Supporting efforts that address individual health needs & systemic barriers to health.


General Operating Support

Strategic Health Initiatives

Capacity Building



to quality health services


social determinants of health


for health-related policies & system change


knowledge through capacity-building

Our Funding Area

As a health-conversion foundation, we fund a geographic region defined by the service area of MacNeal Hospital, from which we received our endowment in 2000. We also allocate the majority of funds to zip codes that rank lowest in our social determinants of health study. In total, our service area is comprised of 27 zip codes in western Cook County suburbs and the City of Chicago.

Latest from the Foundation


HCF Statement About Insurrection at US Capitol and Racist Act in Oak Park

We are saddened and outraged about the white supremacist violence that we, as a country, witnessed on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol. Amid feelings of anger and disbelief, we must hold on tightly to hope and light that exists in the darkness. As we persist in our battle against


End-of-Year Reflection between HCF President and Outgoing Board Chair

This year has been like no other. Our region and communities, particularly our Legacy & Equity zip codes, have devastatingly felt the impact of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and structural racism. Our President Maria Pesqueira and IDHS Secretary Grace Hou, whose term as Board Chair ends at the end


COVID-19 - HCF Response Plan & Resources

Our Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically upended all aspects of our lives in just a matter of weeks and is on pace to continue doing so. As a community-informed and engaged foundation, Healthy Communities Foundation has been focused on listening to, learning from and collaborating with grantee, funder and public health


Every month, we recognize and celebrate the important work of our grantee partners and highlight issue areas and news that impact communities in our region.


These updates illuminate the profound impact of the pandemic and economic crisis, especially in our Legacy & Equity zip codes, but they also demonstrate the strength and resilience of community during this challenging time.


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