The Gerlinger Award

To honor the two Gerlinger sisters who founded the Bella Vista Foundation and support causes that were most important to them, the board of directors established the Gerlinger Award.

THE INTENT OF THE FUND IS TO DEEPEN SUPPORT IN TWO AREAS:

SOCIAL SERVICES

Community-based social service organizations that focus on early childhood social and emotional development with an emphasis on strengthening the skills and emotional health of parents and caregivers.

EARLY LITERACY

Nonprofit organizations that expand opportunities and engagement so that children are able to read proficiently by the end of third grade, which is an important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

Please note:

The Gerlinger Award is by invitation only. The board does not solicit applications for this fund.

Gerlinger Award Recipients

CURRENT RECIPIENTS


2018-2020

In our recent round of multi-year funding, the Bella Vista board focused on local Bay Area organizations addressing birth equity. With the latest research showing continued disparities in health outcomes for Black infants (more than twice as likely to die as White infants) and Black women (3 to 4 times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as White women), the award recipients below are working thoughtfully to provide tailored programming for Black women pre- and post-birth.

HEALTHY BLACK FAMILIES

Healthy Black Families to further develop the Sisters Together Empowering Peers (STEP) program in Berkeley and Oakland

UCSF INFANT PARENT PROGRAM

UCSF Infant Parent Program to conduct an evaluation of an infant and early childhood mental health program focusing on the relationships between young children and their adult caregivers

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION

San Francisco Public Health Foundation for the Black Infant Health Program to create a New Graduate Program to expand services to Black postpartum women in San Francisco