October 29, 2018 by Gina Nikkel, PhD, President & CEO
Big News! Announcing our new partnership with Open Society Foundations
We are so excited to finally get to tell you about the conversations we’ve been having for a couple of years now with folks at Open Society Foundations. OSF is well known internationally for its aim of “advancing justice, education, public health and independent media”. In 2016, that aim began focusing in on mental health and OSF reached out to the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care to look for common ground and opportunities for partnership.
We are now ready to cement that partnership with a three-year matching grant of $2.8M! It is a sustaining grant beginning in 2019 through 2021 to continue the good work that our visionary donors have been pioneering for the last eight years, including international study and development of Open Dialogue, Hearing Voices training, and independent professional mental health reporting.
We’ve already made a lot of progress toward securing the needed $800K match for 2019, but we still have $125K to raise in donations and pledges before the deal is closed!
How important is this work to you? Who in your life needs the work of the Foundation to continue? I myself have too many dear friends and family to name, some lost and some still fighting. But my own pledge for 2019 is a legacy I hope to leave my grandchildren, a world where people experiencing mental health challenges are empowered to make informed, effective choices for their care and are treated with dignity and respect. We can create that world together.
P.S. Stay tuned for developments! We expect to see some fun, creative ways our donors will use their talents to bring new friends to the Foundation and we’ll hear from some of the amazing folks doing the good work you all are making possible.