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

Our 2021 Annual General Operating Support Grant Cycle is Now Open.


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. 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


Philanthropy’s Pandemic Response and Lessons Learned: Conversation with Local Foundations

The COVID-19 pandemic has given us an opportunity to reflect upon our work in philanthropy and what we must do to maximize our impact as we look ahead towards recovery. Our President Maria Pesqueira and Director of Programs Nora Garcia recently engaged in a conversation with Grand Victoria Foundation and


Getting in Alignment: An Update on Our Evaluation Framework Journey

In her second blog of this series, Gillian Knight, our Program Associate, shares an update on where Healthy Communities Foundation is on its journey towards implementing an evaluation framework that is rooted in equity and is informed by community. Listen to or read their conversation below. “Alignment” is the intention


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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our Board & Staff

Our Impact

$24.9 Million

Since 2017

$8.8 Million

In 2020