Social Impact Fund

The American Heart Association is investing in local entrepreneurs and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.

February is Black History Month

During February, we recognize the legacy of Black Americans who laid the foundation for the activists, health care professionals, social entrepreneurs and everyday heroes — and celebrate Black Americans who are making history every day.

Throughout the month we’ll highlight the communities, small businesses, social entrepreneurs and innovators who are continuing to build a legacy of positive change through our business accelerator, scholarship program and impact investments.

Doctor and Nurse Talking

Health doesn’t begin at the doctor’s office.

When people don’t have stable homes, nutritious food, good schools or clean air and water, their health suffers. The differences among neighborhoods can be dramatic: The life expectancy of two people living just a few miles apart can differ by  20 years.

The American Heart Association’s Social Impact Fund is helping close that gap by supporting projects that can change neighborhoods — and improve the lives of everyone there. 

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If you’re making a difference in your community and could use additional funds to expand your work, we want to know.

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ChiFresh Kitchen image courtesy ABC Chicago Localish

ChiFresh Kitchen tackles unemployment, food disparity on South, West Side Chicago communities

ChiFresh Kitchen looks to break down barriers by providing employment opportunities and healthy foods.

Social Impact Fund: Year 1

This time last year, the American Heart Association announced the Social Impact Fund to address social determinants of health, because where you live should not determine how well or how long you live.

To date, we’ve activated more than $12.8 million in new funding for 19 organizations that are breaking down social and economic barriers to health. Let’s reflect on the year with Raymond Guthrie, managing director of the Fund. 


Social Impact Fund Investors

Supporters of the American Heart Association’s Social Impact Fund.