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Giving Back Blog

  • Writer's pictureAscension Illinois Foundation

Giving back to countless people


Grateful patients and family members share stories in the video above of how their lives were changed by services they received thanks to Ascension Illinois Foundation donors.  


Thanks to the compassion and generosity of the community, Ascension Illinois Foundation raised over $23 million in charitable donations and grant awards in fiscal year 2023. 

“Ascension Illinois is blessed to have incredible community partners and friends who support our mission through their charitable giving,” said Ascension Illinois Ministry Market Executive Polly Davenport, D.Sc., RN, FACHE. “Donations to the Ascension Illinois Foundation funded a range of priorities that helped keep our mission alive.” 


Ascension Illinois serves people from virtually every community across the greater Chicago area. Its 14 hospitals, including the largest behavioral health hospital in Illinois, provide personalized, compassionate care to all. This commitment stems from the health system’s faith-based mission, and it is only possible thanks to the support of the community.

A widespread impact

In fiscal year 2023, community support allowed Ascension Illinois to continue to give people across the lifespan high-quality clinical care and specialized treatment for mental illnesses, and behavioral health, substance use and neurodevelopmental disorders. It helped fund health workers, screenings, outreach and education for underserved people in their own communities. It helped ensure that all people, regardless of their age, insurance status and ability to pay, could access the healthcare they needed. Philanthropy helped: 

  • 8,800+ children and family members receive support during their hospital stays from child life therapists.

  • 8,200+ students, parents and educators receive therapy, crisis stabilization, community referrals or education from our counselors based in 20 local schools.

  • 3,400+ people with serious mental illness receive community-based mental health services from our teams in Arlington Heights and Proviso Township.

  • 3,400+ children, adults, families and professionals receive services, support and training for autism spectrum and developmental disorders.

  • Thousands of people receive navigation support during their cancer care, including help scheduling appointments, finding transportation, securing medication and more.

  • 2,300+ people receive hospice care including wraparound services and spiritual support from Ascension Illinois Rainbow Hospice and Ascension Alexian Brothers Hospice.

  • Hundreds of women and babies from low-income households receive newborn home visits or treatment for perinatal mood disorders

Grateful patients and families

“They took what was the hardest time of our lives and made it just a little bit easier on all of us,” said Pauline, whose mother received hospice care at Ascension Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence. “We were blessed to have this place available to us.”

Read more about Pauline and other grateful patients in the Ascension Illinois Foundation’s fiscal year 2023 donor impact report.

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Emily Dagostino

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Ascension Illinois Foundation

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