Heartland Alliance

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  • What sets the organization apart:

    Heartland Alliance—the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest— believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for nearly one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.

  • Mission Statement

    Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.

  • Execution summary of the impact of the organization’s work in 2019

    We are courageous champions of human rights. We believe society is better for everyone when all of us can participate, prosper, and reach our full potential. With more than 1,800 human rights workers located globally, regionally, and at more than 60 sites across Greater Chicago, we serve nearly 500,000 marginalized individuals each year in the areas of health & healing, safety & justice, and economic opportunity.Heartland Alliance works to advance human rights and champion human dignity by providing services and promoting solutions to achieve a more just global society. Society benefits when all people can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. We will not give up until everyone is able to exit poverty, heal from trauma, and achieve stability. Our Alliance is comprised of five entities: Heartland Alliance, Heartland Alliance Health, Heartland Alliance International, Heartland Housing, and Heartland Human Care Services. With our shared mission, we provide a continuum of programs that address the root causes of poverty, generate social change, and inspire people to build better lives not only for themselves but for their communities. Our approach is multi-faceted and intentional, and intersects through three focus areas: health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity.

  • Established/Founding Date

    January 1, 1882

  • Organization’s History

    Heartland Alliance performs much of its work through five companies — Heartland Alliance, Heartland Housing, Heartland Alliance Health, Heartland Human Care Services, and Heartland Alliance International. Our unique corporate structure provides a strategic approach to growth, providing financial flexibility, a diversified portfolio of services, and extensive opportunities to leverage our resources. As a company within the overall Alliance, Heartland Alliance itself is comprised of a robust Research and Policy department as well as two critical programs: the National Immigrant Justice Center and READI Chicago.

  • CEO/Executive Director

    Evelyn Diaz

  • Size of Organization’s Staff


  • Diversity of Staff

    More than 50%

  • Current Operating Budget


  • Education Level of Primary Target Population

    No HS Diploma, High School Diploma/GED, Some College, No Degree


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