Over 30 programs providing comfort to those who need it.
In every neighborhood, there are people just around the corner crying for help. Will you hear the call and be an instrument of PEACE?
The PEACE Initiative combines the strength of each our foundation offices to bring together doctors, partners and community members along with 18,000 Franciscan Alliance employees to impact those in need. Through a comprehensive giving program, each and every contribution has an impact on the future of communities where our patients and associates live, work, learn and play.
our most vulnerable
communities by providing access to safe, nurturing environments. Gifts to Protect support projects that nurture newborns, help people suffering from depression or grief return to a healthy lifestyle, advocate for seniors, care for sexual assault victims and more.
Franciscan Health provides a full spectrum of behavioral health services that focus on treating the whole individual: mind, body and spirt. Many people dealing with behavioral health issues such as family difficulties, career pressures, anxiety, depression or a loss of self-worth, can get better with the help of Franciscan Health’s dedicated behavioral health team. Your support will go a long ways toward helping them take that first crucial step: finding the help they need to return to a normal life.
Center of Hope
When a sexual assault victim arrives at the Center of Hope, they are arriving at a safe, secure, calm and compassionate place. Our specially trained nurses, certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), help the victims relax and begin focusing on recovery. Your support for this center helps people heal emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Community Health & Wellness
This fund assists the most vulnerable populations in the communities we serve by providing educational programming around social justice and improving health equity, interventions designed to improve access to basic needs and health services, like food and health screenings, and furthering our work on building resilient families and communities.
The Grace Project assists families affected by the opiate crisis and has one purpose - deliberate acts of kindness. Your gift can provide formula and diapers, help with bills and enroll mom and dad in parenting classes. Extending grace motivates parents to stay employed, progress in their recovery and give their baby the best possible start in life.
Volunteer Advocates for Seniors & Incapacitated Adults
Senior citizens or incapacitated adults without the support of nearby family, need an advocate to make sure they have access to the care they need. Volunteer Advocates for Seniors and Incapacitated Adults (VASIA) program in Northern Indiana trains volunteers to become temporary legal guardians for patients in these special circumstances who have no support structure of family or friends to speak for them.
Women & Children
Franciscan Health partners with women and children through every phase of their life. Your gift helps us provide free educational opportunities and health screenings in the community as well as special nursery equipment to provide a smoother and safer transition for babies born prematurely in our family birthing centers.
your community's access
to state-of-the-art care and specialized services. Gifts to Elevate support programs at the forefront in the fight against cancer; doctors who lead the way in cutting-edge diagnosis and treatments; and medical professionals who provide faith-based, integrated healthcare for our communities.
Among all the treatments and breakthroughs our doctors have made in managing side effects and treating cancer, the support and bond that brings us together is what makes us human. Our assistance extends to those who not only need emotional support, but financial as well. This is all part of why Franciscan Health is at the forefront in the fight against cancer.
A trusted leader in faith-based, integrated healthcare, Franciscan Health brings together the latest technology, innovative procedures and highly skilled and compassionate employees to serve our patients. Your gift to any of our hospitals helps us continue “Christ's Ministry in our Franciscan Tradition" by serving everyone with respect and compassion.
One of the goals of Franciscan Health is to provide better care and better health at lower costs. Encouraging and stimulating pioneering ideas is one way to do that. Your support of our Innovation Fund gives us an opportunity to pursue innovative healthcare delivery models.
Your gift to Lynn’s Boutique in South Suburban Chicago helps women suffering from cancer regain a sense of personal pride that’s often lost or hidden during cancer treatment. The boutique provides a lovely and respectful environment for bra and prosthesis fittings.
Neonatal Intensive Care
When babies are born prematurely or with special health needs, they require specialized care. Franciscan Health's Neonatal Intensive Care units provide the expert care and state-of-the-art technology needed to treat some of the most vulnerable newborn babies. Your gift to this unit is a gift to families in a time of crisis.
within the healthcare system by removing barriers to quality care. Gifts to Assist support programs that help uninsured and underinsured patients with vouchers for medication, travel or clothing; provide a safety net for families when unexpected emergencies strike; care for the Sisters in our founding religious order and more.
