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. Deaconess Associations, Inc. financially supports the Foundation on an annual basis.

Since 2012, the Foundation has made over $10 million in grants to community organizations 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 12 Deaconess Health Checks in Greater Cincinnati. Services provided include primary care, vision services and dental care, depending on the location.


  • Western Hills/Dater High School
  • Fairfield Schools
  • Barron Shelterhouse for Men
  • Hatton Shelterhouse for Women
  • City Gospel Mission
  • Talbert House – Walnut Hills
  • Talbert House – Western Hills
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Covington campus
  • Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Burlington campus
  • Children’s Home of Cincinnati
  • Center for Addiction TreatmentCenter for Respite Care

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
  • Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati “Fit for Life’ program
  • YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Greenlight Fund of Cincinnati’s Center for Employment Opportunities and Family Independence Initiative

Nursing 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 students of tristate colleges and universities each year.

Since 2014, the Deaconess Foundation has granted over $275,000 to more than fifty students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, as well as those pursuing advanced degrees in social work and certification in dental assistant programs. Deaconess partners with Interact for Health to select awardees. If you would like to learn more about the application process, see Click below to download a brochure about the scholarship fund,



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 help!


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.