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

Latest from the Foundation

Grantee Partner News

Class of 2022 Instituto College Graduates, IDPL Staff, and President Maria Pesqueira pose in front of graduation banner

Instituto College Celebrates Spring Class of 2022

Healthy Communities Foundation joined Instituto del Progreso Latino’s Instituto College on March 4, 2022 as they celebrated their Spring 2022 graduating class. Graduates in this cohort began their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in January 2020 and succeeded despite the major added challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic. 

Foundation News

HCF Announces New Program Associate

We are thrilled to introduce our new Program Associate Dani Hunter! Data, from community health to organizational demographics, plays an integral role in our grantmaking approach. Both qualitative and quantitative data allow us to better understand what our region’s communities and our grantee partners are facing, especially in the time of COVID. With this understanding, we can work towards asking the right questions


Aerial Shot of SW Chicago

National Fair Housing Month: The Fight for Equitable Housing

Where we live impacts every aspect of our lives and health—from employment opportunities to food access to life expectancy. Discriminatory policies, like redlining, have historically displaced BILPOC individuals and families, limiting access to resources in their communities that influence their health and well-being. Although the Fair Housing Act was passed

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