Social Impact Fund
The American Heart Association is investing in local entrepreneurs and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.
Breaking Down Barriers to Change
The American Heart Association understands that policies and institutions are at the root of inequities across all wellness indicators—whether by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation or ability. We strive to remove systemic barriers that impact access to affordable housing, quality K-12 education, nutritious food and health care, and decarceration that will allow us all to have optimal, healthier lives.
The Social Impact Fund and
The Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund
Systemic and structural barriers, such as structural racism, don’t affect people the same way. At the heart of our impact investments, we understand that prevention and intervention strategies should not rely on a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, they should directly address the needs and concerns of those who are most affected.
We invest in evidence-based, local solutions to shift the inequitable health paradigm, respecting local agencies to tackle social determinants of health challenges that ultimately lead to measurable positive health outcomes.
California Social Enterprises
- Cognitive ToyBox
- Community Youth Center
- The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program
- Farming Hope
- Fresh Approach
- Growing Together
- International Children’s Assistance Network
- The Knowledge House
- Latino Advancement Foundation
- Mandela Partners
- Midtown Family Services
- NICOS Chinese Health Coalition
- North East Medical Services
- Prosperity Market
- Saba Grocers
- SameSky Health (formerly ConsejoSano)
- Sober Sidekick
- Spanish Speaking Unity Council
- Urban Ed Academy
- Vouchers for Veggies
- Youth Alive!
Hawaii Social Enterprises
Illinois Social Enterprises
- Black Oaks Center
- ChiFresh Kitchen
- Finding Justice
- Fresher Together
- Forty Acres Fresh Market
- Garden to Table Pipeline – North Lawndale led by Stone Temple Church
- Jane Addams Resource Corporation
- Multiple Harvest
- Southside Market
- Sweet Potato Patch
- Urban Growers Collective
Social Impact Funds Supporters
The Social Impact Funds are currently funded by philanthropic donors—individual philanthropists and family and corporate foundations. We are able to launch impact funds in a market with the backing of lead donors or a group of donors who are passionate about systemic, community-led health and economic solutions in their communities.
Supporters of the American Heart Association’s Social Impact Funds help scale the impact of local social entrepreneurs who are working to solve health disparities that present the greatest challenges in their communities.
NYSE and New York Life Investment Management align to support health equity
The New York Stock Exchange hosted American Heart Association and New York Life Investment Management leaders during the closing bell on Feb. 18. The event spotlighted NYLIM’s support of the AHA’s Social Impact Fund, which helps reduce social and economic barriers to health equity by investing in local social entrepreneurs and organizations.
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Breaking Down Social & Economic Barriers in Flint and Boston
Through its Social Impact Fund, the American Heart Association invests in local entrepreneurs, small businesses and organizations that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to healthy lives. Current investments are helping to scale and expand programs run by organizations in Flint, Michigan and Boston, Massachusetts.