top of page

Healthcare Foundation

Image by micheile dot com

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Healthcare Foundation was established in 1992 by a charitable contribution when Health Plan of America, an HMO owned by St. Joseph Health System, was sold.  The Foundation supports programs consistent with the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.  Over $48 million has been awarded since the Foundation’s inception to meet the needs of the dear neighbor.

Geographical Areas of Focus

The Foundation is restricted to addressing needs in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area and Humboldt County.


  • Housing Security

  • Food Security

  • Family Violence Prevention

Philosophical Statement

The Foundation makes grants that impact the health-related needs of economically poor and vulnerable populations within the geographic areas served by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.  We support the concept and vision of “healthy communities,” and desire to fund programs and organizations that:

  • provide prevention strategies to priorities of the Foundation

  • support and transform the individual, social, economic, institutional, and cultural aspects of communities.

  • promote change within larger societal systems to benefit low-income and at-risk populations.

  • and develop the leadership and capacity for self-determination of those served by our funding.

When appropriate and possible, we will collaborate with other funders and community resources whose program areas augment our focus on health.

Image by Joel Muniz
Image by Joel Muniz

Grantmaking Information

The Foundation awards general operating support grants up to $30,000 that seek to impact the Foundation’s three priorities. Priority will be given to BIPOC led organizations with budgets under $5 million located in the highest need communities within our larger geographical areas of focus.  Priority will also be given to applications that address the needs of women and children.

Grant application information is available on our website on January 15 of each year, with grant applications due by February 15 each year on the online platform. Applicants will be notified in May of each year, with successful applicants awarded checks by June of each year.

Special Project Grants

Special project grants are by invitation only.  These will focus on strategic system and policy change efforts that address one of the three Foundation priorities.  Grants will be for up to three years with a maximum award of $100,000 per year.  Grants will be awarded in the highest need communities related to the three priorities.  The Foundation anticipates to award three grants in 2023.

Image by Parrish Freeman

Financial Information

The Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation is a steward of funds that benefit the community.  As such, the Foundation presents the most up-to-date financial information.

Foundation Leadership

Sarah Middleton, Chair

Fatima Angeles, Vice Chair

Sr. Karen Clock, Secretary

Katie Kalvoda, Finance Committee Chair

Sr. Mary Geneva Bonhote, CSJ

Michelle Myles Chambers

Maureen Lawlor

Elysabeth Nguyen

Lucia Corral Pena

Wendy K. Starr

Barry Ross, Executive Director

Board and Staff

Mary Vagnone, Grants Manager


Image by Towfiqu barbhuiya

Grants Awarded

Click below to see the list of grants that we have awarded over the last few years!

Image by Christian Wiediger

Do you have questions about receiving a grant from the CSJ Healthcare Foundation?

Please Contact:

Barry Ross, Executive Director, Justice Partnerships 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

440 South Batavia Street

Orange, CA 92868-3998

T: (714) 633-8121 ext. 7109

C: (714) 656-5274

bottom of page