Robert Ross is concentrating the healthcare foundation's grants on 14 neighborhoods for long-term assistance. It's an approach that is sending ripples through the philanthropic community.
As the head of the California Endowment, the state's largest healthcare foundation, Robert Ross wields the kind of political power that comes with giving away $165 million a year. A pediatrician by training, Ross has delved into issues as varied as childhood obesity, prison reform and the future of the beleaguered Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
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