Organization: The Arthur Foundation

Location: Greater Chicago Area, IL

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About The Arthur Foundation:

The Arthur Foundation (“Foundation” or “TAF”) is a grantmaking foundation dedicated to supporting and promoting the health and well-being of residents and communities in the central and western suburbs in Cook County.

In 1999, the Foundation was officially incorporated in the State of Illinois as the MacNeal Health Foundation, its former name, following the sale of the MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn to the Vanguard Health Services. The proceeds from the sale served as the initial corpus of the Foundation’s endowment.

In 2006, in an effort to avoid ongoing confusion between the non-profit foundation and the new for-profit hospital and to continue to honor the legacy of Dr. Arthur MacNeal, the foundation’s legal name was changed to The Arthur Foundation.  Between 2000 and 2015, it distributed more than $60 million in grants to fund scholarships, medical programs and clinics. Its current endowment is in excess of $130 million.

In July 2016, the Foundation, under the leadership of a new and energized Board of Directors, embarked on an exciting period of transformation.  The Board, along with its new President, will define the mission, vision and values of TAF in its next chapter to address health and well-being of the former MacNeal Hospital community. Historically, TAF funding has broadly supported charitable, educational and scientific purposes.  Moving forward, the new Board will anchor its grantmaking and work off its home community of Berwyn and neighboring communities that are within a 10-mile radius of the MacNeal Hospital.

Amidst a dynamic and ever-changing landscape, the new leader of the Foundation will have the unique opportunity in partnership with the Board to serve as a trusted stakeholder and partner to the targeted communities and have a significant and visible impact on the health and well-being of their residents.

The Opportunity:

The Board of Directors embarks on this period of transformation as an opportunity for a new leader to chart the next chapter of The Arthur Foundation and establish the foundation as a pillar of the community to promote health equity and reduce health disparities.

Reporting to, and in partnership with, the Board, the new President will have the following responsibilities:

Strategy/Mission: The President will be responsible for executing the mission and values of the Foundation and developing the strategic implementation of grantmaking to achieve high impact and measurably improve the health and wellness of the residents and communities in the Berwyn and surrounding communities. Given the diversity of the communities and the changing demographics, the leader will need to be adept at developing strategies for diverse communities, including understanding culturally and linguistically appropriate services. A strategic leader, s/he will implement the strategy, establish the structure and function of the Foundation, and develop relevant measurable outcomes.

External: It is critical that this new President is a ‘community embedded leader’ who will drive the organization to establish new relationships and cement existing relationships with community members and community organizations, local leaders, healthcare providers, grantees and other important stakeholders. The President will build trust and a strong connection with the targeted communities. Collegial in approach, the executive will effectively collaborate with other funders and foundation colleagues to holistically address the underlying issues and respond to the needs of the community.

Internal: The President will oversee all programmatic and operational functions of the Foundation and lead a small and high-functioning team. Other responsibilities will include identifying the appropriate staffing structure, hiring the team, developing internal policies and procedures, and designing and implementing evaluation metrics, and staffing and communicating regularly with the Board. A proven financial manager and internal leader, the executive will work with the staff to execute on the strategic plan and create a strong, results-oriented and community-informed environment that is committed to improving the health status of the medically underserved.

Candidate Profile:

With a commitment to philanthropy as a vehicle for advancing community health, an understanding of the nonprofit community and a passion for serving the medically underserved, the ideal candidate will have the following qualities and characteristics:

Community Embedded & Informed Leader

It is critical that the new President have the capacity to establish a strong connection and inspire trust and confidence with the targeted communities that the Foundation serves. A ‘community embedded’ and informed leader, s/he will have a holistic understanding of the public healthcare and social needs and be experienced in creating strategies for diverse communities in the pursuit of equity. S/he will be a humble and active ambassador for the community who can eloquently communicate with the diverse communities the Foundation serves and who can develop strong working relationships with grantees, healthcare providers, partners, foundation colleagues and a range of other stakeholders. The ability to be a good listener, diplomatic, positive and collaborative will be critical to raise the visibilities of the issues in the region and to convene the key stakeholders to create sustainable, high-impact solutions.

Strategic & Tactical Leadership

A strategic thinker, the new President will be exceptional at moving ideas to reality, exercise good judgment along the way and is skilled to run the business side of a foundation. S/he will be a visionary leader who has proven experience leading and actualizing a strategic plan and engaging a variety of stakeholders including the Board, grantees, partnership organizations and community leaders through the process. S/he will understand how to effectuate a community informed needs assessment to provide ongoing information to the Board to inform strategic direction. The executive will also be comfortable developing and leading the ongoing refining of programmatic strategies and establishing the infrastructure, the processes, and procedures for grantmaking and operations for an organization.

Passion for the Mission

The new President will have a passion for community health and well-being, and a commitment to serving the greater Chicago’s healthcare and human services community. Energized to lead a transformed foundation in collaboration with the Board, this executive will be open to the challenges of an entrepreneurial venture and inspire trust in the communities and residents the Foundation serves. With an understanding that the priority is improving the health and wellbeing of the residents, the President will be an inspiring and diplomatic leader, treating everyone with respect and dignity.

Leading & Managing a Team

The successful candidate will have a track record of leading and developing an effective small team committed to the mission and goals of the institution. A solid and fair manager, the President will build strong working relationships with staff who has a diverse set of skills and establish a productive work environment and professional growth opportunities that result in team cohesion and camaraderie. With an eye on how to foster best-in-class practices, s/he will develop and coach the staff to achieve high impact while serving the diverse needs of the targeted communities.

This executive can come from a variety of backgrounds. Literacy in the field of public health, human services and/or healthcare is highly desirable.


Alison P. Ranney and Anny K. Chou of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please email Alison and Anny directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit