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Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-06

At A Glance

Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation

1200 Jorie Blvd., Ste. 301

Oak Brook, IL United States 60523-2269

Telephone: (630) 571-2555


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $137,610,635

Total giving: $5,106,013





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Tammy Lemke:


Established in 2002 in IL - ILCHF was created in December 2002 through the settlement of an action of the State of Illinois Attorney General's Office with a group of Illinois insurance carriers. This action, and an approximately $125 million dollar settlement, established Illinois' only private foundation focused solely on the health needs of children across the state

Purpose and Activities

The foundation (ILCHF) has a single mission: to ensure that every child in Illinois has the opportunity to grow up healthy. As such, its grant making is designed to close the gap between children who have access to care and those who are underserved. At the current time, ILCHF focuses its giving in two focus areas: 1) improving the oral health of children; and 2) addressing the mental health needs of children, specifically through system of care modeling. In addition, the foundation monitors emerging and other compelling health issues that the board of directors may select as focus areas in the future.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Children's Mental Health

ILCHF is committed to changing the way it looks at the development of a child and how to provide children's mental health services. One foundation strategy is to overcome the barriers in children's mental health services in order to integrate primary care and mental health services at a program level. Another strategy is to enhance children's mental health services on a systems level.

Children's Oral Health

The mission of the program is for all children to have access to quality oral health services in their communities and a new culture of awareness to exist throughout the state about the interconnection of oral health and overall health. The foundation has adopted three overall strategies for impacting children's oral health in Illinois: (1) Strengthening and building the capacity of the oral health safety net system; (2) Increasing the workforce development; and (3) Increasing outreach, public education and awareness of children's oral health. The foundation is also committed to increasing access to oral health services for children with special health care needs.

Innovation and Emerging Needs

The foundation states that to truly impact health issues facing the children of Illinois the foundation must play a number of roles: demonstrate leadership; act as a catalyst for change; engage others; and, leverage outside funding/resources to achieve the most effective results possible in the coming years. The foundation's board of directors has approved various funding streams in addition to regular open RFPs. These funding streams are the vehicles by which the foundation can support new ideas in the field, cultivate new partners, and meet emerging or emergency needs. To propose a project for consideration for funding, please contact a member of the foundation's staff to discuss it. A short project write-up may be submitted to assist during the preliminary conversation.

Fields of Interest

  • Dental care
  • Health
  • Mental health care
  • Out-patient medical care
Population Groups
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $137,610,635 (market value)

Expenditures: $5,955,333

Total giving: $5,106,013

Qualifying distributions: $6,100,025