Since its founding in 1994, the David and Lura Lovell Foundation has supported projects that focus on mind, body and spirit. The foundation partners with organizations that address social needs in areas of personal interest to the Lovell family. The foundation also has funded a diversity of projects in schools, endowed chairs at universities to educate the next generation, and nationwide philanthropic collaborations.
Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM)$2,015,000
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Founded in 1994, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is dedicated to leading the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating and actively supporting a community of professionals who embody the philosophy and practice of integrative medicine. The program offers the broadest and most extensive range of fellowship programs available in the field, including distributed learning, residential sabbaticals, research training fellowships and the first integrative family medicine residency. Dr. Andrew Weil is founder and director. The Lovell Foundation granted $5,000 for marketing materials and $10,000 to assist with the Alumni Association’s first annual meeting. In 2000, the Lovell Foundation co-endowed the University of Arizona Arthritis Center’s Alana and Colbert Jones and David and Lura Lovell Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology with a grant of $750,000. Upon changes in leadership and focus at UAAC, this chair was transferred to AzCIM in May 2006 and Dr. Weil was named the first chair-holder. The endowment will continue to provide funding for leading work in education and research in rheumatology, including modules on rheumatology for the residential and fellowship programs. The Lovell Foundation also funded $250,000 over five years (beginning in 2008) for the Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program which changes the way medicine is practiced by changing the way residents are trained. The pilot program created a 200-300 hour curriculum designed for use in primary-care residency programs. In early 2008, AzCIM was named a Center of Excellence by the Arizona Board of Regents. In 2011, the foundation granted $300,000 over 4 years to support the newly established Pediatric Integrative Medicine Residency. In 2013, with the arrival of Dr. Esther Sternberg, the Lovell Foundation granted $300,000 over three years to provide start-up funds for the newly created Institute on Place and Well-being. In 2016, a $300,000 grant was approved, payable over two years, for an initiative in integrative health self-care. The foundation’s combined support of AzCIM totals $2,015,000.
Arizona Public Media (AZPM)$420,723
University of Arizona
Arizona Public Media is a trusted source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration. AZPM creates, acquires and distributes distinctive and relevant content for, with and about Southern Arizona, the University of Arizona and the Southwest. AZPM achieves this strategic intent through focused efforts in five key areas – audience development, financial sustainability, developing people and culture, strategic partnerships and technology. In 2006, the Lovell Foundation granted $7,073 for a pre-screening event, outreach and advertising for the broadcast premiere of “The New Medicine: Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit” (www.thenewmedicine.org). In 2012, the foundation provided a challenge grant of $95,400 ($31,800 per year for three years) to support a mental health producer/reporter to create specific in-depth segments around mental health-related topics, communicating in such a way that the audience gains an accurate non-stereotypical understanding of mental illness, and to provide perspective on stories throughout the spectrum where an understanding of mental issues or impacts can play a critical or productive role. This challenge was met at the end of 2012. In 2015 and 2016, the foundation made grants totaling $220,000 to support the production of two documentaries, Mental Health of Teens and Youth and Passing On. Passing On, which discusses death, dying and end of life planning, was selected by PBS for national broadcasting, and received an Emmy award.
Arizona Theatre Company (ATC)$52,500
The mission of the Arizona Theatre Company is to create professional theater that continually strives to reach new levels of artistic excellence in the state of Arizona and throughout the nation. Recognizing the importance of sharing the power of professional theater with the next generation, ATC maintains a strong commitment to its educational programming, offering a range of opportunities for students and teachers throughout Arizona. The Lovell Foundation granted $7,500 in January 2009 to assist the ATC in enabling 3,000 middle and high school students to experience professional theater through performances, classroom workshops and classroom curriculum. This included bus transportation and ticket subsidies for underserved students. Between 2010 and 2015, the foundation funded an additional $40,000 for this matinée program. Additionally, the foundation granted $5,000 for outreach surrounding ATC’s production of Next to Normal to promote this production and mental health awareness within the community.
Association of Professional Fundraisers, Southern Arizona Chapter (AFP)$2,100
Youth In Philanthropy
The Southern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Professional Fundraisers enlists the participation of schools, youth groups and other nonprofits to offer them seed money and a curriculum to assist middle-school-age youth in understanding the value of philanthropic giving in their lives and within their communities. In 2011, the Lovell Foundation provided the Youth in Philanthropy program a grant of $2,100 as part of its Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
Bay Area Community Resources (BACR)$5,000
Youth Funding Youth Ideas (YFYI)
Bay Area Community Resources includes Communities in Harmony Advocating for Kids, which operates a city-wide youth philanthropy program launched in 2003 called Youth Funding Youth Ideas. In 2011, the Lovell Foundation provided YFYI with a grant of $5,000 as part of its Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
The Bravewell Collaborative, an operating foundation, exists to bring about optimal health and healing for individuals and society by organizing and sustaining a community of philanthropists dedicated to advancing integrative medicine. The collaborative is committed to: offering strategic and informed program initiatives which create optimal healing environments for both patients and healers; creating an atmosphere of collaboration that stimulates and supports innovation in integrative medicine, and providing educational opportunities for health professionals, consumers, philanthropists and others in position to move American healthcare to integrative medicine. Both Ann and Lura Lovell served on the Board of Directors, and Ann is the organization’s treasurer. The Lovell Foundation granted $500,000 for membership over a 13-year period, $61,100 for a mapping initiative, $250,000 to support the PBS documentary “The New Medicine: Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit” and an additional $50,000 for educational outreach around the broadcast of “The New Medicine.” The foundation granted $32,500 for a Bravewell Fellowship practicing in a community clinic in the San Francisco area and $200,000 toward the four-year strategic plan for 2007-2010. The foundation granted $41,000 for an additional Bravewell Fellowship for a nurse at the National Institute of Nursing Research and $20,000 to support a one-half scholarship for an additional fellowship for the final Bravewell Fellows class graduating in 2012. In 2013, the foundation granted a final $50,000 for two legacy projects – PRIMIER, a national database of uniformly collected patient-reported outcomes and provider observations – and the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare, a partnership with Duke Integrative Medicine and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Medical School and Clinical Research Institute.
