COPIC Medical Foundation

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Better reasons than ever to do what we do

To improve health care outcomes.

Goal Statement:
Be a catalyst in improving the quality of health care delivery by reducing adverse outcomes and supporting innovation.

The COPIC Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is part of the COPIC family of companies. Since it was formed in 1991, the COPIC Medical Foundation has provided more than $9 million to improving patient care and medical outcomes. The idea to create a foundation was championed by Harold “Hal” Williamson, COPIC’s first external non-physician board member. He was passionate about philanthropy and encouraged the COPIC Trust Board of Directors to consider giving back to the Colorado health care community in real and meaningful ways. Sadly, Hal passed away in 2001, but his spirit lives on in what the Foundation has become over the years. Today, its efforts extend across multiple states, and it has impacted the lives of many.

2020 Initiatives

In 2019, the COPIC Medical Foundation completed a comprehensive strategic planning process, which included interviews with key stakeholders, reflection on past initiatives, an examination of trends shaping current operations, and in-depth discussions about grant funding. Through this process, we came to a consensus that the Foundation is now at an important crossroads in its evolution. In addition, we identified a shared desire to better assess the impact of the grants we provide. Our leadership recognized that there was an opportunity to refine the Foundation’s purpose, scope, and governance, and to focus on developing clearer goals and metrics to implement in 2020.

As part of this work, it became clear that our existing mission remains the right one, but that it was important to narrow its scope and focus with a new goal statement: To be a catalyst in improving the quality of health care delivery by reducing adverse outcomes and supporting innovation.

Beginning in 2020, the Foundation will move away from a process structured around open submission grant cycles. In place of this, we will be moving toward a proactive funding model beginning with a focus on data analysis and evaluation projects for grant consideration. 

Request for Proposals: Coming in November 2020

The COPIC Medical Foundation will kick off its new strategic responsive grantmaking approach in November 2020 when we post a Request For Proposals (RFP). Proposals for the 2021 grant cycle will be due January 15, 2021. To be considered for funding, organizations must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Approach or program has demonstrated potential for uptake and/or replication in the health care community.
  2. Organization is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization or has an identified fiduciary.

Please check back in November for more information.

COPIC Medical Foundation Board of Directors

Sophia Meharena, DO, FAAP - Board Chair
General Pediatrics—Aurora

Brian Harrington, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Family Medicine—Steamboat Springs


Alan Synn, MD, FACS
Vascular Surgery—Denver

Rebecca Vogel, MD
General Surgery—Denver


Meredith Hintze, Director, Foundation Operations and Community Outreach

Meredith Hintze has been with COPIC since 2019 using her expertise to maximize the impact of the COPIC Medical Foundation in the communities we serve. Prior to joining COPIC, she was at Reach Out and Read Colorado for 10 years, the last three as Executive Director where she was instrumental in growing its program across Colorado’s 64 counties.

Phone: 720.858.6060
Toll Free: 800.421.1834 ext. 6060

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