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One of the nation’s most innovative and highly influential philanthropic health foundations, The Bravewell Collaborative, will be the focus of an upcoming book to be released by the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. The Bravewell Story: How a Small Community of Philanthropists Made a Big Difference in Healthcare, written by former executive director Bonnie Horrigan, traces the work of this unusual alliance through its 14-year history as a case study in effective, meaningful and strategic giving.
Studied as an example of excellence in philanthropy, The Bravewell Collaborative sought to shift the focus of our healthcare system to prevention, health maintenance, early intervention, and patient-centered care. While leveraging their combined resources to affect change, this union of more than 20 leading philanthropists and foundations helped to define the art of collaborative philanthropy and establish a playbook for this new model of giving. Led by Penny George (George Family Foundation), Christy Mack (Christy and John Mack Foundation), and others, Bravewell was funder-driven, with all members participating in the decision-making process.
“While this book is about the philosophy and organizational processes that The Bravewell Collaborative used in its philanthropic work, their approach can be applied by any organization wishing to build strong teams and get real results,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq, and author of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World.
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, noted, “How to improve both healthcare and the health of the American people is one of the most important issues facing our nation today. The Bravewell Collaborative’s role in establishing a new way to think about health and medicine, and in shining a light on all the possibilities therein, is an example of what philanthropy is capable of accomplishing at its very best. The Bravewell Story brings home how a diverse group of people who share a common purpose can join together with other like-minded individuals and institutions to do something for the common good. It is an inspirational story that is grounded in values, hard work, and the desire to create a more perfect world. And in that regard, it is very much an American story.”