Central Catholic High School$158,000
Central Catholic is a coeducational high school located in Toledo, Ohio. It serves a diverse population and provides course studies at six ability levels to enable a larger number of students to achieve success. Central Catholic also accepts graduates from Mary Immaculate, a local school providing special education where Robert Lovell attended. Central Catholic offers a unique curricular program that focuses on students who have significant learning challenges along with emotional needs. The program uses the “inclusion” concept in which services for its Project 100 students are delivered in the normal classroom setting. The Lovell Foundation granted $8,000 to the Project 100 program, then an additional $100,000 to support an endowment for this program. The Lovell Foundation also awarded $50,000 to endow a scholarship program for students with identified disabilities who could be served by the special education programs provided by Central Catholic.
CITY Center for Collaborative Learning (for CommunityShare)$15,000
CommunityShare is an online network that connects the skills of volunteer community professionals, leaders, organizations and businesses in the greater Tucson region with the goals and needs of educators in schools and informal learning environments. Teachers and community partners work together to create “real-world” learning opportunities for youth to discover their own passions and transform them into career possibilities. In 2016 CommunityShare received a $15,000 grant from the Lovell Foundation through the CITY Center for Collaborative Learning.
Complementary Medicine Center$97,348
The Complementary Medicine Center opened for clinical services in October of 2001 and offered acupuncture, massage, hypnosis, yoga, tai chi and herbal counseling. The center’s focus was to integrate traditional and complementary practices. The Lovell Foundation granted $13,800 to initiate a six-week standardized Reiki Treatment Protocol in persons with chronic pain. It was hoped that the results of the study would help to create a Reiki treatment protocol that would be proposed for use in a clinical setting that is evidence-based, efficient and economical. The Lovell Foundation also granted $32,660 to study the effects of therapeutic touch on arthritis of the knee in order to determine the effects of these treatments on pain, level of functioning and quality of life. The Lovell Foundation provided $25,000 to support the Wellness Initiative for Future Health Care Providers. In 2010, the foundation also granted $25,888 to support the Translation from Classroom to Clinic wellness program for third-year medical students.
Corpus Christi University Parish$1,915,932
Corpus Christi University Parish is the official name of the Catholic presence at the University of Toledo formed in 1976. This parish serves approximately 10,000 students who attend the university, as well as faculty, staff and the community. Corpus Christi is part of the nationwide effort of the Catholic Church to provide ministry for collegians at public universities. Father James Bacik was the pastor until 2012 and the congregation included David and Lura Lovell. The new Catholic student center was built on 3 ½ acres directly across from a main entrance to UT. Lura Lovell served on the parish building committee. The library in the church complex was dedicated to David C. Lovell in a ceremony on December 5, 1998, attended by the entire family as well as hundreds of well-wishers. Diane Nyitray was commissioned to create a portrait of David, which hangs in the library. The Lovell Foundation granted Corpus Christi’s building fund $1,000,000 and granted $500,000 to be endowed for the purpose of assisting with the parish’s ongoing operating expenses. The Lovell Foundation also granted $100,000 to support the Christian Leadership Program and $3,000 to the Mary Peskor Memorial Fund in honor of the mother of Lura’s longtime friend, Francine Lawrence. The endowments were retained in the Lovell Foundation’s portfolio with quarterly distributions provided at 6 percent (totaling $210,000). On June 31, 2009, these funds and associated market gains (totaling $102,932) were distributed to Corpus Christi Parish upon their request.
Culture Jam Youth Camp Oregon Country Fair$111,000
Culture Jam Youth Camp was created by the Oregon Country Fair as a way to provide a youth camp based upon the Power of Hope program developed in Seattle. The camp focuses on using the arts as a means of self expression and empowerment. A team of artists, writers, actors, naturalists, musicians and dancers show teens how to use the arts to unleash their power. The Lovell Foundation granted $101,000 to support this program over 10 years. In 2012, the foundation provided a two-year grant totaling $10,000 for the Oregon Country Fair to develop an integrated fundraising plan.
Dancing Wheels is a professional, modern dance company that unifies both stand-up and sit-down dancers and provides awareness of the possibilities for people with disabilities, as well as being inspirational for all. The Lovell Foundation granted $2,000 to assist in bringing this dance group to Toledo for a performance in April 2005.
Friends of the Future$20,000
Friends of the Future was established in the early 1990s in Kamuela, Hawaii to increase community stability and esteem by developing cultural anchors, to promote dialogue that brings together community members of diverse backgrounds to effectively focus community resources on community identified needs, and to develop community-based activities that significantly improve the health-related quality of life of those residing in North Hawaii. The Lovell Foundation granted $5,000 for the Health Maps program which provides a computer-assisted health and wellness learning program. The Lovell Foundation also granted $5,000 for Earl’s Garage which provides a science-based project learning center that offers after-school programs in science and technology and is a site for class field trips to supplement science curriculum. In 2010, the foundation granted an additional $10,000 to support the Tutu’s House: Perspectives on Healthcare, a community healthcare program.
