The mission of the Health Foundation is to improve the health status of residents of the Greater Rochester community, including people whose unique health care needs have not been met because of race, ethnicity, or income.


The vision of Greater Rochester Health Foundation has three key elements: financial strength, sustainability, and programmatic impact.

  • Maintain our level of qualified distributions by¬†increasing capital sufficiently on an inflation-adjusted basis.
  • Generate matching funds from local, state, and federal governments, as well as¬†other foundations equal to an additional 25 percent of the funds the Health Foundation distributed to priority programs.
  • Achieve national best-practice recognition in three of the Health Foundation’s funded programs.
  • Actively support three successful efforts to address underlying social, political, economic, or legal barriers to achieving program goals.


We will be proactive in working with the Greater Rochester community to achieve our mission.

Our board of directors and staff will act in an ethical manner, respecting one another’s integrity and values, as well as those with whom we engage.

We will operate with good governance principles, prudent investment practices, appropriate financial controls, and respect for our employees.

The funding process will be accessible, interactive, and transparent.

The initiatives that we invest in will:

  • Take focused approaches to eliminating the root cause(s) of a targeted problem.
  • Be designed based on quantitative and qualitative analysis and, where applicable, evidence-based research.
  • Be open to rigorous analysis and measurement.
  • Demonstrate potential for sustainability.

In addition to our stated values, we identify needs and disparities that are important to the health status of our communities, and provide support for those solutions. We seek to be approachable, strategic and outcome-focused in our decision making and invest in activities that can produce measurable results.