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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 120 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 $841,545 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.


Grant Application
and Guidelines

Now accepting applications for FY2025.


Monday, July 8

Request for proposals open

Sunday, August 18

All applications due to Foundation

Wednesday, August 28

Endorsers attend Fall Executive Committee dinner meeting

Friday, September 6

Selected applicants invited to present at annual meeting

Thursday, September 26

Physicians Council Annual Meeting

Friday, October 4

Grant applicants notified of decision

Friday, November 1

Grant funding begins

Friday, March 28, 2025

Progress report due

Friday, October 31, 2025

Final report due

Thursday, November 20, 2025

Final fund release requests due

For questions about grant applications, please contact Valerie Reiss at

Read more about the Physicians Council in our recent blog articles

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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