Healing Works was founded in New York City in 1994 as the nation’s first nonprofit organization dedicated to offering holistic wellness services free of charge. The mission was to empower low-income individuals to achieve physical and emotional wellness by providing them with the opportunity to experience the healing power of holistic care. Healing Works was particularly qualified to respond after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, because the nonprofit had an existing network of almost 200 volunteers who immediately mobilized in response to the disaster. Mental health and stress reduction services were provided to police and fire personnel and to community agencies throughout the city. The Lovell Foundation granted $5,000 to support these efforts. Sara Lovell was also involved with Healing Works.
HOPE, Inc. (Helping Ourselves Pursue Enrichment)$59,875
HOPE, Inc., is a peer- and family-run outpatient treatment center that provides psychosocial rehabilitation and counseling services for adults using the public behavioral health system, being discharged from a crisis facility or incarceration, on probation or parole, or in behavioral health court or diversion programs. All services are provided in a peer-supported, member-driven and recovery-focused model of care to help members form supportive relationships, develop social supports, live independently and access community education and resources. In 2014, the Lovell Foundation granted $24,875 toward the Health and Wellness Program, focused on their clients living with serious mental illness. HOPE’s Young Adult Peer Music Program received a grant of $35,000 in 2015.
Hospice of Northwest Ohio$145,800
Established in 1981, Hospice of Northwest Ohio continues to be the only nonprofit agency in the Toledo, Ohio area specifically created to care for terminally ill patients and their families. Providing holistic medical and nursing care, plus spiritual and emotional support, Hospice serves more than 1,300 patients a year in their homes or in the Edward and Marion Knight Hospice Inpatient Center. Hospice is staffed by approximately 175 medical, nursing and counseling professionals whose efforts are enhanced by more than 250 trained volunteers. JoDee Robertson, a Lovell Foundation trustee, was one of Hospice’s trained volunteers. Hospice works in teams to assure every patient and family is fully supported during the patient’s illness and death. The staff continues to provide support to surviving family members for at least a year following the patient’s death. After a patient’s death, specially trained social workers, psychologists, clergy, art and music therapists, bereavement counselors and volunteers come together to work as a team with the family. These unique community support services are offered free to the public and are dependent on private funding. The Lovell Foundation granted $100,000 to support Hospice’s family bereavement counseling services over a four-year period and $45,800 for the Caregiving at Life’s End Program trainings (Anamcare) including a challenge grant for support of the fourth and final unit of Anamcare in 2011, which was fulfilled in 2012.
Institute for Mental Health Research$25,000
The Institute for Mental Health Research was established as a world-class institute for mental health research in the state of Arizona. The institute has three major focus areas – women, children and families. The Lovell Foundation granted $25,000 for a one-day conference targeting the stigma surrounding mental illness. The program was designed to educate the public, policy makers, the media and interested individuals about the advances in mental health that can and do allow people with mental illness to live fulfilling lives as active participants in their families and communities. The Beautiful Minds & Creative People: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness symposium was held in Phoenix, Arizona on Nov. 21, 2003. There were 11 presenters, including award-winning producer Bill Lichtenstein, who presented his film “West 47th Street,” and Susan Smiley, who presented her documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCWGdUFyT8Q
Interfaith Community Services (ICS)$1,060,000
Interfaith Community Services was established in 1985 to assist the elderly, the disabled and disadvantaged to achieve stable and independent lives. The nonprofit accomplishes this with the support of faith communities, volunteers and the community at large. Programs providing service to more than 40,000 individuals include a Food Bank, Emergency Financial Assistance Program, Caregiving Services, Mobile Meals and Health Advocacy. The Lovell Foundation provided grants totaling $150,000 between 2008 and 2013 to support the implementation of ICS’s Health and Wholeness Program. This program assists leaders in faith communities with integration of health-related activities into the life of their congregation. The foundation also granted $50,000 to support the 2012 Faith and Mental Illness Conference. This grant included additional post-conference follow-up as efforts continue to embed mental health into the already existing Health and Wholeness Program. In 2013, $50,000 was granted to continue the follow-up activities and support the planning of the 2014 Faith and Mental Illness Conference. An additional grant of $115,000, payable over two years, was made to increase ICS’s outreach and impact through an integrated whole health initiative in 2014-2015. The foundation continued its support of the ICS annual conference, Faith Communities and Well Being, with a grant of $25,000 in 2016. Grants payable between 2015 and 2017 were also approved for a total of $560,000 to support the Faith and Community Health Network, and $60,000 for Mental Health Safe Space.
Invisible Theatre (IT)$33,500
The Invisible Theatre of Tucson started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights and has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals. It is dedicated to producing quality theater and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting that showcases local professional talent and guest artists. IT has also been working with special-needs children for the past 28 years through Project Pastime – a prototype of innovative out-of-school arts education programming for youth designed to increase understanding and acceptance of the diverse qualities and gifts of mentally and physically challenged young people. In 2013, the foundation granted $6,000 to support Project Pastime’s production of “The Me Inside of Me: An INVIS-ability Project,” an original musical that the students help create and perform for community and school audiences. An additional $4,000 was granted to provide matching funds to leverage a grant from another funder and for general support of the organization. This grant was used to build IT’s development infrastructure. Support for Project Pastime continued with grants of $7,500 in 2014 and $8,000 each year in 2015 and 2016.
