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Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

Bernard J Tyson painting

Bernard J. Tyson was a visionary leader who cared passionately about the health and well-being of all. His quest for affordable, equitable health care and social justice improved and extended lives throughout the U.S. and around the world. The American Heart Association is honored to continue his legacy through the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund.

Bernard considered it a privilege to make a difference. He inspired us with his wisdom as an AHA national board member, member of our CEO Roundtable and trusted advisor. This fund will power the American Heart Association's aim to reduce health disparities and address social determinants of health so all people have the opportunity to live longer, healthy lives—both physically and mentally.

Read about fund recipient Plateful.ly in the 11 Alive article " Meal kit business in Atlanta offers 'pay what you wish' concept".

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article, This tech start-up is helping North Philadelphians take control of their health | 5 Questions, featuring one of the Bernard J. Tyson investees.


Read about the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund in Fortune Magazine

“Don’t ask permission to help improve lives of the people and communities you’ve pledged to serve.
Instead, march through the doors of red tape, make bold moves and usher in access.”
Bernard J. Tyson
(1959-2019)

Kaiser Permanente Recognizes Bernard J. Tyson for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Kaiser Permanente recognized Bernard J. Tyson’s passionate commitment to health and well-being for all by inducting him into their Hall of Fame for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.

About the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

AHA’s Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund is a national fund with a local investment focus supporting and investing in evidence-based, locally led solutions that are breaking down the social and economic barriers to health equity.  

Bernard J Tyson headshot by Jeff Singer Redux

Puget Sound Area

Bernard J. Tyson Social Impact Fund investment opens

We’re seeking applicants for the American Heart Association’s Bernard J. Tyson Social Impact Fund who are addressing social determinants of health challenges impacting residents in the Puget Sound area. 

We are looking for organizations, companies, or individuals that are working to develop sustainable solutions related to access to housing and access to affordable and healthy food.

This application cycle has closed.

New York City

Applications for the Bernard J. Tyson Fund opens June 28 at 8:00 a.m. EST and closes on July 23 at
5 p.m. EST

We’re seeking applicants for the Bernard J. Tyson Fund to address social determinants of health challenges impacting residents in New York City.

We are particularly looking for sustainable solutions addressing access to healthcare, access to affordable and healthy food, access to housing, economic empowerment or those closing the educational achievement gap in under-resourced communities.

This application cycle is now closed.

San Francisco & Oakland

Applications for the Bernard J. Tyson Fund opens June 28 at 8:00 a.m. PST and closes on July 23 at
5 p.m. PST

We’re seeking applicants for the Bernard J. Tyson Fund to address social determinants of health challenges impacting residents in San Francisco and Oakland.

We are particularly looking for sustainable solutions addressing access to healthcare, access to affordable and healthy food, access to housing, economic empowerment or those closing the educational achievement gap in under-resourced communities.

This application cycle is now closed.

Atlanta

This application cycle is now closed.

We are actively seeking submissions to the underlying social determinants of health challenges for residents of Atlanta. We are particularly looking for sustainable solutions related to food access.

Candidate information will be announced in August 2021.

Chicago

This application cycle is now closed.

We are actively seeking submissions to the underlying social determinants of health challenges for residents of the greater Chicagoland area. 
We are particularly looking for sustainable solutions related to food access.

Candidate information will be announced in August 2021.

Greater Washington Region

The application cycle is now closed

Entrepreneurs and nonprofits that are sustainably addressing these issues for residents in the Greater Washington Region (Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland) are encouraged to submit a formal expression of interest.

North Philadelphia

The application cycle is now closed.

Local for-profit and not-for profit organizations operating in the Nicetown-Tioga, Sharswood-Stanton, and Strawberry Mansion neighborhoods can submit expressions of interest.

Seattle

Next submission window opening Summer 2021

We are helping to improve access to affordable housing and access to nutritious food.

Atlanta

 

The submission window for Atlanta is now closed.

Information for investees will be available in Feb. 2021.

Chicago

 

The submission window for Chicago is now closed.

Information for investees will be available in Feb. 2021.

In Memory of Bernard J. Tyson

A special series of videos, podcasts and photos collected highlighting the continued efforts to improve the health equity issues that Bernard cared about most.