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


We strive to be responsive to changing needs and circumstances in our region, and our grantmaking ensures that we address health inequities from a healing-informed and intersectional lens of racial and ethnic equity. We also believe that a mix of grantmaking and capacity building strategies that center community context creates a more functioning ecosystem in our region.



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. Our service area is comprised of 27 zip codes in western Cook County suburbs and the City of Chicago.

Our Impact

$24.9 Million

Since 2017

$8.8 Million

In 2020

Latest from the Foundation

Grantee Partner News

Caring for Community: BUILD Chicago Taking Mental Health Care Mobile

BUILD Chicago’s presence in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood has been a bright light for local youth and their families since the COVID pandemic began. Young people have experienced “a pandemic on top of a pandemic” given the impact of social isolation and increased community violence, which has reinforced the need for

Foundation News

IDHS Secretary Grace Hou Receives Excellence in Public Service Award

On December 9, 2021, our Board Member and IDHS Secretary Grace Hou received the 30th Annual Motorola Solutions Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award, presented and administered by the Civic Federation. The award is an annual recognition of a non-elected government official who has had an extraordinary impact on the


Colorful mosaic--diverse group of people reaching for a rainbow colored peace sign. The word perseverance emanates from it.

A Look Back To 2021 – Healthy Communities Foundation

As our service region nears the two-year mark of navigating the ongoing COVID pandemic, for us, the year 2021 has been a year of listening, leveraging, and launching. With our bold COVID response plan in hand, we have rapidly mobilized and leveraged resources for equitable pandemic recovery efforts in our region while moving at

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