve the public’s health.

What is the mission of The Foundation for the Public’s Health?

We link the humanitarian aspirations of donors with critical needs in public health.

What is the relationship between The Foundation and NACCHO?

The Foundation is a legally separate entity from NACCHO. The Foundation is an established 501(c)(3) organization with its own board and its management structure. NACCHO is The Foundation’s sole member, which grants NACCHO’s Board of Directors certain rights, such as the right to approve long-term plans and the right to approve and remove members of The Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The Foundation and NACCHO work closely to further the missions of both organizations through common activities.The day-to-day management of The Foundation is independent of NACCHO.

Is The Foundation for the Public’s Health really a foundation?

The word “foundation” has no legal definition. A 501(c)(3) organization is classified as either a public charity or a private foundation. Public charities receive funds from the public and private foundations usually receive their support from one source.

When most people think of a foundation, they are referring to a “private foundation”, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Kellogg Foundation. These organizations are subject to different rules than public charities.

The Foundation for the Public’s Health is a public charity that solicits support from the public and then makes grants to other 501(c)(3) organizations that work to improve the public’s health. The Foundation performs several critical functions. 1) we market and solicit for funds to support the public’s health, 2) we steward the use of those funds, and 3) we steward the relationships with donors.

Does The Foundation accept unsolicited grant proposals?

The Foundation is open to learning about your project/program and asks that you put together a brief Concept Note and send it to info@tfph.org. We will absolutely read your material and will likely contact you to get more information. We may be able to assist you in identifying the right funder.