About the St. Joseph Fund

The St. Joseph Fund (SJF) is the grantmaking foundation of Providence. We invest in and foster long-term partnerships, rooted in love, with communities to ensure they are lively, hopeful, healthy, and just.

Our partnerships are tailored to provide each group we work with capacity-building support that is specific to their needs. Together, we build relationships and foster ongoing dialogues that go beyond a grant term. In each partnership, we encourage the accessibility of staff to generate ideas and innovations.

We invest in regional nonprofits and collaboratives across Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, and Washington with the intent to strengthen and build the power of communities.

We focus on building community in four key areas:

Our work’s center is capacity building. By that, we mean infrastructure development, internal assessments, research, training, cohort learning, examining policies and procedures and more to encompass the building blocks for organizational power to carry forth direct community and social impact.

“SJF invests in long-term partnerships rooted in love.”

We partner with community members to go the distance with them toward wholeness. We don’t just fund initiatives – we remain partners long after the grant funds have been expended. Our leaders at SJF and those at our nonprofit partners each have lived experience and understand the needs of underserved communities.

We are all motivated by compassion, kindness, and the desire to benefit others, and we believe this leads to more positive outcomes and creates a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Above all, we believe in the power of the community.

We celebrate and center community expertise and experience. We listen to their wisdom. We understand their needs. And we invest in their opportunities.

We envision working and living together in lively, hopeful, healthy, and just communities.

SJF’s History

St. Joseph Fund (SJF), Providence’s grantmaking foundation, invests in long-term relationships rooted in love. We have a deeply ingrained commitment to care for our dear neighbors without distinction, especially those furthest from justice. We work to create communities that are more whole, more healed, and more able to flourish, hope, love, and grow.

The Fund was built on the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, who held similar beliefs. The Sisters, who established the Fund in 1986, knew that everyone must be healthy for a society to thrive.

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The hope and vision for SJF’s future are to remain faithful to that original ethos, even as the needs of our communities change and priorities shift. Motivated by compassion, kindness, and the desire to benefit others ties directly back to the original vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

We are proud to serve as the bridge between the legacy of the Sisters and the future of Providence as a health system committed to equity and justice.

SJF’s History

The St. Joseph Fund (SJF), Providence’s grantmaking foundation, invests in long-term relationships rooted in love. We have a deeply ingrained commitment to care for our dear neighbors without distinction, especially those furthest from justice. We work to create communities that are more whole, more healed, and more able to flourish, hope, love, and grow.

SJF was built on the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, who held similar beliefs. The Sisters, who established SJF in 1986, knew that everyone must be healthy for a society to thrive.

The hope and vision for SJF’s future are to remain faithful to that original ethos, even as the needs of our communities change and priorities shift. Motivated by compassion, kindness, and the desire to benefit others ties directly back to the original vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

SJF is a grantmaking 501(c3) in Catholic health that serves as the bridge between the legacy of the Sisters and the future of Providence as a health system committed to equity and justice.

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Our Four Core Focus Areas

At St. Joseph Fund (SJF), Providence’s grantmaking foundation, we celebrate and center community expertise and experience. Through long-term partnerships, we collaborate to design opportunities that build community to sustain equity and justice in four focus areas:

  1. Disaster Response and Resilience
  2. Lifelong Education That Opens Doors
  3. Positive Change Through Community Power
  4. Community Healing and Resilience

We believe that capacity building is the muscle that gets to the heart of the work. Infrastructure development, internal assessments, research, training, cohort learning, examining policies, procedures, and more encompass the building blocks for organizational power to carry forth direct community and social impact. We intentionally invest in regional nonprofits and collaboratives to strengthen and build the power of communities.

We believe in stewardship beyond dollars. Through each of our initiatives, we provide coaching, technical assistance, staffing support, and more during our partnership. Further, we foster long-term relationships with our communities, so they are better positioned for action and continued success. The relationship is intentionally not dependent or transactional.

SJF understands that human-caused, environmental, and natural disasters pose a significant threat to the livelihood of communities, especially those disproportionately impacted by structural and institutional racism. Therefore, our focus is on the long-term recovery of the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health of poor and marginalized communities that often suffer the most following a disaster.

We balance this long-term focus with support for the crisis and short-term acute services that are vital to stabilizing after any disaster, partnering with experts in the field to provide immediate and culturally responsive needs while ensuring continuity of care as the community rebuilds and revitalizes.

SJF collaborates to dismantle barriers and oppressive educational structures, practices, and policies that prevent communities from thriving and fully participating in society. We advocate for anti-racist education agendas and policies. We celebrate the significant contribution of families and neighbors and acknowledge the impact of learnings outside of a classroom setting. These all forge a healthy development of personal and collective power.

We work with a holistic, lifelong learning framework to provide comprehensive birth-to-adult community education – one that honors and respects different teaching modalities across various environments that cultivate the lived experiences of people of color.

SJF strongly believes in community leadership and mobilizing people to join and improve distressed local and neighborhood conditions. Rather than focus on individual inequities, SJF disrupts and challenges harmful discriminatory and structural practices through community power building. We promote opportunities for grassroots communities to self-identify, advocate, implement, and oversee their change agenda through building relationships, establishing trust, and organizing an ecosystem of constituents within a place-based environment (where people are immersed in local cultures, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences).

We believe that community power-building is a long-term investment. We know that upstream work requires dedicated time for healing, trust-building, and navigating complex and bureaucratic systems with reinforced inequities. Community power building is not linear, and we are dedicated to moving toward a transformative journey for sustained community social, economic, and political action.

SJF knows systemic inequities such as racism, classism, and sexism are breeding grounds for harm, violence, and oppression that jeopardize generational wellness, health, and safety. While individual intervention is necessary for healing and overall wellness, SJF recognizes the significance of preventative strategies that fight historic and systemic inequities causing intergenerational poverty and collective trauma.

We understand that trauma-informed care is people-centered, offering holistic interventions to mitigate the risks and stressors of an individual’s trauma experience. SJF seeks community growth and advancement by partnering to build upon these practices to address the root causes at the organizational, institutional, and systems level.