COVID-19 Franciscan Preparedness & Response Fund
As the world responds to COVID-19, the Franciscan Health Foundation has created the Preparedness & Response Fund to support our response to this public health crisis.
Gifts to this fund will help address the urgent need for supplies and equipment in our healthcare facilities – items that will protect and care for our patients, staff and overall community. Our skilled teams have assessed and will continue to determine what is needed in this rapidly evolving situation. Your donation will have a direct impact.
Some examples of the equipment already identified include ventilators, oxygen concentrators, ultraviolet (UVC) robots that can assist with disinfecting efforts and medical supplies and equipment to outfit expanded patient care areas currently being prepared in advance of a patient surge.
As time passes and this current public health crisis fades, this fund will continue to provide preparedness and response assistance to natural disasters, emerging disease outbreaks or bioterrorist threats.
Dr. John Lanman Clinic
Your gift to the Dr. John Lanman Clinic in Hammond, Indiana gives free primary health care to uninsured patients living below the poverty line. This volunteer-based clinic continues to see growth in number of patients and level of need and is our response to God's call to minister to the sick and neglected.
Employee Emergency Fund
No one should have to make a choice between buying food for their table or dealing with an unexpected financial emergency. The Franciscan Health Employee Emergency Fund helps in times of unexpected need with interest-free loans. Please help support this safety net for our employees.
Employee Wellbeing Fund
On average, one-third of our lives are spent at work. And maintaining a personal state of wellbeing while at work is critical. That’s why the Franciscan Health Foundation has established the Employee Wellbeing Fund. With this new fund, we will provide outlets for employees to manage and overcome signs of burnout, improve care delivery and supply opportunities for mental escapes encouraging mindfulness, creativity and fun.
Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage Fund
Gifts to the Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage Fund provides financial aid to our Franciscan employees who would otherwise not be able to afford the pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy.
The Medical Mission Fund helps bring healing and hope to those living in remote countries, such as Haiti, Guatemala, French Guiana and Kenya. Your support makes it possible for Franciscan Health employees who would like to join a medical mission trip led by a member of the medical staff, but lack the financial resources to participate.
Patient Assistance Fund
When someone is going through an illness, things at home can suffer because of additional expenses for medication, lodging, travel, food or clothing. Gifts to this fund provide comfort and assurance to Franciscan Health patients and their families during their most vulnerable times.
Prenatal Assistance Program
Prenatal care is very important for the health of both the expectant mother and her baby. This Northern Indiana program provides vital prenatal care and outreach to expectant mothers with limited family income. Your support gives them pregnancy education and access to public assistance programs, as well as community and hospital services.
Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration Fund
The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration are the founding congregation of Franciscan Health. Their ethical values and Christian stewardship guide our health care ministry. Your gift to this fund supports vocations and education of the next generation of Sisters, helps care for retired Sisters and assists with other congregation needs.
St. Clare Food Pantry
The St. Clare Food Pantry, located inside the St. Clare Health Clinic in Crown Point, is stocked with free non-perishable items, hygiene products, laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Patients in financial need, including Prenatal Assistance Program clients, utilize the Food Pantry. It costs an average of $2,000 per month to fully stock the pantry shelves, and the Food Pantry serves an average of 490 clients each year.
those who need it most
by becoming a source of peace, joy and light. Gifts to Comfort console families that have experienced a loss; nurture people in the last moments of their lives; spiritually support our staff and patients and more.
Corporate Mission Fund
Each of the communities we serve has identified health issues our hospitals can help address. Gifts to this fund support those Franciscan Health initiatives while also helping underprivileged patients receive needed services and medications.
Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis
provides a home-like, compassionate environment for superior end-of-life care. With a growing need for inpatient and palliative care, your gift helps ensure no patient will be turned away regardless of financial means. Hospice House affirms and celebrates life and regards dying as a natural process recognizing every person has the right to die with dignity, peace and comfort.
