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


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. 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


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


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


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