bi3 is Bethesda Inc.’s grantmaking initiative to transform health in Greater Cincinnati. bi3 takes informed risks and invests in new ideas and approaches with the potential to spark and scale health innovation. Ultimately, bi3 seeks to fund and support collaborations and partnerships that lead to break-through change in health and health care for all people in Greater Cincinnati.
Bethesda Inc. is co-sponsor of TriHealth and founder of bi3. Bethesda Inc. is a non-profit support organization for Bethesda Hospital and its entities. bi3 is not a hospital or foundation; it is Bethesda Inc.’s philanthropic initiative to transform health.
The letters ‘bi‘ honor Bethesda Inc.’s heritage of innovation. The number ‘3’ recognizes that the organization’s grantmaking initiative is built on three core elements – ideas, investments and innovation.
bi3 is the evolution of Bethesda Inc.’s grantmaking work and better positions Bethesda Inc. to invest in collaborations and leverage partnerships. Since 2010, Bethesda Inc. has invested $53.5 million in innovative ideas to transform health and health care, ranking it as one of Ohio’s largest health-focused funders.
bi3 Grant Priorities
bi3 builds on past grantmaking successes by focusing on four funding priorities representing some of the region’s most important health needs:
- Maternal and infant health
- Behavioral health
- Health equity and social determinants of health
- TriHealth and Hospice of Cincinnati strategic initiatives
We remain flexible in our approach to best respond to new opportunities and changes in the community.
Successful initiatives create new, sustainable models of care; integrate medical and community resources, address social determinants of health; leverage other resources and dollars; and involve strong leaders and champions.
Our Approach to Grantmaking
SPARK INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION – bi3 provides the resources needed for people to think differently and try new approaches to improve health outcomes. bi3 is a catalyst for creating new, sustainable systems and fostering culture change. To achieve this we fund various phases of innovation:
- Planning, research and development
- Piloting or building proof of concept
- Expanding scale and replicating successful practices
- Supporting projects to achieve sustainability in service delivery and/or systems change
Building organizational capacity to engage in innovation, learning and advocacy
BUILD AUTHENTIC PARTNERSHIPS – bi3 collaborates with grantees by:
- Taking informed risks
- Engaging as a thought partner
- Providing multi-year grants
- Simplifying and streamlining reporting requirements
- Practicing open, honest and transparent communication
- Soliciting and acting on feedback
- Being flexible and responsive to community needs
- Offering support and technical assistance
FOSTER NEW COMMUNITY COLLABORATIONS – We leverage our strategic partnership with TriHealth to drive cross-sector collaboration by funding community health initiatives that break down silos between clinical care and social service delivery to improve the health of vulnerable populations.
ACHIEVE HEALTH EQUITY – We seek ideas that address underlying factors affecting health and wellness to ensure every person has equal opportunity to achieve his/her highest level of health and well-being.
CAPTURE AND SHARE LEARNINGS – bi3 encourages funded partners to identify key learnings and improvement opportunities. Where appropriate, findings will be shared with a variety of audiences to spark conversation and expand best practices in other sectors and communities.