Donor Spotlight: The Hearst Foundations

Donor Spotlight: The Hearst Foundations

Due to the generous support of our institutional donors, Thresholds is able to provide the gold-standard for community health services. To honor their invaluable contributions, we’ve created “Donor Spotlight”, a monthly blog series that shares the story behind these incredible organizations and celebrates the profound impact they have on their community.

For our first installment, we’re delighted to feature a new supporter of Thresholds, The Hearst Foundations.

Hearst Foundations

Founded by legendary newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, The Hearst Foundations have donated over one billion dollars to organizations and institutions nationwide working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. Based out of New York City and San Francisco, The Hearst Foundations are composed of two foundations established by Mr. Hearst in the mid-1940’s: the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and The Hearst Foundation, Inc. The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States, especially low-income populations, have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.

This spring, The Hearst Foundations awarded Thresholds a $75,000 grant in support of our Veterans Project and Mobile Dental Van Initiative. While these programs are starkly different from one another, they both address pervasive needs in the Chicago area. Our region has one of the highest concentrations of homeless veterans – a large percentage of whom struggle with serious mental illness (SMI). And across all vulnerable populations, in all regions nationwide, the demand for affordable dental care far exceeds the supply.

We are thrilled that The Hearst Foundations share our passion for improving the lives of Chicagoans who struggle with serious mental illness. Their significant investment will, without doubt, make a profound impact on hundreds of our members.

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