Michael Reese Health Trust

OVERVIEW: The Michael Reese Health Trust supports health-focused nonprofits in the Chicago metro area who work in the following areas: advocacy efforts for the safety net, intersection of housing and healthcare, behavioral health, dental health, domestic violence support, a healthy Jewish community, healthcare workforce, and violence prevention.

FUNDING AREAS: Advocacy efforts for the safety net, intersection of housing and healthcare, behavioral health, dental health, domestic violence support, a healthy Jewish community, healthcare workforce, violence prevention

IP TAKE: Responsive grants are a Chicago health nonprofit’s best bet, so craft a letter of inquiry around increasing access to healthcare, disease prevention, or advocacy for vulnerable Chicagoans.

PROFILE: The Michael Reese Health Trust was established from the sale of the Michael Reese Hospital to a for-profit corporation in the 1990s. Its goal is to improve the health of vulnerable populations in the Chicago metro area. The funder “carries forward the vision of Michael Reese Hospital’s Jewish founders and the generations of philanthropic and healthcare leadership they inspired through grant making to organizations that address the health and well-being of our community.” Grantmaking areas of interest are advocacy efforts for the safety net, intersection of housing and healthcare, behavioral health, dental health, domestic violence support, a healthy Jewish community, healthcare workforce, and violence prevention.

Over the years, this funder has supported many Chicago-area groups working with vulnerable populations, such as people living in poverty, children and youth, people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants, refugees, and the uninsured. The Trust has a Jewish heritage and gives special priority to programs that serve Jewish communities within these populations. The funder recently underwent a process of testing and refining its strategies, so check the foundation website for the most current guidelines and focus area details.

Foundation grants often range between $25,000 and $60,000. The foundation does not have an online grants database to review, but it may publish such information again in the future. The entire Chicago metro area is considered for grants, but groups that operate in the city of Chicago are often given preference.

The foundation has often accepted unsolicited grant requests in the past. Contact the most relevant staff member to inquire about opportunities to partner with the foundation. Staff member contact information is posted on the funder’s website. For general questions, call 312-726-1008.

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