San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 07, 2014
Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a nonprofit organization which works to advance health and wellness for the poor and underserved in San Diego and Imperial County, recently announced Solutions for Change as the recipient of its $1 million Innovation Initiative (I2) Award.
“Alliance Healthcare Foundation is very excited about the innovative ideas that brought in social enterprise, but also the environmental impacts, better nutrition and workforce development all to benefit the target population of the homeless,” AHF Executive Director Nancy Sasaki said during the announcement.
Developed in 2010, The Innovation Initiative rewards San Diego and Imperial County nonprofits for making significant positive change in the community’s health system. With this award, AHF seeks to alter the status quo by funding innovation designed to enhance the lives of those people most in need in its community.
“Solutions for Change brings incredible value and knowledge to our community, making them a perfect fit for our Innovation Initiative,” said AHF Board President Robert McCray. “The value of charities creating social enterprises to establish alternative funding sources cannot be understated, and their work will strengthen our community as a whole.”
Solutions for Change is a Vista, California-based organization which aims “to provide every child in the greater San Diego region with a safe, loving home.” As Southern California’s largest aquaponic farming operation, Solutions for Change: Solutions Farms will use the $1 million Innovation Initiative Award to triple the size of the farm, an expansion which will facilitate the production of 55,000 pounds of produce and 12,000 pounds of fish annually.
Ultimately, this growth of the aquaponics farm creates a social enterprise to become a funding vehicle for the Solutions for Change family homeless program. Potentially, the farm could provide an option for other non-profit charities, as well.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected by the Alliance Healthcare Foundation in this new social purpose venture,” said Solutions for Change President and CEO Chris Megison. “We believe that their investment in our idea has a shot at creating something very big, even revolutionary. It opens a new world of healthy eating to people who’ve never had that access, while at the same time leveraging the power of social enterprise to solve some of our country’s toughest social and environmental problems.”
About Alliance Healthcare Foundation
Alliance Healthcare Foundation is a San Diego-based nonprofit which works with nonprofit, government and community agencies to advance health and wellness throughout the San Diego and Imperial Counties. AHF works to serve the most vulnerable – the poor, working poor, children and homeless by providing grants, advocacy and education to support its region.
In 2013, AHF awarded over $2.3 million in grant money to local nonprofits, strengthening the community and allowing other nonprofits to advance their missions in the process.
About Solutions for Change
Based in Vista, California, Solutions for Change’s mission is to provide every child in the greater San Diego region with a safe, loving home. By developing innovative and revolutionary projects and initiatives, Solutions for Change has consistently grown since its inception in 1999.