Our Strategic Plan

OUR Vision

That all residents of our communities lead full, healthy, and happy lives and enjoy equal life expectancy.


We understand that systemic conditions such as implicit bias and institutional/structural racism impede access and opportunities that improve well-being and a sustainable quality of life. We intend to use our platform and resources to create change, forge partnerships, and share learning through a focused and visible commitment to address these disparities and achieve health equity.


We will:

  • As part of our grantmaking framework, fund efforts that: provide access to quality health services; address social determinants of health; advocate for policies and systems change that impact health; and augment knowledge through capacity-building, learning and other health-related initiatives
  • Meaningfully engage community organizations, leaders, residents, and government entities
  • Continuously learn about and be a source of information regarding its communities
  • Collaborate with other foundations, learning/research institutions, and thought leaders
  • Ensure excellence in leadership and organizational stewardship

Grantmaking PRIORITIES

All organizations must be able to demonstrate that the proposed programs/services align with at least one of the categories below:


Click on each category to learn more.



We fund a geographic region defined by the service area of MacNeal hospital, from which we received our endowment in 2000.


To achieve health equity, we allocate the majority of funds to zip codes that rank lowest in our social determinants of health study.

For more information about our Legacy & Equity Zone zip codes, please refer to the HCF Strategic Plan.

HCF Funding Area


General Operating Support

We will allocate the majority of our funds to general operating support. We want to help grantee partners fulfill their missions and be effective in delivering critical programs and services that address the health needs of our communities.

Strategic Initiatives

Additionally, and by invitation, HCF will fund strategic initiatives that explore or expand new opportunities and/or address crises or emergencies requiring immediate, targeted resources.

Capacity Building

HCF supports learning communities, trainings, conferences and other programs aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector and our partners who help achieve our mission within our region.