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

WE ARE HIRING!

We are in a critical moment to address our region’s long-term health and wellness needs with an eye towards systemic change. Join our team to help us implement our vision and approach to an equitable recovery for our region. 

HOW WE SUPPORT

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.

OUR GRANTMAKING PRIORITIES

ACCESS

to quality health services

ADDRESS

social determinants of health

ADVOCATE

for health-related policies & system change

AUGMENT

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.

Our Impact

$24.9 Million

Since 2017

$8.8 Million

In 2020

Latest from the Foundation

News

HCF Director of Programs Co-Authors Grantmakers in Health Publication

Our Director of Programs, Nora Garcia, was named a Grantmakers in Health 2020 Terrance Keenan Institute Fellow last year. This month, Grantmakers in Health published a piece Nora co-authored with some of the Fellows for their Views from the Field titled “The Moment to Transform Health Philanthropy is Here.”  The piece centers on

Blog

Being Bold in This Moment

The year 2020 was a challenging year for our grantee partners and residents in our service region. But, it clarified our sense of purpose since we embarked on our health equity journey in 2017. Read or listen to our President Maria Pesqueira and Board Chair Amalia Rioja reflect on what

Resources

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

our Board & Staff