About Us

Northwestern Memorial Foundation is dedicated to supporting the patient-centered care and strategic goals of Northwestern Medicine. With donations from generous people like you, we provide financial resources to the renowned nonprofit academic health system, including 11 Northwestern Medicine hospitals and more than 200 other care sites. Your gift helps ensure that people from Chicagoland and around the globe have access to world-class physicians, leading-edge research, groundbreaking innovations and state-of-the-art facilities.

Northwestern Memorial Foundation Leadership Team


Chris Hensley, Senior Vice President of Development

Chris Hensley joined Northwestern Memorial Foundation in 2014 to direct the foundation’s annual giving program, major gift fundraising teams, corporate and foundation relations efforts, and volunteer services. Today, he continues to oversee those efforts in his role as senior vice president of Development. Hensley has dedicated his career to the advancement of nonprofit organizations, and is profoundly grateful for every gift to Northwestern Medicine.

Michael A. Ruchim, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs

Michael A. Ruchim, MD, advises the foundation regarding research and patient care initiatives, and leads its Benefactor Relations Program. A practicing board-certified gastroenterologist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Ruchim also helps train medical students, residents and fellows as a clinical associate professor of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He was named a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report in 2023.

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Community, Diversity and Inclusion, and Workforce Development

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Community Impact

We express our deep commitment to our Chicagoland neighbors through the funding of programs that improve access to care and address health disparities in the communities we serve.

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Diversity and Inclusion

We support equity by funding programs that help Northwestern Medicine deliver individualized, culturally responsive and equitable care that meets the needs of our diverse patient population.


Workforce Development

We strive to recruit and retain a workforce as diverse as the patients we serve. We support scholarship opportunities and community programs to attract more people to healthcare careers, and we always aim to prioritize employee well-being and belonging.

Community Collaborators

Northwestern Memorial Foundation is grateful to collaborate with outstanding organizations, including the ones featured below, to advance the patient-centered mission of Northwestern Medicine.

The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital

The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of Chicago’s oldest charitable organizations, helping support Northwestern Medicine for more than 125 years. Its faithful membership has donated millions of dollars in gifts, grants and volunteer hours to a wide range of programs that enhance the health, well-being and quality of life of patients, families and community members. 

The Women’s Board of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Since 1946, The Women’s Board of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital has supported Northwestern Medicine through fundraising, volunteerism, education and advocacy. More than 100 active, honorary and sustaining members volunteer in nearly all Lake Forest Hospital departments, contributing more than 10,000 hours of service to the hospital each year.


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