Iowa State University$352,500
Iowa State University is the alma mater of both David and Lura Lovell. David received his degree in chemical engineering in June 1950 and Lura, who majored in child development, received her degree in home economics in March 1951. Father James Supple, a campus minister, provided the education necessary for Lura to convert to Catholicism and presided at David and Lura’s marriage ceremony. The Lovell Foundation contributed $100,000 to help create the Msgr. James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies at Iowa State University. The Lovell Foundation also granted $102,500 to the Iowa State University Foundation to endow a scholarship in honor of David. The David C. Lovell Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding sophomores in the engineering program. The Engineering College Scholarships and Awards Committee selects the recipients. The Lovell Foundation also granted $150,000 to establish the Lura M. Lovell Fellowship for the benefit of research on botanical supplements.
Lutheran Social Services Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Northwest Ohio (PLAN)$102,000
PLAN is part of a national alliance that assists families in creating programs of assistance and care for the time when the parents can no longer provide for their mentally ill family members. Plans of care are set up to use the income from testamentary trusts utilizing the supplementary trust laws. The Lovell Foundation granted a total of $102,000 to this organization between 1996 and 1998.
Mary Immaculate School$109,200
Mary Immaculate School was begun by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Toledo, Ohio in 1960 for students with unique learning needs. The original population of the school consisted of students classified as educable mentally retarded. Additional students were enrolled, as they were “falling through the cracks” at other parochial schools. As years progressed, the Toledo Diocese found a need for a Catholic School program for students with learning disabilities. The school also served students with traumatic brain injury and other health impairments as well as students with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Robert Lovell is a graduate of Mary Immaculate School. The Lovell Foundation granted $100,000 for an endowment to assist with tuition for families of children with unique learning needs who could not afford the cost of this specialized Catholic learning environment. The endowed scholarship program honored Robert Lovell. The Lovell Foundation granted an additional $5,000 to enable scholarships to be granted in the first year of the endowment. In 2009, the foundation granted an additional $4,200 to enable scholarships to be awarded without accessing the endowment during the financial downturn. The scholarship program ended in 2013, when the school had to close for lack of financial support. The remaining funds were returned with interest ($110,463).
Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity$60,000
Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity helps to provide affordable housing for families who might not otherwise have the ability to own their own homes. The Lovell Foundation sponsored half of the costs to build a home for each of two families impacted by mental illness ($15,000 in 2007 and $30,000 in 2008). The remaining $15,000 is available for eligible recipients.
The Lovell Foundation provided a matching grant of $5,000 to support the Mayo Clinic’s first complementary and integrative medicine continuing education program on June 8-9, 2007 in Rochester, Minnesota. This conference was designed to expose practicing physicians and other healthcare providers with evidence-based information to help their patients make informed healthcare decisions.
Mental Health Safe Space$5,000
Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding (FCRU)
The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding is a project of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona born out of the tragic mass shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011. With a focus on eliminating the stigma of mental illness so that another such tragedy might be averted, FCRU formed a coalition of organizations and individuals called Mental Health Safe Space to develop a training for residents and employees of downtown businesses, government offices, schools and churches. Evan Mendelson, Lovell Foundation executive director, has been involved in the project from the beginning. The Lovell Foundation provided a $5,000 grant to fund the development of marketing and educational materials for the project. The community partnership matched the grant and is providing additional in-kind support.
Mill Youth Stop$10,000
The Mill was created to provide a well-chaperoned environment for teenagers in the Toledo area and operated a 10,000-square-foot facility with a recreation area, computer lab, café and lockers, a quite zone, intern apartments and an event area with seating for 600 equipped with sound and lighting systems. Between 2002 and 2005, the Lovell Foundation granted $10,000 to expand the Mill’s services for people with developmental disorders.
National Alliance on Mental Illness California (NAMI California)$133,200
Dan E. Weisburd had a 35-year career in the motion picture and television industry as a writer-producer-director and as a corporate executive. When his oldest son was diagnosed with schizophrenia while attending Harvard University, Weisburd began to devote more and more of his professional energy to increasing awareness of mental illness. He became the editor and publisher of “The Journal,” a nationally renowned quarterly magazine covering issues concerning mental illness published by NAMI California. The Lovell Foundation granted NAMI California $133,200 to increase distribution of “The Journal,” to assist in creating the one-hour documentary film “Women and Mental Illness” narrated by Margo Kitter, and to promote The Clergy Counseling Collection project. The “Women and Mental Illness” documentary was picked up by numerous PBS stations nationwide.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo$1,058,934
Lura Lovell was a founding member of BOOST– Building on our Strengths Together – which was established in 1981. The organization represented family members, consumers and providers of services to people with mental illness. BOOST was dissolved by 1990 when Lura helped establish NAMI of Greater Toledo, with essentially the same mission as NAMI Ohio. The Lovell Foundation awarded $11,500 to develop and launch a Mental Illness Educational Program at Lourdes College. The foundation granted $395,000 over 13 years to support the Journey of Hope/Family to Family educational program – which is designed to teach families how to manage and maintain family structure when dealing with a family member who is mentally ill. A total of $526,934 was awarded over 10 years to Positive Connections, a collaboration with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio and Unison Behavioral Health Services to provide education, support and mentoring for children who have a parent with a serious mental illness. In 2012, the foundation provided a $17,000 tie-off grant to Positive Connections to support students currently enrolled in the program. In 2013, $20,000 was awarded toward the Family to Family Program. From 2014-2016, the foundation made grants totaling $100,000 toward support of Family Education and Kidshop programs.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio (NAMI Ohio)$20,887
NAMI Ohio is a statewide, nonprofit organization formed in 1982 by families and individuals affected by serious mental illness. Lura Lovell was a founding member. Its mission is to improve the quality of life, ensure dignity and respect for persons with serious mental illness and to support their families. NAMI’s strategy is four-pronged – advocate and educate, support, promote quality healthcare and build and maintain a strong organization. The Lovell Foundation awarded a total of $20,887 in grants for projects that promote education concerning mental illness and a housing award honoring David C. Lovell.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona (NAMI-SA)$113,000
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona is the Tucson affiliate of the largest nationwide grassroots organization advocating for, educating and supporting people living with mental illness and their families. This local nonprofit was originally chartered in 1983 to increase awareness and reduce stigma for those living with mental illness and their caregivers. They are dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases. The Lovell Foundation granted $15,000 in January 2009 to support the Family to Family and In Our Own Voice programs. In 2011, the foundation granted $18,000 to support upgrades to the database system. In 2013, $10,000 was granted to support the training of volunteer trainers for NAMI-SA’s educational programs and $5,000 to build its organizational capacity. From 2014-2016, an additional $65,000 was granted to support capacity building.
