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


HCF Awards $6.2M in Grants Supporting Pandemic Recovery in Chicago and Western Cook County Suburbs

IMMEDIATE RELEASE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION AWARDS $6.2M IN GRANTS TO SUPPORT EQUITABLE PANDEMIC RECOVERY IN CHICAGO AND WESTERN COOK COUNTY SUBURBS The Foundation awards general operating support to 72 local organizations and rolls out multi-year funding as part of its three-year pandemic response to invest in community-defined solutions towards health


Evolving Our Grantmaking for an Equitable Recovery

Our President Maria S. Pesqueira shares how our core grantmaking has shifted beginning this year to support grantee partners, increase our understanding of the local health landscape and attain an equitable recovery for our region. Our pandemic response is based not only on what we do as a foundation but


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