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

HCF Vice Chair Carl Bergetz Interviewed by Crain’s Chicago Business about Health Reform in Illinois

Our Vice Chair Carl Bergetz, General Counsel for Rush University System for Health and adjunct professor at University of Illinois College of Law, was recently interviewed by Crain’s Chicago Business about the need for reforming health law and policy in Illinois.  Here is an excerpt of that interview: Q: In
2021 new board officer appointments

Healthy Communities Foundation Announces New Board Officer Appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 28 2021 Media Contact: Jackie Rodriguez, 708-443-4518,  Healthy Communities Foundation announces new Board Officer appointments, effective as of January 1, 2021. Riverside, IL—The Healthy Communities Foundation is pleased to announce new Board Officer appointments, effective as of January 1, 2021. Grace Hou’s term as Board

HCF Statement About Insurrection at US Capitol and Racist Act in Oak Park

We are saddened and outraged about the white supremacist violence that we, as a country, witnessed on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol. Amid feelings of anger and disbelief, we must hold on tightly to hope and light that exists in the darkness. As we persist in our battle against

Community Health Worker Pilot Presents on Lessons Learned

The Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Community Memorial Foundation, and Healthy Communities Foundation hosted the “Community Health Worker Model: Lessons Learned and Impact in the Western Suburbs” webinar on December 4th. As the Community Health Worker (CHW) pilot heads into its third year, speakers shared their experiences and insights

HCF President Participates in Presidents’ Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy Panel

On December 8th, our President Maria Pesqueira, along with John Palfrey of MacArthur Foundation and Nicole Taylor of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, participated in “The President’s Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy” panel discussion, hosted by Keecha Harris & Associates and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. In this virtual roundtable, the

Grantmakers in Health Announces Maria Pesqueira as New Board Member

We are thrilled to share that our President Maria S. Pesqueira was recently elected to the Grantmakers in Health Board of Directors! Maria joins four new board members who will begin their three-year term in March 2021. Maria’s experience, perspective, and vision will be great contributions to the board and

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


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A Reimagined World: Walking with Community

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” –Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic is a Portal,” Financial Times. This quote guided the Healthy Communities Foundation staff as
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HCF Presents on Equity in Philanthropy

Equity is everywhere. More than ever, organizations are asked to demonstrate how they address social inequities, not just by what they do, but by who they are and how they do it. Funders are no exception. How does an organization start? How can equity be embedded in grantmaking, policies, and
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!),