Integrative health and healing focuses on the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Our efforts are aimed at enabling people to stay well by taking care of themselves with the support of an integrated health care team. When people become ill, we support initiatives that integrate the best of allopathic medicine with the full range of proven complementary therapies. The George Family Foundation supports grantees in initiatives that enable people to take greater responsibility for their health and to move upstream from disease care to health care.

A few examples of our grants in this focus area include: 

  • Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health, to build the Institute and support the development of integrative programs and practices throughout Allina Health.
  • Mayo Clinic, to support the development of the Healthy Living Program and its extension to health organizations and individuals throughout the United States.
  • Bravewell Collaborative to support fellowships for the integrative leadership program at Duke University.
  • The Institute of Medicine for the planning phase of its Healthy America initiative.
  • The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, to support fellowships for advanced practice nurses to be leaders in integrative healthcare institutions.

2014 Integrative Health & Healing Grantees

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation                                                                  

In support of the 2014 Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation Gala.


Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health
In fulfillment of a $100,000 grant to support of operations and expansion of the Consortium

American Medical Student Association                                                                         

In partial fulfillment of a $27,000 grant to support of the HEART-Integrative Medicine program

Center for Spirituality and Healing                                                                          

In partial fulfillment of a $150,000 grant to support the Educational Programs Expansion.


Grantmakers In Health                                                                            
In support of 2013 membership dues, the Leadership Award Event and the Bravewell Fellowships for the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University.


Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences 
In partial fulfillment of a $500,000 grant to support the Institute of Medicine’s Leadership Fund for the planning of the A Healthy America project.

Mayo Clinic

In partial fulfillment of a $2,000,000 grant to support the development of the Healthy Living Program.


In support of a one-day workshop to provide self-care techniques to front line staff working with sexually exploited youth.

Penny George Institute Foundation

In fulfillment of a $100,000 grant in support of marketing and communications for the new Foundation.

Total Integrative Health and Healing for 2014