National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAfIM)$6,000
The National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry is a leader in disability ministry, advocating for and supporting persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them. The Lovell Foundation granted $6,000 for NAfIM’s 2008 national conference that provided educational opportunities for families, members of religious communities, program administrators and professionals.
National Organization on Disability (NOD)$50,000
Created in 1982, the National Organization on Disability promotes the acceptance and full participation of men, women and children with physical, sensory, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities. NOD requested a grant for $100,000 to develop, promote and distribute a book that encourages and empowers congregational leaders to fully welcome and include people with disabilities in their congregations. The Lovell Foundation provided a challenge grant of $50,000, which was successfully matched in 2008.
Neighborhood Properties, Inc. (NPI)$148,500
Neighborhood Properties offers supportive housing for Northwest Ohio residents who live with severe mental illness. The program’s mission is to support recovery. David and Lura Lovell were founding board members and Lovell Foundation advisor Carol Church, a former NPI board member, served as chairman of the board and as interim director. David and two other businessmen led the acquisition, rehabilitation and organization of the first 40 units. In 2001, NPI created Neighborhood Property Services to enable the employment of its customers by using NPS for its property management needs. NPS now handles maintenance, cleaning, landscaping and snow removal for Neighborhood Properties, as well as several external customers, and has branched out into painting and construction. By 2004, NPI had 646 units in 99 buildings which it managed entirely in-house. The Lovell Foundation granted $92,500 between 2004 and 2013 to support NPI’s Mental Health Month event on supportive housing and its importance to recovery. In 2011 and 2012, the foundation granted a total of $36,000 to support the Faces of Recovery to conduct a public education campaign using radio, newspaper and Facebook. The program was designed to increase public awareness of mental illness in order to decrease stigma and promote support for local services. NPI’s Showcase of Recovery event received Lovell Foundation support of $10,000 each year in 2014 and 2015.
Ohio State University College of Nursing $25,000
Grace Sills is a former dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio State University and an active member of the National Organization of Psychotherapy and Psychiatric Nursing. Lura Lovell met with Sills and knew her to have a special interest in the needs of families who have a mentally ill family member. In 1996 the Lovell Foundation granted $25,000 towards the establishment of a professorship honoring Grace Sills.
Oregon Community Foundation$5,000
Community 101 Youth Philanthropy Initiative (C101)
Community 101 is a school-based program that connects students to neighborhood issues and provides experience operating a mini-foundation. In 2011, the Lovell Foundation provided C101 with a grant of $5,000 as part of its Youth Philanthropy Initiative.
Pain Society of Oregon (PSO)$7,500
The Pain Society of Oregon is a multi-disciplinary professional organization committed to quality care and advocacy for patients struggling with pain disorders. In 2006 the Lovell Foundation provided support for two PSO projects for individuals with acute and chronic pain disorders – $5,000 for an 8-12 week visual arts project and exhibition, and $2,500 for a series of quarterly educational presentations on pain management, medications and effective communication with healthcare providers offered free of charge to the public.
Partners in Education of Toledo$14,600
Partners in Education’s mission is to promote student success through school/community partnerships. Partners in Education is a catalyst for community involvement in the Toledo Public, Washington Local and Diocese of Toledo school systems. The program matches area businesses, civic organizations, labor, government agencies and churches with local schools to provide guidance, training, support materials and expert counsel on an ongoing basis. The Lovell Foundation granted $14,600 to support operational expenses, strengthen existing partnerships with training and mentoring, and evaluate and set community-wide goals for current and future partnerships over a period of three years from 1999 to 2001.
Partnership for Mental Health$66,000
The Partnership for Mental Health was a community partnership between the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo, the Medical University of Ohio and Rescue Mental Health Services. Their goal was to develop relationships between their coalition and the local congregations to increase participation of people with mental illness in the life of the community. The Lovell Foundation granted $66,000 for this pilot program to educate religious leaders to recognize the biological and clinical nature of mental disorders for enhanced identification and support, and to enable these leaders to refer members of their congregation to the appropriate professional providers.
