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We’re Hiring! Project Manager for The HUB

We and our partners – Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Community Memorial Foundation and River Forest Township – are seeking a Project Manager for The HUB, a free, digital resource directory and referral platform.   As The HUB’s footprint in Chicago and western suburban Cook County and

HCF Statement Against Racism Towards the Black Community

Systemic and institutional racism is intricately woven into the fabric of our society. The senseless murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor—and countless others whose lives were stolen throughout the history of this country—are tragic testaments to this. At Healthy Communities Foundation, our commitment to health goes beyond the absence of illness or disease. It is about creating the conditions for all
Nora Garcia TKI Fellow

HCF Director of Programs Named Terrance Keenan Institute Fellow

Grantmakers in Health named our Director of Programs, Nora Garcia, as a Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy Fellow! Nora will join 17 other health philanthropy emerging leaders from throughout the country. She will have the opportunity to connect with established figures in the field and reflect
Paycheck Protection Program

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Resources

Many nonprofit organizations, including our grantee partners, have been exploring loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are several questions about the loan forgiveness process and how it will work. In partnership with Fiscal Management Associates and IFF, we would like to share some nonprofit-focused PPP resources that can help
HCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

HCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Recipients

We have seen the unfortunate and disproportionate effect of COVID-19 in our region and are bracing ourselves for its continued impact on our healthcare system, social service sector and individuals and families in our communities. Guided by our values and mission focused on health equity, access and quality, the HCF
2020 Grant Cycle

HCF 2020 Grant Cycle

As has been our grantmaking approach these past two years and especially during this pandemic, we remain committed to providing the majority of our funding towards general operating support. We firmly believe in strengthening our partners from within so their energy and focus can be on serving and protecting our communities during this pandemic and
HCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

HCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Guided by our values and mission focused on health equity, access and quality, we are proud to announce the HCF COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to provide emergency funding to nonprofit organizations that are directly addressing critical health needs in this crisis.  This pandemic has revealed the gaps and inequities in
COVID-19

An Open Letter to the Chicago Region’s Nonprofit Community | COVID-19

Dear Partners and Friends, As the Chicago region grapples with unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, we are grateful for your ongoing work to provide essential public services, tackle inequities, and create communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. We can’t imagine a more difficult time for Chicago area nonprofits.
Local Health Funders Joint Statement on COVID-19

Local Health Funders Joint Statement on COVID-19

Community Memorial Foundation, Healthy Communities Foundation, Michael Reese Health Trust and Westlake Health Foundation are focused on measurably improving the health and well-being of individuals and families living in Chicago and the western suburbs. As such, we share a mutual concern of what an advanced COVID-19 outbreak can look like
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Pesqueira Appointed General Trustee, Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Our President, Maria Pesqueira, was appointed General Trustee of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois by Governor JB Pritzker. Established in 1964, the Lincoln Academy annually honors distinguished Illinoisans for public service and professional achievements with the Order of Lincoln, our State’s highest honor. As General Trustee, Maria will play a

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Leading with Values: Evaluation

Leading with Values: Evaluation

The newest member of the HCF team, Gillian Knight, introduces herself and talks about her work to help establish an evaluation framework for the Foundation that is rooted in equity.  My name is Gillian Knight and I am the new Program Associate at Healthy Communities Foundation. My role is to
Financial Tips During COVID19

Financial Tips for Nonprofits during COVID-19

Our Director of Finance, Elva Gonzalez, provides some guidance for nonprofit organizations to maintain financial health as we navigate the challenging times of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unprecedented disruption to our lives and in our work. For our grantee partners, they are diligently adjusting their operations to

Proviso Partners for Health Members at Upswell Chicago

In early November, Healthy Communities Foundation sponsored two members of Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) as Fellows at Upswell Chicago, a three-day convening that gathered changemakers from all over the United States to share ideas and solution-based approaches to issues our communities face each day. Our two Fellows, Deniene Willis,
October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Structural Racism & Breast Cancer Deaths Among Black Women in Chicago

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there is very encouraging news about breast health equity for our region. Since 1990, there has been incredible progress in narrowing racial disparities in prostate, colorectal and lung cancer deaths between Black and White patients in the US. However, racial disparities in breast
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Maternal Mortality: Racial Disparities in Our Region and State

When I teach the “Maternal and Child Health Delivery Systems” class at the University of Illinois at Chicago each spring, I always get anxious during the week I facilitate a case study exercise on Shalon Irving’s life and tragic death. Shalon was a Centers of Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist and

HCF Statement Against the HUD Rule

Everyone deserves a safe and healthy home to live in. Housing is one of the several factors that heavily influence the health and well-being of individuals, children and their families. However, on May 10, 2019, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that would threaten

Why We Shifted Our Grant Application Process

Our Director of Programs, Nora Garcia, explains why the Foundation moved to a two-stage application process this grant cycle. It is hard to believe that less than a year ago, our staff and Board of Directors came to the end of a learning-focused planning process and approved a new strategic

Not-For-Profits: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Can Impact Your 2018 Tax Filings

  Our Director of Finance, Elva Gonzalez, walks you through the impact that the recently enacted Jobs Act will have on your 2018 tax filings as a non-profit organization. It’s tax season and while you may be getting ready to file your personal taxes (or may have already done so—kudos!),

Count All of Us In [2020]

Nora Garcia, one of our Program Officers, writes about the importance of ensuring an accurate count of individuals living in our service region in the upcoming 2020 Census. Read about what this means for our communities and about a grant opportunity to help increase awareness, participation, and, ultimately, representation. As

HCF President’s View Ahead

With the new year, you may have set new goals and set forth a vision for the upcoming months. At HCF, we have done just that and are excited about the possibilities of 2019. Our President Maria Pesqueira reflects on how far the Foundation has come since last year and