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


General Operating Support

Strategic Health Initiatives

Capacity Building



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


Get to Know the Mission Sustainability Initiative at Forefront

The Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI) at Forefront provides resources and support to nonprofits looking to strengthen their organization through strategic partnerships. Listen to this conversation between our Program Officer Tina Ramirez Moon and Molly Baltman Leonard, Assistant Director of the Communities Program at the McCormick Foundation, who co-chair the MSI


The Solution to Vaccine Inequity is Already Here

The Solution to Vaccine Inequity is Already Here

Audio recording of this blog by Nora Garcia. // As cities across the nation and within the greater Chicago region began to launch vaccine roll–out and distribution—a much-anticipated end-phase to the COVID-19 pandemic—whispers of frustration have strengthened to become a critical public discourse of compounding racial/ethnic and health inequities for Black, Latinx, Arab and Native communities. Health department officials, peer funders, and health


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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