ProMedica’s Integrative Medicine Conference$21,500
ProMedica is a locally owned nonprofit healthcare organization serving Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan with nearly 14,000 employees and 3,000 physicians. Dr. Mounir Elkhatib is director of The Great Lakes Center for Integrative Medicine and has been practicing integrative medicine for more than 35 years. 2013 is the tenth year that Elkhatib and ProMedica’s Continuing Medical Education Department sponsored the Wellness Across the Age Spectrum Integrative Medicine Conference. The two-part program includes a free evening community event for the general public and a full-day conference designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, occupational therapists, chaplains, psychologists and other healthcare professionals. The Lovell Foundation granted $3,500 to support the Fall 2013 Conference in order to raise awareness of integrative medicine through evidence-based information, and supported annual conferences from 2014-2016 with additional grants totaling $18,000.
Resolution Media Fund$5,000
“The Science of Healing” follows author and medical researcher Dr. Esther Sternberg to a village in Greece, where her own story of illness and recovery inspired her research into the role the brain and the emotions play in healing. The film was written and directed by Renard Cohen and produced by the Emmy-award-winning Resolution Pictures. The Lovell Foundation supported the PBS broadcast of this documentary.
Social Venture Partners Tucson (SVPT)$50,000
Social Venture Partners Tucson was chartered in October 2006 as a new way to engage philanthropists and support nonprofit organizations in the Tucson community. SVPT is a project launched by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Member partners pool expertise, time and money to strengthen local nonprofit organizations by providing substantial multi-year grants along with capacity building. The Lovell Foundation provided a three-year grant of $25,000 to support infrastructure from 2006 through 2008. Ann Lovell is a founding board member and was chairman of the investment/grant committee. Additional grants of $15,000 in 2015 and $10,000 in 2016 were made in support of SVPT’s Fast Pitch program.
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)$95,000
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to create and sustain a healthier community through a compassionate, comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS. The Lovell Foundation provided support for SAAF’s Complementary Therapies Program, providing visits with a naturopathic physician to create an individual health plan that could include body work such as massage and chiropractic, as well as nutritional supplements. Grants were provided in 2006, 2008 and 2011 for a total of $50,000. In 2015, funding of $45,000 was granted to the Travis Wright Memorial Buyer’s Club, which is part of the Complementary Therapies Program.
St. Elizabeth’s Health Center$175,000
St. Elizabeth’s mission is to provide medical, dental and healthcare for the uninsured and underserved in the Tucson community. Founded by Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, St. Elizabeth’s Health Center was converted from a school to a clinic and is staffed with more than 100 volunteer physicians, dentists, dental hygienists and nurses who care for more than 14,000 patients each year. In 2012, the Lovell Foundation granted $20,000 to support the behavioral health department of this clinic, whose care providers strive to integrate behavioral health services within primary care. Additional grants totaling $155,000 were made in 2014-2016 toward expenses for direct services.
Strength Building Partners (SBP)$20,000
Strength Building Partners is a Tucson-based organization whose mission is to provide a structure for people to create positive, caring relationships in the public school system. SBP is committed to working with schools to bring about long-term, systemic change. SBP begins by introducing their model of organizing staff at each school so that the staff can identify its own strengths and build upon them. SBP then facilitates training sessions to assist in the development of planning for strategic improvements. The Lovell Foundation granted $20,000 to support ongoing work at four Tucson area public schools over three years.
Sunstone Cancer Support Foundation$30,000
The Sunstone Cancer Support Center was situated on 14 acres in northeast Tucson. The center provided programs and cancer support services designed to inspire and empower cancer survivors, their caregivers, loved ones and health providers. Sunstone’s programs ranged from Reiki, yoga and massage to numerous support groups, retreats, meditation and nutritional classes. They worked in collaboration with the Arizona Cancer Center and the Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, the Cancer Care Center at Tucson Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital in South Tucson. The Lovell Foundation granted $20,000 to support scholarships for participants attending four-day, three-night survivorship immersion retreats over two years. The foundation also granted $10,000 to support their cancer guide program.
Technology Access Center of Tucson (TACT)$274,775
TACT provides individuals with disabilities access to training and education regarding the adaptive equipment and assistive technology tools that will support them in the vital activities of learning, hearing, seeing, speaking, playing, moving, recreating and writing. These tools and TACT’s programming make it possible for individuals to expand their independence, build on their skills and talents, and be included within the larger community. Their board of directors is primarily composed of individuals with disabilities or parents of such individuals. The Lovell Foundation granted $274,775 for support of TACT’s learning lab program over a period of five years.
Toledo Community Foundation$100,000
In 2016 the Lovell Foundation established a donor-advised growth fund with an investment of $100,000 administered by the Toledo Community Foundation to support mental health needs in Lucas County, Ohio, in honor of the legacy of founders David and Lura Lovell.
Toledo Museum of Art$105,000
The Toledo Museum of Art is a privately-endowed, nonprofit institution that opens its collections to the public – free of charge – six days a week, 309 days a year. Lura Lovell enjoyed this museum and its art programs in her youth. The museum now has more than 30,000 works of art representing American and European painting; the history of art in glass; ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian works; Asian and African art; medieval art; sculpture; decorative art; graphic arts; and modern and contemporary art. The foundation has granted a total of $105,000 (2010-2016) to support the Art After School program. This program partners with community children’s services for underserved and at-risk youth to provide after-school art programming at the museum.
Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO)$315,000
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra serves disadvantaged inner-city youth in Toledo through Community Music Lessons and Young People’s Concerts programs. The TSO provides group and private music lessons in community centers as well as concerts at local high schools featuring the orchestra. The Lovell Foundation granted $170,000 for these programs, including transportation to youth concerts, between 2001 and 2012. The foundation also provided a $5,000 discretionary grant for then-conductor Chelsea Tipton II to determine the best use to enhance the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Continued funding was approved for $35,00 per year from 2014-2017.
