Meet the Foundation Supporting Public Health in Chicago that you’ve Never Heard Of

First as a hands-on care group—VNA stands for Visiting Nurse Association, after all—and later, from 1995 forward, as a grantmaker funding groups doing the hands-on health work, VNAF has been giving out funding to the tune of about $2 million per year. They’re generous and accessible, and if you’re Chicago-based with a health access angle, you need to know about them.
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Rehabilitation Institute Sees Funding Drop

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is struggling to move forward with construction plans after falling $35 million short of its key fundraising milestone. Major foundations, like Chicago Community Trust, have historically accounted for over 75% of the funding for the city’s rehab specialty hospital.

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Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation Encourages Chicago to Take the Field

In response to the obesity crisis in Chicago, the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation is putting millions of funding dollars towards new athletic fields in Chicago's city parks. The foundation has committed to donating $5 million for the cause, known as "Take the Field," on a 1:1 matching basis for new facilities.

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Polk Brothers Support Hospital Despite Economic Downturn

Unlike many of its philanthropic counterparts, the Polk Brothers Foundation acknowledges that it has been affected by the economy. The result is that very few proposals are being accepted from organizations that haven't previously received Polk's financial support. Polk also advises up front that very few awards are made to organizations outside the city of Chicago.

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Prince Charitable Trusts Is Giving Your Doctor an Attitude Adjustment

Ever wish your doctor was friendlier or your nurse cheerier? Prince Charitable Trusts is working to do exactly that, through their Hospital Morale Program. While it does not support any direct work with patients, the morale program aims to support and help staff work more effectively together. Prince has contributed $25,000 yearly to Community Health and the Erie Family Health Center, as well as several other hospitals.

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