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Physicians Council

Physicians giving, granting and healing

Your gift helps continue our mission and tradition of caring for the most vulnerable and underserved in our community.

About the Physicians Council

The Physicians Council is a group of over 119 physicians who have chosen to make a commitment to being active partners with the Foundation to leave a lasting physician legacy of care for patients in the community.

  • We are building a physician legacy through philanthropy to ensure that future physicians can address the needs of patients within our health system.

  • We are addressing unmet community needs currently threatening the health of our communities.

  • We are engaging other physicians who might be interested in joining us in making a lasting impact on the needs of those we serve.

  • To date, the Physicians Council has awarded $765,000 in grants for programs that serve the homeless, teens with autism spectrum disorders, people with chronic mental illness and for the vulnerable in acute care ministries.

To learn more about joining the Physicians Council, contact Cate Osterholz at 815-509-3523 or

Read more about the Physicians Council in our October 2021 blog article.


Grant Application
and Guidelines

Applications are no longer being accepted for FY2024.

Monday, July 17

Request for proposals open to Physicians Council members

Monday, July 24 

Request for proposals open to all ABHS service lines

Friday, September 1

All applications due to Foundation by 11:59 p.m.

Friday, September 29

Applicants invited to present at annual meeting

Thursday, October 12  

Physicians Council Annual Meeting

Friday, October 13

Grant applicants notified of decision

Wednesday, November 1

Grant funding begins

Friday, May 10, 2024

Mid-year progress report due

Thursday, October 31, 2024

Final report due

For questions about grant applications, please contact Valerie Reiss at

Make a Gift to the Physicians Council

Contact Us

For more information about joining the Physicians Council, please contact:

Cate Osterholz

Development Director

Ascension Illinois Foundation


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