About: About VNA

VNA Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking foundation supporting home- and community-based health services to the disenfranchised. We grant over $2 million each year to 501(c)(3) agencies in the Chicago area.

Our grantmaking is supported by an endowment. We do not actively fundraise, nor do we solicit donations. We are occasionally the grateful recipient of a bequest or contribution, however, which unless otherwise restricted is distributed as grant funding.

The Process

We approve and disburse grants at least four times per year, a timeframe which we hope allows us to be responsive to the needs of the underserved populations served by our grantees.

Occasionally we may request proposals or initiate grants based on our knowledge of the health-related needs within the communities we serve (see, for example, our Special Initiatives. Often, though, there is no replacement for the expertise of those on the “front lines” — our grantee partners — so unsolicited inquiries and proposal ideas are always welcome.

Our staff is small and friendly, and although we are rigorous in our grant evaluation process, we are respectful of each applicant’s time. So, please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions.

How can we help you?

VNA Foundation  works closely with nonprofit organizations that offer home- and community-based care to the underserved in the Chicago metropolitan area. If you are a nonprofit seeking grants, please click here.

Want to learn more about how we’ve helped the medically underserved in Chicago? Review our grants and financials via our annual reports, take a look at our most recent grants or explore our special initiatives.