Tom Wernert Award$50,000
The Tom Wernert Award is an annual award program for innovation in community behavioral health. It was named in honor of Tom Wernert, who was executive director of the Lucas County Mental Health Board for 30 years. He was a powerful mentor for Lura Lovell and many others. Without Tom’s mentoring, Lura felt she would not have been as successful an advocate and leader in promoting mental health access and family support. The National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors partnered to provide the annual award for at least one program nationally along with five runners up. The top program receives a cash award of $10,000. Marty Cohen, a Lovell Foundation advisor, was instrumental in creating this award. Cohen was founder of Technical Assistance Collaborative. TAC and the Lovell Foundation each provided $50,000 to initiate this program in 1999.
Tu Nidito Children and Family Services$90,000
Tu Nidito is a Tucson-based organization whose mission is to provide individual, family and group support through emotional, educational, social and spiritual services to children and their families as they deal with serious illness and death. The Children to Children program was created to offer age appropriate support to children who are grieving the death of a loved one. The Lovell Foundation granted $90,000 over a period of five years to support the Children to Children bereavement program.
Tucson Museum of Art (TMA)$57,500
Tucson Museum of Art has served Southern Arizona for 84 years as the region’s oldest and largest visual arts institution. In fulfilling its mission of “connecting art to life,” the museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and programs of the finest artistic and educational quality. The Lovell Foundation granted $7,500 in January 2009 and again in 2010 to support the Art for Schools program that provides children in grades K-12 the opportunity to visit the museum and participate in engaging tours through galleries and historic houses, followed by an accompanying hands-on art-making component. For many children, this program is the only visual arts resource available because arts education has been drastically cut from the public school curriculum in Arizona. To ensure its accessibility, the museum provides bus subsidies and offers the program at reduced rates to low-income school districts. In 2012-2014 the foundation granted $7,500 each year for TMA’s Picture This! Art for Families Program, which provides coordinated museum and art activities for children at Free First Sundays (the first Sunday of every month). In 2015 and 2016 the foundation supported TMA’s Family Destination Project with grants of $10,000 each year.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO)$55,000
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to “present live symphonic performances and music education at the highest level of artistic excellence, enriching and entertaining the people of Southern Arizona.” From its beginning in 1929 to the present, the TSO has not missed a season of sharing symphonic music with Arizona citizens. The Lovell Foundation granted $7,500 in 2009 to support the Southern Arizona Residency program, an ongoing collaboration with rural communities to bring music education and live orchestra concerts to children and adults in Southern Arizona’s outlying areas. In 2012-2014 the foundation granted $7,500 each year to support Music in the Schools/Young People’s Concerts, with additional grants of $10,000 in 2015 and $15,000 in 2016.
University of Arizona
UA Presents is a nationally recognized presenter of world-class performances and programs for the communities of Southern Arizona. The mission of UA Presents is to educate, enlighten and inspire by bringing performing arts and artists together with the diverse communities of Southern Arizona. UA Presents provides the opportunity to experience a broad range of activities with the goal of developing a lifelong love of and respect for the performing arts. In 2009, the Lovell Foundation granted $7,500 to support a performance for the Rodel Exemplary Teachers initiative. The foundation also granted $15,000 to support a community-partnering ticket program for students and their families between 2010 and 2011. In 2012 a grant of $7,500 supported the In the Schools program. In 2014-2016 the foundation made grants totaling $44,000 to Lead Guitar, a program that teaches elementary and high school students technique, music reading, theory, performance skills and ensemble playing.
University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC)$638,108
The UAAC is a stand-alone research center serving the state of Arizona that is physically housed at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson campus. Dedicated to eradicating arthritis as a cause of human suffering through biomedical research, teaching and patient care, UAAC was one of the first to employ a multi-disciplinary approach to combat arthritis and bone and connective tissue disease. Lura Lovell served on the Arthritis Center’s Board of Advisors and Ann Lovell served on the Arthritis Center Friends’ board for a number of years. The Lovell Foundation granted $315,000 for the Living Healthy with Arthritis project that successfully provided a community-based program integrating traditional and complementary health practices to promote optimal health for individuals with arthritis. The Lovell Foundation also provided $98,595 for a validation study on the effects of the Living Healthy Program and an additional $45,000 to supplement research, then funded by the National Institute of Health, generated from these outcomes. In 2000, the Lovell Foundation co-endowed the Arizona Arthritis Center’s Alana and Colbert Jones and David and Lura Lovell Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology with a grant of $750,000. This endowed chair was transferred to the Program in Integrative Medicine in May 2006, upon changes in leadership and focus at the Arizona Arthritis Center. A grant of $62,713 was awarded in June 2007 for a pilot oxytocin study and a grant of $116,800 was awarded in January 2009 to support a research study on the role of close relationships in fibromyalgia symptom severity.
