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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
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.

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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

REFLECTIONS FROM “FACING RACE”

Tina Ramirez Moon, HCF Program Officer, recently attended the Facing Race conference in Detroit, MI. She writes about her experience and how a lot of what she learned could be incorporated in the racial equity work HCF aims to do as well as in her own life. In the time

Great Things are Happening at HCF!

The HCF 2018 Grant Application goes live 8/17 For this year’s grant cycle, HCF will be considering proposals for general operating support. You can access the 2018 Grant Application  via WizeHive starting on August 17th through September 17th. Review the Grant Proposal Guidelines to get more information about our grantmaking framework

Community Providers Offer Experience, Wisdom & Insights to Strategic Planning Process

Last week the Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) convened two community stakeholder forums as part of its strategic planning process. We are grateful to the over eighty community leaders who took time to share their experience, wisdom, insights and ideas with us and with one another. The purpose of the strategic