Our Story

About Well Being Trust

Well Being Trust is an impact philanthropy dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the United States.

We believe the health of our mind is inseparable from the health of our body and spirit. Our goal is to save lives from deaths of despair and to increase equitable well-being for all.  We are committed to improving systems of care, coverage, and community conditions as essential to addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America.

With a bold mission, vision and overarching goal, Well Being Trust is  investing in approaches that have the potential to model the way forward and advance clinical, community and cultural change…to transform the health of the nation and improve well-being for everyone.

Our Mission

To advance the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation.

Our Vision

Everyone realizes their fullest potential for well-being.

Our Values

  • Loving kindness and compassion
  • Dignity and respect
  • Radical inclusion and equity of opportunity
  • Social justice for all

Our Goal

To save 100,000 lives from deaths of despair, while measurably improving the well-being of the American people over the next 10 years.

Our History

When Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health came together in 2016 to form Providence St. Joseph Health, the newly formed health system promised to transform the way care is delivered and to address the greatest health needs in its communities. To deliver on this commitment, Providence St. Joseph Health made a $100 million investment, plus an additional $30 million to be invested in California from 2017 to 2019, as an endowment to create the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, later renamed Well Being Trust, an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

In January 2017, Well Being Trust’s expert advisory panel was established and a staff was hired. They were charged with creating a blueprint for improving mental health care in U.S. communities. Well Being Trust began its work of stakeholder collaboration, researching best-in-class clinical and community practices, informing public policy and granting funds for various mental health initiatives.  

Propelled by the vision of founding investor Providence St. Joseph Health, Well Being Trust continues to be an open platform for health systems and partners across sectors and community members across the country to drive transformative change in mental health treatment, policy and social awareness.

Stories of Transformation

Read our  Stories of Transformation and the 2020 Well Being Trust Annual Report to learn how we, alongside dozens of partners, are working to transform the health of the nation and improve well-being for everyone.

Finding Opportunity in a Challenging Year

2020 was a year that built the case for why equity, well-being and resilience are central to the health of the American people, the vitality of our economy, and the renewal of civic and community life. It was also a year that further validated the vision, mission, and social movement impact strategy of Well Being Trust.

Well Being Trust Funding Process

Well Being Trust has an invitation-only application and funding process. We are not able to consider unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals, and instead will invite proposals from potential partners based on close alignment with our specific strategy areas.