University of Arizona College of Nursing$647,085
The University of Arizona College of Nursing was established in 1957 and was the first college west of the Mississippi River to offer a PhD in nursing. While nurses provide care for others, they often forget the need to care for themselves. It is challenging to retain nurses within the current medical system, as the long hours, patient complexities and reduced staffing often lead to burnout. In 2008 the Lovell Foundation granted $43,400 in support of the College’s Collaborative Partnership for Nurse Retention: Increasing Nurse Resilience through Holistic Healing. In 2009, the Lovell Foundation granted an additional $37,747 for Phase II of the THHIN initiative. The foundation then granted $10,000 in 2011 to support Phase III of THHIN, to bring knowledge from Phases I & II of the THHIN collaborative to address the needs within the College of Nursing. In 2010, the foundation also provided a $10,000 grant for the Cheryl McGaffic Memorial Scholarship Endowment, established in honor of the nurse-educators killed in the 2002 shooting at the University of Arizona. In addition, the foundation has approved grants totaling $545,938, payable from 2015-2017, in support of the first-of-its-kind Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship.
University of Toledo$644,200
The Thomas Murray and James Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies
This endowed chair is the first fully funded chair in religious studies at the University of Toledo and honors Murray’s parents as well as Father James Bacik, former pastor of Corpus Christi Parish. In 2000, the Lovell Foundation granted $600,000 for the endowment of this chair. The Lovell Foundation also granted an additional $44,200 for support of this endowment because of the loss of market value in the university’s investment portfolio.
Victory Center (formerly The Wellness Center)$653,400
The mission of The Victory Center is to help people with cancer fight for their recovery by providing free psycho-social support as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. It is designed as a place to learn whatever the patient needs to know in order to participate in their fight for recovery, along with their healthcare team. The Lovell Foundation was involved in the initial fundraising to establish this entity. The foundation also granted $473,400 for support groups and educational programs for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, for healing touch, massage, Reiki, reflexology and other integrative therapies between 1995 and 2013, as well as temporary support for the Director of Volunteers position. Additional funding for general operations was approved totaling $180,000, payable from 2014-2020.
Vine Street Productions$291,175
“Out of the Shadow” is a documentary that follows filmmaker Susan Smiley’s mother, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, through the Illinois mental health system. Millie’s story is representative of the millions of mentally ill people in the United States who are helpless in coping with powerful diseases and betrayed by the inadequacy of public programs. Smiley is a professional documentary producer in Los Angeles and this project was fiscally sponsored by the International Documentary Association. The film was featured in the Vancouver International Film Festival, SILVERDOC AFI/Discover Channel Documentary Festival and Durango Film Festival. There have been more than 200 screenings of the film for advocacy groups and numerous presentations, including the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. The documentary was broadcast on PBS beginning in 2006 and outreach continues to provide educational distribution into public schools, universities and local chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The Lovell Foundation granted $140,000 for this project and provided $56,175 for clergy guides to assist with educational outreach for “Out of the Shadow.” The foundation also granted $25,000 for “All Locked Up, Nowhere to Go,” a documentary that explores the complex issues surrounding the criminalization of the mentally ill caught in the Los Angeles County jail system. From 2009 to 2010, the foundation also provided $70,000 for “Mind Healing: The Practice of Integrative Mental Healthcare”, a documentary about proven successful complementary and alternative treatments for mental health issues.
WGTE Public Media$10,000
WGTE Public Media provides broadcast services to over 1.5 million households throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. They offer a broad range of educational programming and educational services that not only positively affect the lives of their viewers, but also directly serve more than 8,000 teachers and 150,000 students annually. The Lovell Foundation granted $10,000 to provide support for presentation of important national health-related programs and to conduct outreach efforts that connect those programs – including “The New Medicine: Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit” and “Out of the Shadow” – with local organizations.
Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona (WFSA)$148,000
The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is an educational and grant making institution founded to educate women and girls about money and philanthropy, and to assist organizations that support women and girls. The Lovell Foundation funded this organization’s Companeros Domestic Violence Project with a grant of $10,000. The foundation also granted $90,850 to fund Unidas, the Women’s Foundation philanthropy program for high-school-aged young women in Tucson. (Unidas is the feminization of the Spanish word for united.) The program gives young women the opportunity to make grants to support the type of social change important to them. Throughout the eight-month program, qualified applicants gain hands-on experience in community service, research, fundraising, public speaking and grant-making – all centered around helping to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Southern Arizona. In 2010, the Lovell Foundation initiated a $25,000 challenge grant to support an endowment for the Unidas program. Program participants then added fundraising to their skills and met this challenge in the fall of 2011. In 2015, WFSA received additional grants of $12,150 in support of Unidas and $10,000 toward the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship. Ann Lovell has been a member of the Women’s Foundation Advisory Council since the early 2000s. Prior to joining the council, Ann served on both the finance and the grants process and policy committees. Ann and Lura Lovell were the WFSA annual luncheon honorees in 2008.
Women’s Mental Health Symposium$130,200
University of Arizona College of Medicine
The Women’s Mental Health Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine is dedicated to public education. This annual symposium was organized to meet the educational needs of all who are interested in compelling mental health topics specific to women. The symposium targets nurses, midwives, physicians, psychologists and all specialties of healthcare providers, as well as interested members of the community. Participants learn about issues from bipolar disorders and substance abuse to dementia, menopause, breast cancer and risk of depression. Between 2001 and 2014 the Lovell Foundation granted $130,200 to support these annual symposiums.
Youth On Their Own (YOTO)$123,000
This Tucson-based organization aids homeless youth by providing support, basic human needs and guidance to complete high school. YOTO provides services including assistance with school enrollment, a $150 monthly stipend for rent or food, assistance in finding employment, free medical, dental and counseling services, clothing, household items and food, plus assistance in securing college aid. YOTO is funded primarily by private donations and grants. The Lovell Foundation awarded $123,000 to fund the stipends over a period of seven years.