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


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. 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

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Aligning our Walk with Our Talk

Aligning Our Walk With Our Talk

Implementing our data collection and evaluation approach in 2021 was and will continue to be critical to achieving our mission as a foundation. For us, every activity and action we take must reflect and be in service to our core values as articulated in our strategic plan. Learning & Evaluation

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