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Strength, Inspiration, Leadership & Sustainability

November 2019 Newsletter

Foundations Collaborate to Build Capacity & Strengthen Organizations

Community Memorial Foundation and Healthy Communities Foundation recently partnered on a Leadership Institute, providing grantee board members and executive directors with training in key areas of organizational development. Participating executive teams were then eligible to submit an RFP to engage in capacity building efforts addressing Assessment, Governance, Leadership or Culture.

The foundations jointly awarded more than $260,000 to 27 organizations; last month, we gathered them together to provide the opportunity for peer engagement and collaboration. Grantee projects will extend through June 2020.

Learn more about the Foundation’s capacity building efforts.


CMF Partners with National Academies on New Report

The Foundation has partnered with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on a new report outlining the need to better integrate patients’ social needs into health care delivery.

Highlights include the following recommendations:

  • Better integrate social care into health care delivery
  • Support and train an engaged, integrated care workforce
  • Develop an infrastructure for data sharing between health and social care
  • Finance the integration of health care and social care

The study was supported by several philanthropic partners, including Chicago Community Trust; Healthy Communities Foundation; and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Read the report.


CMF Founding Board Chair honored for 35 Years of Volunteer Service

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago recently honored Don Gralen, CMF Founding Board Chair, with their Volunteer Award.

The Y highlighted Don’s 35-year commitment to the organization as a vital part of their success: “Don served on the Y’s Board of Managers, was head of the Real Estate Committee for nearly 15 years and served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for 10 years. He has played a key role in many critical real estate transactions for the Y, all of which have helped the organization position itself to more effectively serve our communities.”

Congratulations to Don, who continues to inspire us with his leadership and service!

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