Superior Health Foundation

Superior Health Foundation approves more funding for Covid-19 Pandemic Fund

In response to an overwhelming need on the part of health-centered, non-profit organizations across the Upper Peninsula, the Superior Health Foundation is funneling additional dollars into the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. 

Today, the SHF Board of Directors unanimously agreed to shift an additional $15,000 into the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. 

Two weeks ago, SHF created the U.P.-wide fund by setting aside $25,000 to help organizations with emergent equipment and programming needs. That funding, coupled with charitable gifts, has since been awarded to 26 organizations across the region, triggering the demand to award additional funding dollars. View list of funded projects.

“Not surprisingly, the needs of our non-profit friends are immediate and we want to do our part to help,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “This initial funding helped organizations in a wide array of areas, including personal protection equipment (PPE), sanitation and cleaning supplies, medications, IT needs and many more. 

 “We’ve talked to many non-profit leaders across the U.P., who not surprisingly, find themselves in unfamiliar territory. We hope these grants help in some small way.”

People are also encouraged to support the Covid-19 Pandemic Fundraiser with a tax-deductible gift to provide additional dollars to support the fund.

“A number of donors from across the U.P. have supported this fund with charitable gifts. We’re very thankful for that support,” LaJoie said. “We encourage others to consider supporting.”

The Covid-19 Pandemic Fund awards a maximum of $1,000 to organizations. Those applying must fill out the short online form, with emphasis on how the funding will be immediately used. 

Those who give a charitable gift will be afforded a drop-down menu to direct their gift to the area they choose. 

To apply for funding or to give a charitable gift, simply visit the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund page.

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SHF Covid-19 Grant at Work!

Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to Michigan Tech University to help cover expenses for product design and production of filtered face shields, meeting the specifications developed with the Western U.P. Health Department (WUPHD) in development with the National Institute of Health (NIH)
The face shields were donated to local first responders and health organizations who express a need.
We're happy to support!
Do you have a unfunded need during this Covid-19 Pandemic? If so, apply for SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Funding. Simply visit our website at and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund.
Please also consider supporting with a charitable gift to strengthen the fund and help others with pressing needs across the region.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
SHF Covid-19 Funding at Work!

The Superior Health Foundation awarded $1,000 to Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice to help pay for its Zoom healthcare license. This allowed LSLC & Hospice the ability to provide telehealth services for its hospice patients and Adult Day Service caregivers and participants.
To date, the SHF has provided nearly $35,000 in funding to 39 non-profit and service organizations across the Upper Peninsula.
Funding dollars remain in the SHF Covid-19 Pandemic Fund. To apply for funding or to give a charitable gift to help support the fund, simply visit and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button.
Thank you for your support!
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SHF Grant at Work!

In May 2019, the Superior Health Foundation awarded a $1,849 mini-grant to the Historic Ironwood Theatre for its “Don’t Laugh at Me” program.
The "Don't Laugh at Me" playwright and performance initiative is a student-driven, anti-bullying program. Its creation was inspired by Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect April 2018 performance at the Ironwood Theatre for area school children. When the Awkward Stage Drama Club (ASDC) started work on the anti-bullying project in June, the intention was to create original scripts addressing bullying.
Several teen members spoke about the pervasiveness of bullying in schools and their desire to make a difference. They wanted the teen members of ASDC to determine the direction of the project, and they have.
The project has evolved with the input of the 25 6th to 12th graders of ASDC. An unanticipated result of the original proposal and SHF mini-grant is the ownership of the initiative shown by ASDC teens. They are speaking out about bullying, and they have expanded on the original idea of a one-time presentation of short, one-act plays. The plan is to have multiple performances of alternative fairy tales followed by a large-scale production of "Shrek the Musical."