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

2021 Grants Announcement

We have announced $6.2 million in general operating support grants for 72 local organizations and have rolled out multi-year funding as part of our three-year pandemic response for our region. 


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. 


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

Erie Neighborhood House Expanding Access Where It’s Needed Most

Erie Neighborhood House has played an essential role in advancing health equity in our region. Their approach to providing affordable, high-quality, and culturally affirming services and treating the “whole person” in Little Village has now expanded to Berwyn, the heart of our region.    As we approach the two-year mark of

Foundation News

HCF Announces New Program Manager & Health Equity Fellow

We are in a critical moment to address our service region’s long-term health and wellness needs as communities will feel the impact of the COVID pandemic for years to come. We are growing our team to execute our bold vision towards an equitable recovery in our region and are happy


"Words matter" on wood block. Words matters text on table

Words Matter: Our New Titles

As we carry out our trust-based grantmaking approach, we always consider how we show up in community as much as where and to whom our funding goes.  In our region, Black, Mexican, Arab, and Indigenous communities have experienced immense harm over the past several decades due to historical disinvestment, racist

our Board & Staff