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Deaconess Foundation

Providing healthcare access and education to the at-risk population.

The Deaconess Foundation supports community health needs by investing in initiatives which provide healthcare access and education to the at-risk population.  Since 2012, the Foundation has made over $13.4 million in grants which deliver measurable healthcare improvements, in one of two focus areas:

Providing Access

The Deaconess Foundation provides grants to community organizations to establish Deaconess Health Check clinics in underserved neighborhoods, reducing emergency room costs and
improving overall community health. There are currently 16 Deaconess Health Check Centers in Greater Cincinnati plus a Mobile Deaconess Health Check Van. Services provided include
primary care, vision services, dental care, or pharmacy depending on the location.


  • Barron Shelterhouse for Men
  • Center for Addiction Treatment
  • Center for Respite Care
  • City Gospel Mission
  • Children’s Home of Cincinnati
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky – Burlington campus
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky – Covington campus
  • Cincy Smiles
  • Fairfield Schools
  • Hatton Shelterhouse for Women
  • Hope House Rescue Mission
  • Middletown Schools
  • St. Vincent de Paul – Bank Street
  • Talbert House – Walnut Hills
  • Talbert House – Western Hills
  • Western Hills/Dater High School
  • Mobile Deaconess Health Check Van

Providing Education

Community Program Support

The Deaconess Foundation funds programs which yield significant outcomes and impact in education and prevention. These programs include:

  • Deaconess’ Heimlich Heroes Program:  Heimlich Maneuver Training for Kids and Adults
  • Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati “Fit for Life” program
  • Greenlight Fund of Cincinnati’s Center for Employment Opportunities and Family
    Independence Initiative

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

Deaconess has a long history of supporting the nursing profession. In 1918, The Deaconess School of Nursing graduated the first group of nurses registered with the Ohio State Medical Board. The Foundation continues that tradition by awarding scholarships to college and university students each year.

Since 2014, the Deaconess Foundation has granted $337,000 to more than fifty students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate nursing and allied health programs.

Alumni of the Deaconess School of Nursing have joined the Deaconess Foundation by contributing to the Deaconess School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship each year. Click the Donate Now button to support this program, and thank you for your support!

grant seekers


The Deaconess Foundation’s funding priority is to provide healthcare access and education to the at-risk population.

For information regarding grants, please use the contact us form.