MS Mission Support Group
Support groups help people see they aren't alone in their struggles with a lifelong disease. They can help people learn coping strategies and tips for everyday life. Your gift supports a group of men and women living with multiple sclerosis in South Suburban Chicago who support each other through meetings, social gatherings and friend communications. Membership is free and family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Memories to Hold
Support families in Central Indiana who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. This support group was established with the vision of providing parents a safe and sacred place to share stories of their precious babies. This program is offered free of charge to families.
Treating cancer can be a rocky ride of radiation, treatments, chemotherapy and surgeries. This cancer survivorship program in Central Indiana cares for the whole person - mind, body and spirit - during and after cancer treatments. Your gift allows us to help people on their wellness journey and throughout recovery - teaching them to never give up.
Palliative & Hospice Care
Help give terminally-ill patients dignity, peace and comfort in their final days. Your gift helps meet a growing need for high quality, end-of-life care. Franciscan Hospice affirms and celebrates life and regards dying as a natural process, recognizing every person has the right to die with dignity, peace and comfort.
Spiritual Care is at the core of our mission and values. Your gift supports training and professional development for Franciscan Health chaplains. This fund also helps our chaplains respond to patients who lack financial resources for necessities like clothing and transportation.
important health-related issues. Gifts to Educate support everything from childhood-education initiatives to nursing-school scholarships. Your gifts teach people how to lead healthier lives; work to reduce childhood obesity; support higher education for nurses and clinical staff; support clinical pastoral care and more.
Creating Positive Relationships Program
Your gift to the Creating Positive Relationships program in Northern Indiana helps teens resist peer pressure, improve self esteem and make healthy choices in peer relationships. At the core of both the middle school and high school program is the message that postponing sexual activity until marriage is the healthiest choice.
Healthy Choices Fund
Seventy percent of obese children have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The South Suburban Chicago Healthy Choices program is focused on helping children and families get on a path to better health with support and education on healthy eating and physical activity. Your gift supports community outreach and education.
Healthy Living Center
People with chronic conditions such as heart failure, COPD and diabetes need to be committed to a healthy lifestyle to avoid hospitalization. The Franciscan Healthy Living Center in Western Indiana is a comprehensive disease management program providing education, support and disease prevention tips. Your gift helps people live a healthier life.
High Fidelity Simulation Training Center
Help give supplemental clinical training by supporting our High Fidelity Simulation Lab in Lafayette, Indiana. The simulation lab offers realistic, interactive training in a safe environment with virtual, life-like patient mannequins. This supplemental training helps students see the effects of mistakes without harming patients - greatly enhancing their learning.
Our 4,500 Franciscan Health nurses serve on the front lines of patient care by providing safe, compassionate, quality care to patients and their families. But the field of nursing is ever changing and it is critical that our nurses receive continuing education. That is why we created the Nursing Excellence Fund. Your support will go towards continuing education and training as well as resources to combat burnout and compassion fatigue.
Nursing Scholarships & Funds for Clinical Education
In addition to the advancement of medicine, we believe in the advancement of people. We encourage Franciscan Health employees to pursue educational opportunities, so they may bring the most current and comprehensive care to their patients. Your gift enables the enrichment of their lives and the lives of their patients.
Franciscan Health Foundation's Physician Well-Being Fund provides financial resources for promoting physician health, wellness and the prevention of burnout. Gifts to Physician Well-Being are used to secure keynote speakers, provide continuing education, and distribute resource materials that address the topic of physician burnout. The fund may also provide small expressions of appreciation to the medical staff.
St. Francis Center
Behavioral issues stemming from a wide range of causes can be particularly devastating to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18. There is a growing need for residential programs targeted to this vulnerable age group. Your gift to this Dyer, Indiana-based center supports a residential treatment program with a highly-structured and controlled environment.
Franciscan Health Foundation is privileged to serve our communities.
In 2019, Franciscan Alliance invested over
in Community Benefit initiatives
In 2020, over
$1.7 million raised
assisted patients with medication, lodging, travel, food and clothing.
In 2020, more than
$8 million dollars raised
went to our Healthcare Ministry and community programs
In 2019, over
2.3 million people benefitted
from Franciscan Alliance's Community Benefit program