Annual Report

Annual Report for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020

Mission Statement

Realizing the healthcare crisis in our country, the Board of Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc. recognizes that no one foundation can meet all the challenges of the healthcare environment. However, the Foundation has developed a program of grant making which is designed to be both a catalyst and guide for other foundations and grant making organizations in meeting the various needs of the Chicagoland healthcare community.

The Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc. grants funds in order to promote and maintain access to adequate healthcare for all people in the Chicagoland area regardless of race, sex, creed or financial need. The Foundation meets this goal through its grants for medical and nursing education, medical research and direct healthcare services.

As a guide to other foundations and other service providers and as a part of the Board’s stewardship of charitable funds, the Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc. has developed a grant evaluation system to ensure that the objectives of various projects are carried out in the manner prescribed by the approved grant.

The Foundation wishes to impress on the philanthropic community that the careful evaluation of the outcomes of grant projects is as important as the appropriate selection of grant recipients.

Board Chair’s Message

“Foundation Thoughts for 2021”

2020 has been a time of unprecedented change and challenge with a world-wide pandemic causing death and illness, devastating economic upheaval, and disruption to the conventional approaches to education and cultural institutions. As we look to the 2021 philanthropic landscape, what opportunities and pitfalls may charitable foundations encounter?

A significant challenge will be the equitable distribution and inoculations of the COVID19 vaccines. A public health maxim is “vaccines don’t prevent illness and death, vaccinations do.” Without an overall national strategy for maximizing getting the vaccine “into peoples’ arms,” it may become necessary for health care oriented foundations to aid in funding vaccination clinics, especially in underserved communities. In addition to the vaccines which the federal government is underwriting, there will be need for syringes, alcohol wipes, band aids, PPE, personnel and administrative systems to track and follow up on which vaccine was administered and when a follow up shot is needed. With the current COVID legislation in political limbo, foundations may be asked to breech the funding gaps.


Tim Egan, CEO of Roseland Community Hospital, discusses the rollout of the first in Illinois Mobile Vaccine Program using the retrofitted for Covid -19 vaccinations, WSHF funded Dental Van.

Technology has become a predominant factor in the pandemic environment from working at home to ZOOM family holiday celebrations. Telehealth has, almost overnight and out of necessity, become essential to providing timely and safe health care. Virtual doctor visits and consultations have become a “new norm.” Expect to see the roll out of remote monitoring devices for managing diabetes, hypertension, cardiac and pulmonary diseases, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and post-operative follow ups. Such technology depends on high speed internet connections and equipment. Will community-based clinics and their patients’ home be equipped to handle the new health care delivery technology? Will foundation support be solicited to expand the reach of telehealth care?

The pandemic has also highlighted the discrepancies in health care provision and outcomes. COVID19 has especially devastated communities of color, poverty, jails and prisons and in rural and remote locations. Although there are limits to the extent that private foundations can provide sufficient funding to correct the lack of adequate health care in these communities, will non-profit foundations be called upon to work in a more uniform and coordinated effort to direct resources to areas of greatest need? The concept of a “well-being trust” has been implemented in some communities but requires a significant layout of financial and personal capital.

Mental health and substance abuse concerns have emerged from the shadows of COVID and have been exacerbated by the stress of social isolation and anxiety. Normal social and familial interactions have been disrupted as people are sheltering and working at home, avoiding gatherings, travel, and deal with the economic hardships of income loss and employment displacement. Vaccinations may control the corona viral infections but not the toll of depression, anxiety, abusive relations, alcohol and drug use and self-harm and suicide. Will foundations be called upon to support the community providers needed to address and treat the burden of emotional disease and dysfunction caused by COVID?

WSHF has traditionally supported nutritional resources through food banks and neighborhood pantries. Food insecurity has been aggravated by the pandemic. People are waiting in long lines to receive supplemental food. As the economic support of family incomes has become a political football, community based food resources may seek additional foundational support.

Non-profits have depended on various types of fund raisers to support their missions. With the lockdowns in place, charitable events have been cancelled or gone to a more limited virtual operation. Until the pandemic is under control and people feel safe to gather in large numbers, various charitable activities will be limited in scope and size. Some non-profits may cease to exist or severely limit the scope of their services. What will the non-profit charitable world look like on the other side of COVID?

I’m afraid that I have raised more questions than answers. I do anticipate a “reset” of the roles that charitable foundations will play in the future. I share my thoughts and solicit your ideas as we anticipate 2021.

William N. Werner, MD, MPH, FACP

Board Chair


Statement of Activities







Year ended September 30, 2019
Grants & Program Related Investment $675,231
Estimated Administrative Expense (non-charitable) $85,256
Professional Legal and Accounting Fees $45,959
Provision for Federal Excise Tax $10,000
Total Assets $18,677,539
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Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Advocate Charitable Foundation

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

A Silver Lining Foundation

Bonaventure House, Inc.

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Cellmates on the Run Foundation

Chicago Diabetes Project

Chicago Chesed Fund

Community Foundation of Sonoma County

CommunityHealth, NFP

Council on Foundations

Covenant World Relief

Face the Future Foundation

Faith Community United Church of Christ


Franciscan Tertiary Province Of The Scared Heart Inc

Gilda’s Club Chicago

Grantmakers in Health

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

Heartland Alliance

Howard Brown Health Center

Ida Crown Jewish Academy

Illinois College of Optometry



La Rabida Children’s Hospital

Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center

Lincoln Park Community Services

Max Rhymes Foundation

Mercy Housing Lakefront

Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center

North Park Friendship Center

North Park University

Northern Lights Kollel of Suburban Chicago

Northwestern University

MPN Research Foundation

Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Primo Center For Women And Children

Project Seed of Suburban Chicago, Inc

Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities

Rotary International District 6990

Rush University Medical Center

Saint Anthony Hospital

Second Sense

Sonoma Ecology Center

St. Colettas Of Illinois

St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. Leonard’s House

Team Rubicon

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

The Children’s Clinic

The Kedzie Center

The Night Ministry

Torah Academy of Buffalo Grove

Wood Dale Community United Methodist Church