What Does the Michael Reese Health Trust Fund in Chicago?

Although there are lots of health funders in the city of Chicago, the Michael Reese Health Trust recently hit our radar and is doing some really amazing things around the city.

This is a foundation that was formed by the sale of a hospital and not surprisingly makes health a priority in its grantmaking. Although organizations throughout the metro area are considered for grants, nonprofits in the city of Chicago, especially ones that serve vulnerable Jewish populations, are given preference.

Let’s take a look at the types of causes and nonprofits that the Trust has been supporting lately in the city.

To start, the Trust provided a grant to Mount Sinai Hospital to provide shooting victims with crisis counseling. It has also funded education efforts for eye health and supported local studies into best practices for nonprofit mergers. In the past, the Trust has also supported the Center for Jewish Genetics, which provides screenings for couples before having children.

In the first several months of 2016, most grants were between $15,000 and $150,000. View a full list of grantees and their causes on the funder’s grants list. Several recent health grants touch on other local issues, like affordable housing, youth development and veterans’ needs.

In general, these are the types of causes that the Trust likes to support:

  • Access to health and social services
  • Health care delivery
  • Disease prevention
  • Education for health care providers
  • Policy analysis
  • Advocacy to improve health care systems

And these are the populations it prefers to serve with its grantmaking in Chicago:

  • The poor
  • Children and youth
  • People with disabilities
  • The elderly
  • Immigrants
  • Refugees
  • The uninsured

The June 15 letter of inquiry deadline is for grants to run from January 1 through December 31, and the next LOI deadline is December 15. If you send one in, you can expect to hear back from the foundation by July 11, and then full proposals are due August 9.

To learn more about this funder, read IP’s full profile, Michael Reese Health Trust: Chicago Grants. Or reach out to Senior Program Officer Jennifer Rosenkranz at jrosenkranz@healthtrust.net about responsive grants, which make up the majority of grants this funder awards each year.