HCF Grantee Partners Attend Facing Race Conference

The Healthy Communities Foundation sponsored registration to the virtual Facing Race Conference, the largest multiracial, intergenerational biannual gathering for leaders advancing racial justice, for nearly 100 local health leaders. These health leaders represented 42 grantee partners who attended on behalf of Healthy Communities Foundation from November 10-12, 2020. “Racial equity

HCF Equity Journey Featured by Exponent Philanthropy

For foundations, how can equity be embedded in grantmaking, policies, and culture? What does the word “equity” really mean and why does it matter? Healthy Communities Foundation’s equity journey was recently featured in a recent Exponent Philanthropy Spotlight Report. This report describes how over the past four years, our foundation

HCF President on Forefront Philanthropy Club’s Health Equity Panel Discussion

Our President Maria Pesqueira participated in Forefront-Philanthropy Club’s November 17th panel “Addressing Racial Equity and Health Equity: How Can Foundations and Nonprofits Work Together Better?”. Jacki Davidoff, Advisory Board Member of The Philanthropy Club and Principal and Chief Potential Officer at Davidoff Strategy moderated the conversation. On the panel, Maria
Building Power - Conversation between A. Argilagos and M. Pesqueira

HCF President Talks About Strengthening Latinx Leadership in Philanthropy

On October 22nd, our President, Maria S. Pesqueira, participated in “Building Power: A Conversation on Latinx Giving and Philanthropy” with Ana Marie Argilagos, President of Hispanics in Philanthropy, hosted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Their conversation covered a range of topics from the current trends

HCF Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

Healthy Communities Foundation Expects to Significantly Increase Total Giving for 2020 in Bold Response to Reimagine Health During Pandemic   The Foundation plans to award $8.8M towards general operating support for nonprofit organizations serving Chicago and Western Suburbs and initiatives that address the health and economic impact of COVID-19, and

HCF President featured on NBC5 Chicago’s “The Path Forward”

In the fifth edition of NBC5 Chicago’s “The Path Forward”, three female philanthropic leaders in Chicago, including our President Maria Pesqueira, share their personal stories about how they have been impacted by racism. Watch this episode of “The Path Forward: Personal Stories About Race and How We Can Make a

How to achieve the just treatment of Blacks–and all people of color

Twenty women of color leaders in philanthropy, including our President Maria Pesqueira, recently came together to call out anti-Black racism and provided tangible ways the civic and philanthropy sectors can address it for the Black community and all people of color. This year has been brutal for Blacks in Chicago.
Now Hiring - PREGC Project Manager

Hiring! PREGC Project Manager

Philanthropy for a Racially Equitable Greater Chicago (PREGC), a philanthropic and collaborative effort, seeks a 12-month project manager.  PREGC will play a strategic role in advancing racial equity across Cook County by supporting people of color-led organizations, individuals, and advocates to strengthen their capacity to promote dialogue, advocate for and

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


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
Where You Live Influences Your Health Infographic

Where You Live Influences Your Health

To prepare our community- and data-informed Strategic Plan, we commissioned local research of our region earlier this year to better understand its demographics and overall state of health. Before the research was conducted, we knew that health disparities existed between communities but the research results were nonetheless striking and confirmed