Collage of faces of members of WITH’s Self-Advocate Advisory Committee, individuals with a variety of skin and hair colors.

November 15th is National Philanthropy Day, a celebration of philanthropy that highlights the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy—and all those involved in the philanthropic process—makes to our society and our world. Today, the WITH Foundation would like to recognize and express sincere gratitude to two groups in particular:  

  • Our Grantees, organizations that promote comprehensive and accessible healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities that is designed to address their unique and fundamental needs. 

Thank you to our past and present grantees for the difference you make in lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and allies. Your work is critical within healthcare and it is a privilege to support your efforts.

  • Our Self-Advocate Advisory Committee Members. These individuals work with the Foundation to review the proposals that we receive and provide valuable feedback. The insights and expertise that this committee provides are invaluable.

Thank you Melissa Crisp-Cooper (Chair of Committee), Jessica Jimenez, Andraea LaVant, Katie Murphy, Ivanova Smith, Brent White, and Yolanda Vargas. We are grateful to each of you for your work and in the ways in which you strengthen our philanthropy.

Read profiles of each member of the advisory committee here.

WITH’s Philanthropic call-to-action

WITH Foundation has served as a disability and healthcare funder for more than 16 years. Through the Funder Education Initiative, WITH is committed to engage our peers in philanthropy, especially health/healthcare funders, to bring the lens of disability to their grantmaking. WITH believes that funders’ missions are more effectively addressed when disability is intentionally included.

We encourage funders to reach out to us to have peer-to-peer conversations about the steps you can undertake to incorporate disability into your portfolios and/or organizational structure. To learn more about the Funder Education Initiative, please see: withfoundation.org/funder-education