Who We Are


Heartland Foundation began in 1982 and has been leading the Healthy Communities movement in America’s heartland region since 1994. We have traveled the path of beginning as a traditional hospital foundation managing charitable funds and healthcare-related projects to establishing ourselves as the only hospital-based foundation in the United States committing 100% of our annual program operations to addressing the root causes of our region’s challenges

We have gathered research and accumulated experience that proves:

  • Attaining higher levels of education and having access to higher quality education from birth through retirement…
  • Along with feeling empowered to personally be involved and make a difference in your community…
  • Increases the opportunity for people to work in better jobs, earn higher wages, and make healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Serving as a catalyst, convener, innovator and connector, Heartland Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity dedicated to championing education and empowering people to build healthy and thriving communities.